Called to Care – Chaplaincy Australia Conference Victoria – 


Unfortunately due to COVID19 we have had to postpone our conference until restrictions have been lifted.  Rest assured, we are planning on holding our conference as soon as we can!


Here we are living in extraordinary times, experiencing natural disasters and global pandemics that have influenced people to search for hope and support in an environment where the expression of care and connection has dramatically changed. 

Yet amongst all the adversity, we have been given a great opportunity to take Chaplaincy to a new level in providing ‘Hope and Support’ where hope is deferred and support non-existent; knowing that we are “Called to Care”.


Due to all the restrictions, the date of conference may have changed but the heartbeat remains the same. We anticipate that you will experience a renewed step in your spirit and joy in your heart as we take a closer look at chaplaincy through the lens of caring for self, whilst caring for others. 

The goal is not to have you attend another conference but invite you to actively position yourself to have a fresh encounter with Jesus and be inspired, encouraged, and energised by others.

This is going to be a time for you to relax and unwind whilst you connect with like-minded people and invest in your own personal growth. You will hear about the exciting advances chaplaincy is making throughout our state and beyond and hear from a variety of guest speakers from different sectors of chaplaincy.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference as you make the decision to invest in your call to care.


Ps Glenise Dedrick
CA VIC State Director




Chaplaincy Conference

The conference sessions will be focusing on the theme ‘Called to Care’.  

While the sessions will be very practical and helpful, we will also look at the current state of
chaplaincy, the many changes in our society and what that will mean for you as carers and

We will also be exploring trends and strategies for the expansion of chaplaincy in Victoria and
beyond. There is a groundswell of cross-generational members being added to the CA-Vic network through ‘Hub’ meetings across the regions and by word of mouth. Chaplaincy Vic. is indeed on the move.

Many chaplaincy sectors will be highlighted, and you will hear incredible stories of chaplains who are tirelessly working in their chosen field and on the ground; Plus, guest speakers bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. 

Conference Expo

During the conference there will be an expo which will highlight many of the chaplaincy ministries across VIC 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…

Our 2020 Conference Speakers

Pastor Stuart Stuart

Pastor Stuart Stuart

Pastoral Care Lead at Ambulance Victoria

Stuart has been involved in Emergency Management for 28 years and has completed a master’s in emergency management.

As an accredited mental health Social Worker, Stuart has counselled trauma affected individuals and communities for many years, Transport Accident patients, and Victims of Crime.

Stuart is qualified in de briefing, de fusion and de mobilization in Australia and the USA through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Since 2009, Stuart has led the growth of a volunteer emergency services organisation from 280 volunteers to more than 1700 personnel. This included the development of and improvement in operational systems, policy, processes, training, and governance arrangements.

Pastor Glenise Dedrick

Pastor Glenise Dedrick

VIC Director Chaplaincy Australia

Glenise is an accomplished ACC (Australian Christian Churches) credentialed minister, with over thirty-five years’ experience in ministry with 10 years experience in Chaplaincy Australia.   

She is a national trainer Alphacrucis College in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy, and is highly skilled in Critical-incident Response, Trauma Reduction, Grief, Loss and Bereavement, and Suicide Intervention training for first respondents.  

Glenise’s life’s experiences and leadership gifts equip her to speak with authority, insight and heartfelt understanding as she leads the Chaplaincy Australia team in Victoria. 
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 Chaplains to the ADF and their ongoing support.

Ralph and his wife Narelle pioneered an ACC Church in Hornsby where they served as Senior Pastors for 27 years.  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. 

Rev Jim Jung

Rev Jim Jung

Victoria Police Senior Chaplain

Jim and his wife Jan live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and have two adult children. Joining Peninsula City Church (Frankston) in 1998 as the Executive Pastor and subsequently becoming the Lead Pastor in 2002 where Jim served in a fulltime capacity until 2017. With a missional heart, Jim accepted an invitation to become the senior police chaplain for Victoria Police whilst initiating a leadership transition at Peninsula City Church, which culminated successfully in December 2018. Jim remains on the team of the church since his transition to Victoria Police and continues to serve in a voluntary capacity as a Guiding Pastor to the new leadership.


A graduate of Tabor College (Victoria) and with various business and trade qualifications, Jim brings a diverse background of industry experience as well as more than 30 years in Christian leadership and ministry. Passionate about missional application and practical outworking of the gospel in secular and social settings, the role within Victoria Police has become the perfect environment for the next season of Jim’s ministry. As the team leader for Victoria Police chaplaincy, Jim overseas three fulltime police chaplains and 80 multi-faith volunteer chaplains.

Pastor Richard Feeney

Pastor Richard Feeney

State Manager of Prison Fellowship VIC

Richard was the first in his family to become a Christian at the age of 20 and soon developed a life motto “Not saved for myself but for others”. His hunger to know God more led him to Bible College where he met his wife, Jo, and they have now been married for 34 years.
They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Richard became State Manager of Prison Fellowship NSW/ACT in 2011 and in February 2018 moved to Melbourne to begin his new role as State Manager of Prison Fellowship in Victoria. Richard is an ordained minister and chaplain with Australian Christian Churches and is passionate about others knowing God’s love.
His title may have changed over the years but his motto remains the same, “Not saved for myself but for others.”
Pastor Anna DiGiacomo

Pastor Anna DiGiacomo

Pastoral Care Coordinator @ HammondCare

Anna oversees and coordinates quality trained chaplains and carers, providing specialised dementia care, palliative care, rehabilitation, older persons’​ mental health and younger onset dementia care so people living with dementia can continue to enjoy life.

Anna and the pastoral care team nurture the spiritual well-being of people, as well as meeting their mental and emotional needs. She brings amazing stories along with her wealth of expertise, providing valuable insight and understanding into this incredible ministry of care.

Anna and husband Ralph also lead as campus Pastors at Enjoy North Church and together lead amazing teams and outreach initiatives to their community

Anna is a valuable Chaplaincy Australia team member heading up the Aged Care sector for Victoria and is highly valued by her peers and colleagues.

Conference Program



Saturday 7 Nov 2020

8.00am Registrations & Expo open

9.00am– 4.30pm Called to Care Conference 

Detailed Program to be confirmed

Full participation in conference provides 4 hours professional development.

Venue:  Lifehouse Church,

9 Western Ave, Westmeadows VIC, 3049 

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