Mrs Lynda Leitner

Lynda Leitner

Executive Officer

Student Services Manager

Lynda Leitner


Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Diploma of Management

Lynda has worked with the Adelaide College of Divinity for over 12 years in the area of Student Services. Prior to working at the college she has worked at the University of Adelaide and in the Funeral industry.


Felipe Serra Esteva

Felipe Serra Esteva

Financial Services

Felipe Serra-Esteva


B.Bus (Acc) Charles Darwin University
Grad. Cert. Migration Law (ANU)
Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants
Member of the Australian Institute of Management


Felipe is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. For over 10 years, Felipe worked as a finance manager with aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory and has visited and worked with many aboriginal communities in Eastern Arnhemland.

Also held positions varied senior positions in the retail, hospitality and education industries.


Ms Sue Arthur

Ms Sue Arthur

Sue Arthur


Certificate IV in Business Administration


Sue has worked with the Adelaide College of Divinity for the past 5 years. Sue was working at a private high school before joining the Adelaide College of Divinity.



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Faculty of Ministry and Theology

(Collectively comprised from ACD member colleges and individually engaged faculty)

Our faculty are keen to engage students in debates about the relation of religion with contemporary issues such as politics and social life, morals and ethics.

Faculty and adjunct lecturers are from a range of denominations, including Anglican, Uniting Church, Baptist, Catholic, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, and the Salvation Army.

Teaching staff have academic status conferred by the ACD (Academic Board and ACD Council) and, as required, Flinders University, for which ACD acts as the Department of Theology.

Study Areas

Biblical Studies
Director: Rev Dr V Balabanski

Director: C Bailey

Director: Rev Christy Capper

Christian Education and Discipleship

Director: Rev T Hein


Rev Dr Andrew Dutney

Rev Prof Andrew Dutney

ACD Faculty

Rev Prof Andrew Dutney

BA UQ, PhD DipEcum St Andrew’s University, GCertTertEd EdD Flinders University

Principal Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

A Queenslander by birth, Andrew came to Adelaide from Sydney where he’d been the Uniting Church’s chaplain to Sydney University and the minister of the Wesley College Chapel Parish. He moved to to take up an appointment as lecturer in systematic theology at Parkin-Wesley College before being appointed as Principal 2001. For several years before that Andrew had lived and worked in Scotland where he was a postgraduate student at the University of St Andrews and the assistant minister in a Church of Scotland parish in Leven, Fife where he was ordained.

Andrew was the founding Director of the Centre for Theology, Science and Culture from 1999 until 2005.  He was the chairperson of the SA Council on Reproductive Technology from 1996 until 2005.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Ethics Centre of South Australia, a guest on ABC Local Radio and writes a regular column in Australian Leadership, focussing on questions of public and practical theology that emerge through his involvement with the wider South Australian community.

In July 2009 Andrew was chosen to be the next President of the national Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia.  He was installed in that position in July 2012 and served full-time for three years. In 2016, he returned to the role of Principal, Uniting College for Leadership & Theology.

Mr Craig Bailey

Mr Craig Bailey

Mr Craig Bailey

DipT Sturt CAE, BEd UniSA

Craig specialises in the area of Leadership and his current research is focussed on the relationship between new models of leadership emerging in business and industry, and theology. In teaching, he focuses on the empowering of others within a distributive paradigm of leadership, one he believes is critical for ministry and the mission of the Church as well as healthy organisations of any kind. He is currently teaching topics in change management, organisational culture and the nature of ‘Christian’ leadership. He derives enjoyment from working with people in management roles both in Church ministry and in industry. A project he is working on at present involves turning a thesis on work-applied leadership development written by the CEO of a major construction company, into a book.


Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski

Rev Dr Vicky Balabanski

Rev Dr Victoria Balabanski
BA (Hons) Melbourne, BD (Hons) MCD, PhD Melbourne University

Vicky is the Director of Biblical Studies and teaches across a range of topics, which includes introductory to advanced study of New Testament writings, biblical hermeneutics and Greek. She is also an ordained Uniting Church Minister of the Word.

