ADM awards $50,000 to support refugees

Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) is delighted to announce the recipients of over $50,000 in small grants for programs to support refugees in their local communities.

Grants have been awarded to eight Anglican churches in the greater Sydney Diocese, with sums ranging from $1,300 to $16,000. The grants form part of the Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response, led by Anglicare in collaboration with four other Anglican agencies, including ADM. Churches receiving the grants will use the funding to run English classes and playgroups, provide accommodation and employment support, and even to help run an Arabic church service.

For more information visit our Mercy & Justice page.


ADM welcomes new Chair of Board

Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM) has announced the appointment of Rev Jenni Stoddart, School Chaplain at Abbotsleigh, as its new Chair of the Board, following the retirement of Gillian Davidson after 13 years of service.

Gillian expressed her support for the appointment of Jenni Stoddart as Chair, saying, “I know she has a heart for the work, a commitment to the theological truths that are precious to each of us and a great ability to lead.”

“We are delighted to have Jenni’s experience in helping to steer ADM into the future,” said Ken Breakspear, acting CEO of ADM.  “Jenni has a long history of service in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, working in ministry in schools and churches. Her experience in engaging and equipping women and girls, and in strategic leadership, fit perfectly with the ADM mission to raise up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement.”

ADM's Garden Gates Officially Open 


ADM celebrated the opening of its newly-renovated 'garden in the city' on Thursday 30th March at an intimate office warming. Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Glenn Davies, dedicated the space to God in prayer. Archdeacon for Women, Kara Hartley, joined in the celebrations with ADM staff and guests from our partner organisations, including Hammond Care, the Bible Society and Hope for Sydney. We can't wait to see how this space enables more women to flourish in Kingdom work.

Pictured (from left): Dr. Kate Harrison Brennan, CEO, Gillian Davidson, Chair of ADM Board, the Most Rev. Dr. Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney, and Ken Breakspear, Acting CEO. 

Update on The Hub 2017

The Hub is a community for Christian women who lead not-for-profits, for-profits and arts initiatives to bring about gospel-shaped renewal. In 2016, we formed a partnership with Seed for The Hub at ADM to make the Seed program available to The Hub community.

The Hub 2017 participants are settling in and enjoying working on their kingdom projects.

Click here to hear from two of our participants, Ruth Lewis-Jones and Dana Gruben, about how their work is going. Ruth Lewis-Jones shares about her interactive projects designed to empower and encourage women and girls worldwide. Dana Gruben talks about aims to share the gospel with people with moderate to severe dementia through her resource Jesus Loves Me. 


Appointment of Rev. Dr. Keith Condie and Sarah Condie

Friday 29 April 2016 – ADM is delighted to announce that Rev. Dr. Keith Condie and Sarah Condie will be joining ADM as Inaugural Directors of The Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute.
“We are grateful for the gifting and experience of Keith and Sarah, their team approach, and vision to establish ADM’s Mental Health and Pastoral Care Institute,” ADM’s CEO Dr Kate Harrison Brennan said.  “We are looking forward to welcoming them to the team in September this year.”
The Institute will be designed to function at three levels: (1) Prevention – for example, strengthening marriage and family life, and helping churches to be inclusive. (2) Equipping – providing training and resource materials so that members of churches can care for each other more effectively. (3) Supporting – providing assistance to those dealing with long-term mental health issues, both the individuals concerned and those caring for them.
“Our vision,” Keith and Sarah said, “is that the Institute will equip churches to minister Christ to all people, including those struggling with mental health issues. In fact, we believe that the church can play a vital supportive role for such individuals alongside the work being done by medical and psychological professionals.”
Keith holds a PhD (USyd), as well as an MA in Theology and BTh Hons (ACT), Dip. Th (MTC), and a BSc (Psych.) Hons (UNSW). Keith will be joining ADM from Moore College where he has been Dean of Students since 2000, and Lecturer since 1997. Before ordination and his roles as Assistant Minister working at Anglican churches in Yagoona and Broadway in Sydney, Keith was a District Officer in Mt Druitt with the NSW Government Department of Youth and Community Services. No stranger to ADM, Keith has been a Member of the Council of the Anglican Deaconess Institution (1993-6) and a Member of the Management Committee of Deaconess House (1994-6). He has served extensivelywithin the Diocese as Member of the Social Issues Committee (1994-6), Member of the Taskforce Resisting Pornography (2013-), and as Chair of the Safe Ministry Board from 2002, ongoing.
Sarah holds a BA (UTS) and now focuses on ministry through her role as Women’s Pastor at Church by The Bridge, after a long season as a Law Librarian, and then part-time Staff worker at St Barnabas Anglican Broadway, and part-time librarian. Throughout, Sarah has been deeply involved in pastoral ministry with Keith and in running marriage enrichment courses that they developed and now present together. Sarah is a regular speaker at Christian events, and has established ministries within the local church to meet community needs. From 2007, she has been a Ministry Chaplain to female Candidates for ordination in the Sydney Diocese. Sarah will continue to work at Church by the Bridge part-time, alongside her role at ADM.


