SCC Blog Authors



The content of this blog is the combined effort of our faculty and staff here at Southern Cross College. Read below to find out a little more about each of our authors.


Benjamin Clark

BEcon, BTh, GradCert Information Services

Director of Knowledge Management

Ben.JPG (25156 bytes)Completing his Bachelor of Theology in 2003, Ben is now employed at Southern Cross College as part of the faculty team. His main areas of responsibility include management of the electronic and printed resources within the James Wallace Memorial Library, the development of the Pentecostal Heritage archives located at Southern Cross, assisting in the management of the e-publishing arm of Southern Cross, managing the college's Distance Education development and guest lecturing in the History Department. In 2004 he enrolled with Edith Cowen University doing a Graduate Certificate in Information Services to complement his new role. He is married to Robyn, has two beautiful daughters, Abagael and Charlotte.  


Bronwyn Hughes

BA, Dip Ed, Dip Mgt, MMgt, DBA.

Associate Professor Communications 

Bronwyn has worked for 20 years in both secular and Christian media, including time spent as a producer with ABC Radio National, as a presenter with FM103.2; and as Director of the Anglican Radio Unit. Bronwyn has also worked as Communications Director with NCLS Research and as National Director for Mission Research and Development with the Bible Society. She has co-authored several books on Australian church life, and is Deputy Chair of FM103.2 and Chairman of Willow Creek in Australia.  


Bruce Stevens

BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD (Psychology), LTh, Dip AII

Head of Graduate Program in Pastoral Care and Counselling

Bruce was involved in church ministry for a number of years, but subsequently moved into full-time clinical practice. In more recent years he has become a specialist forensic psychologist and is the senior family assessor for the ACT government. Bruce has written a number of books as well as many scholarly journal articles. He was a senior lecturer at the Charles Sturt School of Theology in Canberra and has lectured at both the University of Canberra and the Australian National University. As well as continuing his practice in Canberra, Bruce is the Director of the Southern Cross graduate program in Pastoral Care & Counselling. He is married to Jenny and has four adult children.



Christopher Simon

BA, MLitt, MTh, DMin, ThDip, MA (PC&C), CMCAPA, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Head of Pastoral Theology and Practice

ChrisS.JPG (45664 bytes)Chris was appointed to the faculty of Southern Cross in 1998. Prior to that he was in pastoral ministry for thirty years and was also a part-time faculty member of the Charles Sturt School of Theology. Training at St John's College in Morpeth, NSW, Chris subsequently earned degrees through the University of New England, Fuller Seminary and the Sydney College of Divinity. He is head of the Department of Pastoral Theology & Practice and has oversight of student counselling. Married to Kathryn a trained nurse, they have three adult children.  


David Parker

DipMin, BTh, MA (Theol), ThD, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Head of Biblical Studies

DP.JPG (34975 bytes)David Parker is a graduate of CBC and has ministered at Toowoomba and Mornington assemblies. He was appointed to the college staff more than 15 years ago. David was the first of our staff members to proceed into higher qualifications and has spent a number of years studying part time at Moore College. He has achieved his MA (Theol) and last year completed a PhD program. David is married to Ruth, and they have three adult children.  


Dean O'Keefe

B.Ed., B.Th.

Assistant Registrar, English Campus 

Dean.JPG (11819 bytes) Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man and the husband of one wife (Lisa). In 1998 he taught Mathematics and Science for two and a half years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a BTh. Dean was a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at SCC, and is now involved in Hawkesbury Christian Church. He is currently working towards a MTh in biblical studies. Dean looks after the distance students and churches running the Certificate awards.    


Deborah Taggart


Assistant Student Dean

deb.JPG (22566 bytes)Deb completed her degree in 2005 but 'loving and leaving' college was not an option (loving it is irresistible; leaving is incomprehensible). This year she is assisting Jacqui Grey in the student dean department and engaging in further study. She blogs less academically at and loves kids, rainbow colours, pets, pillowfights, and hot cinnamon doughnuts.



