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About Hillsong College

Get to know the team

Meet the people that make Hillsong College a world-class institution for leadership and ministry

Lee Burns
Executive Vice President

In addition to being the Executive Vice President of Hillsong College, Lee frequents the classroom teaching a range of Vocational and Degree Classes, alongside studying towards his PhD. As a Pastor at Hillsong Church you’ll find him preaching at any one of our local or global campuses and discipling Alumni.

I believe our college is a unique environment, where values can be transformed and convictions built. Being a part of a local church, attached to a global church, provides the opportunity to think within a local context but with a global perspective. This will organically increase your capacity to believe and your perception of what’s achievable. By the end of your study at Hillsong College, you’ll be loving God, loving the Church and committed to reaching and impacting the world.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Prison Epistles (Diploma), Luke/Acts (Degree), along with Organisational Leadership at a staff level

  • What are your research interests?

    As a PHD candidate, I am researching Lukan Pneumatology; specifically looking at the impact of the Holy Spirit on the Pentecostal community – including within Hillsong Church.

    I am particularly interested in learning more about koinonia – which refers to the community aspect of Acts; the way the early church functioned – and whether koinonia is still true of the Pentecostal Church today

  • Academic Qualifications

    PhD (Cand.) (Alphacrucis College), MTh (Sydney College of Divinity), Bachelor of Theology (Sydney College of Divinity), Diploma in Ministry (Hillsong College) Cert IV TAE (Unity College)

Duncan Corby
General Manager

Duncan has been on staff with Hillsong College for more than two decades. As one of our senior lecturers he teaches a range of Vocational and Degree courses, alongside overseeing the academic development, partnership and excellence of Hillsong College. In addition to the pursuit of his PhD and academic duties, Duncan is highly involved as a Pastor at Hillsong Church.

Being a part of Hillsong College has changed my life. It has taught me to how to lead as well as teach, and how to do both so as to build the church and the lives of future leaders. It has enabled me to build a legacy in the lives of thousands of students from all over the world.
  • Which department do you teach in? Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Church & Ministry (Cert IV), New Testament Introduction (Cert IV), New Testament Studies (Romans) (Diploma), Apologetics (Adv Diploma), Introduction to the Bible (BTh), Romans and Galatians (BTh), The Prison Epistles (BTh), Biblical Hermeneutics (BTh)

  • What are your research interests?

    Pentecostal Hermeneutics, Pauline Pneumatology, Pauline Ethics, Religious Experience.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science (University of Sydney), Masters of Theology (Practical Theology) (University of Manchester), Doctor of Philosophy (cand.) (Alphacrucis College). Assoc. Dipl. Of Ministry (IICM), Cert IV Training and Assessment (Unity)

  • Articles & Publications

    “Paul’s Teaching on Prosperity and Giving in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9” Masters Thesis
    “The Apostolic Trance” Paper delivered at Society of Pentecostal Studies 2017 Annual Meeting

  • What is your job role?

  • Background

    I have been part of Hillsong Church now for 35 year, the last 22 years on the faculty for College. Throughout this time I have held a range of leadership, ministry and teaching roles both in the church and in the College as Hillsong has grown and expanded. I have also been married to my wonderful wife Wendy for the last 30 years, and raised four wonderful sons, navigating the many seasons of life. All this means that I’ve learned how to integrate faith, family, ministry, personal, leadership and academic development, and theological enquiry, in a way that sustains growth, longevity, faithfulness and fruitfulness...and hopefully some wisdom as well.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am personally passionate about helping students develop a practically effective and intellectually robust approach to life, leadership and ministry. Our world is increasingly complex and challenging, yet there remain tremendous opportunities to bring the powerful and peaceful reign of Jesus to this world through his people, the church. This requires leaders who are equipped with the full range of personal, leadership and theological tools that building healthy, relevant and growing churches demands. There is no better place I can think of doing this than right in the heart and life of Hillsong Church, one of the world’s leading churches.

Dr. Chris Parkes
Executive Dean | Australia

One of the key take homes in any theological subject, and this is something I have learned on my particular journey of learning and study is the interconnectedness of: our beliefs (what we think), our actions (what we do), and our dispositions (how we feel). Our theology classes at Hillsong College challenge us to align all three dimensions of our lives and underscores the determinative role of worldview plays and contextualises this in the context of local church ministry.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    World Perspectives, Christian Ethics, Apologetics, Contemporary Theologies, Coaching, Christian Worldview, Theology & Popular Culture

  • What are your research interests?

    Christian Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Political Theology, Religion & Public Life

  • Academic Qualifications

    Cert IV TAE, Adv Dip Min, BTh, MA, PhD.

  • Publications

    Parkes C. (2017) The Contours of Hillsong’s Socio-Ethical Engagement. In: Riches T., Wagner T. (eds) The Hillsong Movement Examined. Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. (Also presented at SSSR 2017, Washington D.C.)

    Parkes C. (2018) “The Tyranny of Compassion” How does Stanley Hauerwas’ approach to the virtues enhance or challenge Pentecostal approaches to justice and the poor? (Presented At The 46th Annual Meeting Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies. Christian Ethics Interest Group. Cleveland, Tennesee)

    Parkes C. (2018) From Command to Chronicle: How does Stanley Hauerwas’ ‘biblical ethics’ enhance or challenge the way the bible is used in making ethical arguments in Pentecostal communities? Forthcoming Presentation At The 47th Annual Meeting Of The Society For Pentecostal Studies. Christian Ethics Interest Group

    Parkes, C. (2018) Pentecostal Ethics of the Australian Christian Churches in Light of Hauerwas’ Account of Virtue and Narrative. Doctoral Thesis.

  • What is your job role?

    My role at Hillsong College is multifaceted, and has evolved over the last 8 years. As well as lecturing across our Australian Campuses, my responsibilities include oversight of three of our premium programs: Our Advanced Diploma of Ministry, our Bachelors Programs and our Masters Programs. I am also responsible for two of our local Australian Campuses (Brisbane & Melbourne) as well as our Global Online Campus. My major focus in all of these areas are ensuring the programs are healthy and growing and working closely with the respective teams to consistently deliver a quality product and student experience that contributes towards Hillsong College’s core mission: to raise, equip, empower and release!

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Many of the courses I am involved with teaching could incorrectly be perceived as abstract and theory heavy. One of the key take homes in any theological subject, and this is something I have learned on my particular journey of learning and study is the interconnectedness of: our beliefs (what we think), our actions (what we do), and our dispositions (how we feel). Our theology classes at Hillsong College challenge us to align all three dimensions of our lives and underscores the determinative role of worldview plays and contextualises this in the context of local church ministry.

  • Background

    The most rewarding parts of working at Hillsong College (my 4 years of study at College from 2005-2008 is a given!) are twofold. Firstly, the moments in a classroom, whether it be a large lecture or a small tutorial or coaching group, when our students capture the information in a way that it becomes transformative for them personally, or practically. For example, they clearly see the relevance and significance of the subject in their ministry setting or future ministry plans. And secondly, speaking to our alumni, who, years on, recall how the classes and ministry experience from their time in college have impacted the way they are living their life and executing their vocation.

Dr. Renee Deng
Executive Dean | Online

I love seeing people grow and transformed to be more Christ-like in their learning, which I believe is a journey of discipleship of the mind; it's such a privilege that we get to carve a digital platform to facilitate this journey for people wherever they are beyond the limits of time and space. To me, that's playing my part in the Great Commission.
  • What is your job role?

    Executive Dean of Online Campus;
    I love seeing people grow and transformed to be more Christ-like in their learning, which I believe is a journey of discipleship of the mind; it's such a privilege that we get to carve a digital platform to facilitate this journey for people wherever they are beyond the limits of time and space. To me, that's playing my part in the Great Commission.

  • Which courses are you currently teaching in?

    I currently teach the following subjects in the BTh, MA, and MTh courses:
    > RES401 Postgraduate Research
    > WritingTHE/BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research
    > I also facilitate MTh students in their research and supervise when their research project falls into my files of expertise

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I have my personal share in struggling to figure out how to find and engage with academic references, how to write academically, and how to reference which is foreign to many students who just started their higher education. This is definitely an area I can contribute with specialised insights, well developed pedagogies and experience. I love the fact that I get to help students from day one to remove the stumbling block and build up their foundational soft skills as they go so that they will have the confidence to examine the different voices they come across and to have the voices to articulate truth with wisdom and grace.

  • Academic Qualifications

    I have a Doctor of Philosophy degree which was upgraded from a Master of Research program. I have a Bachelor of Art (Education). My doctorate specialisation is in international post-secondary education, specially focusing on international students' engagement in Australian higher education. My current research focus is on post-monolingual education theorisation and pedagogical applications in higher education in both online and in person learning.

  • Publications

    [Forth coming] Deng, Qianwen. “Chapter 3: Disrupting Monolingual Bias through ZhōngYīng (中英, Chinese-English) Framework.” Palgrave Studies in Teaching and Learning Chinese, 2023.

    Deng, Qianwen, and Sarah Callista. "“I’m not a virus”: A Critical Reading of ‘the Women with the Issue of Blood’through the Eyes of Asian Women in Australia beyond COVID19 Pandemic." Australasian Pentecostal Studies 23, no. 1 (2022): 19-33.
    https://aps-journal.com/index.php/APS/article/view/9600

    Deng, Qianwen. "One Size Fits All?–Postmonolingual Critical Thinking in Pentecostal Postgraduate Education." Australasian Pentecostal Studies 22, no. 2 (2021): 234-259.
    https://aps-journal.com/index.php/APS/article/view/9584

    Deng, Qianwen. "The nature of reciprocity in international service-learning: A case study." PhD diss., Western Sydney University (Australia), 2019
    http://hdl.handle.net/1959.7/uws:51907

  • Background

    I came on College staff in 2019 towards the end of my doctorate study. Even though I have never studied in College myself, I have always been volunteering together with college students because of my Sunday’s involvement in the Chinese service at Hills Campus. I married an Hillsong College alumni who finished three years’ VET program, graduated from both Master of Arts and Master of Theology programs.

Blake Robinson
Executive Dean | USA

Hillsong College is one of the best training grounds for leadership, ministry and life. It will help one grow as a person and discover more of who they are in Christ. You will grow also in competency, confidence and character. You will be encouraged to go for more with God and believe in yourself. You will learn how to build healthy foundations for life that will sustain you in your calling. We raise, equip, empower and release – discipleship is our goal.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate Studies & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Public Speaking and Communication – Cert IV, Theology – Diploma, Corinthians – Advanced Diploma, Preaching and Communication – Degree Online.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Master of Arts in Christian Studies (Alphacrucis College), Bachelor of Arts in Communication (University of South Carolina – Aiken), Advanced Diploma in Ministry (Hillsong College), Cert IV Training and Assessment (Blueprint Career Development)

  • Background

    I was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina in the United States of America. I became a Christian at the age of 16 during a youth camp at Daytona Beach, Florida. After graduating high school, I pursued a baseball scholarship. . I served in youth ministry at my local church while studying Communications at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. After graduating in 2009, I went on to Charleston, South Carolina where I continued to serve and work in youth ministry.

    In 2011, I began my first year at Hillsong College, graduating 3 years later with an Advanced Diploma in Ministry. I then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Christian Studies with a focus in biblical studies (exegesis of various passages in 1 Corinthians).

    I’ve now been on staff at Hillsong Church for over 7 years and 4 of those years have been with Hillsong College. Alongside my wife of 6 years and my son, I am called to build the local church through equipping students at Hillsong College.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Attending Hillsong College set me up for what God has purposed me to do. I discovered talents that I did not know I had, and skills that I needed to develop in order to thrive in life and ministry. I developed a strong work ethic through college and an inner voice that now tells me to never quit, trust God and dream big.
    Hillsong College is one of the best training grounds for leadership, ministry and life. It will help one grow as a person and discover more of who they are in Christ. You will grow also in competency, confidence and character. You will develop skills in your selected/chosen area of focus. You will be encouraged to go for more with God and believe in yourself. You will learn how to build healthy foundations for life that will sustain you in your calling.
    We raise, equip, empower and release – discipleship is our goal.

Angela Bachtle
Student Dean

One of the joys of my life is watching a student come to college and see them develop and grow into a leader who is confident, skilled and highly capable. I am always inspired by the people who come to our college from all over the world. They build incredible friendships that last a lifetime, develop personal leadership skills by being involved in training environments and practical hands on experience in church life. Students learn and practice how to effectively lead others as well as finding their purpose.  Our desire is that they would fall in love with Jesus and His glorious Church.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Pastoral Care Lectures, Spirit-Filled Living & Personal Evangelism Lectures, Platform Ministry, Marriage and Family, and Training Skills Tutorials.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Adv Dip. Min, Cert IV. TAE

  • Background

    Being on staff in our College for over 10 years and having our own son graduate with an Advanced Diploma in Ministry, has caused me to believe more in our college than ever before!   The mixture of practical and Spiritual wisdom gained by him doing the three years has set him up to help pioneer Hillsong San Fransisco.  The amount of care our staff give to our students is world class and unique in many ways. We not only value discipleship but are completely committed to it!

