Teaching and Research Staff

Jonathan Sargeant

Director of Lay Education
St Francis College, Brisbane

With extensive experience in parish development, youth ministry and state school chaplaincy, Jonathan Sargeant works as Lay Education Officer for the Ministry Education Commission.  A trained teacher, youth and children's worker and lay minister, he has been working with parishes and schools in education for more than 30 years. For his Masters he specialised in the intersection of faith and popular culture, as well as analysing curricula materials for religious education.

He co-authored the best-selling Religious Education Teachers Orientation Program for State Schools, as well as The Guide for Religious Education Teachers and The R2 Program, a professional development kit for RE teachers in Anglican Schools now widely used in Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, he has created the FAISS Program, an intensive course in Anglicanism which he facilitates for Anglican Schools and agencies. An online version of that course is to be launched this year.


  • Currently enrolled in PhD program at University of Queensland
  • Master of Ministry (Charles Sturt University)
  • Bachelor of Theology (Brisbane College of Theology)
  • Youth and Education Assistance Diploma (Brisbane College of Theology)
  • Diploma in Teaching (Primary) (Brisbane College of Advanced Education, now QUT)

Teaching Areas

  • Youth, children's and families ministry
  • Christian education and discipleship

Professional and Ministry Experience

  • Primary teaching
  • Youth Worker (Congregational and Diocesan)
  • School Chaplain (The Gap State High School)
  • Lecturer (Charles Sturt University)

Academic and Educational Interests

Christian education, faith formation, film and spirituality, cinema studies, youth, children's and families ministry, cultural analysis studies

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Queensland Churches Together Chaplaincy and RE Commission
  • QCT/Scripture Union Dialogue
  • Religious Instruction Quality Assurance Task Group (QLD Government)
  • THL354 Youth, Culture and Mission
  • THL250 Ministry Across the Lifespan
  • THL366 Christian Education
  • THL322 Theology, The Arts and Film

Jonathan is doing doctoral research into cinematic depictions of God and what these may mean for public discourse about religion. How these depictions have developed historically and the ensuing implications for public discourse will be at the forefront of such research.

Jonathan has an ongoing interest in Australian cultures and the work of the church in engaging with them; both in listening to, and speaking with these cultures.


  • Religious Education Teachers Orientation Program (co-authored -1993)
  • The Guide for Religious Education Teachers in Qld State Schools (co-authored -1995)
  • The R2 Program: Professional development for RE Teachers in Anglican Schools (co-authored -2001)
  • The FAISS Program (Formative Anglican Induction for School Staff) (2008)
  • The FAISS Program (online course)

Book Chapters

  • From the Mouths of Babes – Children and Young People Interact with the Incarnation, in That Our Joy May be Complete: essays on the Incarnation for the New Millennium, edited by Marion Free, Rosemary Gill, Jonathan Holland, John Mainstone (2000)
  • Chaplain as Patron, Curator and Advocate of the Arts – using creativity as missional tool, in Ministry in Anglican Schools, Barton Books (2012)

Conference Presentations, Seminars and Workshops

  • Ignite conferences
  • Elevation conferences
  • CNet and YNet Conferences
  • National Anglican School Conferences
  • Catholic Christian Educators Conferences
  • Australian Association of Religious Educators Conferences
  • Dialogue Australasia Conferences
  • Australian Youth Workers Conferences
  • National Christian Youth Conventions
  • Sea of Faith Conferences
  • Professional development for Anglican and Catholic schools
  • 360 Program, Brisbane Diocese and Anglican Communion
  • Regional Clergy Conferences

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