Centre Committee Members


Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM FRACI BSc(Hons), PhD


Following postdoctoral research in Germany Professor Gabrielle McMullen joined the Department of Biochemistry at Monash University and also became Dean of its Catholic residence, Mannix College, in 1981. She was then Rector of Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Ballarat campus from 1995-2000 and its Pro- and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) until February 2011. In July 2011 she was appointed a Trustee of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, which was established by Sisters of Charity of Australia in 2009 to continue their health and aged care, education and social service ministries. 

Professor McMullen is a member of the Council of the University of Divinity and also of the Council of the Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Her other community contributions have encompassed membership of education, health, theological and social services boards. A member of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research, her personal research interests include Catholic identity and mission, and the history of science..

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Reverend John Bottomley BA(Hons), DipSociol, MMin

After Methodist/Uniting Church congregational ministry in Melbourne’s outer suburbs (1974-82), John and other UCA ministers established the Urban Ministry Network as a research consultancy to focus their interest on ministry at work. John was the foundation Director, working for the Network for the next 32 years, including 13 years as a part-time congregation minister in East St Kilda. Since retiring from paid employment, John has established a consultancy, Transforming Work, and is active in his congregation’s Mission to Work Committee.

John’s research interests have addressed the trauma caused by the deep-seated violence in the way work is shaped by and shapes both our free-market economy and our political system of government.  John seeks to integrate the arts and faith with a commitment to personal and social transformation for healing, justice and reconciliation.


Professor Ruth Webber TPTC, BA(Hons), B.Ed, MEd, PhD

Professor Ruth Webber has qualifications in education, psychology and sociology.  She held an academic position at ACU between 1985 and 2004. She was the director of a research centre at Australian Catholic University (ACU) for 16 years during which time she led a research team of up to 12 researchers. She is an assessor for Australian Research Council Grants program.  She has been an active researcher for many years and has conducted research projects on such areas as: prison chaplaincy, youth spirituality and citizenship. 

For the past twelve years Dr Webber has been conducting research on health and ageing among people with an intellectual disability and has published widely on this topic and spoken at number conference in Australia and at international conferences. She is a member of the Disability Services Board (Victorian Government). Since her retirement from ACU in 2014 she has conducted evaluations of many programs for not-for-profit organisations utilising qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She has published over 80 journal articles, books or book chapters. She has honorary appointments at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Australian Catholic University and the University of Divinity.

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Dr Timothy JOnes PhD

Tim Jones is a cultural historian with a particular interest in gender, sexuality and religion, and research expertise in British, Australian and American history. From 2008 he was lecturer in History and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales at the University of South Wales. From 2012 to 2015 Dr Jones was an ARC DECRA fellow jointly in History and the Australian Research Center in Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University.

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Dr Matthew Beckmann OFM, BA, LLB, BTheol, MA, PhD

Matthew Beckmann is a Franciscan friar who teaches at Yarra Theological Union in the areas of Systematic Theology and Church History.  His interests lie in the interplay of those two disciplines, how historical events shape theology and how theology, in turn, drive history.  He is a medievalist by training but also works with the theological ideas about salvation and redemption, the theology and history of the Franciscan Order and how theological ideas are disseminated and diffused.

He has worked for many years in the area of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.


Professor John McDowell BD (Hons), PhD

Professor McDowell has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the University of Divinity’s research agenda and strategy, including research training, competitive grant funding, research collaborations, and policy frameworks. A systematic theologian, Professor McDowell has published 3 books and in excess of 30 book chapters and journal articles with a focus on the theology of hope.

Appointed as Director of Research in 2015, he was previously Meldrum Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh from 2000 to 2008, and from 2008 to 2014 held the Morpeth Chair in Theology and Religion at the University of Newcastle, Australia.


The Very Reverend Dr Andreas Loewe FRHistS OStJ

Andreas Loewe is Dean of Melbourne and is responsible for the worship, mission and life of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Melbourne and Anglican Province of Victoria. He is passionate about people, and prays that the Cathedral may be a place where many can experience the transforming love of God.

Andreas’ academic research centres on theology, as well as ecclesiastical and music history. He enjoys thinking about the Bible and Theology and in particular the way in which Scripture can be communicated through music. He has published widely in the fields of ecclesiastical history and music, and a selection of his recent publications can be viewed here.

He is a Fellow and Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prior to coming to St Paul’s Cathedral, Andreas was Senior Chaplain of Trinity College, The University of Melbourne, and Gavan Senior Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College Theological School, the University of Divinity, where he taught undergraduates and graduates, and mentored students preparing for Anglican ministry.

He is a member of the Council of the Diocese of Melbourne, the Council of the University of Divinity, the Council of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, and a Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation.