About Our TeamFor freedom Christ has set us free.
Founder and Editor of The Freedoms Project
Kathy has been active in pro-life work for 6 years and is involved in a constitutional challenge to Victoria’s exclusion-zone laws. She is the Melbourne co-ordinator for Family Life International and is a member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Kathy began writing about pro-life and Catholic issues at Light up the Darkness.net but broadened her range of topics as she came to learn more about the many threats to freedom which are common to all Christians. She is working on a Sociology degree. Very slowly. Kathy home-educates her youngest 7 children and considers her family to be her most important work.
Researcher and Counsellor
Debbie Garratt is a Doctoral Researcher and Registered Nurse, founder of Real Choices Australia, a research and education organisation dedicated to ensuring the dissemination of accurate information about the needs of women experiencing challenges during pregnancy and early parenting, and about the adverse impact of abortion. Underpinned by experience across a range of sectors as a counsellor and adult educator for almost 3 decades, along with 2 Bachelor Degrees and a Master’s Degree, Debbie’s expertise on the issues of abortion and coercion, and breaking down the ideological barriers to abortion discussion is highly sought both nationally and internationally.
Through the Pregnancy and Parenting Care Network, Debbie has developed standards of practise for pregnancy support services and professional development education programs which are used nationally and internationally.
Having completed a business degree and a graduate certificate in Journalism, Eleni worked several years as Staff Editor and freelancer for Prison Fellowship Victoria then went on to work as a Policy Researcher for the Australian Christians Party. Her decision to stand for Australian Christians as a candidate was born from increasing alarm at Western society’s steady erosion of Judeo-Christian values in every facet of governance and public life. Eleni now holds the position of Features Writer for the Drug and Alcohol Council of Australia (DACA). To contact Eleni, please email: email@example.com
Author, Blogger and Speaker
Bill Muehlenberg, who was born in America, lives in Melbourne. He is married to an Australian, Averil, and has three sons. He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), a MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston), and is working on a PhD in theology. He is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria. He was formerly the National Vice President of the Australian Family Association. He was formerly the National Research Coordinator at Focus on the Family.
He currently continues an independent ministry in pro-faith and pro-family activism. He is head of an apologetics/ethics ministry called CultureWatch, started in January 2006. This interactive blogsite features over 3,300 articles and 52,000 comments.
Knackered Old Knight and blogger/innkeeper at The Knight & Drummer
An Australian now, he was born and bred an Englishman but has stood on a town-hall stage, raised a hand and said ‘G’Day’. A respect for the social fabric is tempered by a fine sense of judgement and foolhardiness which sees him defying immoral and anti-Christian Laws. He may be found every week outside the Hobart Abortuary saying his Rosary, despite the threats of jail. Fines are no good for one so poor. The police no longer even tell him to ‘move along’ as he moves very slowly anyway.
Speaker, conservative media host
Dave Pellowe is a seasoned communicator, political campaigner, and the host of online video talk shows, “Pellowe Talk”, “Church And State”, and “TheHeterodox.TV“. He’s interviewed notable Senators and Members of Parliament, media personalities, leading ethicists, authors, pastors, activists, lawyers and entrepreneurs in the fearless pursuit of Truth.
Check out his website: davepellowe.com
Neil is an evangelical Christian, an Associate Professor in law, a father and a grandfather. He has qualifications in both law and theology and teaches “Law and Religion” as an elective to later year law students.
He blogs at “Law and Religion Australia”: click here to visit Neil’s website.
Retired economist, pro-life veteran
Richard, a 73 year old married man with 7 daughters, 2 sons and and 19 grandchildren, has been heavily involved in the pro-life cause in a voluntary capacity since the 1970’s. Richard was Political Action Chairman of “Right To Life Victoria” from 1978 to 1985 and has, from 1980 to the present time, spread the pro-life message on hundreds of occasions through his speaking engagements within the State of Victoria, particularly to Church congregations. A Labour Market economist by profession, Richard ceased full-time work 20 years ago so that he was in a better position to join up with a former school colleague, Dave Forster, who is the founder of the Melbourne Helpers, in witnessing for life daily outside abortion businesses.
Commentator, Writer, Whistleblower
Marcus’ major papers are on (1) the dodgy monthly unemployment figures and their deadly effects and (2) Saving Working Class Education from the Educational Left (the Joan Kirnerites). Both are available via firstname.lastname@example.org Other, short papers are on The Bubble Zone and Abortion on Demand. His two guiding principles and golden rules are: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ hopefully and, the golden rule of life? The people who have the gold, rule.
Marcus spent most of his working life in the old Commonwealth Employment Service before having to get out because he spoke about the REAL unemployment effects and their deadly effects. Additionally, he was also forced out of the Education Department for being a whistleblower. The above paper elaborates.
Retired geneticist, pro-life veteran
Les is a retired geneticist who worked several years with the dairy industry. When he first learned genetics over 50 years ago, geneticists all regarded the unborn as a stage in the life of a person. His interest in pro-life work began in 1973 when the McKenzie-Lamb bill was presented in Federal Parliament to legalise abortion in the ACT. Fortunately, it failed, but the pro-abortion advocates did not stop.
Les took part in the annual Right to Life Annual Walks in Victoria for over 20 years, coordinating several of them. In recent years, his pro-life involvement has been more sporadic. Les produces an email newsletter for his Hoppers Crossing parish group, which contains a strong pro-life message.
Writer, Researcher, Pastor
Peter has had a varied involvement in the Church in Australia, undertaking contract research for over ten denominations and groups since 1987. He has also maintained an active ministry in a local congregation (along with his wife Colleen) and volunteers in a community church based care centre. At present he is also vitally involved in the confessing movement within the Uniting Church in Australia; the Assembly of Confessing Congregations (ACC): http://www.confessingcongregations.com/, and has responsibility for co-ordinating visitation, pastoral support and contact with ACC members and congregations, as well as editing the ACC Magazine ACCatalyst. His research interests include the reporting of religion in the media, weddings and marriages in Australia, and the representation of religion in Australian film, and ethics and decision-making in contemporary Australia.
Author, Philosophy lecturer
John has studied philosophy and theology deeply, and has a bachelor’s degree in theology. He is the author of three books, a number of pamphlets, and over 600 published articles. John is interested especially in the thought of St Thomas Aquinas, and its application to modern questions. He is also interested in fundamental economic questions viewed from a natural moral law aspect.
Medical Doctor and researcher, bioethicist
Peter McCullagh is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (MD), Oxford University (D Phil) and a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP Lond.). He was a member of the John Curtin School of Medicine, ANU for 35 years undertaking research on the manner in which the immune system learns to recognise self during fetal life and the implications of this process for autoimmune diseases and transplantation in adult life. Apart from immunological research articles, he has had 4 books published 3 of which deal with bioethical issues.
Blogger and mother
Rissa Hann is a conservative, Christian, wife, mother and writer in the culture wars. She has studied and worked in nursing, welfare, disability care and Christian counselling. After the birth of her only child, Rissa left work to become a full-time wife and mother and in her spare time continued her work with her local church. During Rissa’s work with the church, she took on Pastoral duties, set up and ran a 24/7 prayer room, and evangelised on the streets to individuals and at community events. During this time Rissa also became aware of abortion and other political issues of the day.
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when her son was 4 and also looking after her son who has special needs, Rissa realised she would need to cut back on much of the external and physical work that required her to be out of the home, and after paring back on everything outside of the home, just over 2 years ago God rather unexpectedly changed the direction of her life and she began to speak out on and write in the “culture wars”. Rissa is now an avid online writer on Facebook and when she gets the time, on her website rissahannonthelookout.com.
Denis Strangman, AM
Retired Private Secretary and pro-life veteran
Member of the Order of Australia (General Division). Denis is a widower, whose wife died from a malignant primary brain tumour. He helped establish the patient and carer national support group, Brain Tumour Alliance Australia, and the International Brain Tumour Alliance (foundation chair 2005-2014). Denis is active in cancer, palliative care, and mental health advocacy, and is the Secretary of Friends of Palliative Care. Denis is the former secretary to three different Senators, including Senator Brian Harradine (1976-1992). He is also a Life Member of the ACT Right to Life Association.
Denis has five adult children, and three grand-children, and is currently sorting through and shredding 50 years of activism. Anyone local want a black plastic garbage bag(s) of shredded paper, some shredded staples also, for their garden or chook pen? You can contact Denis at: email@example.com
Teresa was blessed to be born into a large family in north Queensland. Her parents accepted children as God sent them – this was one of the first untaught, but rather ‘caught’ life lesson which imparted God’s truth and plan for love and life. Much pro-life material was in evidence in the family home with her mother being an active member of a number of pro-life organisations but Teresa recalls one particular moment that cemented an already entrenched love for God’s precious infants. Upon reading the Prayer of Spiritual Adoption in her church bulletin in her teenage years, her heart melted with a desire to protect preborn babies.
Marrying and having her own children, as they got older, Teresa stepped up her involvement with the pro-life movement becoming the School Educator for Queensland Right to Life (now Cherish Life Queensland) for seven years before she was voted in as State President, a position she held for ten years. One of Teresa’s very proud achievements is walking the entire Camino from St Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostella, Spain in 33 days in 2015 praying for the pro-life cause along the way.
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