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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5.14-16


Rev'd Melissa Lipsett's current role is as Acting CEO, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Missional Impact at Baptist World Aid. Josh Dowton is the executive pastor at Northside Baptist Church in Sydney where FHE held their conference in March 2018.


Dr Kidson is an Ancient historian and New Testament scholar, a Pastoral Epistles specialist, with a focus on gender, sexuality, hermeneutics and numismatics. She currently lectures at Alphacrucis College in Parramatta. Dr Forbes is an ancient historian specialising in the early church. He was most recently on the staff at Macquarie university as associate senior lecturer. Dr Forbes was also on the Anglican committee looking at women's ministry in the 90s.


Marg has a theology degree and an MA in early Christian and Jewish studies  from Macquarie University. (Her thesis on deacons and Phoebe of Cenchrea won an award.) Marg’s website has been a go to place for those wanting to develop a deeper understanding of biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism. She writes, “My hope is that this website will help Jesus’ followers thrive in the new life he offers us.”

Dr Graham Hill is an Associate Professor at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, a church pastor, an experienced CEO and College Principal, a trained Life Coach and the author of many books, among other things. and



Kylie Maddox Pidgeon joined the FHE writing team in 2016. Kylie is a registered psychologist in private practice and an adjunct lecturer at St Marks National Theological Centre. Kylie is a graduate of SMBC and is a long time promoter of amplifying the voices of women, starting a group for women to practice preaching amongst a group of people who could help her develop her gifts. Kylie has an upcoming chapter in the 3rd edition of Discovering Biblical Equality, ‘Perspective on Whether “Equal but Different” Is Really Equal at All’.

Rev Angela Peverell: Priest in Charge of the Parish of Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW. Angela worshiped in Sydney Anglican Churches throughout her younger years and wrestled that from her teenage years she felt called to ministry but it was just not an option. At 55 years of age, having been discerned for Ordained Ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, she left family and friends and my faith community to live into her vocation. Angela completed a BTh to make this move and entered into intensive formation before being ordained Deacon in June 2019 and Priest in November 2019. She continues to do what she can to support the Movement for the Ordination of Women, particularly in Sydney and mentor young women exploring their vocation from Sydney and Newcastle/Upper Hunter in the Anglican church and other denominations.

Dr Jacqueline Service is a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her research focus is on Trinitarian Theology, Divine Ontology of Well-Being and Theology of Development and Social Justice. For her 2018 doctoral thesis, she received one of the highest academic honours - the Higher Degree by Research University Medal. She is a Board Member of Micah Australia. Previous to these undertakings, Jacqueline was Lecturer of Theology and Program Director of the Master of Arts at Alphacrucis College, Australia; a Lawyer in Commercial and Government Legal Practice; and, for over a decade, worked towards poverty alleviation and human well-being in the International Aid and Development industry.

Dr Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, historian and author. She hosts The Drum on the ABC and works across platforms on the ABC as an investigative reporter. Her work reporting on domestic violence in faith communities won her four Walkley Our Watch Awards.She also writes for the SMH and the NY Times. Her biography, Victoria: The Queen, was named one of the NY Times top ten books of 2016 and her most recent book, Phosphorescence was the winner of the Australian Book Industry book of the year for 2021.

Dr Geoff Broughton is Lead Trainer of St Mark’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision. He also lectures in Christian Theology and Practical Theology at the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. His research interests include the connections between Jesus Christ and justice after more than a decade of inner city life and nearly two decades of Anglican ministry. Geoff was the guest editor of St Marks Review: When Women Speak: Domestic Violence in Australian Churches


We wrapped up our FHE Conversations series with Kylie Maddox Pidgeon. Joining her was Nicky Lock, Public Officer for CBE Sydney, a Counsellor at Nicky Lock Counselling, Course Coordinator / Lecturer at St Mark's National Theological Centre / CSU Pastoral Counselling Program, member of National Anglican Safe Ministry Commission and was on the Sydney Anglican DV task force.

We continued the conversation about the connection between headship (patriarchy) and domestic and family violence as well as how it oppresses women generally and thus the impact Christians have in the world.

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