Following a competitive application process, six women were selected to receive ADM Fellowships in 2018.  You can read the profiles of these women, and about their Fellowship projects below.

(Please note: ADM does not endorse everything that ADM Fellows may say or do. Each Fellow represents herself and her own work).


2018 ADM Fellow & Senior Fellows

Kirsty Beilharz

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ADM Senior Creative Fellow

Kirsty is a composer and researcher using music to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, chronic pain and those receiving palliative care. Kirsty is the Director of Music Engagement at HammondCare, Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, researcher of the Kolling Institute, and a conjoint academic at the University of NSW. She is former Professor of Music and Interaction Design at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and was the Digital Media Program Director at the University of Sydney Design Lab. Kirsty has completed a PhD at the University of Sydney and postdoctoral studies at the University of York in music composition, and she is currently completing a PhD in trinitarian theology at the Sydney College of Divinity. Her music has been performed by orchestras worldwide, and her interactive installations have been exhibited in Bondi Sculpture by the Sea and international art events. Her work has been recognised with a Churchill Memorial Fellowship, Matsumae Fellowship, Asialink Artist Residency and Young Australian of the Year Arts Category Award. She represented Australia in the Paris Rostrum, Gaudeamus New Music Days in Amsterdam, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Forum in Montreal, and Paris Cité Internationale des Arts and IRCAM electronic music course. Following the publication of her book, Music Remembers Me: Connection and Wellbeing in Dementia, in 2017, this Senior Fellowship will provide scope to develop creative and practical resources that utilise the therapeutic capacity of music to care for people by integrating music, health and spirituality.



Meaningful and memorable: Music vigil

'Meaningful and memorable: Music vigil' is a creative project to compose and record instrumental music, intended as a vigil to support emotional and spiritual needs of the person at the end of life, as well as their family and friends. The aim is to help people experience a serene, dignified death. Drawing from cross-cultural palliative care and clinical musicianship experience, this project develops a digital recording using instruments traditionally associated with healing (harp, recorder, Japanese shakuhachi flute, and viola). The musical vigil is a sacred space for contemplation, relaxation, reconciliation and dying well. Music has been shown to reduce pain, agitation, anxiety, and to provide an atmosphere for deep calm reverie and emotional expression, especially if words have gone due to dementia, frailty, medication or disease progression. Music can be restorative and peaceful for the embodied soul. Socially, we are poor at preparing for and talking about death, and dying can instil fear and mystery. Its setting may vary from home palliative care, to a nursing home, hospice or hospital, however most people are unanimous that the ideal death for those in palliative care should be dignified – that is, safe, relaxed, accepting, free from suffering, memorable for those around and spiritually significant. This resource is intended for use by medical staff, pastoral carers, clergy, family and friends to enable someone to live richly until their very last breath. While music therapy is sometimes engaged earlier in healthcare, there is an absence of supportive music for the specific, delicate and significant time of passing from life to death.

Kirsten Birkett

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ADM Senior Research Fellow

Kirsten is a lecturer in ethics and philosophy at Oak Hill Theological College, London, where she also teaches church history and doctrine. Her PhD was in English Reformation, and she has since then completed a Master’s in Higher Education, with a dissertation on training for resilience in Christian Ministry. She is also a Latimer Trust Research Fellow, and ordained within the Church of England as a theological lecturer. Kirsten has published books and articles on a range of issues exploring the interaction between theology and the secular world. She currently writes for the Creation Project, a research project in science and religion based at the Henry Centre, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, funded by the Templeton Foundation. Kirsten lives in London.

A Christian study of happiness

Happiness is a subject that is pursued obsessively by the non-Christian world. It is the assumed object and purpose of life. The popular material on gaining happiness, through lifestyle, mindfulness, freedom of choice or multiple other methods, is vast. Also, perhaps more surprisingly, this is more recently a prominent topic in the academic world. Where previous generations might have considered ‘happiness’ frivolous and not for serious academic study, that is no longer the case. There are peer-reviewed journals, research institutes and serious works written in a variety of disciplines (philosophy and psychology probably dominate). Yet there is not much biblical reflection in response. Bible-believing Christians will be affected by, and have questions about, such a dominant topic. As emotional, created beings we also want to be happy. Moreover, the Bible speaks about joy and rejoicing repeatedly – is that the same as being happy? This is a topic that needs exploring exegetically and theologically, with a philosophical and historical perspective, as well as a practical perspective on happiness: is it something Christians should care about? If so, what does it look like for Christians and how does one go about it? 