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    One of the joys of my life is watching a student come to college and see them develop and grow into a leader who is confident, skilled and highly capable. I am always inspired by the people who come to our college from all over the world. They build incredible friendships that last a lifetime, develop personal leadership skills by being involved in training environments and practical hands on experience in church life. Students learn and practice how to effectively lead others as well as finding their purpose.  Our desire is that they would fall in love with Jesus and His glorious Church.

Tracy Barrell
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

I started studying at Hillsong College on my 31st birthday. As a student, College kept me young! As a teacher I hope it continues to keep me young, interesting and relevant. Theology has proved to not be boring. It’s about the greatest redemptive story ever told and how we all have a unique place in it. As a teacher at Hillsong College I’m reminded of that every day. It’s the greatest job, in the greatest College, in the greatest Church in the world!
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate Studies as well as some Core & Pastoral lectures in our Vocational Education Training (VET) course

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Christian Worldview, Pneumatology, Christ & Salvation (for Higher Education) as well as Christian Doctrine, World Perspectives, Contemporary Theologies and Corinthian Correspondence.

  • What are your research interests?

    Practical & Spiritual Theology

  • Academic Qualifications

    MTh, BTh, Adv Dip. in Min.

  • What is your job role?

    I oversee the day to day running of the Higher Education Department (working closely with faculty and Senior College Leadership), ensuring the delivery of quality Higher Education within the unique ministry training culture of Hillsong College. I also lecture a number of Theology subjects, including Christian Worldview and more in depth Pneumatology & Christology subjects. Both in these subjects as well as in the Vocational courses I lecture, I love helping students to grasp Theological truths in ways that matter to our day-to-day Kingdom purpose and action. Basically to think through their faith and walk it out. As I often say to the students, “I’m only interested in Theology with legs on!”

  • Background

    Having completed Hillsong College’s 3 year Advanced Diploma, I completed the Bachelor of Theology because of a passion to teach and disciple Christians. Continuing to worship and serve at Hillsong Church I then embarked on a Masters of Theology which offered the opportunity for further Biblical and Theological studies as well as research in the field of Spiritual Theology – in particular the discipleship methods to be gleaned from the Desert Mothers & Fathers of the 3rd and 4th century. I began Tutoring and Training part-time at Hillsong College in 2006, and have been teaching full-time since 2010.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Lecturing across both our Higher Education and Vocational courses allows me to influence students in multiple ways: as thinkers and practitioners who keep the Church of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom purpose as their primary focus and the motivators for their study and the refinement of their skills.

Michelle Leaney
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

I love knowing that what I am part of is bigger than the part that I play. As a part of our training team I have the opportunity to invest into the lives of our students who are being equipped to lead the Church and impact the world in so many and varied spheres of influence and calling. Above all, I love seeing lives transformed, vision stirred, leaders equipped and followers of Jesus from many nations being discipled, and in turn becoming disciple-makers.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Dip. Christian Ethics, Theology, Leading a Discipleship Ministry, World Perspectives, Pastoral Care, Team Leadership, Old Testament Studies
    Adv. Dip. Social Justice & the Church, Training Skills & Apologetics

  • What are your research interests?

    Social Justice/Human Rights

  • Academic Qualifications

    Masters of Human Rights (Cand), Bachelor of Arts (Cohesive Study: Critical & Cultural Studies), Diploma of Ministry (Creative Ministries), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

  • What is your job role?

    I oversee the training and development of our new trainers and assistant trainers I relish opportunities to teach about culture and cross-cultural communication as it equips our students to navigate an increasingly globalised world where we live and move amidst a diversity of cultures and perspectives. I am currently convening, developing and delivering the new ‘Social Justice and the Church’ course for Advanced Diploma and I am passionate about this subject because we have a biblical mandate to act justly, love mercy and to be a blessing to the nations.

  • Background

    I have been in leadership with Hillsong Church since 1991, the majority of those years as part of the Creative Department where I was a Creative Pastor, Dance Leader and Founding Principal of the Hillsong Performing Arts Academy. I pioneered the Dance Stream at Hillsong College and have over 25 years’ experience in dance and creative arts ministry as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, director, lecturer and author. Since 2010 I have focused on my calling to raise up, equip and empower the next generation of leaders as a pastoral trainer at Hillsong College, and have become increasingly involved in cross-cultural ministry and social justice advocacy.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I never have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because I know that what I am part of is bigger than the part that I play. As a part of our training team I have the opportunity to invest into the lives of our students who are being equipped to lead the Church and impact the world in so many and varied spheres of influence and calling. Above all, I love seeing lives transformed, vision stirred, leaders equipped and followers of Jesus from many nations being discipled, and in turn becoming disciple-makers.

Cameron McDonald
Hills Campus Dean

As a result of studying and now working at Hillsong College, I genuinely believe I am a better leader, a more passionate follower of Jesus, a better theologian, a better teacher and better pastor as a result. I can honestly say doing my degree has helped me to understand the world on a whole new level! I am constantly challenged to continue to grow, see bigger and further ahead, and recognise the gold in them.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    LEA201, Personal Leadership, Team Leadership, Preaching, Managing Leaders, Christian Doctrine

  • What are your research interests?

    Leadership development, organisational growth and critical leadership studies

  • Academic Qualifications

    BTh and I’m a current student in my Masters of Business Leadership

  • What is your job role?

    My role as the Vice Principal at the Hills Campus of Hillsong College is to oversee the day to day running of the College, the health and well being of our staff and students.

  • Background

    I have been on staff at Hillsong church for over 8 years now, and have been leading within the life of our church in various capacities for over 16 years. I have served in numerous capacities in leadership, having started in the youth ministry for 8 years, overseeing the discipleship journeys of hundreds of young people; all the way through to coming on staff to run our Hills Campus Operations teams across the weekend for 5 years, as well as being a service pastor at Hillsong church for 3.5 years during this time.

    Since 2014 I have been involved in training and discipling our student body and leading our staff at the Hills Campus ever since! My passion and experience is in the field of leadership, discipleship, and pastoral ministry, and I believe my tenured involved in leadership, operational and pastoral roles across the life of the church (as well as being a Hillsong College student myself) has really equipped me to raise, equip, empower and release our students to lead and impact in every sphere of life and ministry.

    Since coming to College I have gone on to complete a Diploma in Business Management, a Cert Iv in Training and Assessment, a Bachelors Degree in Theology, and am a current student in a Masters program studying a Masters of Business Leadership.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Hillsong College exists to raise, equip, empower and release you know God in a new and fresh way, to discover the God-calling on your life, and to set you up for a life of significance and impact in any and every sphere of life. Our Higher Education courses seek to produce mature disciples of Christ, who are seasoned in the word of God, have a solid grasp of their own Christian worldview, and who are passionate about building the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Alistair McNally
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

College is a catalyst for people at any position in their walk; an awakening into large and expansive life. College becomes a place of intimate communion, layered with dialogical relationships and – as it is further cultivated through prayerful devotion and communal sharing – becomes the natural habitat for any individual’s growth and effective discipleship. The simplicity of college provides fertile soil for intimacy and sharing; an intentional environment which in turn, aids the betterment of the wider Church and our individual sphere, to which the Lord ‘adds to daily’ (Acts 2:47).
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Higher Ed – Leadership, Hermeneutics, Romans and Galatians, Christian Ethics & Theology and Psychology
    VET- The Prison Epistles, Leading a Church Department, and Apologetics

  • What are your research interests?

