Programs and Funding for Women




ADM Fellowships support Christian women who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their field of intellectual, creative, cultural or professional endeavour, to undertake a focused project and to pursue avenues for engaging the public with their work. Examples of projects may include the publication of scholarly research in a book or peer-reviewed journal, the creation of new artistic or cultural works, publications in media outlets or research and development towards a new project such as a large grant application (e.g. with the Australian Research Council, John Templeton Foundation). 

Fellows are provided with financial support and space within the ADM offices. Through the Fellows’ Seminar, Fellows receive professional development in public engagement skills as well as opportunities to pursue deeper theological engagement with their field of work. Click the link below to meet our 2017 Fellows.


2017 ADM Fellows


2017 ADM Fellowships Application Pack-Information, Conditions and Application Form  [applications closed]


Visiting Fellows

ADM Visiting Fellowships support short-term visits by Christian women of outstanding talent who are established leaders in their field of intellectual, creative, cultural or professional endeavour. Visiting Fellows typically undertake a number of public engagement activities such as ADM Public Lectures and ADM Master Classes, as well as meeting with current ADM Fellows.  Click the links below for more information about our visiting fellows. 

2016 Visiting Fellow: Elizabeth Oldfield


Fellows & friends Network - Join Us!

The ADM Fellows Program is a concrete expression of the kinds of support and community we believe are vital for raising up talented Christian women for public engagement. We invite all women interested in this community to join our Fellows & Friends Network email list to receive news regarding our fellowships, events and professional development opportunities. Through this network we hope to provide many opportunities to bring together brilliant women across Sydney to inspire one another in their current projects.

Please sign up below to connect with our Fellows & Friends Network.


The Hub at ADM


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. Seed was established by John Beckett and a team who asked what it might look like if faith were embodied beyond the more traditionally accepted sectors for Christian work? For example, what might it look like for a Christian in fashion, or finance, or property, or architecture to more fully align their lives, as well as their products, services of strategies they create, with God's purposes?

The program will provide opportunities for formation and training, while also incubating the real initiatives of those involved. Seed's curriculum will help those selected to:

  • Discover (or rediscover) God's purposes for the world, and get clarity about how their own purpose aligns with God's purpose;
  • Imagine a new future for their particular community, workplace or culture that is more aligned with God's purposes;
  • Design a product, service or strategy for change that aligns with God's purposes and leads toward the new future; and
  • Create their product, service or strategy and turn it into a reality.

The Hub program is one-year long, with those selected to be in the Class of 2017 starting in February with a one-day intensive. There will be weekly coaching with the group (for 90 minutes) at ADM, the opportunity to work alongside your cohort in the ADM offices, and two further one-day intensives at the mid-point and end of the program. 

ADM covers the fees of the program, so there is no course cost for participants.

Key dates

28th September - Applications Open

28th November - Applications Close

5th December - Successful Applicants Notified 

February 2017 - Class of 2017 Commences

The Application form for the Hub 2017 can be found here.


the class of 2017

Dana Gruben – Jesus Loves Me

Raised in a Christian family in the USA, I was the eldest of three children in a stable and loving home. After school, I attended St Olaf College in Minnesota, a Lutheran liberal arts education where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (Ethics concentration). One semester I spent in Vellore, India, exploring health care in the developing world; there I met the Australian man who became first my pen pal and has now been my husband for 28 years. I have a love for learning, writing and study, so over the years, I've done a neuro nursing speciality certificate, a Master of Health Administration, a certificate of theology through Moore College, and a graduate diploma in Ageing and Pastoral Studies. For 20 + years, I've done practice management for my husband's ophthalmology practice, which I have combined with family responsibilities and church involvement. Drawn to ministry to older people, I spent 2.5 years in Aged Care chaplaincy. Now I have left that paid employment and am busy as a warden and as a mentor to a couple of young women. This project combines my love for Jesus, older people and writing.

Jesus Loves Me is a resource for gospel outreach to people with dementia: “People with dementia need to hear the Good News of Jesus in a way that meets their unique needs--- simple but not childlike; clear, concrete, building on familiar words.”


Follow this link to learn more about Dana's vision for her project. 


Michelle Koh – Stories Worth Telling

Currently, I am working with Wendy Simpson in Marketplace ministry, as we pioneer the integration of Faith and Work in Australia.

I have worked as a Chaplain and in the Pastoral Care team at C3 Church.

I have a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and an Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology from C3 Bible College.

I started a Portrait Photography business in 2009 and have managed the business and photographed people for the last 7 years. I have photographed people in natural surroundings and have a skill of effectively engaging people of all ages (newborn babies to grandparents) and cultural backgrounds to making them feel comfortable so I can capture natural emotions.

