Speakers at Gospel Conversations range from a diverse community of Christian thinkers who lead their various fields of knowledge in history, design thinking, theology, and organisational leadership.

Tony Golsby-Smith

Tony has been the original architect of Gospel Conversations—rather like the conductor of an orchestra—in which his role as the conductor is to attract musicians who are better than he is. In many ways, Gospel Conversations is a journey of exploration shared by Tony and his good friends.

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Ron Winestock

Ron is an unorthodox addition to the GC community because he inherits multiple perspectives which are rarely combined. His lineage is Jewish and he has maintained a consistent dialogue with—and interest in—that tradition. This gives him a special interest in the Jewish philosophy that underpins the Old Testament.

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Sarah Golsby-Smith

Sarah is a teacher, literary critic, and educational pioneer. She is currently Director of Teaching and Learning at a major Sydney school. Sarah brings literature to life and makes it shine light a light into everyday lives. She catches the undercurrents of meaning that lie beneath the surface of great texts—and she does the same with the texts of the bible.

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John Stackhouse

John is one of the world’s leading intellectuals in the field of connecting faith and culture to frame contemporary ethics. He has a profound grasp of the way that big ideas frame popular beliefs, and the way history and philosophers have framed those big ideas.

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John Walton

John is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He has pioneered the study of Ancient Near Eastern cosmology and its impact for our understanding of the Old Testament—and the work of Moses and Genesis in particular.

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Miroslav Volf

Miroslav is one of the world’s pre-eminent philosopher/theologians. He shaped and runs the Centre for Faith and Culture at Yale University where he is Professor of Systematic Theology. Miroslav is also the author of several influential books including Exclusion & Embrace, Allah: a Christian Response, and Flourishing: Why we need Religion in a Globalised world.

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Iain Provan

Iain is Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, Vancouver. He is, without doubt, one of the leading scholars in the world on the Old Testament. But scholarship in Iain’s case does not mean burrowing down into the details of the text but rather lifting our gaze higher and broader to see the topography of the narrative in all its contours and implications.

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Edwin Judge

Edwin is one of world’s leading historians and was described by the then Chancellor of Macquarie University, Justice Michael Kirby, as ‘Edwin the Magnificent’. He founded the world leading Macquarie University Ancient History department, exploring the Graeco-Roman world's epic struggle with the ‘Jerusalem’ world.

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Robin Parry

Robin is a UK author, editor, and theologian. His books include The Evangelical Universalist, Worshipping Trinity, Deep Church Rising: The Third Schism and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy, and The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrims Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible. He completed his PhD on Genesis 34 at the University of Gloucestershire.

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Brad Jersak

Brad Jersak is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. He also occasionally teaches at The Bridge in Abbotsford. Through his books and seminars, Brad shares the good news that God is Love, perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ.

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Mark Strom

Mark is one of our most popular speakers and for a good reason; he is a revolutionary thinker who combines deep theological insight with down to earth language. Thus he makes profound truths accessible for ordinary people like us.

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Rikk Watts

Rikk was for many years Professor of New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver and has recently moved back to Australia where he is a professor and researcher at Alphacrucis College. Rikk has an eclectic background—aeronautical engineering, arts, philosophy, and biblical studies—which hints at his expansive way of thinking.

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Leisa Aitken

Leisa is a practising psychologist who has discovered the significance of hope in human flourishing—but equally, she has discovered the shallowness of the profession's grasp of hope. She is now advancing a doctorate to integrate the richness of Christian hope with the practice of psychology.

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Paul Oslington

Paul Oslington is an Australian economist. Inaugural Dean of Business and Professor of Economics at Alphacrucis College in Sydney Australia. From 2008-2013 he was Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University where he held a joint appointment in the School of Business and School of Theology.

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Mark Scott

Mark has been a leader in several major Australian organisations. He was the CEO of the Australian Broadcasting Commission—one of the most important and politically sensitive jobs in Australia and was widely acclaimed for his acumen and thought leadership in the dynamic world of media and new technology.

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Tony Morgan

Tony has had a distinguished career in the complex world of insurance, and in particular loss assessing. Loss assessors have one of the most sophisticated jobs in the finance industry—they are the independent experts who assess the final payouts in large scale losses and thus the final liability of underwriters.

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From time to time we interview prominent leaders about their relationship between work and faith.

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