Acquisitions and Liaison Librarian
Sara’s chief role is to assist the Director of Library Services with the selection and sourcing of resources and their ordering and receiving. This involves some liaison with faculty. Sara is also regularly rostered to work on the circulation desk where she assists students, faculty and other borrowers.
Judy maintains the ALC accounting system to ensure accurate and timely information, including monthly reporting and payroll functions. She also helps with residential student accommodation administration.
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Dr Malcolm Bartsch began teaching at the tertiary level in 1983 in the area of theological education, serving in a number of the church’s tertiary education institutions before retiring from full-time teaching in early 2011. On his retirement the August 2011 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 45/2) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour.
Holly is responsible for the overall running of the Office of Student Records, including University of Divinity reporting and documentation.
The role includes updating the student database with student records, enrolments, assignments and results.
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Mrs Marlene Cooper taught at ALC from 1990 to 1999 in the area of Education as part of Lutheran Teachers College (LTC). On retirement from full-time teaching in July 1999, the August 1999 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 33/2) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in her honour. Marlene was the first female lecturer to serve at LTC.
Rosslyn provides administrative support to the Dean and the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, ensuring that the Dean's office runs smoothly. The Dean’s Administrator takes all phone calls, maintains the Dean’s calendar, ensures agendas and minutes are prepared and distributed for meetings and carries out any other administrative support duties related to the Office of the Dean.
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VET Assessment Officer
Anna provides assessment support for the VET Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology course, and assists with the ongoing support of VET students.
This position within the Education Office at ALC ensures that the administration of ALC Formation Programs for Pastoral Studies (PSS) and Open Studies (OSS) streams operates smoothly and efficiently.
Cataloguing and Systems Librarian
Lavinia is primarily responsible for the classification and cataloguing of new material coming into the ALC Library collection. She co-ordinates interlibrary loans and document delivery services. Lavinia is also responsible for journal indexing for the Australasian Religion Index, maintaining the library webpages, managing library displays, and assisting with library promotion.
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Lecturer in Systematics and Pastoral Theology, Coordinator of History and Systematics Studies, Overseas Student Support
Richard commenced work at ALC in semester 1 2016, having accepted the call of the Church to serve as lecturer in Systematic Theology.
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Dean; Senior Lecturer in Theology, Vice-Principal, Academic Dean, Course Advisor
In 2007 Stephen commenced at ALC as Lecturer in New Testament and Pastoral Studies. He was appointed Dean in 2008 and Dean / Vice-Principal in 2010.
Research areas: New Testament, Biblical Theology, Theological Education
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Lecturer in Old Testament, Dean of Chapel
Adam commenced work at ALC in semester 1 2017, having accepted the call of the Church to serve as lecturer in Old Testament at ALC.
Research areas: Old Testament, Biblical Theology
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Lecturer in New Testament, Coordinator of Biblical Studies
Stephen began lecturing in New Testament at ALC in July 2012. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer within the University of Divinity in 2018.
Research areas: New Testament, Biblical Theology
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Lutheran Strand Coordinator (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus), Lecturer in Educational Theology
In 2009 Andrew began his current role with ALC at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.
Pastor Bob Kempe was a lecturer at Australian Lutheran College from 2001 to 2008. Bob has continued to serve the LCA by administering in-service professional development of pastors and remains an accredited supervisor for Clinical Pastoral Education.
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Dr John Koch taught at ALC from 1977 to 2000 in the area of Pastoral Theology. On his retirement from full-time teaching, the November 2000 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 34/3) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour. John served as principal from 1998 to 2000 and was a lecturer at Lutheran Teachers College from 1970 to 1976.
Executive Assistant to the Principal
Alice contributes to the smooth running of the college by providing administrative support to the Principal, the Board of Directors and the Leadership Team. Her duties include coordinating public events throughout the academic year, such as the Opening Lecture, Valedictory Service and Graduation Ceremony. She also assists in the production and distribution of promotional materials for the college, including Saints Alive.
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Dr Elmore Leske taught at ALC from 1990 to 1996 in the areas of Greek, Latin and Pastoral Theology, retiring from full-time teaching in December 1996. The December 1996 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 30/3) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour. Elmore also served as a Lutheran Teachers College lecturer from 1977 to 1989.
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Dr Rolph Mayer taught at ALC from 1968 to 1995 in the areas of Education and Biblical Studies. On his retirement from full-time teaching the December 1996 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 30/3) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour. Rolph served as the principal of Lutheran Teachers College from 1970 to 1987.
