Chaplaincy of the Future – What will it look like?

We are pleased to present to you details of our 2019 Chaplaincy Conference!

If you attended our conference last year then hopefully you felt very cared for
as the theme was “Caring for the Carer”. We had so much positive feedback
which was fantastic!   Well, this year we are talking it to a whole new level!

We have chosen the beautiful location of Terrigal Beach for a time of refreshing, equipping, being inspired and networking. With the conference, workshops and
accommodation all in one place, you really can unwind and relax. Early
morning walks on the beach or coffee in one of the many beach side cafes will
be just some of the opportunities on offer. All this as well as investing in your
own personal growth and hearing about some of the latest developments in
chaplaincy for now and the future.

We also have some very exciting new initiatives to share with you.
Taking time out to care for yourself and be replenished is so important, and it is
essential when you are caring for others…
We would love for you to join us!

Ps Susan Marcuccio
CA NSW/ACT State Director

Chaplaincy Conference

The conference sessions this year will be focusing on the theme “Chaplaincy of the future”.  We will be looking at the current state of chaplaincy, the many changes in our society and what that will mean for chaplaincy in the future. 

While the sessions will be very practical and helpful for chaplains, we will also be exploring trends and future plans for the expansion of chaplaincy in Australia and beyond.

Many of the 26 different chaplaincy sectors will be highlighted and I’m sure you will be moved by hearing the incredible stories of these chaplains on the ground.  

Conference Expo

During the conference there will be an expo which will highlight many of the chaplaincy ministries across NSW/ACT as well as many valuable resources and training opportunities.  

If you would like to find out about having an expo table or about sponsorship follow the link below…

Professional Development Workshops

This year we are adding pre and post conference workshops to give you more professional development options.  These workshops will cover some important areas that have been frequently asked for, responding to and supporting those affected by loss, grief and trauma, and also responding and supporting those impacted by suicide. 

These workshops are suitable not only for chaplains but for anyone in the helping professions who would like to be better equipped to provide support while staying in their role. Make sure you also register for these.

Our 2019 Conference Speakers

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson

Rev Dr Stephen Robinson

Coordinator NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network

Stephen has been the coordinator of the DRCN since its inception and we have had a close partnership with them for many years. 

Many of our Chaplaincy Australia Chaplains are part of the DRCN and have received this specific training and been deployed to various disaster situations.  Stephen is really leading the way in Australia in this area and has had years of experience both nationally and internationally in emergency and disaster response. 

Stephen is also a Uniting Church Minister and his book “Ministry in Disaster Settings:  Lessons from the Edge” is based on interviews with ministry agents who cared for their communities during and after major tragedies. 

We are looking forward to hearing him speak about the future of chaplaincy in relation to disaster recovery

Pastor Michelle Hunt

Pastor Michelle Hunt

Generocity Church Forbes

Michelle and her husband Andrew are currently Lead Pastors in Forbes, Generocity Church (GC), which is part of a multi-site church in rural and regional NSW. 

She is also a trained chaplain, has a Master Degree in Health Management and a registered nurse background, working in the NSW Health public system for near forty years. 

Michelle’s current role, District Manager – Violence, Prevention and Response & Women’s Health – is responsible for strategic and operational responses to domestic and family violenceacross the Local Health District, as well as informing state-wide health policy in regards to rural and remote NSW.  But most importantly, working together with local communities to reduce domestic and family violence and the associated trauma in individuals, families and across communities impacted by domestic violence. 

Pastor Stephen Lott

Pastor Stephen Lott

Senior Pastor LifeHouse Church

Lotty, as he is known, alongside his wife Cie, are the Senior Pastors of LifeHouse Church, a growing, multi-campus Church based on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Lotty and Cie have been married for 19 years and have four children, Oska, Perry, Coco and Nixon. Lotty is the New South Wales Director of Youth Alive and a trained chaplain with many years of experience working with youth.

He is an inspiring speaker and incredibly gifted communicator who is passionate about seeing young people realise their purpose and potential, growing the Church for global impact, and developing healthy Church leaders.

Claire Madden

Claire Madden

Founder/Director Hello Clarity

Claire ( is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in demand internationally as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials.

Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications. Claire is commissioned by some of the nation’s largest companiesand leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society.

As a media commentator, Claire is regularly interviewed on prominent television programs including The Drum, The Project, The Today Show, SkyNews, Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in print media.

Pastor Susan Marcuccio

Pastor Susan Marcuccio

NSW Director Chaplaincy Australia

Susan has been involved in Chaplaincy Australia for the past 10 years.

Her experience in chaplaincy includes hospitals, emergency services and disaster response.

Susan is passionate about people being well trained to provide quality empathic care and support, and for people to engage in transformational learning.

Susan is an ordained ACC Minister and a Professional/ Pastoral Supervisor with Australasian Association of Supervision.

