Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture


The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture is governed by a Board of Directors (under delegation from the Council of Charles Sturt University) consisting of representatives of the Christian churches.

The ACC&C also has Centre Ambassadors, including its Patron, the Governor-General of Australia.


Photo of Stephen Pickard

Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard

Executive Director

Professor Pickard was Head of Charles Sturt University's School of Theology from 1998 to 2006. Since then he has served as an Anglican Bishop in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Visiting Fellow Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon, Oxford; Acting CEO Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn and as a priest in a Canberra parish.

He is currently an Assistant Bishop in the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese and is the author of several books, including Seeking the Church: An introduction to Ecclesiology (2012) and In-Between God: Theology, Community and Discipleship (2011).

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.

Mrs Hazel Francis

Centre Manager

Has responsibility for the day to day management of the centre, its events and functions and also provides assistance to the Executive Director.

Mrs Katherine Waite

Communications and Database Coordinator

Has particular responsibility for the communications activities of the Centre, especially events. Katherine has been working at the Centre since September 2016.

Miss Sarah Stitt and Dr Lauren Bartley

Corporate Services and Events Officer

Sarah and Lauren job share the Corporate Services and Events Officer at the Centre and were appointed in December 2017.