Charles Sturt University
PACT - Public and Contextual Theology

Centre Staff

PaCT Director

Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen Pickard

Rt Rev'd Professor Stephen PickardStephen Pickard was Director of St Mark's National Theological Seminary and Head of Charles Sturt University's School of Theology from 1998 to 2006. He has served since as Bishop in the Anglican Archdiocese of Adelaide, Visiting Fellow at Rippon Theological College, Oxford and Acting CEO of Anglicare, Canberra and Goulburn.

Professor Pickard was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University in September 2013, and is currently an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. He holds the position of Director of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology conjointly with these roles.

Professor Pickard is the author of several books, including Seeking the Church: An introduction to Ecclesiology (2012) and In-Between God: Theology, Community and Discipleship (2011).

PaCT Assistant Director

Dr Jonathan Cole

Dr Jonathan ColeJonathan Cole has a PhD in Christian political theology (Charles Sturt University, 2019), an MA specialising in Middle Eastern politics and Islamic theology (Australian National University, 2007) and a BA Hons in Modern Greek language and history (La Trobe University, 2000).

Prior to embarking on an academic career in 2014, Jonathan spent 13 years working in a number of Australian federal government agencies (2001–2014), including the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Medicare Australia, the Defence Signals Directorate and the Office of National Assessments.​

His primary research interest is the intersection of religion and politics, with a particular focus on Christianity and Islam. He is the author of Christian Political Theology in an Age of Discontent: Mediating Scripture, Doctrine, and Political Reality (Wipf and Stock, 2019).

PaCT Communications Officer

Katherine Waite

Katherine WaiteKatherine Waite is Communications Officer at Charles Sturt University's Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre where she works 1 day a week. She is focussed on communicating the work of PaCT Professors and Fellows on issues of national and global significance.

She has 10 years’ experience working in media and communications industry ─ originally in journalism with ABC Radio and more recently working in theology and higher education fields. She has qualifications in business, communications and theology.

As well as working for PaCT, she is the Communications Officer at The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture where she works 3 days a week.