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Meredith Lake

2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow 

Dr Meredith Lake is the host of Soul Search on ABC Radio National and the author of The Bible in Australia: a cultural history (2018) and Faith in Action: Hammondcare (2013). Prior to her time at ADM, she was a freelance researcher and writer. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Meredith wrote the bulk of her book The Bible in Australia and submitted the final manuscript to NewSouth Books for publication. This book went on to win the 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year. As an ADM Fellow, Meredith also co-edited an issue of the St Mark's Review (July 2017) and made her first appearance at the Sydney Writer’s Festival on a panel entitled, ‘The Good Book?’ (she is making her second appearance hosting a panel in 2019). During her Fellowship she received numerous invitations to give keynote lectures in Australia and New Zealand, including delivering our 2018 ADM Annual Public Lecture. Connect with Meredith on her website, Facebook or on twitter at @meredithlake1.

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Louise Gosbell

2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Dr Louise Gosbell is author of The Poor, the Crippled, the Blind and the Lame and lectures in New Testament at Mary Andrews College. She is also the Sydney Regional Coordinator for CBM’s Luke 14 Disability Inclusive Churches Program. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Louise continued work on a project exploring the experiences of people living with disability within the Sydney Anglican Diocese following the 2009 Synod motion, Resolution 34/09 People Affected by Disability. She authored a manual on disability inclusion designed to assist churches in the Diocese, completed the manuscript for her first sole-authored book with Mohr Siebeck, and won a DAAD scholarship at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal where she presented her research in two seminars. Since her Fellowship, Louise has written for ABC Religion & Ethics, Insights Magazine and was invited to deliver the 2019 Annual Lecture for the Sydney College of Divinity. She also taught a masterclass at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement. 

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Alix Beeston

2017 ADM Senior Research Fellow                                    

Dr Alix Beeston is currently Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University. During her ADM Senior Fellowship, Alix completed the manuscript for In and Out of Sight, her first sole-authored book with Oxford University Press, published a number of articles in academic journals in her field, including Arizona Quarterly and Modernism/modernity, wrote a new essay that was subsequently accepted at the journal Signs, developed a creative online project on Instagram, and was the MC of the 2017 ADM Annual Public Lecture. Her work as a Senior Fellow contributed to her success in securing her first permanent Faculty position at Cardiff University. Connect with Alix on Twitter, Instagram, or via her website.

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Jo Chew

2017 ADM Creative Fellow

Jo Chew is an artist whose paintings explore ideas of vulnerability, loss, hopefulness, and longing. Her work has been exhibited in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, and Sydney, and she was a finalist in the Bruny18 and the Henry Jones Art Prize. Prior to her time at ADM, Jo worked as a nanny and self-funded her work as an artist. During her ADM Fellowship, she completed two series of paintings and held a solo exhibition named ‘Numbering Stars’ at Thienny Lee Gallery. She gave her first public talk as an artist, in which she discussed the connections between her art and her faith, and she wrote her first article on this topic for Eternity magazine. Following her Fellowship, Jo went on to receive first class Honours in 2018 and in 2019 commenced PhD studies at the School of Creative Arts and Media in Hobart. Her show ‘The Wanderer, the Fool, and The Refuge’ was held in February 2019 at Despard Gallery. Connect with Jo on Instagram.

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Amelia Schwarze

2017 ADM Research Fellow

Amelia Schwarze is Area Specialist for Domestic and Family Violence and Program Officer in ADM’s Mercy & Justice Programs. Prior to coming to ADM, she worked for more than a decade in the public sector in analytical and management roles. During her 2017 ADM Research Fellowship, Amelia completed the majority of her first book on the topic of domestic violence in the church. She also developed this research into short courses and training resources. Since 2017, Amelia has served in a number of advisory and consulting roles in relation to domestic violence. She was invited to participate in the Australian College of Theology/Common Grace workshop aimed at developing the ACT’s strategy for equipping Christian leaders to prevent and respond to domestic violence in the church. In 2018, she presented her research at the Evangelical History Association Conference, where she was also an invited speaker on the Q&A panel alongside the conference keynotes. In 2019, Amelia published her research in the peer-reviewed journal Lucas: An Evangelical History Review.

