Judy 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.
Judy’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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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.
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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.
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Executive Assistant to the Academic Dean, Registrar
Rosslyn provides administrative support to the Academic Dean and manages the Dean’s Office. She is also the Registrar and has the responsibility for student records.
Rosslyn is a member of the team which takes enquiries and receives visitors.
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Director of Research
In her role as Director of Research, Michelle is responsible for supporting higher degrees by research at ALC and working with LCANZ agencies to develop and carry out specific research projects.
Research areas: Gender and Sexuality, Psalms, Shame, Feminist Theologies
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Director of Applied Learning
Emma is the Discover program coordinator, lecturer in the Diploma in Ministry and oversees both Vocational Education Training and non-award training at ALC.
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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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Vice Principal, Senior Lecturer in Theology, Course Advisor
In 2007 Stephen commenced at ALC as Lecturer in New Testament and Pastoral Studies. From 2008 to 2021 he held a senior leadership position as Dean. He continues to serve as Vice Principal (2010–) and senior lecturer.
Research areas: New Testament Backgrounds, Historical Jesus, Synoptic Gospels and Acts, Human Sexuality, Ecology, Theological Education, Integrative Learning
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Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Coordinator of Biblical Studies
Stephen is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at ALC and teaches across the New Testament field and koine Greek. His research and scholarly writings focus on the formation of the gospel tradition (especially narrativity and memory in the gospels), ancient Judaism (especially the Dead Sea Scrolls), and Pauline theology. He also has interests in hermeneutics, biblical theology, and the doctrine of Scripture.
Research areas: New Testament, Biblical Theology
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 Conversation, Valedictory Service and Graduation Ceremony. She also assists in the production and distribution of promotional materials for the college, including Saints Alive. Alice is a member of the team which takes enquiries and receives visitors.
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Director of Library Services
Shaun oversees all library management and policy issues and ensures the continued provision of efficient services. He also liaises with faculty on the selection and sourcing of resources.
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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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Emeritus Professor, University of Divinity
Wendy 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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Tania Nelson is the Manager of Lutheran Media. Lutheran Media reaches out to people through radio, social media and print to bring them hope.
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Dr Meg Noack joined ALC as a sessional lecturer in 2020, bringing a wealth of experience from her working career, where she held a number of Education positions, including senior teacher, deputy principal, education advisor, director of learning and teaching, and university lecturer.
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Director of Research, Research Supervisor, Lecturer in Biblical Studies
Anna is Director of Research at ALC, responsible for ensuring the excellence and quality of research at the College. She is also Lutheran Theological Journal Co-Editor and serves as Lecturer in Biblical Studies.
Research areas: New Testament, Early Christianity, Biblical Theology, Educational Theology
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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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Dean, Lecturer in Education, Coordinator of Education Studies
Merryn teaches units in the programs for pre-service and in-service teachers and is the Dean of the College.
Research areas: Education, Educational Theology (Minor Thesis only)
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 in Lutheran theology and ethics 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) until the end of 2018 at which time he also retired as co-chair of the Lutheran–Uniting Church Dialogue. He remains a member of the Lutheran–Orthodox International Joint Commission.
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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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Sue is an experienced pastoral and spiritual care practitioner, CPE supervisor/educator and musician. She has just taken up a call as Pastoral Associate – Child, Youth and Family Ministry at St Paul’s Box Hill.
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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.