I have an Electrical Engineering degree (B.Eng. (Hons)) from the University of New South Wales. I have worked as a Presales Network Engineer at Cisco Systems and a Data Network Engineer and Project Manager at Macquarie Bank. 

Stories Worth Telling is a project of photography and interviews of believers shared on social media. “The purpose of this initiative is to encourage others by sharing stories of everyday believers from different denominations, cultural backgrounds and generations with an honest portrayal of how their faith is integral to their lives.” 


Ruth Lewis-Jones – Esteem Designz Program

Ruth Lewis-Jones is the inspiring founder and Managing Director of the internationally acclaimed ChooseREAL Campaign and Nationally implemented Esteem Designz Program, creating interactive platforms and resources to equip and empower girls and women in our communities.

Based in Sydney, Ruth also works as a school chaplain, youth developer, social entrepreneur, designer and is sought after to work alongside many community and welfare organisations to invest in the potential of their girls.

Ruth is a beloved motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and mentor for schools, churches, events and conferences. She is a thought leader and pioneer, creating a global movement empowering others to make lasting impacts with her. She loves to celebrate and support other in this journey.

In March, Ruth was named finalist for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards 2016.In October, Ruth was also named finalist for the prestigious Telstra Business Woman's Award 2016.

Ruth – “I am passionate about helping girls and women not feel the need to hustle for their approval and acceptance, but claim their intrinsic worth, and be unashamedly authentic and REAL, not moulded by other’s expectations, but free... Free to confidently be all that God has called and created them to be.” 

Esteem Designz Program, is about creating interactive platforms and resources to equip and empower girls and women in our communities. “Through creative, engaging resources we are equipping schools, churches and community/welfare organisations to empower self-worth, confidence and life-skills in girls”.

Follow this link to read more about Ruth's inspiring initiative. 


Sarah Kinstead – Soulcare
Sarah is married to Robin (a resident Australian Anglican Minister of the Parish of Christ Church Northern Beaches) and they have two children, who are a great delight to them. Both Sarah and Robin are originally from the UK but have made Australia their home.

Sarah loves seeing people grow in their understanding of Jesus and does this by teaching Scripture in her local schools, as well as leading ladies bible study and children’s ministries in her church. She is an evangelist at heart and seeks ways to engage with the community at both micro and macro levels whenever she can.

Sarah works as a Pastoral Supervisor teaching and training others in pastoral care, as well as lectures at Mary Andrews College (a new course which she has written herself to bring her two big loves together called Pastoral Evangelism). 

Soulcare is about the development of a regional pastoral care partnership - “To transform the pastoral care,   education and research offered on the northern beaches of Sydney in view of the new hospital opening in 2018 as a case study for future public/private hospital ventures.


Sarah Morse – Amistad Contra la Trata

Since the age of seventeen, when I saw poverty first hand on a World Vision study tour, I have dedicated my life to serving the poor. I spent my twenties serving some of the world ́s poorest on mission trips and raised more than $20, 000 for World Vision. I completed my nursing degree in 2000 and as a Registered Nurse, I spent two years working with disabled children in Romania. It was there that my heart grew for the poor in Europe. In 2004 I was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year. I spent two years working at the International Teams Australia office as a short term missions mobiliser and trainer. I then returned to work as a cancer nurse and educator. I married an Anglican minister in 2008, and in 2010, followed the call of God together to Spain to research human trafficking and to find our place in intervention strategies. I have been working in a safe house for trafficked and vulnerable women while Stephen has been completing his doctorate on this subject. We are currently on home assignment in Australia to raise the funds needed to return to run our project full time.

Amistad Contra la Trata an initiative of International Teams Spain.  “Training and equipping the Spanish church to be a voice for mercy and justice, especially in regards to human trafficking intervention in Spain, and empowering women coming out of the sex industry."

Read the profiles of the Founding Cohort of The Hub in 2015 here.

Read the profiles of The Hub, Class of 2016 here.

Annual Funding Event

applications are closed for 2016

For 125 years, ADM has asked the question: How can women use their God-given gifts for the good of the world?

You have an idea of how to use your gifts. And whether you’re developing a ministry, running a project that brings mercy and justice, starting a company that brings good into the world, or creating an arts initiative, we want to hear about it.

Come and pitch your idea to a panel and the ADM community. There will be four streams for pitches on the day: Ministry & Mission; Mercy & Justice; For-Profit business; and Arts Initiatives.

Further information and application details are available here.