    Ontology, Leadership, Pentecostal Theology, Biblical Studies (esp. Luke-Acts) and Christian Ethics.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Th.D The Ontological Soul NUI Ireland (2019- ongoing)
    MRes (Theology and Leadership) Regents Theological College (Chester University)
    MA (Applied Theology) Regents Theological College (Chester University)
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Liverpool Hope University)
    Catholic Certification of Religious Studies (Liverpool Hope University, Diocese of Westminister)
    PG Dip Journalism and Media Studies (University of Ulster, Coleraine)
    Master of Theology (Biblical Studies) (University of Ulster, Jordanstown)
    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (The Queens University of Belfast)

  • Background

    After spending almost ten years in High school teaching and embracing the role of Assistant Headteacher in both pastoral and academic discipline, I have embraced many variations of teaching styles, pastoral care and academic improvement. I believe firmly that teaching must engage students on every level and equally the measurement of a learner is not defined by the marks on a paper but by the empowerment, equipping and releasing into their anointing.

Belinda Nelson
Higher Education Quality Manager

The Lecturers and Tutors at Hillsong College are some of the most high capacity and passionate people I have worked with. The college experience and the quality and expertise of the Higher Education Faculty is the reason why Hillsong College raises, equips and empowers intelligent, spirit filled leaders.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    RES101 (BTh) and VET

  • What are your research interests?

    Teaching and Learning, Assessment, and Evidence-based practice in education.

  • Academic Qualifications

    DipTch (Prim), BEd, MEd (Edith Cowan)

  • What is your job role?

    I lecture in the core Research and Academic Literacy unit in the BTh. This unit orients new students to the critical thinking and academic literacy skills necessary for success in Higher Education. I also oversee Quality Assurance of the Hillsong College Higher Education Program.

  • Background

    My 20+ years’ experience in the university environment has provided knowledge and understanding of the policies, processes and procedures relevant to providing quality teaching, learning and administration in our Higher Education context. My teaching and research experience during that time allows me to support students in learning new strategies for engaging with reading and writing, thinking and communicating effectively.

    I am absolutely amazed at how God purposed my years at a public university to set me up to contribute to Hillsong College launching as a Higher Education provider. I have always been involved in education with a passion to inspire a new generation of educators. Now I get to support educators in inspiring a new generation of church leaders. A world class college leads in teaching, learning and administration and my desire is to add value to our brilliant college with what God has grown in me.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    The Lecturers and Tutors at Hillsong College are some of the most high capacity and passionate people I have worked with. The college experience and the quality and expertise of the Higher Education Faculty is the reason why Hillsong College raises, equips and empowers intelligent, spirit filled leaders.

Haydn Nelson
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

Hillsong College is particularly unique in that it is placed at the heart of the vibrant community of Hillsong Church. Consequently, it provides an unparalleled opportunity for theological education and reflection to be done in the context of and at the coalface of innovative, effective and exciting church ministry. This integration of thinking and doing – of contemplation and application – is a potent and proven combination for raising, equipping, empowering and releasing a new generation of church leaders.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Postgraduate

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Apologetics, Ecclesiology, Trinity and Creation, Christian Worldview, Introduction to the Bible.

  • What are your research interests?

    Trinity, Providence, Ecclesiology, Ethics, Apologetics, Biblical History

  • Academic Qualifications

    BA, DipEd, BD (Hons), PhD

  • Publications

    H. D. Nelson, The Problem of the Providence of God (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010).
    H. D. Nelson, “A Trinitarian Perspective on the Destiny of the Unevangelized,” in M. Parsons (ed.), Text and Task: Scripture and Mission (London: Paternoster, 2006).
    H. D. Nelson, “The Dynamic Stillness of God: Trinitarian Conceptions of Divine Immutability and Impassibility,” in M. Habets and P. Tolliday (eds), Trinitarian Theology After Barth (Princeton Theological Monograph Series; Eugene, OR.: Pickwick, 2010).
    H. D. Nelson, ‘Meet the Real Jesus’, in J. John (ed.), Proclaiming Christmas: 40 Timeless Talks and Sermons (Chorleywood, UK: Philo Trust, 2012).

  • What is your job role?

    I teach in the Bachelors and Masters programs across a range of units with a particular focus toward Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies. Drawing on experience in both the theological education world and the church ministry world, I am able to bring to bear an academic and theological foundation to considerations of Christian leadership and the opportunities and responsibilities of ministry.

  • Background

    I’ve had more than 20 years of Christian leadership experience in theological education and church settings. Most recently I was Senior Minister of Riverview Church in Perth, Western Australia. Riverview Church is a multi-generational community of over 5000 people, 70 staff and a wide range of ministries including community services, Children’s Foundation and television. Prior to that I was Principal of the Bible College of Western Australia which equipped students for Christian ministry in a range of ministry contexts. In addition, I’ve had 7 years of law-enforcement experience as a Police Officer and Police Detective that provided a raw and real preparation for ministry.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    My desire is to demonstrate the many ways in which profound theological truth can have enormous implications for practical Christian trust. Put another way, orthodoxy (right believing) can and does shape orthopraxy (right living). My hope is that our students will be gripped by God’s saving purposes for his world and become fully-informed and fully-equipped servant leaders committed to lives that honour God, proclaim Jesus and build the church.

Adam Dodson
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

There is a need for worship leaders, church musicians, and creative leaders to have a biblical, historical, and ecclesiological understanding of why it is they do what they do in the practical outworking of worship leadership, its planning and its design. I am passionate about our worship studies courses because they are all designed to equip students to build the church and its worship with excellence and passion and to do so from an informed perspective.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Theology of Christian Worship, Creativity & the Arts in the Church, Creative Pastor, Church & Music, Intro to Worship Ministry, Worship Arts & Church History, Worship in the Contemporary Context

  • What are your research interests?

    The historical development of worship practices such as music and singing as they have developed theologically and musically across Christian traditions, primarily within the Pentecostal-charismatic contemporary church context. I have particular interests in the worship practices of Pentecostal revivals and periods of worship renewal and in the Contemporary worship movement and its associated music industry.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Diploma of Ministry in Worship Music (Hillsong College), B.Sc. Ministry Leadership in Music and Worship (Lee University), and currently a candidate in the M.A. Ministry Studies (Worship Studies) at Lee University.

