Journal of Contemporary Ministry No. 8


  • Rob Hornby Church of England
  • Julie Gardiner Baptist Churches of South Australia
  • Nadia Pavich Australian College of Ministries, and Sydney College of Divinity, Australia
  • Sarah Bacaller Western Sydney University
  • Clayton Coombs Planetshakers
  • Kevin Muriithi University of South Africa
  • Wendy Hayes

Author Biographies

Rob Hornby, Church of England

Rob has a diverse denominational background in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches and is now a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England. He is part of the Centre for Practical Philosophy, Theology and Religion at Roehampton University where he is researching the lived experiences of divorced evangelicals. Rob is a pastoral volunteer on the Restored Lives course for people who have experienced relationship breakdown.

Julie Gardiner, Baptist Churches of South Australia

Julie Gardiner is an accredited Baptist Pastor within Baptist Churches of South Australia (BCSA). She is a senior leader at Christies Beach Baptist Church, where she exercises her passion for social justice through local community projects. She is currently studying for her PhD thesis and is exploring the current conversation between LGBTQ individuals and their advocates and individuals in the member churches of BCSA. Julie completed a Master of Ministry at Tabor College Adelaide. She is married to Daniel, also an accredited Baptist pastor. They have twin adult sons and one granddaughter.

Nadia Pavich, Australian College of Ministries, and Sydney College of Divinity, Australia

Nadia Pavich is a Clinical Pastoral Care Practitioner/Chaplain and theologian who recently completed a MA (Specialisation in Chaplaincy) which included a research project exploring Tractio Divina (TD) – a particular Christian spiritual discipline – and its usefulness to transform trauma. She is the author of two spiritual handbooks for survivors of child sexual abuse: “Child, Arise!” (Awarded the 2016 Australian Christian Book of the Year), and “Come Forward!” (both using the pseudonym of Jane N. Dowling). She is a survivor of clergy child sexual abuse, and an advocate for other survivors.

Sarah Bacaller, Western Sydney University

Sarah Bacaller is a writer, researcher and audiobook producer from outer Melbourne, Australia. She is currently writing a PhD on G. W. F. Hegel through Western Sydney University.

Kevin Muriithi, University of South Africa

Dr. Kevin Muriithi Ndereba (PhD, University of South Africa) is Lecturer and Head of Department, Practical Theology, St. Paul’s University, Kenya. He is also a Research Fellow, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University.. He has several publications in the areas of youth ministry, youth development, practical and public theology and apologetics. He leads Apologetics Kenya, an apologetics ministry to the next generations, previously served as a youth pastor in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and is an executive committee member of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology and the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.

Wendy Hayes

Wendy Hayes resides in Melbourne with her husband Ray. She is a professional Christian Counsellor with a Master of Community Counselling and over a decade of private practice. She has been involved in Church leadership for over 25 years. She has a passion for seeing Christian women stop out of shame and fear and to live in the freedom that Christ intended.