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Dr Kenneth Albinger

AA BSEd MEdSt EdD
Emeritus Lecturer

Dr Kenneth Albinger taught at ALC from 2000 to 2007 in the area of Education, serving as campus coordinator in Queensland. He retired from full-time teaching in December 2007.

Ms Sara Altmann

BAppSc(Lib&InfoMgt)
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Ms Judy Baker

BAcc MBA
Accountant

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Malcolm Bartsch

BA MA(Th&Ed) EdD
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Mrs Holly Cartwright

BA(Hons)
Registrar

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Mrs Marlene Cooper

AMusA DipT GradDipTh(Ed) GradDipEd(RE) MEd(RE)
Emerita Lecturer

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.

Mrs Rosslyn Darmody

CertIIBus CertIIIBusAdmin
Dean’s Administrator

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Chris de Wet

Research areas: New Testament, Apocrypha, Early Christianity, Late Antiquity

Location South Africa

Miss Anna Doecke

CertIVTAE CertIVCMT BSocSc(Couns)
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Edwin El-Mahassni

Research areas: Philosophical Theology, Science and Theology

Dr Will Frost

Research areas: Public Theology, Systematic Theology (from 2020)

Mrs Katie Gates

CertIIIBusAdmin CertIVBusAdmin
Formation Administrator

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Ms Lavinia Gent

BA(Lib&InfMgt)
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Ms Emma Graetz

DipMan CertIVTAE DipTheol GCCFM
Director of VET

Emma oversees both Vocational Education Training and and non-award training at ALC.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Pastor Richard Haar

BTh MTh GradCertCounselling CertIVTAE
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Stephen Haar

BTh BA(Hons) PhD GradDipEd CertIVTAE
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

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Michael Hassold

GradDipRE BTh MTh DD
Emeritus Lecturer

Dr Michael (Mike) Hassold joined the faculty of Luther Seminary in 1995 and became principal in 2001. He retired as principal of Australian Lutheran College in January 2009.

Dr Adam Hensley

BTh GradDipMin PhD GCTE
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

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Stephen Hultgren

BA MDiv PhD
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

Location ALC North Adelaide

Mrs Kerrin Huth

DipT BEd GradDipEd(EC) GradCertEd PgCertEdLead MEd
Lecturer in Educational Theology

Kerrin commenced at ALC in semester 1 2017, and teaches in the area of educational theology.

Phone 0434 499 371
Location ACU Brisbane

Pastor Andrew Jaensch

BTh BEdSt GradCertTESOL MEd GradCertHE
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.

Location ACU Brisbane

Pastor Robert Kempe

BTh MTh
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Dr John Kleinig

BA(Hons) MPhil Cantab PhD Cantab DD
Emeritus Lecturer

Dr John Kleinig served as a lecturer at the Australian Lutheran College from 1982 until his retirement from full-time teaching at the end of 2009.

Mr Karl Kloeden

BMA BCIS MIT(Net&Sec)
Online Development Officer

Karl provides operational support in the education programs at ALC, assisting staff in the development and resources of units for online delivery.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr John Koch

BA MDiv STM ThD MA(EdAdmin)
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Mrs Alice Lamnek

CertIVBus
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Mr Shaun Lancaster

BMusHons PGDipLIS MAppSc(Lib&InfoMgt) MBA
Director of Library Services

Shaun oversees all library management and policy issues and ensures the continued provision of efficient services.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Elmore Leske

BA DipEd MA(Cantab) DD
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Dr Greg Lockwood

BA BEd STM ThD
Emeritus Lecturer

Dr Greg Lockwood became a lecturer in New Testament studies at ALC in 2005 and retired from full-time church service in February 2011.

Dr Peter Lockwood

BA DipEd BTh ThD
Emeritus Lecturer

Dr Peter Lockwood lectured in Old Testament, retiring in December 2016.

Mr Grant Mattner

Senior Maintenance Officer

Grant coordinates all the maintenance and repairs of ALC’s buildings and grounds, student accommodation and manses.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Rolph Mayer

BA DipSecEd STM DD
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Professor Wendy Mayer

BA BA(Hons) PhD
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

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Anna Nürnberger

Research areas: New Testament, Biblical Theology, Educational Theology

Dr Andrew Pfeiffer

BA BTh STM PhD
Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Coordinator of Pastoral and Ministry Studies, Vicarage Coordinator

Andrew teaches mainly in the areas of pastoral theology, missiology and catechesis.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Victor Pfitzner

BA DTh
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Mrs Coralie Pietsch

BSc(Ma) GradDipEd(Sec) GradDipCompSci
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Stephen Pietsch

BTh MMin PhD
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

Location ALC North Adelaide

Pastor Thomas Pietsch

BA BCom BA(Hons) BTh BMin STM GCTE
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Erich Renner

BA DipEd DTh
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Dr Merryn Ruwoldt

BA GradDipEd(Sec) GradDipTh(Ed) GradDipBus MEdSt EdD
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)

Location ALC North Adelaide

Mr Trevor Schaefer

BA(Hons) DipEd BTh DipInfSt
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Maurice Schild

BA DTh
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Dr Lisa Schmidt

Research areas: Education

Dr Jeff Silcock

BA BTh STM ThD
Emeritus Lecturer

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

ThD
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Dr Eric Trozzo

Research areas: Systematic Theology, Philosophical Theology, Cross-cultural theology

Location Malaysia

Mrs Jan Wallent

BA CertIIIT
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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Samuel Wang

Research areas: Systematic Theology, Cross-cultural theology

Location Singapore

Mr Barclay Watson

BAcc MBA CPA
Business Manager

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Mr Malcolm Wegener

BA DipT(Sec) MEdSt
Emeritus Lecturer

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.

Mrs Bronwyn Wilkinson

BA(Hons) DipEd GradDipLangLit
Community Caregiver

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Pastor James Winderlich

BTh GradDipMin GradDipHR CertIVTAE
Principal

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.

Location ALC North Adelaide

Dr Mark Worthing

Research areas: Systematic Theology, Reformation History, Theology and Science, Cultural Studies

Location North Adelaide

Ms Ruth Zimmermann

DipT GradDipEd GradDipTh(Ed) PgCertEdLead MEdSt
Emerita Lecturer

Ruth lectured in education at ALC from 2009 until 2016, specialising in the area of theology and education, and retired from full-time teaching in July 2016.

Dr Dean Zweck

BA GradDipEd STM ThD
Emeritus Lecturer

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.