  • What is your job role?

    I lecture across our Worship Music stream lectures in the Dip and Adv Dip VET course. I am also designing and creating our new worship studies units for our undergraduate program that include a variety of worship, arts, and music leadership subjects.

  • Background

    I completed the Diploma of Ministry in Worship Music at Hillsong College from 2006-07.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    There is a need for worship leaders, church musicians, and creative leaders to have a biblical, historical, and ecclesiological understanding of why it is they do what they do in the practical outworking of worship leadership, its planning and its design. I am passionate about our worship studies courses because they are all designed to equip students to build the church and its worship with excellence and passion and to do so from an informed perspective.

Aran Puddle
Training Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training and Undergraduate

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Creative Pastor, Creativity and the Arts in The Church, Creative Director, Theology of Christian Worship, The Worship Team, Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

  • What are your research interests?

    Worship Theology, The Holy Spirit, Theology and Practice in everyday living.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Advanced Diploma Christian Ministry. Certificate IV TAE in Training and Assessment. Ordained Pastor at Hillsong Church

  • What is your job role?

    Creative Leader and Mentor of Hillsong College. I mentor our Creative staff, including those who teach classes, those producing and making worship and artistic services and presentations and our online content creation team. I also teach and train in a variety of our worship and creative classes, as well as our Pastoral classes offered in our Diploma of Ministry.

  • Background

    1996 - 1998 Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry specialising in Worship Music.
    2009-2021: Hillsong College Creative Director overseeing all aspects of Worship and Creativity in the college.
    2022 - Hillsong College Creative Leader and Mentor.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I'm passionate about the courses I teach because they are tools to teach and impart the priorities of Jesus and His Gospel: They give our student opportunities and encounters to fall more in love with God, His Word and His Spirit; to be equipped to lead people to know Jesus in their everyday living and to make disciples of Jesus everywhere.

Lina Rodrigues
Course Development Manager & Lecturer

Besides biblical subjects, I am truly passionate about the history of Christianity. People tend to dismiss history as boring and irrelevant. I always encourage my students to look beyond the dates we often forget and the names we sometimes struggle to pronounce and simply immerse themselves in the stories. The story of the Church is the story of our spiritual ancestors and there is so much wisdom we can learn from their faith, their successes and also their failures. If we can wisely build on our past, we will step into our future stronger and bolder.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    History of Christianity

  • What are your research interests?

    Global Christianity, Church History, Ecumenism, Biblical Theology, Anthropology of Christianity

  • Academic Qualifications

    Dual Dip. Training and Assessment Education, Adv. Dip. Ministry, BA Humanities, Master of Translating and Interpreting, MA Christian Studies

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    For nearly 10 years, the core of my role as a course developer and teacher has always remained the same: ensuring the quality of our vocational programs so that our students are effectively raised, equipped and empowered for whatever calling God has on their lives. The team and myself carry out that mission by regularly designing assessments that showcase essential skills and knowledge relevant to ministry, revising the content of our programs so that it remains fresh and relevant as well as promoting innovative ministry practices.

  • Background

    Being born and raised in a multi-cultural family and social environment, I was immediately attracted by the international and welcoming nature of Hillsong College. When I studied at College as part of our pastoral stream in 2009-2012, I was only seeking to learn how to love and serve God and people better. These were transformative years where I discovered my calling as a church builder and Bible teacher. I was then offered a position on faculty while I further pursued my studies with a Master of Arts in Christian Studies - focusing at the time on biblical and New Testament studies.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Besides biblical subjects, I am truly passionate about the history of Christianity. People tend to dismiss history as boring and irrelevant. After all why bother with dead people and things that happened in the past? I always encourage my students to look beyond the dates we often forget and the names we sometimes struggle to pronounce and simply immerse themselves in the stories. The story of the Church is the story of our spiritual ancestors and there is so much wisdom we can learn from their faith, their successes and also their failures. If we can wisely build on our past, we will step into our future stronger and bolder.

Daniel Najera
Worship Teaching Staff

I love that through our courses we are able to raise and equip leaders for any type of leadership role whether it be inside Church Ministry, or secular ministries. I believe that we get to lay biblical foundations and principles in our students' lives that will carry them through life, help them be more Christ-like, and to build the Kingdom of God.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational - Worship Stream

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Coaching, Communication in Ministry, Personal Leadership, Principles of Worship, Worship and Performance Ensemble classes.

  • What are your research interests?

    Apologetics, Theology, Music.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry with Hillsong College

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    Assist in delivering Core and Worship Vocals subjects and conduct practical, topical, and/or theological tutorials and/or lectures for Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma students.

  • Background

    Studied a total of 3 years, and graduated from Hillsong College with an Advanced Diploma.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I love that through our courses we are able to raise and equip leaders for any type of leadership role whether it be inside Church Ministry, or secular ministries. I believe that we get to lay biblical foundations and principles in our students' lives that will carry them through life, help them be more Christ-like, and to build the Kingdom of God.

Kathy Squillace
Tutorial Leader

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Training Skills and Pastoral Care

  • What are your research interests?

    Pastoral and practical theology. Life skills.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Associate Diploma in Ministry, Cert IV TAE.

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    I have a dual role; Pastoral care (overseeing the well-being of the students )and Tutorial Trainer.

  • Background

    Associate Diploma, I have been on College staff for 11 years and have been in our City Campus and have industry expertise in pastoral ministry for the past 30 years.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    Training the trainer and equipping Pastors for pastoral care in a very practical skills-based way.

Anita Perera
Tutorial Leader

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Team Leadership, Pastoral Care, Old Testament Introduction and Studies, Public Speaking

  • What are your research interests?

    Pastoral Ministry

  • Academic Qualifications

    Cert IV Ministry, Cert IV TAE, Masters of Arts (candidate)

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    I am a Pastoral Theological Trainer in our VET programs. This involves training and pastoring students.

  • Background

    I studied at Hillsong College in 2012-2013 and have been involved ever since. God continues to grow, build and shape my life through Hillsong College. For which, I am very grateful.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am most passionate about the moments in classes where you see God give students revelation from His Word through discussion and teaching material. It truly is a pleasure to see students grow in this way.

Bryden McGhee
Pastoral Teaching Staff

I love that our classes take a holistic approach. We care more about who you are becoming, a disciple of Christ, more than what you know. We instruct the head, we nurture the heart, and we give the tools into the hands to make life-long disciples and leaders of Christ's Church.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Pastoral & Theological Trainer (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Bible Study Methods, Old Testament Studies, New Testament Intro, New Testament Studies, Training Skills, Public Speaking, Coaching

  • What are your research interests?

    Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, Practical Ministry & Ethics, Social Justice Ethics

  • Academic Qualifications

    BA (Biblical & Theological Studies) | Advanced Diploma (Ministry) | Dual Diploma (TAE)

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    My primary focus is helping out students to gain a love and understanding of how to interpret Biblical texts and then apply them to their lives. It is truly a delight to see students' passion for the Word grow once they learn the tools to engage with the texts. I am also responsible for overseeing our Academic Support for students. Additionally, I lead our course development here on the USA Campus, primarily focusing on engaging partner schools, with the intention to be able to afford our graduating students with more opportunities to advance their education.

  • Background

    I was a Worship Student for the first two years, and then my Advanced Diploma was focused on helping to equip our training staff with ongoing professional development at the City Campus. Prior to that, I had studied and gotten a Bachelor or Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies from Gordon College, just outside of Boston, MA.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    As someone who had previously studied Bible at the University level, it broke my heart to see peers walking away from Christ and the Church because they were not required to practically outwork what we were learning. I love that our classes take a wholistic approach, we care more about who you are becoming, a disciple of Christ, more than what you know. We instruct the head, we nurture the heart, and we give the tools into the hands to make life-long disciples and leaders of Christ's Church.

Rena Brown
Worship Stream Coordinator

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Principles of Worship, Church and Music, Vocal Techniques and Theory, Worship Ensemble, Marriage and Family, Team Leadership, Creative Pastor

  • What are your research interests?

    Healthy Leadership in the Church, Music History and HR

  • Academic Qualifications

    "Master of Music in Vocal Performance (CU, Boulder),
    Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (GCU),
    Cert IV Training and Assessment (Hillsong College)"

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    My role as the Worship Stream Oversight for Hillsong College USA is to oversee the health and growth of our incredible worship students by training in the classroom, leading our worship training staff and building the worship stream.

  • Background

    I have been part of Hillsong Church for 6 years in Phoenix, AZ and on faculty with Hillsong College since the launch of our USA College in 2019. Over the years I have held a range of roles on team within our creative team and now oversee our Worship Stream with our Hillsong College Team. My husband of 15 years, Jesse and I love leading teams together and bringing our 4 children along on the adventure. We love Jesus, we love His church and we love having a lot of fun on the journey!

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I love that students can find themselves in practical ministry situations, both in class and in practicum serving, that allow them to grow in their musical skills, pastoral skills, and leadership skills, all while growing in their devotion to Jesus and being discipled by an incredible faculty that have a wealth of ministry experience that can translate to whatever they may step into following their time studying with us at Hillsong College.

Paul McGhie
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Higher Education and Vocational Education Training

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Apologetics, Contemporary Theologies, Old Testament Foundations, New Testament Studies, Pentateuch, Minor Prophets, Corinthian Correspondence

  • What are your research interests?

    Environmental Science, Hebrew Bible

  • Academic Qualifications

    Masters in Theology (BibStud), CIS 2016, Masters in Climate Change, ANU 2022, Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Science, ANU 2021, Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry, AC 2013, Diploma of Ministry, HILC 2011

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    I oversee our Old Testament classes in the Higher Ed and VET streams. I also lecture and run tutorials across third years and volunteer teach at Night School.

  • Background

    I graduated Hillsong College with my diploma in 2011 and bachelors degree in 2013.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    A solid understanding of the Bible helps our students connect with the larger picture of God's relationship with humanity and engages them in a culture different from their own. This also encourages real conversation and collective action on the problems facing our society today. Pastors in the 21st Century have access to huge amounts of information and opinion about the Bible, but often need the interpretive skills to discern the most reliable and healthy sources.

Keren Fuller
City Campus Dean

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET) & Undergraduate

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Christian Ethics, World Perspectives, Theology, Marriage & Family, Apologetics, Leading a Church Department, Contemporary Theologies & Old Testament Foundations

  • What are your research interests?

    Pentecostal Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, New Testament World

  • Academic Qualifications

    CertIV TAE, DipMin, BA, MA

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    I am part of the Hillsong College team based at our Sydney City Campus. I lead tutorial classes for students in both our VET and Undergraduate programs. My role also includes pastoring and helping our city students and City Campus to flourish.

  • Background

    For over 25 years Hillsong Church has been my home church. I completed by Diploma of Ministry at Hillsong College in 2000 and started on church staff that same year. Having a degree in Business Administration I worked in the corporate side of church for many years. I then undertook further studies gaining a certificate in Training and Assessing and continued my theological training with a Masters in Christian Studies.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    A key scripture for me is Colossians 1:28-29 “He (Jesus) is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” My passion is for our students become more and more Christlike, mature in their faith, mature in their understanding of scripture and mature in extending God’s Kingdom in our world.

Norm Lugtu
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

I thoroughly believe that God has created within each and every person a desire to be creative. In the aspect of creating via music, I believe it is a powerful way to build the church. I'm all in for teaching about performing music live and creating music to be shared all around!
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Music Production, Music Workshops, & Creative Director

  • What are your research interests?

    Musicology, Film Music, and Music Production

  • Academic Qualifications

    Bachelor of Music

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    Worship Music Trainer, Musician Oversight, and College Creative Music Production Oversight

  • Background

    3 years of Hillsong College, 2 years of University (Bachelor of Music)

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I thoroughly believe that God has created within each and every person a desire to be creative. In the aspect of creating via music, I believe it is a powerful way to build the church. I'm all in for teaching about performing music live and creating music to be shared all around!

Kayleigh Alexandre
Creative Oversight

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Creative Director, Vocals & Worship Stream, Coaching.

  • What are your research interests?

    Creativity, the Arts and the Church

  • Academic Qualifications

    Cert IV (TAE), AdvDipMin. BTh.

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    Creative Oversight. Teaching some of our VET creative subjects, as well as overseeing Chapels and creative projects.

  • Background

    Have been working for college for 8 years. Have a background in vocals and muscianship. Have worked in various roles within our college including as a vocal trainer, worship trainer, college channel producer (tv), college creative producer, dance stream co-ordinator.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am passionate about teaching creative director as I believe we are ultimately all created to create as the likeness and image of a creative God. I am also passionate about seeing creativity used for Gods glory and for people to outwork their gifts alongside Him to further the gospel of Christ on this earth.

Bryan Campos
Training Staff

  • Which department do you teach in?

    Undergraduate & VET

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Personal leadership, Old Testament Intro, Team Leadership

  • What are your research interests?

    Leadership

  • Academic Qualifications

    Bachelors in Theology

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    Pastoral Trainer Online

  • Background

    Bachelors in Theology

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    They equip students with tools to continue to build the local church

Julia Cuthbertson
Academic Dean

I am passionate about helping our students find practical application for their studies and outworking this in their local church for relevant impact in their communities. Outworking high quality education that is meaningful and relatable that helps students understand transferability into the everyday context.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    Vocational Education Training (VET)

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Training Skills and TAE

  • What are your research interests?