Dreu Harrison

BA, BCom, MDiv (cand), Cert TESOL

Administrator, Graduate School

Dreu is a New Zealander who moved to Sydney to study at Southern Cross in 2003. He is currently completing his MDiv with majors in theology and philosophy. At present, he works as an English teacher for the Korean Campus, as an administrator for the Graduate School and as a lecturer in the Creative Arts program. His interests include rhetoric, design, spirituality and continental philosophy.  



Ian Jagelman

ACA, MDiv, Dmin (Fuller)

Director of Leadership & Management Program

ian.jpg (134768 bytes)Ian is the Director of the Jagelman Institute, which provides training, consulting and mentoring to churches and businesses, and the Director of the Leadership & Management Program SCC, the graduate program in leadership studies at Southern Cross College. He is also the founding senior pastor of Christian City Church, Lane Cove, where he spent twenty years building it into one of Australia’s larger churches. His Truth for Life Ministries and his books, The Empowered Church and Identifying and Developing Christian Leaders, are influential around the world. Prior to entering the ministry, Ian spent fifteen years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers.



Jacqueline Grey

BA, BTh (Hons), PhD, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Student Dean, Lecturer in Old Testament

jacquig.JPG (54339 bytes)Graduating with a BA in 1994, Jacqui served as the AOG chaplain and campus director for Students For Christ at Sydney University until 1998. After studying at Southern Cross, Jacqui was employed at the college in administration while completing her honours year in 2001. She is currently undertaking her doctoral studies as part of the CSU post-graduate scholarship program. Combined with her lecturing responsibilities, Jacqui is also one of our student deans. She is also an active member of Eastcoast City Church.



Jacqueline Mees

B.Lit., M.B.A.

Business Program Co-ordinator

jacquim.JPG (29411 bytes)Jacqui has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, strategy and innovation. After obtaining her MBA in the Netherlands she joined Unilever as a management trainee. She interrupted her career with Unilever to join the Rotterdam Consulting Group. Always ready for adventure she then re-joined Unilever to work for them over a period of ten years in South Korea, the Philippines and Germany. At the end of 1999 she immigrated with her husband and 2 children to Australia where she has worked in senior marketing and strategy positions for Kellogg's, Goodman Fielder, Dairy Farmers and currently the Commonwealth Bank. She is also a part-time management consultant but her true calling in life is to build an extraordinary Business School for God's special people at Southern Cross College.  


Jennie Bickmore-Brand

DipT, BEd, Grad DipT, Med, PhD

Head of Educational Studies

Dr Jennie Bickmore-Brand heads up the Graduate Education Program for SCC having just completed four years as Head of Primary at Lake Joondalup Baptist College in the northern suburbs of Perth. Jennie has had a long history of influence in the Education sector, having taught in education in both South Australian and West Australian universities. Jennie's masters research developed a set of Teaching and Learning Principles adopted in WA schools in the Stepping Out program. Her PhD findings and publications have influenced the teaching of maths across all age groups. As President for two terms of the Australian Council for Adult Literacy, Jennie spans the gamut of teaching and learning contexts and is well placed to promote the best practice in the development of leaders in educational settings.  


Joohee Lee

BTh, Grad.Dip Christian Counselling, MTh (Cand)

Teachers Assistant to Dr. Shane Clifton, Academic Dean

Joohee.JPG (43368 bytes)Joohee is still grappling with how to be Korean/Aussie at times but is really a mix of both jumping from one to another while trying to contain her sanity and integrity most of the way, i.e. she is a weird theologian on the loose.  As the shortest girl on staff (probably on campus too) she is helping the tallest doc in the theology department!  In further studies she is passionate about integrating theology with contemporary psychological problems... Her vision is to be the bluetooth of God, connecting His heart to His people, heaven's customised ringtone.  