Appointment of Margo Leach as Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries

Thursday 28 April 2016 – ADM has a long history of mercy ministries and in the year of the 125th anniversary of the organisation, the new role of Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries has been created. It is a pleasure for ADM to announce that Margo Leach will be the Inaugural Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries.
“Margo joins us at ADM with more than twenty years of experience in international development and with the deep desire to see ADM build on its history and, in this new era, to enable Christian women to respond to deep social needs in the world. It is a privilege to have Margo join our team, bringing to the task her skills and leading the establishment of these programs,” said Dr Kate Harrison Brennan, CEO of ADM.
Margo looks forward to “seeing how God takes and uses ADM's Mercy & Justice Ministries to further his kingdom and to change the lives of women. Those women might be those who are beneficiaries of ADM's programming and support, they might be Christian women who are providing that support and service to others. I'm really excited to see how the international development activities, an area that is newer to ADM, take shape and makes a difference in the lives of women in developing contexts.”
Margo joins us at ADM from The Fred Hollows Foundation where she was Donor Coordinator of International Programs, managing a portfolio of 15 institutional donor-funded projects. Prior to that, Margo was the Team Leader of Grant Management and Compliance at World Vision Canada, where her family had relocated from Melbourne for four and a half years. Previous to that she worked at for-profit Cardno Emerging Markets and has consulted or worked for other not-for-profit organisations such as Opportunity International and AngliCORD. Margo holds a Master of Development Studies from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney. Margo and her family are part of Darling St Anglican Church in Balmain/Rozelle.

Dr Annette Pierdziwol Joins ADM to Establish Fellowships Program

Thursday 28 April 2016 – Dr Annette Pierdziwol recently joined the ADM team in the newly created role of Fellowships Manager. Annette will be establishing the ADM fellowships program in a part-time capacity, while continuing in her academic role as Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics and Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
“Annette is a brilliant thinker and leader, with a highly nuanced understanding of academic and cultural fellowship programs. She understands the importance of Christians making culture, not just critiquing it, and what is of value to the Christian women poised to do so – in Australia and overseas,” said ADM CEO Dr Kate Harrison Brennan.
“The Fellowships are designed to equip Christian women of excellence – academics, creatives, culture-makers and thought-leaders in any sphere – to undertake a specified project for a fixed-term (paid at industry-standard level). ADM Fellows will have their own office space and co-design the Fellows’ Seminar,” said Annette.
What excites Annette about this new role? It’s the “opportunity to listen to Christian women and what they need so we can design the most effective Fellowships program to raise them up for public engagement.” She hopes that “the spaces that the Fellows will share within the ADM office will create a ‘home base’ for brilliant women across Sydney to come together and do their thing.” Annette looks forward not only to “establishing the first cohort of Fellows, but also to building a large network of mentors, affiliates and friends associated with the program, both female and male; a community that’s committed to intellectual rigour, creative ambition and theological depth of engagement. The ADM offices are going to be a very exciting place over the next few years!”
Annette holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on the concepts of moral responsibility, conscience and habit, as well as on approaches to moral cultivation in the history of philosophy. Annette also holds a GradCert in Educational Studies (Higher Education) and a BA (Hons I), both from Sydney. Following her PhD, she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

Annette has many years’ experience as a Course Coordinator and Lecturer in Philosophy, teaching on moral philosophy, applied ethics, history of philosophy, continental philosophy and philosophy of religion. She recently published a chapter in a volume on Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology and she has another essay forthcoming in a volume on Faith and Reason: Applications to Contemporary Problems. She and her family are part of NewLife Anglican, a New Churches plant of the Diocese.