Kate Bradford

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ADM Senior Research Fellow

Kate is a chaplaincy lecturer and pastoral supervisor to chaplains, pastoral carers and theological students. Participants in her courses minister within churches, Christian NGOs, secular government institutions and different arms of the Defence Force. Kate completed her BTh at Moore College in 1992. In 1997, Kate, her husband Steve and their young family, went to a remote rural mission hospital, Berega, Tanzania, where they were CMS missionaries until 2006. During this time, Kate taught part time at the Bible College at Berega. 

Since 2007, Kate has ministered with Anglicare as an Anglican chaplain, primarily at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead (2007-2015), and as a chaplain to theological students at Moore College from 2009. She completed an MA (Theology) 2013, MA (Chaplaincy) 2014 and Grad Cert (Pastoral Supervision) 2016. For the past seven years, Kate has been researching the tenuous relationship between movements in 20th century pastoral care and evangelical Christianity. She has also begun developing alternative course material (more aligned with evangelical practice) for chaplaincy and pastoral care training, both for Anglicare and Moore College. Kate has presented on pastoral care at CASE conferences at New College, UNSW, to medical students and at the US Paediatrics Chaplains Network Conference. Kate and Steve live in the Inner West of Sydney, with their teenage daughters, an adult son and a menagerie of a dog, cat, rabbit and two fish.

Providing faithful and hopeful pastoral care to a particular person, in a specific context at a specific time

Kate’s ADM Fellowship will focus on her postgraduate research through Moore College, where she is developing a framework for Reformed evangelical chaplaincy and pastoral care ministry. During the term of her Fellowship, Kate plans to complete three chapters and write an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. A second element of the project, flowing from the first, is to develop teaching modules. The modules will help to provide chaplains and pastoral carers with biblical scaffolds that support and aid their ministry, both within churches and the public space. Kate will undertake fieldwork within the Anglicare Centre for Pastoral Development, which will help her to develop focused teaching modules that can be used in different combinations for training chaplains, pastoral carers, theological students and volunteers. The modules will provide a simple framework for faithful, biblical pastoral practice, that offers profound hope. The modules give patterns for integrating Scripture and pastoral ministry to particular people, in specific contexts, at specific times.

Monica Cook


ADM Senior Research Fellow

Monica currently runs sex and fertility workshops for couples and is completing her Masters in Sexual and Reproductive Health (counselling) through University of Sydney. She is happily married and raising three lively young children (aged one, four and five). Her academic journey began in science research where she received First Class Honours in Immunology through the Australian National University after completing a prestigious PhB degree. Using this knowledge, she entered the world of science communication, completing a Graduate Diploma. She then travelled around rural parts of Australia with the Questacon Science Circus, translating complex topics into accessible and engaging programs (shows, workshops and exhibitions) for various audiences. Monica has since spoken on radio, written for science magazines, run seminars and developed and authored publications, while also working for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Museum of Human Disease (UNSW). After the birth of her first child, Monica’s focus shifted as she realised there was very little support and information available, both within the church and beyond, that addressed issues around sex, fertility and the unique journey from conception to birth and beyond. Armed with her love for God, academic expertise and skills in communication, Monica intends to translate the medical elements of fertility into something that is accessible and engaging. She aims to take a holistic approach, that recognises the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of a person during this time. In her ‘spare time’, Monica raises funds for A21 charity.  


What to expect before you’re expecting

Monica’s ADM Fellowship project aims to pre-emptively prepare couples for their journey towards having children. She will develop an interactive program that provides a safe space for couples to learn about the latest research on sex and fertility, and engage with complex issues on the topic within the context of a theological framework. When a couple starts considering children, there are many issues that can arise and potential obstacles that they may face, such as practical, ethical, and theological dilemmas around infertility, miscarriage, abnormal nuchal scans or assisted reproductive technology. Furthermore, they can arise unexpectedly, impacting on a couple both relationally and spiritually, and resulting in a feeling of isolation because of the personal nature of these topics. Even accessing accurate and clear information relating to getting pregnant naturally, fostering or adoption is difficult, despite being more relevant than ever in a context where many couples are waiting until they are older to marry and have families. An additional part of the project is to equip couples with strategies to support their sex life through such challenging times of pregnancy and as they raise young children. Monica’s hope is that this program not only empowers couples to face their journey with faith and strength, but that it also equips the larger body of Christ to provide a nurturing, supportive and safe environment for those in the church and broader community facing issues around sexuality and reproduction.