Joshua Dowton

BTh, BTh (hons) (cand), Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Distance Education Development Officer, Lecturer in Biblical Languages

Josh.JPG (35364 bytes)Josh completed his BTh at SCC in 2004, and decided that it would be a good idea to pursue a career in lecturing Biblical languages (???). He is currently completing his BTh honours in Biblical Studies, while also working in the Distance Department at SCC. Josh and his wife Tara live in the Promised Land (Baulkham Hills), with their two playful Labrador x Golden Retrievers.  



Mark Hutchinson

BA (Hons), DipEd, PhD, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Dean of Graduate School, Lecturer in Church History

mark.JPG (8266 bytes)Mark Hutchinson was foundation Director of the Centre for the Study of Australian Christianity 1991-1999, after serving as senior researcher on the 25 Year Macquarie University History Project under the direction of Prof Bruce Mansfield. Since then, he has been senior lecturer in Society and Culture, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, and Head of the Church History Discipline at SCC. He is Associate Director of the Currents in World Christianity Project, based at Cambridge University, UK.


He has produced numerous publications along with a number of articles and reviews. His research areas include the history of migration and religion, Pentecostal and charismatic movements, and the development of historiography and historiographical thought. He currently teaches in history and sociology at SCC, and is the Academic Dean and chair of the Academic Board as well as the Coordinator for the Distance Education Program.


Mark is married to Alphonsa, and they have three children, James, Sonia, and Andrew.  


Shane Clifton

BEcon, BTh (Hons), PhD, Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Academic Dean, Lecturer in Theology

Shane.JPG (17674 bytes)While working as an accountant (better to keep this a secret) Shane completed a Bachelor of Economics degree. Deciding the money wasn’t good enough, he resigned in 1995 and went to bible college!! He followed his ministry diploma (Australian College of Theology) with a Bachelor of theology (Southern Cross College) and then an honours degree (Sydney College of Divinity). He then completed a PhD with the Australian Catholic University , graduating in 2005 – a Pentecostal theologian who studied ecclesiology at a Catholic University. Altogether he completed 15 years of almost constant study, and his wife, Rachel (goes by Elly) has declared that enough is enough. Now married for 16 years, Shane and Elly have three children, Jeremy (11), Jacob (9) and Lachlan (6).


Steven Carter

MA, MDiv.

Executive Registrar

Steve is our token American on the college staff and has just joined the SCC team this year.  He completed his undergraduate degree in History at Vanguard University in California and his MA in Ministry and MDiv. in Theology at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines.  He is the son of missionaries and has lived and travelled extensively, yet is looking forward to planting himself for a LONG time at SCC.  He is married to a beautiful Swede, Ella, and has a young daughter named Elsie.



Stephen Fogarty

BA, MA (Theol), PhD (Cand), Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

Principal, Lecturer in Theology

stevefog.JPG (16187 bytes)Stephen graduated from Commonwealth Bible College (the previous name of SCC) in 1984 and moved to Perth where he was Youth Pastor at Girrawheen AOG and later Pastor of Mandurah AOG. In 1994 he returned to Southern Cross as Dean of Students and was appointed Principal in 1999. Since being in Sydney, he planted Bankstown Family Church  and completed an MA in Theology. He is currently studying towards a ThD in theology. His wife Sandra teaches at a local high school. They have three children, Melissa, Amanda, and Andrew.


Tanya Riches

B.A. (psychology/political economy), M.A. (Theological Studies)

Head of Creative Arts

Tanya.JPG (25214 bytes)A singer/songwriter since she was four (such titles as 'we're gonna stomp on the devil’s head'), Tanya became known to the Church at fifteen for 'Jesus what a Beautiful Name', published by  Hillsong Music Australia, which remains in the top 20 CCLI most used songs around Australia. She assisted in managing United Live band through from its beginning EP 'One' to gold status and five live albums; ran the Hillsong Choir at three locations, and sang for Hillsong Church in Australia ten years before joining her own band, 'Speaking of Sarah'. She is now creator and program head coordinator of our BA Creative Arts.


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