Called to Care – Chaplaincy Australia Conference Victoria – 

Saturday 25 July 2020


Our theme is ‘Called to Care’ and our aim is to take Chaplaincy to a new level of understanding in how to bring ‘Hope and Support’ where hope is deferred and support non-existent.

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. I don’t believe we can bring hope and support to others when we ourselves are not positioned to be inspired, encouraged and energised by others. 

This dear friend is a time for you to unwind and relax with like minded people whilst taking this incredible opportunity to network and invest in your own personal growth. You will hear about the exciting advances chaplaincy is making throughout our state and beyond.

Taking time out to care for yourself and be replenished is so important, and is essential when you are caring for others…  

We look forward to seeing you there 

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

CEO for the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry

The VCC Emergencies Ministry is contracted by the Dept of Health & Human Services to provide psychological first aid and emotional spiritual care to disaster affected communities. There are currently almost 1,600 volunteers across the State. Stuart has been an ACC Pastor for 19 years, pastoring in rural and regional Victoria.  

He is qualified as a Master of Emergency Management. A Social Worker,  Mental Health Social Worker, and a qualified de briefer having studied de briefing de fusion and demobilisation in 1996, 2005 (in Australia), and in 2011 through the University of Minnesota. 

He also volunteered for 11 years with the Country Fire Authority as a fire fighter, of which 5 years was spent as a Lieutenant. Stuart has worked in the field of trauma for the past 29 years counselling victims of crime and transport accident patients. He has worked in both Government and non government positions in the past working with high risk communities.

Stuart has responded to all major disasters in Victoria since 1993 including floods, fire, train accidents, plagues and large scale motor vehicle accidents. As part of Stuart’s role, he is a member of the Department of Health & Human Services, State Psychosocial Sub Committee and Emergency Management Victoria’s State Relief & Recovery Team.

Stuart enjoys aviation, cycling, travel and bush walking 

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. 

Millin Curtis

Millin Curtis

Workplace Chaplaincy Sector Leader

Pastor Richard Feeney

Pastor Richard Feeney

Corrective Services - Sector Leader

Pastor Anna DiGiacomo

Pastor Anna DiGiacomo

Aged Care Chaplaincy Sector Leader

Conference Program



Saturday 25 July 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 

Our Conference Sponsors