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Staff

Ruth Powell is Director of NCLS Research and an Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University. She has been a part of the NCLS team since 1991. She has co-authored NCLS publications on church life such as Winds of Change, Shaping a Future, Taking Stock, Build My Church, Mission under the Microscope and Enriching Church Life. Her doctoral thesis focussed on age differences among church attenders.

Chandrika Chinnadurai is a programmer for NCLS Research. As part of the Information Technology team she has been responsible for developing the online capabilities for NCLS projects. With a background in computer programming, she facilitates the web-based delivery of survey tools and data reports.


Nicole Hancock is a Research Assistant with NCLS Research. She was heavily involved in all aspects of the 2011 and 2016 NCLS logistics team. With qualifications in psychology and research, she is part of the Research team in the role of data management and research assistant.

Kathy Jacka Kerr is a consultant to NCLS Research in the area of resource development and communication. With a background in education, workshop facilitation and community consultation, Kathy is part of the NCLS resource development team and has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, connecting with communities and sustainable leadership.

Miriam Pepper is a Researcher with NCLS Research and a Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She is also an environmentalist who works with the Uniting Church's Uniting Earth project, and she is on the board of multi-faith organisation Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Miriam has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, church vitality and environmental issues. Her PhD research examined Christianity and sustainable consumption from a social psychological perspective.

James Schroder is a programmer for NCLS Research. As part of the Information Technology team he provides support in web content management, databases and report production. He has been responsible for developing the online capabilities for the NCLS projects and e-commerce mechanisms.

Sam Sterland is a Researcher with NCLS Research and a Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. He is the key contact person for the network of NCLS Regional Coordinators in each diocese, region and state in Australia. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life and sustainable leadership. Sam has a particular interest in ministers and burnout, and a passion to help foster vital churches with healthy leaders.


Martin Teulan is a consultant to NCLS Research as the Research Development Manager. Martin was the National Director of Catholic Mission and has held senior roles in Wesley Mission, Church Resources, Uniting Mission & Education and Parramatta Catholic Diocese. He is working to expand the opportunities for churches and faith-based non-profit organisations to undertake research in partnership with NCLS, and to encourage the implementation of missional growth flowing from that research.

Amelia Vaeafisi is the Office Manager of NCLS Research. She is responsible for much of the day to day administration for the NCLS team. With a background in youth leadership, cross cultural ministry and social work, Amelia is often the first point of contact for people connecting with NCLS Research.



Associate Researchers

John Bellamy is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research. He is Senior Research Officer, Social Policy and Research Unit at Anglicare Sydney. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, attendance patterns, church vitality and community life. His doctoral thesis was Why People Don’t Go to Church: A study of factors associated with non-participation and participation in church in Australia.

Bob Dixon is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research.  He has co-authored NCLS books on church life. He was Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, retiring in 2016. His doctoral thesis was on Ingenious communities: Catholic parishes in Australia as creators of social capital and religious social good.

Ian Duncum is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research. He has particular interests in multicultural ministry and a passion to help equip churches via effective models of consultancy (the subject of his doctoral thesis). He is also a trainer and supervisor for a Church Consultancy Team.

Peter Kaldor is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and is the founding Director of NCLS Research. He is also Director of the Leadership Institute of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW & the ACT and founder of New River Leadership. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, attendance patterns, church vitality, burnout in leaders and effective leadership.

Maureen Miner Bridges is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and an Honorary Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She is also Director of Research at Wesley Institute. She has lectured, researched and published in the areas of psychology of religion, ethics, and clinical psychology. Her doctoral thesis focussed on secularisation, stress and burnout amongst church leaders.


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