Susan is an experienced Professional/Pastoral Supervisor, a recognised Supervisor/Supervisor Trainer with Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS) and a member of Transforming Practices. She is also a Board Member, Membership Coordinator and Chair of Training Standards for AAOS.

Susan specializes in the provision of supervision to supervisors, pastors, leaders, chaplains and pastoral carers as well as allied health professionals.

Susan is also an advocate and researcher in the area of supervision with a passion to see all those in the helping professions receive quality non-judgmental confidential support, and engage in transformational learning.

Pastor Jenny Blok

Pastor Jenny Blok

Aged Care Chaplaincy Sector Leader

Jenny is an ACC Pastor attending Hillsong Church, Greater West Sydney. 

She completed training with Chaplaincy Australia as well as a Clinical Pastoral Education. 

Jenny has had much experience working in the Aged Care sector. She is currently the Senior Chaplain at BaptistCare, overseeing a large team of chaplains and pastoral care volunteers working in aged care, the community and in prisons and hospitals.

Jenny is passionate about spiritual care within the aged care sector with a strong vision to enable chaplaincy to fulfil the future needs of the elderly in Australia. 

Pastor Ralph Estherby

Pastor Ralph Estherby

National Director Chaplaincy Australia

has been involved in Chaplaincy Ministry since 1995 He currently oversees and supports the outstanding and selfless work of Chaplains around Australia.    

Ralph is a gifted communicator and a passionate leader who believes that Christ has answers for every life and that true fulfillment can only be found in Him. He passionately believes that Chaplains have the potential and capacity to impact every sector of Australian Society. 

Ralph serves as a Co-ordinating Chaplain in the Australian Army, caring for and serving the members of the Australian Defence Force and is responsible for recruiting new Pentecostal Chaplains to the ADF and their ongoing support.

Ralph and his wife Narelle pioneered the ACC Church in Hornsby in 1990 and together they continue to serve there as Pastors.  His broad experience and his exposure to both Pastoral and Chaplaincy ministry roles equip him to be a resource to those seeking to explore and expand their influence in meeting the needs of their community.  

He is passionate to see carers receive the care they need to continue to offer the care our community deserves. 

Pastor Graham Blok

Pastor Graham Blok

Workplace Chaplaincy Sector Leader

Graham has had more than 30 years experience in Christian ministry as a teacher, pastor, workplace chaplain and as a pastoral supervisor. 

Graham is currently the NSW and ACT Chaplain for Toll Group.  This role involves offering confidential support and assistance to employees and their families.

Graham is the Assistant State Director of Chaplaincy Australia NSW/ACT and a member of the state leadership team. 

Graham attends Hillsong Church (Great Western Sydney). Graham is a thought provoking speaker, assisting people to stop, reflect and consider their future. 

Conference Program



Thursday 5 September 2019

1.00pm – 4.30pm – Pre Conference – Professional Development

Workshop #1 – Responding to and supporting people affected by loss, grief & trauma  (Workshop #1 Fully Booked)

Presenter:  Ps Susan Marcuccio–NSW/ACT State Director, Chaplaincy Australia 

Workshop #2 – Responding and supporting those impacted by suicide

Presenter:  Ps Ralph EstherbyNational Director, Chaplaincy Australia

Full participation provides 3 hours professional development.


5.30pm Conference Registrations & Expo open

7.00pm– 9.00pm “Chaplaincy of the Future” Conference Session 1

9.00pm – 10pm Supper (included) Expo open

Friday 6 September 2019

8.00am Registrations & Expo open

9.00am– 10.30am  “Chaplaincy of the Future” Conference Session 2

10.30amMorning Tea (included) Expo open

11.00am– 12.30pm“Chaplaincy of the Future” Conference Session 3

12.30pm – 1.30pm Full Buffet Lunch – Seasalt Restaurant (included) Expo open

1.30pm– 3.00pm “Chaplaincy of the Future” Conference Session 4

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea  (included) Expo open

3.30pm– 5.00pm “Chaplaincy of the Future” Conference Session 5

Full participation Thurs night/Friday conference provides 7 hours professional development.

Saturday 7 September 2019

9.30am – 1.00pm – Post Conference Professional Development 

Workshop #1 – Responding and supporting those impacted by suicide (Workshop #1 Fully Booked)

Presenter:  Ps Ralph EstherbyNational Director, Chaplaincy Australia

Workshop #2 – Responding to and supporting people affected by loss, grief & trauma 

 Presenter:  Ps Susan Marcuccio–NSW/ACT State Director, Chaplaincy Australia

Full participation provides 3 hours professional development.


Venue:  Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific,

Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW 2260 



Please note accommodation is not included in conference or workshop registrations

 Crown Plaza Terrigal has offered a special conference rate for single, double and twin rooms for Chaplaincy Australia Conference delegates.  One full buffet breakfast is included.  Book directly with the hotel and mention Chaplaincy Australia.

Terrigal also has many other great accommodation options within walking distance at varying prices. 

 If you need any more information please contact us [email protected]

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