Rev Tim Costello – lawyer, minister, former Mayor and lifetime activist - has devoted his life to health, welfare and social justice. In 2004, Tim was appointed CEO of World Vision Australia. An authoritative national voice, Tim has led public policy debates on urban poverty, homelessness, gambling addiction, reconciliation with Indigenous Australia, and the elimination of global poverty. For these pursuits, Tim was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (2005) and Australian of the Year for Victoria (2006). Tim has authored four books; the latest, Hope, is a compilation of Tim’s experiences and reflections, highlighting the need for hope in the face of struggle and suffering.
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Leigh Cameron is a creative thinker, a thoughtful speaker, and a passionate believer in the power of Australians to make a positive difference in global issues of social justice. This has been the underlying theme of Leigh’s past 6 years working at World Vision, where he is currently the General Manger of the Advocacy & Church division. Leigh and his team work to provide appropriate channels for all Australians to engage in eliminating injustice and poverty – through partnership with churches, connecting with government, and empowering World Vision’s youth movement.
Leigh holds a Bachelor of Ministry and a Diploma of Theology from the Australian College of Theology, and is currently working towards a Masters of International Development. In his leisure time, Leigh enjoys bush camping with his wife Kerryn and their three children.
Jarrod is a peace-award recipient and self-proclaimed “eco-evangelist” who leads the Peace Tree Community in Perth where he lives, prays, gardens and serves. He is a regular commentator on the ABC Religion program and an emphatic user of social media. He joined World Vision as the National Advisor for Faith, Youth & Activism in 2011, responsible for training, speaking and writing on global poverty issues. Jarrod is also an Ambassador for ‘Welcome to Australia’ – a movement to welcome refugee and asylum seekers resettle into Australia - and most recently started the ‘First Home Project’ with his wife Teresa.
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Peter trained as a Baptist pastor and spent ten years working in Indigenous ministries within remote and urban communities. He has also helped establish a not-for-profit organisation assisting people in South Africa and Kenya suffering the consequences of HIV and AIDS. Peter has worked with World Vision Australia Church Partnerships team for over five years. He now leads the Church Partnerships teams for New South Wales and Queensland and holds a strong interest in community organising and advocacy.
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Amanda is passionate about championing the cause of justice within the local church and beyond. Originally working with World Vision as a Regional Relationship Manager, Amanda soon moved into the New South Wales Church Team, which is closely aligned with her heart and purpose. Amanda has a Diploma in Community Services and Case Management and was on the lead team of a church plant in south- west Sydney. Amanda is motivated to see the local church respond and make a difference in the lives of the poor and hurting people around the world.
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Until recently, Josh spent eight years with a theological college in Sydney, lecturing in the New Testament and biblical languages and directing the college’s online campus. Though still passionate about theological education, Josh’s overriding desire to see churches equipped and engaged with issues of poverty and justice led him to World Vision Australia’s NSW Church Partnerships team. Josh also helps run a ‘Justice Project’ in the Hills region of Sydney, where seven different churches work together to raise awareness of and act on global issues of poverty and justice in their local area.
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After 10 years in Christian ministry and working for other not-for-profit organisations such as Mission Australia and Anglicare, John joined World Vision, first as a Regional Relationship Manager in Canberra, then as Church Partnership Manager in New South Wales. He now serves as World Vision’s International Church Partnerships Manager, helping to connect Australian churches with programs overseas. John holds a Masters in Missional Leadership and is actively involved in supporting mission networks in Australia and abroad.
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Sam recently joined World Vision after ministry experience whilst studying at Harvest Bible College, and youth pastoring in a local church. He has also helped organise Youth Alive Victoria. He is excited about his work at World Vision as it allows him to connect and champion two of the things that he is most passionate about: the local church and social justice.
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Before becoming Church Partnerships Manager for South Australia in 2012, Simon worked in remote Australia for an Indigenous not-for-profit organisation whilst studying for a Masters in International Development. Simon is part of the Arrow Leadership Development program and has spent a number of years serving in ministry with Clovercrest Baptist Church, where he continues to serve as the Young Adults Pastor. Simon is passionate about the local church engaging meaningfully with local and global issues.
Ordained in 1988, Rev David Waters led churches in New South Wales and Victoria for over 20 years before joining World Vision. He is now World Vision Australia’s Pastoral Care Manager. David has travelled to many World Vision projects as part of his role and is an experienced and gifted speaker who relates well to those on the fringe of the church, with men’s groups, and with young people.