Charles Sturt University
PACT - Public and Contextual Theology

Centre Staff

PaCT Director

Rt Rev'd Stephen Pickard

Rt Rev'd 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 (Acting)

Peter Hooton

Peter Hooton is a former career diplomat with extensive overseas experience in Africa (Dar es Salaam and Nairobi), the Middle East (Riyadh), South and Southeast Asia (Colombo and Kuala Lumpur), and the South Pacific (Apia, Suva, and Honiara).

Prior to leaving the public service at the beginning of 2012, he was the Assistant Secretary in charge of DFAT’s Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch. Peter subsequently helped write the report prepared by the ANU’s Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and published in 2013, on Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play.

He has an MTh from CSU and has just completed a doctoral thesis on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s concept of “religionless Christianity” and its place in his broader theology.

PaCT Communications Officer

Katherine Waite

Katherine 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.​