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Kirsten Birkett

2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Dr Kirsten Birkett is Lecturer in Ethics, Philosophy and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London, a Latimer Research Fellow, and author of several books including Resilience: A Spiritual Project. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Kirsten spent six months researching what the bible has to say about happiness and wrote the bulk of a major new book on a theological and biblical approach to happiness. Her book manuscript is currently being considered by a major Christian publishing house. While at ADM, Kirsten also completed four academic papers for the peer-reviewed journals Journal of Practical Theology, Journal of Christianity and Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, and Churchman, and wrote a new popular book manuscript on Puritan spiritual reflection practices. Since completing her Fellowship, Kirsten has written about happiness for Eternity (here and here), Case Magazine, Themelios, was the featured guest on the Moore College Centre for Christian Living podcast episode ‘The Pursuit of Christian Happiness,’ and taught a two-part masterclass on happiness at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement. Connect with Kirsten through her website.

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Yixin Jiang Xu

2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Dr Yixin Jiang Xu researches in attachment theory as applied to both parent-child bonds and adult romantic relationships and leads community parenting seminars. Prior to coming to ADM, she completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney and worked as a researcher, looking at how to engage fathers in parenting programs. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Yixin undertook extensive research for a new book project on Christian parenting in a Chinese Australian cultural context. She also co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in academic journals in her field, such as Journal of Child and Family Studies, Australian Psychologist, and Journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development. During her time at ADM, Yixin also ran a 6-week Circle of Security parenting course at West Sydney Chinese Christian Church through First Light Care, a Christian counselling and education centre, where she continues to be involved as a regular presenter. Yixin is also involved in delivering training for ADM’s Raising Resilient Parents program, created by Sarah Condie (ADM Mental Health & Pastoral Care Institute) and Lyn Worsley (The Resilience Centre).

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Kate Bradford

2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Kate Bradford lectures in Advanced Pastoral Care at Moore Theological College, with Barry McGrath from Anglicare. She is also a Chaplain to students at the College. Prior to coming to ADM, Kate was Anglicare Chaplaincy Coordinator at Westmead Children’s Hospital and before that she was a CMS missionary in Tanzania. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Kate completed original research on Pastoral Theology from a Reformed Evangelical perspective. This research has allowed Kate to work her way closer towards entry into the Doctoral Program at Moore Theological College. During her Fellowship, Kate also had the opportunity to undertake a research visit to meet with Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and to attend the Christian Association of Psychological Research and International Spiritual Care Conference. During her Fellowship, Kate presented her research at the Moore College Postgraduate Seminar, the Evangelical History Association Conference, and the Australian Centre for Wesleyan Research Conference. As a result of these presentations, Kate has authored two peer-reviewed journal articles in her field. Connect with Kate on her blog Pastoral Thinking.

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Monica Cook

2018 ADM Senior Research Fellow

Monica Cook runs sex and fertility workshops for couples and is completing her Masters in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Counselling) at the University of Sydney. Prior to coming to ADM, she worked in science communication with Questacon, Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Museum of Human Disease at UNSW. During her ADM Senior Research Fellowship, Monica developed four new workshops aimed at Christian audiences on the topics of female sexual wellness, sexual wellness for couples, the theology of ‘good sex,’ and natural fertility. Monica presented her project to various audiences, including two church groups. During her time at ADM, she was also approached by Family Planning NSW to adapt her course on natural fertility for presentation to general practitioners, and was invited to sit on the board for the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. During her Fellowship Monica was interviewed by Eternity and drafted a number of articles for publication. Monica also founded, and held the inaugural meeting for, a support network for Christians working in an area related to sexuality called the Christian Society for Sexual Wellbeing (CSSW).