    Adult Education (Andragogy), Educational Organisation development, Advanced Pedagogy, Educational practice and application

  • Academic Qualifications

    Master of Education (Macquarie University), Diploma of Vocational Education & Training (Fortress Learning), Diploma of Training Design & Development (Fortress Learning), Diploma of Management (Strategix), Advanced Project Management (Australian Institute of Management), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Blueprint Career Development)

  • What is your job role at Hillsong College?

    My role as Academic Dean is to oversee the academic management of our college. This spans curriculum design and development, accreditation, compliance and ensuring our college is delivering high quality training for our students.

  • Background

    I have a Certificate in Christian Studies (Power Ministry College) which became Hillsong College. I have been part of Hillsong Church Hills campus since 1986 and joined our College staff 13 years ago in the course development area and have worked predominantly with our academic team over the years.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am passionate about helping our students find practical application for their studies and outworking this in their local church for relevant impact in their communities. Outworking high quality education that is meaningful and relatable that helps students understand transferability into the everyday context.

Jordan Brown
Marketing Manager

I love my role because it helps people live out their God dream. Seeing future students realize how easy it for them to attend college and then see them step into all God has called them to is incredible. My favorite is watching all they accomplish once they graduate.
  • What is your job role?

    Marketing Manager for Hillsong College USA. I oversee the promotion of college, Social media, the network of pastors and churches our college has great relationship with, Donors, and seeing college grow. One of my favorite parts of my job is working with camps, conferences, and churches to bring Hillsong College USA worship and preaching all over the country.

    I love my role because it helps people live out their God dream. Seeing future students realize how easy it for them to attend college and then see them step into all God has called them to is incredible. My favorite part is watching all they accomplish once they graduate.

  • Background

    I landed in Sydney Australia in 2017 to attend Hillsong College. In 2019 I was invited to help start Hillsong College USA and have since graduated in 2020. My wife and I plan to call Hillsong church “Home” for the rest of my life.

  • Academic Qualitfications

    Advanced Diploma in Ministry with Hillsong College

KatieBeth Bowers
Operations Manager

“I love facilitating and organizing events & the day to day for students to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus. I also love to create an environment for fun!”
  • What is your job role?

    College Campus Manager USA I oversee the day to day operations of College & College events.

    I love facilitating and organizing events & the day to day for students to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus. I also love to create an environment for fun!

  • Background

    I attended Hillsong College from 2015-2018. I worked on Venue staff in Sydney from 2016-2018 and on-boarded with Hillsong College USA in 2019.

  • Academic Qualifications

    Advanced Diploma in Ministry & Soon to have a Bachelors in Arts & Sciences in History

Wesley German
Worship Teaching Staff

I am passionate about what I teach because everything we do at Hillsong College is aimed at equipping students for the day-to-day realities of ministry and the Christian life in general. It is not about giving them information, but about forming them into leaders who can critically think and lead in a way that is both biblically sound and relevant to the culture with they we are engaging.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    I teach within the worship stream at Hillsong College USA. I work with students both in classroom and workshop settings, and I particularly focus on musicians and songwriters. As part of this, I oversee the songwriting focus, which includes bringing through original songs in chapels and other services.

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    I teach Leading a Worship Ensemble, Performance Ensemble, Songwriting Techniques, Music Theory for Songwriting, Songwriting for the Church, Music Arranging and Producing, as well as many tutorial classes to compliment other worship stream lectures, and some 3rd year tutorials such as Contemporary Theologies and Corinthians Correspondence.

  • What are your research interests?

    I have a keen interest in music theory and composition, specifically with writing scores for film. I also am learning more and more about producing music and learning different programs and software that professionals use in studio settings. I also love studying the history of music and art and how it has interacted with the Church/faith community throughout the ages.

  • Academic Qualifications

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Indiana Wesleyan University with a minor in Applied Piano. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Ministry from Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. Lastly I have obtained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing as part of my requirement to vocationally train for Hillsong College under our accreditation program.

  • What is your job role?

    Worship Stream Trainer – I love my role on Hillsong College staff because it allows me to not only teach in a classroom setting but to be able to work side by side with students in outworking their giftings in settings such as chapel and church on the weekend. I love the discipleship part of my job—always focusing on developing the student as a person, a leader, and a man or woman of God while working to equip them with specific skills that will aid in various areas of ministry. Seeing our students thrive and step into their God-potential is immeasurably rewarding.

  • Background

    I set out for the shores of Sydney, Australia to study at Hillsong College in July of 2014, right after completing my Bachelor’s degree. I studied for 3 years in the worship stream, with a 3rd year internship with the creative pastor of the City Campus, and I stayed in Sydney for another year and a half and helped build church on the weekends, heavily involved as a keys player and music director for our City Campus. I since moved to the USA to help launch Hillsong College USA and be a part of our training team there.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am passionate about what I teach because everything we do at Hillsong College is aimed at equipping students for the day-to-day realities of ministry and the Christian life in general. It is not about giving them information, but about forming them into leaders who can critically think and lead in a way that is both biblically sound and relevant to the culture with they we are engaging. I believe that the Church should be leading the way in the arts and creativity, and the more we can bring excellence to the art that we bring from the Church, the more the world can be drawn to the beauty and goodness of the Creator whose image we bear. On a practical note, I believe that because our courses are interwoven with a practicum experience both in chapels and weekend church services, our students graduate armed with the skills necessary to step right into a ministry position, and not just with heads full of information that has little to no bearing on everyday ministry.

Judy Fisher
Tutorial Leader

I am passionate about these subjects because loving people is a calling for us all! I seek to empower and inform our students to effectively care for and shepherd people in their churches and spheres of influence.
  • Which department do you teach in?

    I am a Pastor and Theological trainer with our online campus.

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    This year I am teaching these tutorials:

    CERT IV: Spirit filled living, Personal Evangelism, Personal Leadership, Introduction to Pastoral Ministry, Old Testament Introduction, Public Speaking and presentations, Communication in Ministry, Church and ministry.

    DIP MIN: Pastoral Care, Coaching skills, Marriage and Family, Old Testament Studies

  • Academic Qualifications

    Bachelors degree in Theology with a distinct focus on Pastoral Theology. More recently I completed a Graduate Diploma that focused specifically on Christian Spirituality, Chaplaincy, and mentoring and aspects of Pastoral ministry.

  • What is your job role?

    I am a Pastor and Theological trainer with our online campus.