Yixin Jiang Zu


ADM Senior Research Fellow

Yixin was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2017. Her doctoral thesis, which was on patterns of attachment behaviour in adult relationships and how they relate to personality and motivation, received the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award. Her area of research interest is attachment theory as applied to both parent-child bonds and adult romantic relationships. Currently, Yixin works as a researcher at the University of Sydney, looking at how to engage fathers in parenting programs. She is also involved in running parenting and relationship seminars at churches through an organisation called First Light Care, a Christian counselling and education centre. Yixin has a passion for family relationships research and public education, and believes that the family is one of the most important ministry contexts, as God is glorified in our most intimate relationships. Yixin is married to David.

Countercultural: Christian parenting in a Chinese context

Yixin’s ADM Fellowship Project aims to engage with cultural issues and challenges for parenting in Australian Chinese families. It aims to meet the growing needs of these families with psychological resources, as well as biblical wisdom. While for many in the Australian Chinese community there is a strong family-oriented culture, parenting for Chinese families is not without challenges. For example, often there can be an (over)emphasis on academic achievement, idolising children and materialism. Yixin is interested in conducting careful analysis of these challenges in the upbringing of children and related mental health issues. She contends that a Christian perspective offers countercultural ideas, such as unconditional love, grace, teaching children to love God, and instilling moral and spiritual values. The aim of Yixin’s project is to develop English-language resources, including an online blog, to disseminate psychological research and biblical wisdom that may be helpful to Chinese parents. Additionally, a key focus of the project will be preparing the foundation of a book on parenting for Chinese parents, again drawing upon both current research and biblical wisdom. The hope is that these resources will not only meet the need of addressing cultural challenges, but also enable both Christian and non-Christian Chinese parents to raise children in accordance with God’s will.


Laura Rademaker

ADM Senior Research Fellow


Laura is an historian with a PhD from the Australian National University for her thesis about Aboriginal missions in the Northern Territory. Since being awarded her doctorate in 2015, she has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at the Australian Catholic University, researching histories of race, gender and religion. She has published several academic articles in journals including Gender & History, Aboriginal History and Australian Feminist Studies. Her work has also been recognised with numerous prizes, including the ANU J.G. Crawford Prize, Australian Historical Association’s Serle Award and Council of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Future Leaders Prize. Her 2016 article ‘Only Cuppa Tea Christians’ was awarded the Taylor and Francis prize for best article in History Australia. Laura is married to Phil and they have a son, Lucas.

Twitter: @laurarads

‘Crisis of faith? Gender and secularisation in Australia, 1960-1980’

Laura’s ADM Fellowship project will examine Australian women’s spirituality and shifts in Australian understandings of religion and gender in the 1960s and 1970s, in order to understand the rapid change in Australia’s religious cultures at the time. These years, which saw the introduction of the contraceptive pill, women’s liberation and calls for the opening of religious leadership for women, were also a period of sharp decline in church attendance and religious affiliation. Religious change was especially marked in women’s lives. While women were most likely to attend church and identify as religious in the 1950s, the rapid ‘falling away’ of younger women in the 1960s and 1970s points to a significant realignment in women’s experiences of church and religion. Laura will explore complementary questions of whether, and how, Australians’ ideas about femininity and religiosity changed, as well as how religious institutions perceived and reacted to changing Australian gender norms.

*Dr. Rademaker did not take up her ADM Fellowship as she was subsequently awarded, and accepted, a prestigious Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship at the Australia National University (ANU). To read more about what Laura is now up to at ANU, click here.


2018 ADM Summer Fellows

Following a competitive application process, five women were selected to receive ADM Summer Fellowships for January 2018.  You can read the profiles of these women, and about their Fellowship projects below.

(Please note: ADM does not endorse everything that ADM Summer Fellows may say or do. Each Fellow represents herself and her own work).