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Kirsty Beilharz

2018 ADM Senior Creative Fellow

Dr Kirsty Beilharz is Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia, in collaboration with St. Vincent's Health Network, investigating spiritual care in health. She is also the author of Music Remembers Me: Connection and Wellbeing in Dementia. 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. Prior to coming to ADM, she was the Director of Music Engagement at HammondCare. During her ADM Senior Creative Fellowship, Kirsty composed a piece of instrumental music intended as a vigil to support the emotional and spiritual needs of the person at the end of life. She also completed the draft manuscript for her PhD thesis in theology with the Sydney College of Divinity. During her Fellowship, Kirsty was the invited Keynote Speaker at the ACOM, SCD and CSU Ageing Conference Embracing life and gathering wisdom: Theological, pastoral and clinical insights into human flourishing at the end of life. She also taught a masterclass at ADM’s 2019 School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement. Connect with Kirsty via her website.

Summer Fellows 

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Robyn Wrigley-Carr

2018 ADM Summer Research Fellow

Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr is a permanent Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrusis College. She is the editor of Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book (SPCK) and author of The Spiritual Formation of Evelyn Underhill (SPCK, forthcoming 2019). Robyn has a Masters degree in Spiritual Theology from Regent College and a PhD from the University of St Andrews. During her ADM Summer Fellowship, Robyn conducted research for a new book on the lives and words of exemplary Christian women from the past, exploring connections between their devotional lives and active service.

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Jo Kadlecek

2018 ADM Summer Creative Fellow

Jo Kadlecek is the Creative Director at ADM. Before coming to ADM, Jo served as coordinator of women in ministries at the Anglican Church of Noosa, and before that she spent over 30 years teaching, speaking and writing for various publications, churches and Christian universities across the U.S. 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. During her ADM Summer Creative Fellowship, Jo wrote her play ‘Connecting the Dots’ – an imagined conversation for the stage, exploring the lives and works of Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Parker and Dorothy Day. Following her Summer Fellowship, in 2018 Jo co-founded Joining the Dots Theatre Company and the play she wrote during her Summer Fellowship was performed on International Women’s Day at ADM in 2019.

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Lyn Kidson

2018 ADM Summer Research Fellow

Dr Lyn Kidson is an ancient historian specialising in the Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament. She is a member of the Faculty of Theology at Alphacrucis College. During her ADM Summer Fellowship, Lyn wrote and submitted a paper to the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Annual Meeting in Denver, which was accepted. As a result of this paper presentation and a previous one, Lyn was invited to join the steering committee for SBL Disputed Paulines Section enabling her to further contribute in promoting scholarship in Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians and the Pastoral Epistles.

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Christine Poon

2019 ADM Summer Research Fellow

Dr Christine Poon is a biomedical engineer, focused on improving healthcare through technological innovation. She held a postdoctoral appointment in Singapore and her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2016 for developing an ethical research platform to improve the techniques used to culture human cells and tissues. Christine has also provided her professional opinion for Australian regulatory standards development and published in leading academic journals in her field. Christine’s research and engineering design principles – taking a biomimetic approach – are underscored by her belief that naturally occurring conditions found in the body represent the ‘gold standard’ for bioengineering. During her ADM Summer Fellowship Christine did groundwork for a long-term biomedical engineering initiative that seeks to improve and optimise the methods and materials used to store donated blood, in order to increase its shelf life and accessibility.

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Brooke Scriven

2019 ADM Summer Research Fellow

Dr Brooke Scriven is a primary school teacher at Wagga Wagga Christian College and an educational researcher whose work focuses on young children’s literacies and interactions. She has a PhD from Charles Sturt University, where she is also a sessional academic in the Faculty of Education. Her research has been published recently in the edited books Children’s Knowledge-in-Interaction and Digital Childhoods: Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives. During her ADM Summer Fellowship, Brooke developed a project on the social production of children’s worship in Bible lessons, exploring how children construct biblical understandings through their interaction, using verbal and bodily actions to organise their turn-taking and responses to each other’s praise. Brooke plans to publish her findings on children’s literacy practices during worship in a peer-reviewed journal, as well as to share her findings with kids' church leaders at her local church to equip and strengthen children’s ministry.