John is Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity. He has a degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history. An ordained Anglican minister, he was a Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (2005-17), a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2017-18), and teaches a course on the Historical Jesus for the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. He has hosted two nationally televised documentaries and authored more than a dozen books.
Simon is Executive Director of the Centre for Public Christianity. A former English and History teacher, Simon has a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver. He has years of experience writing and editing both academic curricula and popular books. He is the author of For God's Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion, and editor of A Spectator's Guide to Worldviews. His writing has appeared in such places as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC, The Australian, and The Guardian.
Allan is Director of Media for the Centre for Public Christianity. An award-winning documentary maker, Allan has over 25 years experience in broadcast and digital media production, as well as business qualifications from Sydney's Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Justine is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She worked at Fairfax Digital before completing her doctorate in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. She speaks and writes about freedom and individualism, the body as a project, and other trends in contemporary culture.
Natasha is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the author of Victorian Poetry and Modern Life: The Unpoetical Age, as well as editor of 10 Tips for Atheists … and other conversations in faith and culture. She has worked for CPX since 2014 and written for the mainstream media on topics that include books, movies, politics, food, domestic violence, Scripture in schools, war, Thanksgiving, and freedom of speech.
Richard is a part-time Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also Director of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology, and part of the Understanding and Answering Islam team for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard's doctoral research investigated the degree to which religious beliefs in general, and Islamic beliefs in particular, can be doubted and held with certainty. He is the author of The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.
Barney is a part-time Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, based in Melbourne. He wrote for The Age for 32 years, the last 12 as Religion Editor. He continues to write for the media on faith and politics, as well as on classical music and opera. He also serves as media advisor to the Anglican Primate, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier.
Karen is the producer of Life & Faith, CPX's weekly podcast. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from UTS and a Master of International Law from the University of Sydney. She also works as a producer for the ABC.
Anna is Youth Editor at the Centre for Public Christianity. She has a BA in Media & Communications from the University of Sydney and has many years of experience working with youth at her local church. Before starting at CPX, she spent a year working with university students in Arequipa, Peru with the international Christian organisation SIM.
Abigail is Executive Assistant to Simon Smart. She has a degree in Event Management and Public Relations from London Metropolitan University. She is originally from Sierra Leone and speaks four languages. She worked in the UK for 19 years, most of them with Veolia, before moving to Australia in 2015.
Jenny has worked with CPX since its beginning. She helps with office administration and is Personal Assistant to John Dickson. Before life with John, Jenny did a Master of Science at the University of Adelaide, worked as a tutor at the University of Sydney, and taught high school science.