Jo Kadlecek

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ADM Summer Creative Fellow

Originally from Colorado and most recently Boston, Jo Kadlecek now lives on the Sunshine Coast where she dabbles in playwriting, teaches memoir and fiction writing workshops, and serves part time with Women in Ministry at the Anglican Church of Noosa. With more years of teaching experience than she can actually believe, mostly in higher education, Jo sees the classroom, the written word and the stage as today’s primary means of affecting culture. She has published novels, nonfiction works, and written articles for publications such as The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, North Shore Magazine, New York Post, Christianity Today, and Religion News Service. To feed her love of stories and to equip her for introducing others to the wonder and diversity of great literary works and plays, Jo earned a Master of Arts degree in humanities and another in cross-cultural communication. Story, she believes, is the bridge to understanding one another. And theatre provides an ideal setting for engaging with ideas unlike our own.

When she’s not reading or writing, Jo walks her dog Clark Kent on the beach with her husband, enjoys coffee conversations with women from the church, or swims in an outdoor pool year-round (because it does not snow in Noosa). But at heart, she’s an urban girl and is grateful that the Christian story is centred both on the Living Word (in an enduring book) and a City to which we look forward!


Connecting the Dots: An imagined conversation for the stage

Meet Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Parker and Dorothy Day, three extraordinary writers whose creative careers were launched in the 1920s. Sayers and Parker are the same age. Parker and Day live in New York City at the same time, each earning a living writing in an age when women hardly had a voice, when the industrial revolution was changing the west and when traditional Christian ideals were questioned like never before. How did these women succeed as writers (with popular legacies today) while so much shifted around them? What did they have in common? What would they say to each other if they’d met (which they did not) that might be instructive for us today?

Because we live in an increasingly pluralistic society and struggle for ways to communicate with our new neighbours (i.e. those who might see the world differently than we do), these Dorothys have much to offer. By exploring their lives and works together, we encounter the specific voices we most often hear in today’s cultural context: a vocal conservative Christian (Sayers), a cynical agnostic satirist (Parker), and a passionate radical activist (Day). 'Connecting the Dots' brings their stories and their words to life in a theatrical stage presentation that both informs and inspires our hopes for better dialogue with those unlike ourselves.


Lyn Kidson

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ADM Summer Research Fellow

Lyn is an ancient historian specialising in the Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament. Her recently completed PhD thesis at Macquarie University was on the rhetorical strategies used by the writer of 1 Timothy to persuade “certain men” not to pursue what is described as the “other instruction”.  Lyn’s focus in her research is on the social, intellectual, and cultural background of the Pastoral Epistles. She has a keen interest in numismatics and has published articles exploring the interaction between minting coins and their economic and ideological role in Greek cities in the Roman Empire. She also has a published article looking at the genre of 1 Timothy and a book chapter on the use of the Greek word didaskō in 1 Timothy 2. Lyn is married to Andrew and they have an adult son. Lyn and Andrew enjoy living in Western Sydney and they spend their spare time in creative endeavours, gardening, and cooking.


Honour widows who are widows indeed: Care of the vulnerable, charity, and the practice of piety in creating social change

Lyn’s research interest is in the relationship between the directions given to women in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 and the instructions given to the “woman who is a believer” (NASB) in 1 Timothy 5:16, and the widows themselves (1 Tim 5: 9-15). It should be noted that some of the young widows have “turned aside to follow Satan” (1 Tim 5:15). Her research project will investigate how the writer of 1 Timothy is structuring his instructions to the women, and specifically to the widows, in order to resist the “other teaching” (1 Tim 1:34; 4:1-5; 6:3) that has infiltrated the community. Her goal is to prepare and present a paper for the Society of Biblical Literature conference in November 2018.


Christine Poon


ADM Summer Research Fellow

Christine is a biomedical engineer, focused on improving healthcare through technological innovation. She received a doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2016 for developing an ethical research platform to improve the techniques used to culture human cells and tissues. These revised techniques offer higher accuracy in biological testing, thus reducing the need for animal studies. Since completing her doctorate, Christine has led the development of another novel cell-culture system in a postdoctoral appointment in Singapore. She has also provided her professional opinion, and a review of 3D-printed medical products, for Australian regulatory standards development. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in leading academic journals and intellectual property documentation. Christine’s research and engineering design principles are underscored by her belief that naturally occurring conditions found in the body represent the ‘gold standard’ for bioengineering. This biomimetic approach is derived from her faith in God as the perfect Creator. In her spare time, Christine enjoys bushwalking and painting.