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Associate Dean for Research, LTJ Editor
Wendy commenced work at ALC in January 2017. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and known internationally for her research on early Christian preaching and the life and works of the eastern church father and preacher John Chrysostom. Her research currently embraces two additional strands: the reception of Greek medicine in Christian thought in Late Antiquity; and the root causes of religious conflict and radicalisation in both past and present.
Research areas: Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, Homiletics, Liturgy, Sociology/Psychology of Religion, Church History
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Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Coordinator of Pastoral and Ministry Studies, Vicarage Coordinator
Andrew teaches mainly in the areas of pastoral theology, missiology and catechesis.
Dr Victor Pfitzner taught at ALC from 1968 to 2004 in the area of New Testament, and served as principal from 1989 to 1997. Following his retirement from full-time teaching the December 2005 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 39/2 & 3) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour.
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Online Communications Administrator
Coralie oversees the presentation and maintenance of ALC’s public websites and ALC iLearn. She also helps provide customised online solutions for ALC staff, with a special focus on our managed document approval system.
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Lecturer in Pastoral Theology (specialising in counselling studies), Director of Formation
Stephen commenced as a lecturer at ALC in July 2008. During this time he has completed a Master of Ministry (Adelaide College of Divinity, 2012) and a PhD at Flinders University.
Research areas: Reformation History, Luther studies, Pastoral Theology, the interface of theology and psychology
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Lecturer in Church History
Tom commenced work at ALC in semester 1 2017, having accepted the Church’s call to serve as ALC’s Lecturer in Church History.
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Dr Erich Renner taught at Luther Seminary from 1968 to 1991 in the area of Old Testament. Following his retirement from full-time teaching, the May 1992 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 26, no. 1) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour. Erich also taught at Immanuel Seminary, 1959–1967.
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Lecturer in Educational Theology, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Coordinator of Education Studies
Merryn is the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching. She teaches units in the programs for pre-service and in-service teachers.
Research areas: Education, Educational Theology (Minor Thesis only)
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Serials and Lending Librarian
Trevor looks after circulation and general reference enquiries, as well as periodical subscriptions. You will find him at the front desk each morning, ready to help with your questions.
He has a particular interest in Reformation history and the life of Martin Luther and he is the Lutheran representative on the Council of Christians and Jews.
Dr Maurice Schild taught at ALC from 1970 to 2000 in the area of Church history, retiring from full-time teaching in December 2000. The November 2000 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 34, no. 3) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour.
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Jeff served as a lecturer from 1996 until his retirement at the end of 2016. After retirement he continued to serve the Lutheran Church of Australia as the chair of the Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CTICR) and co-chair of the Lutheran – Uniting Church Dialogue until the end of 2018, and remains a member of the Lutheran – Orthodox International Joint Commission.
Dr John Strelan taught at ALC from 1986 to 1997 in the areas of New Testament, Systematic Theology. On retirement from full-time teaching in December, the May 1998 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 32 no. 1) contained an editorial tribute and articles written in his honour. John also served as Vice-President of the LCA.
Quality Assurance Administrator
Jan’s key task is to ensure clarity, coherency, consistency and correctness of ALC’s information and documents, particularly in our managed document approval system. She also assists with academic administration in the Office of the Dean.
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Barclay is a member of ALC’s Leadership Team which oversees the strategic operations and plans for the college on behalf of the Board of Directors.
Barclay’s primary responsibility is ensuring organisational effectiveness by providing leadership for ALC’s financial, administrative, and human resources functions, and the accommodation facilities.
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Mr Mal Wegener taught at ALC from 2002 to 2007 in the areas of Education, retiring from full-time teaching in April 2008. The December 2007 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 41/3) contained an editorial tribute to him and other retirees.
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Bronwyn’s role is to be a support person for ALC on campus students and families. One student has described this role as ‘a ministry of availability’. Bronwyn is available to listen to people, including staff, who would like a chat or sounding board or to talk confidentially about concerns, everyday challenges, problems or a difficult decision they are facing.
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James has served as an LCA pastor since 1991. He has also served as the chair of the National Safe Place Committee, the chair of Finke River Mission and as an assistant bishop in the SA/NT district of the LCA.
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Dean taught at ALC from 2001 to 2016 in a field that covers 2000 years of Christian history, retiring from full-time teaching in June 2016. The May 2016 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal (LTJ 50/1) contained an editorial tribute to him.