2022 Conference helping you in ‘Bridging the Gap’

This will be Chaplaincy Australia’s 20th Conference which will make it a special celebration!

Following our very successful move to Terrigal in 2019 we had so much positive feedback which was fantastic and so we have decided to return again in 2022. 

Terrigal Beach is such a great location 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.

As always we will 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!

Pastor Deb Kuhna

CA NSW/ACT State Director

Chaplaincy Conference

Our 2022 conference, Bridging the Gap will equip, empower, inspire, and challenge you for the future. We will be showcasing areas of  Chaplaincy that will help you understand how to  become a Transformational Asset to your workspace and community, as well as providing you with tools, resource and Thought to assist you to Bridge the Gap. 

We will encourage you to learn beyond your field or interest and to explore opportunities that will be presented to you 

The sessions will be very practical and helpful for chaplains, all Pastoral Carers as well as community and church teams as we explore current thinking and methodologies for providing the best support possible.  

 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

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.

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 2022 Conference Speakers

Pastor Paul Bartlett

Pastor Paul Bartlett

ACC State President

Paul Bartlett is the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse, a church that He and Annette have just celebrated 20years this year of senior leadership at Lighthouse.  Under Paul and Annette’s leadership the church has grown significantly as a church of influence in its local community aswell as on a national and global scale.

Paul is one of the nation’s leading voices influencing the way that the local church views its role in effectively engaging its community. Paul will effectively disrupt and challenge our thinking because he cares deeply about how people experience church and God into the future & wherever they may be at in life. Although Paul is a visionary and innovative thinker, he is passionate about serving a vision greater than his own. As President of ACC NSW, Paul has been committed to advancing the significance and uniqueness of our movement, serving churches through his State Role and National Portfolio in Community Engagement, hosting conferences and training community leaders at Alphacrucis College.


Paul’s vast experience as the leader of his local church and variety of initiatives that meet the needs of people in the region has led to Lighthouse being a well-known and trusted church. Whether it be through Sunday Gatherings, weekly pop up restaurant for those in need, chaplaincy with the NBL Basketball Team the  Hawks, homeless youth housing, or through the church’s school Cedars Christian College and its 750 students the vision of Lighthouse and Australian Christian Churches is being felt through the region under his leadership.


Paul and Annette have raised their family in the local church and their children Jordan, Caleb and Sophie all continue to lead and serve. In his spare time you might find him fishing on his Kayak or crabbing off his boat, but more recently any spare moment is spent with his grandson Teddy.

Associate Professor Rebecca Loundar

Associate Professor Rebecca Loundar

Alphacrucis College

Associate Professor Rebecca Loundar is an Australian-based health professional and has been a practising Psychologist for over 25 years and is endorsed as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist.

Rebecca is the Head of Social Sciences and an Associate Professor at Alphacrucis College. She oversees AC’s Counselling, Chaplaincy, Professional Supervision, Wellbeing and Community Services programs. Rebecca is also one of AC’s Higher Degree Research Supervisors. Rebecca has been actively involved with the development and teaching of these courses. 

Assoc. Prof. Loundar has a broad range of experience working with individuals and groups, in a variety of settings including clinical and community (including not-for-profit) based psychology services, education facilities and corporate environments. Rebecca has been an active member on different government and community committees, a researcher and provider of clinical consultation, supervision and training to psychologists, counsellors, chaplains and pastoral workers.


Her research interests include psychosocial, spiritual and professional wellbeing and societal issues including domestic and family violence.

Chaplain Ralph Estherby

Chaplain Ralph Estherby

National Director Chaplaincy Australia

Ralph 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 have been in Pastoral Ministry since 1990 including 28 years as Senior Pastors in Hornsby.  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. 

Chaplain Katie Tunks Leach

Chaplain Katie Tunks Leach

PHD Candidate & Chaplaincy Researcher

Working in the field of emergency care since 1997, Katie has witnessed first-hand the impact frontline work can have on the health and wellbeing of clinicians.

Drawing on her experience as an emergency and trauma nurse, academic, and NSW Ambulance chaplain, Katie is undertaking a PhD through the University of Technology Sydney to explore the role and value of chaplains in ambulance services.

Her hope is to better equip emergency workers with the tools needed to stay well, and to access support when they need it.

Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

National Supervision 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.

Conference Program



Thursday 31 March 2022

1.00pm – 4.30pm – Pre Conference – Professional Development

Workshop #1 – Recognising and Managing Triggers, Transference and Vicarious Trauma.  (Fully Booked)

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Workshop #2 – The Chaplain’s Response to PTSD and Moral Injury. (Less than 5 spots available)

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby


5.30pm Conference Registrations & Expo open

7.00pm– 9.00pm  Conference Session 1

9.00pm – 10pm Supper (included) Expo open

Friday 1 April 2022

8.00am Registrations & Expo open

9.00am– 10.30am  Conference Session 2

10.30amMorning Tea (included) Expo open

11.00am– 12.30pm Conference Session 3

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

1.30pm– 3.00pm Conference Session 4

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

3.30pm– 5.00pm  Conference Session 5

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

Saturday 2 April 2022

9.30am – 1.00pm – Post Conference Professional Development 

Workshop #1 – The Chaplain’s Response to PTSD and Moral Injury.

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby

Workshop #2 – Recognising and Managing Triggers, Transference and Vicarious Trauma.

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

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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