  • Background

    I attended Hillsong college (IICM) in the early 1990’s.Fun fact, I have always loved and lived in the Bible, but I served in and studied worship ministry in those days. I have been on staff as a trainer for 14 years, but mentored and discipled Hillsong College students for 3 days a week  in the year preceding that. I am particularly passionate about cultivating my own personal devotional life and reading 60 books a year so that I keep developing my own knowledge and skills. Working with our amazing students on campus and online is a privilege that I am very grateful for.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am passionate about Spirit filled living because its impossible to live an effective Christian life without the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18) and a solid grounding in what the Word of God! In Spirit filled living the students learn about the person of the Holy Spirit and the gifts He has given us to build the church.(1 Cor 12:4,11) I am passionate about discipling students by teaching them how to live full of the Holy Spirit, following His leading ( Gal 5:16) and applying the Word of God to every part of their lives. (2Tim 3:16).
    Personal Leadership is a foundational course where students learn how to make prayer, reading the Word and journaling a vital part of their everyday lives so that they can learn to hear from Him each day.
    I am passionate about Personal Evangelism because it equips our students to play their part in outworking the Great commission! (Mark 16:15)
    Introduction to Pastoral ministry and Pastoral Care I am passionate about these subjects because loving people is a calling for us all! I seek to empower and inform our students to effectively care for and shepherd people in their churches and spheres of influence.

    Church and ministry because the church is the bride of Christ and as a church we are seeking to be a healthy Church that changes lives through Christ and we want to equip and empower our students to do this.

    Marriage and family is core to a healthy life, and church and ministry. 

    Coaching skills  helps the students to grow themselves while empowering others to flourish under their leadership, building on what they learnt in Teamwork and communication in ministry ( etc.)

Ceon Dindal
Lecturer and Tutorial Leader

Every single person has a unique God-calling on their life and I love watching the journey that students go on in their time at Hillsong College. Students come to college with dreams, we see them grow in their identity in Christ and their confidence grows, leadership and discipleship transforms all of us, and then they are released to “salt the world” in every sphere of life. This is a special and dynamic environment!
  • Which department do you teach in?

    I am a higher education lecturer and tutor at Hillsong College. I love that I get to inspire students through learning. As "learner" is my top strength, I find it enjoyable and fulfilling to not just take students on this journey of learning but also learn with them.

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    At the moment I am only tutoring.
    I am tutoring a few courses in the Bth stream so for example this semester I will be tutoring Ecclesiology, Ethics and Apologetics.

  • Academic Qualifications

    I actually have a background in the sciences but I have always felt drawn to learning more about God. So, I also have an advanced diploma in worship ministry, a bachelor of Theology and currently finishing a Master of Theology at Hillsong College. I hope to start a doctor of ministry next year with a focus on leadership and spiritual formation.

  • Background

    I did my first year of Hillsong College in 2007. I did one year and then returned to my home country, Trinidad and Tobago. Ten years later I felt God calling me back to Hillsong College and although it was never something I had planned to do I decided to obey his call and return to Hillsong College in 2017. I completed my second and third years in Worship Ministry and then went on to the Bachelor's program. After the bachelor of theology, I started the Master's of Theology and I am currently finishing my dissertation.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    The courses are relevant, thought-provoking and inspire a deeper hunger for not just knowledge about God but a life devoted to pursuing his presence and purpose. The combined potency of academic learning with practical hands-on ministry is unmatchable and was in fact why I chose to study at Hillsong as well.

    Every single person has a unique God-calling on their life and I love watching the journey that students go on in their time at Hillsong College. Students come to college with dreams, we see them grow in their identity in Christ and their confidence grows, leadership and discipleship transforms all of us, and then they are released to “salt the world” in every sphere of life. This is a special and dynamic environment!

Daniel Whithorn
Pastoral Stream Coordinator & Finance Manager

I am passionate about teaching from the Old Testament because I love seeing students dive deeper and grow in their appreciation for it. There are so many opportunities to help the students see the treasure in the OT and learn the character of God in a whole new way.
  • What is your job role?

    Finance Manager and Pastoral Stream Coordinator. As Finance Manager I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of finance and business at Hillsong College USA. As the Pastoral Stream Coordinator, I oversee the Pastoral Leadership department to ensure excellence in the teaching of core subjects, elective subjects and tutorials. I also help care for the health of the student body and ensure students are growing and thriving in their studies.'

    love working for Hillsong College because of the opportunity to shape the leadership of the church both now and in the future. I love the ability to disciple and train up students in ministry so that decades from now they will be leading and stewarding the church well. I am passionate about the church and teaching the next generation biblical studies and ministry. There is no better place to do that than Hillsong College!

  • Which courses are you currently teaching?

    Old Testament Studies, Prophetic Literature and Platform Ministry

  • What are your research interests?

    I am a life-long learner and am constantly researching biblical studies. There is so much depth to biblical studies, especially in the Old Testament and a never ending way to understand and grow in our faith and understanding. I love reading different perspectives from Biblical Scholars and passing that information along to students.

  • Academic Qualifications

    I have an Advanced Diploma in Ministry from Hillsong College, a Bachelor's degree in History from Morningside College and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska.

  • Background

    I attended Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia for three years and loved it! It genuinely changed my life and helped me fall in love with the church and discover my calling for full time ministry. Hillsong Church has inspired my passion for seeing the Kingdom of God reach and influence the world.

  • Why are you passionate about the courses you teach, and why are they relevant for Hillsong College students?

    I am passionate about teaching from the Old Testament because I love seeing students dive deeper and grow in their appreciation for it. There are so many opportunities to help the students see the treasure in the OT and learn the character of God in a whole new way. When students learn how to read, understand and apply the Old Testament to their own lives, they not only enrich their own personal walk with God, but also learn how to teach, preach and disciple others in the same way. The Old Testament is the 90% of the iceberg that's underwater for most, but it gives a foundation for the New Testament, and when both are understood properly, it will inspire a passion for the entire word of God.

Accreditation

Our vocational courses are accredited with Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the Australian Government agency charged with quality and regulation of the vocational education and training sector in Australia. Our online or on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are obtained and accredited through our partnership with Alphacrucis College located in Sydney Australia. Our online Masterclasses are not accredited; rather, they function as short classes to equip and empower you wherever you are.

Check out ASQA’s website for full details about Australia’s vocational education training sector, the Authority’s jurisdiction and the standards by which it regulates Colleges and accredits courses.

Hillsong College is also approved by ASQA as a provider of education to international students and is listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

 

Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Code: 1340

CRICOS Provider Code: 01532G

Hillsong College is also a member of the following organisations:

– Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

– Asian Pacific Theological Association (APTA)

– Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges of Australasia (PCBC)

Under the Australian training sector’s Mutual Recognition requirements, the College’s courses are recognised by all other Registered Training Organisations in Australia and may be used to meet entrance or credit transfer requirements into other vocational courses in Australia, depending on the nature of the course.

 

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