Pastor Andrew Jaensch
Lutheran Strand Coordinator (Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus), Lecturer in Educational Theology
One of a family of four boys and one girl, Andrew spent his teen years in Horsham in western Victoria and in Adelaide, mostly playing backyard cricket. He did manage to fit in school attendance as well at Horsham State and High Schools, and later at Concordia College in Adelaide.
His theological studies began at Luther Seminary in 1969 and concluded in 1978. In the middle of this period he worked for three years at what is now the Queensland University of Technology, beginning a happy relationship with the Sunshine State that continues to this day. He had five years as parish pastor at Moree in north-west New South Wales where he experienced the warmth of God’s country people and learnt a lot as well.
In 1984 he began twenty-three years as chaplain, teacher and religious education coordinator in Lutheran schools on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and in Cairns. It was on Cape York that he was able to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Peace Lutheran College, Wontulp-Bi-Buya College and within church communities. He counts this as one of the greatest privileges of his life.
Two years of leave-of-absence from the ministry (2007–8) allowed him to follow another passion, teaching English as a second language to adults in Cairns language schools. In 2009 he began in his current role with ALC at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Here he experiences each day the joy of working with colleagues and students and learning with them.
And he thanks God for his wonderful wife Fiona, his three adult children and their partners, and his granddaughters Charlotte, Annabelle and Bethany.
- School ministry
- Worship in Christian education
- Indigenous and cross-cultural education
- Spiritual and vocational formation
- Teaching English as a second language
- Approaches to learning and teaching in higher education
- Exploring the Bible
- Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership in a Christian School
Qualifications in detail
- Bachelor of Theology (Luther Seminary, Adelaide, 1979)
- Bachelor of Education Studies (University of Queensland, 1990)
- Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of New England, 1998)
- Master of Education (Australian Lutheran College, 2008)
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Australian Catholic University, 2011)
- Ordained St Michael’s, Hahndorf, January 1979
- Approved ACAS trainer, 2017
Papers and publications
(with Merryn Ruwoldt), ‘The gift of Lutheran theology: unwrapping the present.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 51, no. 1 (May): 28–36.
‘Is God big enough for our questions? Introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 48, no. 3 (Dec): 186–197.
‘The Lutheran school: communicating hope, vision and leadership in challenging contexts—historical and global perspectives.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 45, no. 2 (August): 95–102.
‘Full immersion: a valid approach to worship in Christian schools?’ Lutheran Theological Journal 42, no. 2 (August): 92–99.
‘Lutheran distinctives lived out.’ Lutheran Theological Journal 40, no. 1 (May): 40–41.
‘The language we use.’ Paper and workshop presented at Qld Lutheran Pastors’ Conference, Caboolture.
‘Is the God of the Bible an ugly bully? Helping students come to terms with violence in the biblical text.’ Paper presented at Sydney College of Divinity’s ‘Wondering about God’ conference, Sydney.
‘Nature and the educator’s soul.’ Paper presented at Tabor College’s Graeme Clark Institute conference ‘Rediscovering the spiritual in God’s creation’, McLaren Vale SA.
‘God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible.’ Opening lecture, Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide.
‘Wise fools: wisdom, worship and the purpose of Lutheran education.’ Paper presented at Australian Conference on Lutheran Education, Brisbane QLD.
‘The Lutheran school: communicating hope, vision and leadership in challenging contexts: global and historical perspectives.’ Paper presented at the Lutheran Educators’ Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine.
‘Contentment of pastor as teacher.’ Paper presented at the LCA General Pastors’ Conference, Melbourne VIC.