Quite a bit of Vicky’s energy is devoted to supervising students who are doing their own research for Masters and Doctoral degrees, either through Flinders University or through the ACD Masters and Doctor of Ministry programs. She also enjoys doing research herself. She has been working on research on John’s Gospel, Colossians and ecological matters and Ignatius of Antioch.

Liz Boase

Dr Liz Boase

Dr Elizabeth Boase
BAppSci WAITE, BD (Hons) PhD Murdoch University

Liz Boase is lecturer in OT/Hebrew Bible at Adelaide College of Divinity and Head of Department of Theology, Flinders University. Her research has focused on lament traditions including the book of Lamentations. She has a particular interest in hermeneutics, including and reading texts from the perspective of trauma studies, and ecological perspectives.




Rev Sean Gilbert

Rev Sean Gilbert
BTh Flinders, DipPS ACD, MResearch Andover Newton Theological School

Before joining the faculty at Uniting College, Sean spent over twenty years as a Minister of the Word in congregational ministry. He enjoys bringing the richness of that experience to leadership formation through Supervised Field Education and teaching in areas related to ministry practice. He believes that the integration of a seeking knowledge and imaginative practice is foundational to all fruitful expressions of mission and ministry. Sean is a PhD student at Flinders University, researching the place and role of the spiritual affections in the expressed art of Christian ministry.

Sean is somewhat eclectic: He is a reader of culture, a player of acoustic music, a writer of liturgy, a reader and occasional writer of poetry and a would-be connoisseur of red wine and coffee. He is also a keen political observer, a Paul Kelly admirer, a life-long supporter of Essendon (still!) and a cricket player and watcher of long standing.

Sean is married to Christine and has a blended family of five, ranging in years from 13 to 30.

Rev Tim Hein

Rev Tim Hein

Rev Tim Hein

Cert IV TAE, BMin Tabor Victoria, MMin Stud Tabor Adelaide, PhD (cand) GAICD

Director Christian Education and Discipleship

Tim lectures in the areas of discipleship, spiritual formation, faith & work, mission, media, popular culture and theology. He is currently studying a PhD on ‘A Missional Pneumatology of The Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia’. His first book Walk Unafraid: A Guide to Sexual Abuse for Survivors & Leaders (IVP) shall be released in 2016. He is a popular speaker on faith, culture and Christian discipleship. He has had diverse ministry experience, and has previously pastored in a large regional church; lived in community in inner urban marginal cultures in Melbourne; led an intentional young adult discipleship program; engaged in school seminars; and established CitySoul, a new congregation in the inner city of Adelaide. Tim has a strong interest in governance is an Elected Councillor at the City of Mitcham (Local Government). He also serves on the Uniting Church SA Synod Standing Committee, Leadership Development Council, and Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee. He is married to Priscilla and has two young daughters, Claudia & Zoe. He is particularly fond of the films of Woody Allen, the music of Nick Cave, and the fiction of Paul Auster & David Foster Wallace.

Twitter: @Tim_Hein

Rev Kerry Pierce

Rev Kerry Pierce

Rev Dr Kerry Pierce
BA (Hons) Psychology, CQU Rockhampton; Grad Dip Theology, BCT Brisbane; MA Theo, ACU Brisbane; DMin Church Leadership, WTS Washington DC. MAPS

Growing up in Victoria and living most of my adult life in Queensland I am something of a foreigner to South Australia.  We, husband and I, moved to SA July 2015 and we are slowly finding our way around some of the picturesque areas nearer the city.  I came to teach in the areas of pastoral care and leadership studies.  One of my many passions is for the intersection between these two.  That is, living and working in a church which reflects both the compassionate care of God and; the courageous practices of adaptive leadership.  It’s my belief that this intersection will serve the church well into the future.

I have been an ordained minister in the Uniting Church of Australia since 2010, having served in various congregations and chaplaincy, mostly in Queensland.  Throughout the journey of ministry my faith has been enlivened in working within ecumenical and interfaith teams and I feel blessed to be teaching in this context.

