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Adelaide Church & Ministry Governance Conference
When? 18 Feb, 2019. 9.00am to 4.45pm
Where? Rydges Adelaide, 1 South Terrace, Adelaide
Who? Board / Council members of Christian churches, schools and charities, plus Senior Pastors / Principals / CEOs
Cost? $155 for CMA Members, $195 non-members.
Group of 3 members for $400, group of 3 non-members for $500
Presenter Details

Gary Hoag

  Gary G. Hoag received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity College, Bristol, UK. He is a passionate follower of Jesus and an ordained minister. Previously, he held administrative roles at BIOLA University, Colorado Christian University, and Denver Seminary. Presently, he provides oversight or spiritual and strategic counsel for churches and nonprofits. Globally, he champions faithful governance and administration as President of the newly formed Global Trust Partners, and serves as a visiting professor at seven seminaries in four countries. He writes Daily Meditations ( and has written or contributed to ten books, including three from ECFA Press, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance (2018), The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes (2014), and The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources (2010). His popular book for individuals and groups is Good and Faithful: Ten Stewardship Lessons for Everyday Living (2017). His wife is Jenni and they live in Littleton, Colorado.

Murray Baird is Assistant Commissioner General Counsel at the ACNC. Before that he was a specialist Charity and Governance lawyer in Melbourne. At the ACNC Murray has been responsible for the functions of Law, Policy, Registrations, Compliance, Annual Reporting, and Red Tape Reduction. He has advised on charity law and regulation in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. As well as advising, writing and presenting on not-for-profit legal issues, Murray has acted in several leading cases in the field of charity law. Murray also has practical experience of not-for-profit issues through a number of leadership and governance roles in the sector.


Murray Baird

Steve Kerr


Steve joined as the Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council in February 2016, in a part time role. The remainder of his work week is spent in his role as a lawyer. With a career starting in commercial litigation, and then for the last 20 years in general corporate and commercial law, he was previously a Senior Partner at Freehills, before taking his current position as a Senior Partner at HWL Ebsworth. He has helped establish and advise many not-for-profit organisations and has considerable professional experience in governance and compliance matters. He, his wife Kate and three adult children are actively involved in church life at St Hilary's Anglican Church in Kew, Victoria, and he has served on a variety of church and ministry boards and committees, including his current role, of over ten years, on the board of Overseas Council Australia.

Dr Ruth Knight is a researcher and lecturer in nonprofit management and social enterprise at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Ruth has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership roles and gained her PhD researching workplace culture, change readiness and organisational sustainability. Her special interests are culture transformation, developing high performing leaders and teams and measuring outcomes. Ruth is on a mission to advance quality research and practice in the sector to enable organisations achieve greater social impact.


Dr Ruth Knight

Jenni Hoag


Jenni Hoag received her M.A. degree in Cross-cultural Education from BIOLA University in La Mirada, California. She also earned a graduate certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. She has dedicated her life to helping people anchor themselves to Jesus. Previously, she served as a teacher, curriculum designer, and spiritual director for various institutions. Presently, she provides one-on-one spiritual direction, speaks and teaches on Christian spiritual formation and soul care, leads spiritual retreats, travels and ministers globally, and writes a fortnightly post called The Spigot ( She specialises in suggesting spiritual practices for individuals and ministry teams. She is married to Gary and they live in Littleton, Colorado. They enjoy twice daily walks with their German Shorthair Pointer, Joy St. Clare. They have a grown son, Sammy, who loves fly fishing, and a daughter, Sophie, who (believe it or not) is a mermaid.

Mark Sneddon has been a Christian and a lawyer for 30 years - as a law professor, law firm partner and Crown Counsel to the Victorian Attorney-General. Mark is married with two children and attends an Anglican Church in Melbourne. In 2016 with friends he started a new think tank - the Institute for Civil Society ( ICS advocates to promote Judaeo-Christian values, traditional freedoms of expression, association, conscience and religion and achieving balanced outcomes with civil debate in our pluralist culture. ICS tries to speak with respect and humility to Australians from many backgrounds to persuade as many as possible. ICS has advocated on issues of modern slavery and bonded labour, religious freedom and discrimination law and physician assisted suicide. ICS played a key role in defeating the Victorian government’s laws to restrict religious hiring freedoms and ICS is currently engaged with federal legislation to limit the freedoms of religious schools in teaching students.


Mark Sneddon

Geoff Adams


Geoff is Principal at Tri-Meridian Corporate & Commercial Law in Adelaide. Geoff graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Adelaide in 1985 and was admitted to practice in 1986. Geoff's wisdom and breadth of "solution-finding" experience has been developed over a diverse range of professional roles (which has included employment and Partnership roles within some of Adelaide's larger prestigious law firms). He does however attribute much of what he has learnt about how to succeed in life and business to his early racing days,

Geoff strives to adopt a practical, common sense application of the law to each situation. His skill is in being able to approach the problem from a "macro" perspective, identify and isolate the key elements of the solution and then put together the right team to attend to the detail, documentation and implementation of the agreed action. Geoff's capacity to identify with his clients' struggles and his commitment to safely navigate them through (or out of) complex legal situations has earned him the loyalty and respect of many clients over the years. He acts as counsel to several denominations in Adelaide..

Gary has spent his life in Christian ministry. After time at Cornerstone Community, Youth for Christ, and university, he spent eight years as Associate Pastor (Administration & Community Care) at Southport Church of Christ in QLD, where the idea for CMA took shape. In 2001 he left the church to establish CMA, and has been CMA's National Director since its inception. He has a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) from QUT in Brisbane. He lives on Tamborine Mountain with his wife Debbie, and two adult children, Abby and Landon. He attends his local Presbyterian church.


Gary Williams

Adriaan Den Dulk


Adriaan is a Senior Risk Consultant at Ansvar Insurance. He advises Boards and organisations on Governance, Strategy, Insurance & Risk Management. He conducts Board, Director & Governance Reviews, facilitates Strategic Planning processes, guides Boards and organisations through the process of developing their strategic vision and plan, as well as embedding sound governance, risk and insurance management processes. And for 15 years Adriaan has been a part-time lecturer to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, focusing on strategy and risk.

Mark is Managing Director and Partner of MRL Group Chartered Accountants in Adelaide. Mark holds an honours degree in economics, and is a chartered accountant, a chartered taxation advisor and a registered company auditor. His primary role is to manage a vibrant young firm and to lead the firm’s major audit engagements and management consulting services. He has gained considerable experience in areas of governance, financial reporting, risk management, taxation advisings and legislative adjustment. These client experiences include religious entities, welfare organisations, educational bodies and other special purpose entities. Mark is a leader amongst his local Baptist Congregation and is a passionate Husband and Father to three young children.


Mark LeCornu

Baptist Financial Services
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