Not a drop wasted: Improving the life-saving outcomes of donated blood

In line with her research interests, Christine’s ADM Fellowship project will establish substantial groundwork for a long-term biomedical engineering initiative. This initiative seeks to improve and optimise the methods and materials used to store donated blood, in order to increase its shelf life and accessibility. Christine plans to publish findings in leading scientific journals, and develop a major postdoctoral grant application to further develop this work. She will also take the time to appreciate the connections between her ADM project and salvation through the blood of Christ, and consider the practical integration of her scholarly work and Christian faith to benefit both academic and wider communities.


Brook Scriven

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ADM Summer Research Fellow

Brooke is an educational researcher whose work focuses on young children’s literacies and interactions. She is currently employed as a sessional academic in the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University and as a part-time primary school teacher at Wagga Wagga Christian College. Brooke received a Bachelor of Education (Primary – Honours) in 2012 and a PhD in 2016, both from Charles Sturt University. Her PhD examined a young child’s interactions with her family while using technology at home. It uncovered how digital literacy practices are socially accomplished. Brooke’s research employs the sociological perspectives of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. These allow her to reveal the taken-for-granted methods by which people produce order in their conversations and activities. These perspectives enable Brooke to appreciate the order with which God created the world and the interactive resources that he has built into his creation to enjoy relationships. Brooke’s research has been published recently in the edited books Children’s Knowledge-in-Interaction (2017) and Digital Childhoods: Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives (in press). She has presented her research at several international conferences, including the International Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, International Pragmatics Association and United Kingdom Literacy Association. In her spare time, Brooke enjoys reading picture books aloud to anyone who will listen (even to her adult family members) and hopes to write one of her own one day!

The social production of children’s worship in Bible lessons

Brooke’s Fellowship project will explore how children’s social interactions accomplish worship time in a Bible lesson. Currently, little is known about how children construct biblical understandings through their interaction. Therefore, this project shows how children organise the sharing of understandings during worship. It asks the research question: How do children produce worship time interactively in a Bible lesson? Brooke will closely analyse a segment of a video-recorded Bible lesson during a children’s church service, using the sociological methods of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. Her analysis will produce a detailed description of how children produce their worship session socially. The project will highlight how children use verbal and bodily actions (e.g. gesture) to organise their turn-taking and responses to each other’s praise. In doing so, it will identify the literacy practices children engage in during the lesson. Analysis and discussion of children’s literacy practices during worship will be published as journal articles for academic and professional audiences. Brooke will also share her findings with kids' church leaders at her local church, St Aidan’s Presbyterian Church in Wagga Wagga, to equip and strengthen children’s ministry.   


Robyn Wrigley-Carr


ADM Summer Research Fellow

Robyn is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrusis College, Sydney. In 2009, she received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, supervised by Professor Alan Torrance. Prior to her PhD studies, she lectured for eight years at the Australian College of Ministries, Sydney, and has also taught at the Macquarie Christian Studies Institute (MCSI) and Christian Heritage College. Robyn's most recent research has involved editing Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book, to be published by SPCK in January 2018. Robyn discovered two books of prayers written down by Evelyn Underhill while on a research trip in the UK on an ARTFinc grant. Scholars believed that these prayer books for leading retreats had been lost many decades ago. The prayers were composed by men and women of spiritual depth who lived from the 3rd to 20th century from all branches of the Christian church, as well as some by Underhill herself. Robyn has a passion for Spiritual Theology, which she studied at Regent College, Vancouver, where she met her Kiwi husband. They have three teenage children and love travelling.

Soul friends: Journeying with women of wisdom through the ages

Although significant progress has been made in recent decades, women's voices remain under-represented in the public arena and in writing, particularly in the Christian sphere. Robyn’s ADM Fellowship project aims to make a contribution by researching the lives and words of exemplary Christian women from the past, and publishing the findings of this research as a book. The women chosen are those who have left devotional writings, and who were also leaders and pioneers in the public sphere. This book will explore how their devotional lives supported and informed their active service. 

This project particularly aims to tell the stories of a diverse group of women. The chosen women will be from different time periods (3rd to 21st century) and a variety of vocations. They will include lay workers, married women and mothers, nuns, plus a variety of women's voices from different branches of the Christian Church. One aim is to enable contemporary women to be introduced to a wide variety of dynamic, Christian, female role models – new ‘soul friends’ to inspire them.