In an earlier life I served in Lifeline as a counselling supervisor and trainer:  A wonderful training ground for pastoral ministry and life generally.  I’m excited about the possibilities here and look forward to meeting you somewhere along the way.  Hopefully in class.

Dr Tanya Wittwer

Dr Tanya Wittwer

Dr Tanya Wittwer
BA Adelaide, GradDipEd Hartley CAE, GradDipRE SACAE, MDiv Wartburg Theological Seminary, PhD Flinders University

Post graduate coordinator

Prior to joining the ACD & Uniting College Tanya was teaching at the University of Adelaide where she coordinated a number of programs in Public Health and in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and lectured in public health, bioethics (at Flinders University as well) and in narrative practice.

Her doctoral research examined preaching in the light of a narrative epistemology. Her key research interests are in homiletics, pastoral care and education and formation, but she is fascinated by all manner of things and therefore delights in multidisciplinary research.

As the Postgraduate Coordinator Tanya have oversight on those students completing postgraduate research as well as the postgraduate courses. She teach homiletics, research methods and a range of other postgraduate topics.

Rev Christy Capper

Rev Christy Capper

Rev Christy Capper

Director of Missiology

Christy has recently begun in the role as Director of Missiology, serving half-time as a Uniting College/Adelaide College of Divinity Faculty member and half-time at the Presbytery and Synod office working on Applied Missiology Projects for the Uniting Church in South Australia.

Christy is an Anglican Priest from Melbourne and is currently completing her PhD in ‘authenticity’.

Adjunct Lecturers

Rev Dr Graham Buxton

BA (Hons) York, Msc Bradford, MMin, MCD, PhD Flin

Dr Darren Cronshaw

BA ANU, GradDipEd UNE, GradCertHEd Deakin, BTh (Hons), DMin, BCVic, AdvDipMin MTh DTh MCD

Dr Ian Coats
BSc Hons Adel, BDiv MCD, PhD Princeton

Dr Nicola Creegan
Ph. D, M.Phil, Drew University, MATS, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, B.A. (hons) Victoria University

Rev Anthony Eldridge
BTh Flinders University DipPS ACD, MTh Duke

Dr Carl Gross
BA(Hons) Dip Ed University of Adelaide, BTh(Hons) ACT, MA Melbourne, PhD Duke


Dr Pat Fox
DipT Wattle Park TC, BA DipEd Adel, DipRelForm St Louis, MA CTU Chicago, PhD Flin

Dr Peter Gunn
BA Hons PhD Monash

Dr Stephen Haar
BTh Luther Sem, BA(Hons) PhD Qld, GradDipEd Adel

Dr Ben Myers
BA CHC, BA(Hons) PhD James Cook

Dr Deidre Palmer
BA DipEd Adelaide, MRE Duke, PhD Boston

Dr Pat Cronin

BSc UWA, MAppsc PhD Curtin, MThSt Flin, DMin ACD

Karyn Rogers
BA UniSA, BTh(Hons) Flin

Mark Riessen
BTh, AdDipMin Churches of Christ Theological College

Dr Tracy Spencer
BSc Melbourne, BEd Latrobe, DipPS ACD, BTh PhD Flinders University

Rev Dr Gary Stuckey
DipDiv MCD, BA(Theol) Murdoch, MMin ACD

Rev Dr Steve Taylor
BHort Lincoln, BTh MTh Auckland, PhD Otago University

Dr Michael Trainor
MA CTU, MEd Boston Coll, DTheol MCD

Dr Peter Trudinger
BA ANU, MS PhD Stanford, BD Sydney, PhD Emory

Dr Marie Turner
BTh DipHum Finders University, MTh Finders University, PhD Finders University

Dr Mark Worthing

Prof Michael Hawn

B Mus Ed, MChurch Music, D Musical Arts

Rev Kevin Sarlow

Dr Steve Bevis

BA PhD Syd

Dr Glenn Cupit

BA (Hons) Syd, MA (Hons) NSW, PhD Murdoch