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The Inspiration Project

Welcome to The Inspiration Project, a podcast designed to inspire the next generation of young people through the real world stories of well-known Christians.

People who have extraordinary stories of faith, life, tragedy and triumph. People that God has used to achieve great things. We want to inspire the next generation to see that by trusting God, they will achieve His purpose in their life and that through Him, all things are possible.

The podcast is hosted by ACC Principal, Mr Brendan Corr, and behind the scenes, ACC Graduate, Jarred Fantom, organises the guests and edits the podcast episodes.

Episodes


The opinions expressed by the podcast guests are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Australian Christian College.

Episode 37 | September 21, 2021

Kim Oates

Kim Oates is an Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, a former CEO of the Children's Hospital at Westmead, a former President of the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and an elected Founding Member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety.

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Episode 36 | September 14, 2021

Darlene Zschech

Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor, author and speaker, and became most well known for her involvement in the worship team at Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia over many years. Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world, Darlene’s success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion for serving God and people with all her heart. Alongside her husband Mark, they are the Senior Pastors of Hope Unlimited Church (HopeUC) on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, which has now grown into India and the USA.

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Episode 35 | August 27, 2021

Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers is a globally experienced strategic leader with deep expertise in driving growth, innovation, and transformation across a broad range of financial services and for purpose entities. She has achieved market leading performances through a clear understanding of business and customer context and executing at pace by developing and inspiring teams, shaping culture for purpose with agility. Previously chief executive of World Vision Australia, the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation, and with extensive global and local experience in financial services, Claire is able to lead organisations to deliver on their purpose and commercial potential delivering above market performance. A social innovator with entrepreneurial skills, she has successfully led large and small organisations to achieve growth through digital platforms. Claire is currently the CEO of Oho, which is a purpose-led social venture, established to meet the growing need for continuous monitoring of workers and volunteers who are responsible for vulnerable people.

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Episode 34 | August 17, 2021

Michael Adams

Professor Michael Adams is an internationally recognised specialist in corporate law, governance, securities markets regulation, and legal education (especially e-learning). Michael has been writing, teaching and regularly presenting on all these topics for over 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE), as well as the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), and is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA & UK FCIS). Professor Adams has been the former President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, the Corporate Law Teachers Association and Chartered Secretaries Australia (now Governance Institute of Australia). He is the co-author of ten books and 30 chapters, 50 articles and over 250 conference/seminar presentations. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian University Teacher of the Year, for Law and Legal Studies, as well as 2005 CSA President's Award.

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Episode 33 | August 09, 2021

Brooke Prentis

Brooke Prentis is an Aboriginal Christian Leader from the Wakka Wakka peoples. Brooke became the CEO of Common Grace in February 2020. Previously Brooke had been volunteering as the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and is the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering. Brooke works ecumenically speaking on issues of justice affecting Australia and sharing a message of reconciliation as friendship. Brooke has co-written and written a number of theological papers over the last two years that have been presented both nationally and internationally. Brooke is a founding board member of NAIITS Australia and is currently studying a Masters of Theology, as well as being a scholar of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Brooke is a much sought after speaker and writer who has a vision 'to build an Australia built on truth, justice, love and hope'.

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Episode 32 | June 29, 2021

Eloise Wellings

Eloise’s dream to become an Olympic athlete started at a young age. Holding the Under 6’s record in shot put at Little Athletics, she began to show promise as a middle and long distance runner at the age of 10 and moved her focus. Watching the Barcelona Olympics inspired her, and she decided that she wanted to one day compete for Australia. ​ Having qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics at just 16 years old, it seemed that her dream had come true. However she suffered a heartbreaking stress fracture, her first of 11, and was unable to compete at the Olympics in her own backyard.​ She didn’t give up on her dream, and despite missing out on the Athens Olympics, and again on the Beijing Olympics due to injury, her dream finally came to fruition in 2012 where she represented Australia at the London Olympics in the 10,000m and 5,000m and track events; placing 21st and 23rd respectively. ​ Other career highlights include a gold medal in the 5000m University Games in 2003, 4th in the 5000m at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2004, and 6th at the Delhi Commonwealth games in the 10,000m in 2010. ​ Most recently at the Rio Olympics, Eloise was the highest placing Australian Athlete in the history of the 10,000m finishing 10th in a personal best time. She followed her career best result with a 9th place finish in the 5,000m final. ​ Eloise has taken on a leadership role amongst other female distance runners and acts a mentor and an inspiration to many young and upcoming athletes.

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Episode 31 | March 02, 2021

Tim Mannah

Tim Mannah is a former Lebanon international rugby league footballer who played as a prop for the Parramatta Eels in the NRL. He played for City NSW, New South Wales in the State of Origin series and the Prime Minister's XIII. Mannah played his entire NRL career with Parramatta, attaining the club's captaincy.

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Episode 30 | February 04, 2021

Mike Gore

Mike Gore is the CEO of Open Doors Australia and New Zealand and has been with the ministry for more 10 years. Mike lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters. He has travelled extensively to meet persecuted Christians around the world.

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Episode 29 | December 03, 2020

Peter Cousens

Peter Cousens is an actor, singer, director, producer and teacher of the performing arts. A graduate of NIDA, Peter worked for many years in television, on stage and as a featured artist in musical theatre, including playing the Phantom in London's West End production of The Phantom of the Opera in 1986. He was more recently the director of a Hollywood film, Freedom, which was produced in conjunction with Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler in 2014. Peter's current project is a new Australian feature film, Where is Daniel.

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Episode 28 | October 15, 2020

Elissa Deenick

Associate Professor Elissa Deenick is an immunologist with a PhD from the University of Sydney. Following her PhD she moved to Canada to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto looking at the signalling pathways controlling T cell activation and tolerance. In 2007, Elissa returned to Sydney to work at the Garvan Institute, where she is currently a Lab Head in immunity and inflammation.

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Episode 27 | October 14, 2020

Kate Bracks

Kate Bracks won the third series of MasterChef Australia and was thrust into the reality TV spotlight. Kate is a mother of three children and has returned to school teaching after the whirlwind of celebrity appearances after MasterChef. Kate lives with her family in Orange, New South Wales, and attends Orange Evangelical Church.

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Episode 26 | October 12, 2020

Ken Ham

Ken Ham is an Australian born Christian, young-earth creationist and apologist, living in the United States. He is the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, a creationist apologetics organisation that operates the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Collectively, these organisations form the world’s largest apologetic enterprise. Ken is married to Mally and they have five adult children.

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Episode 25 | October 11, 2020

Claire Madden

Claire Madden is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. She is an author, social researcher, keynote speaker, and media commentator. Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics, and implications of generational change.

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Episode 24 | September 11, 2020

John Ford

John is a marketing innovation and brand expert. He's worked with some of the leading companies around the world, including Audi, American Express, Accor Hotels, McDonald's, Coca Cola, Woolworths is a renowned international speaker was listed in AdNews Under 40 as a rising star in the world of marketing. And currently, John is the CEO of The One Centre, situated in Sydney.

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Episode 23 | September 10, 2020

Mark McCrindle

Mark is the Chief Director of McCrindle Research, founded that company 15 years ago after having done some studies in some social sciences through his university. McCrindle Research has become an award-winning social research company. Mark is a best-selling author, he's often invited to give comment on strategy and tactics to boards, executives, and even the Government. Regularly featured on some of the television shows where we're trying to analyse and understand exactly what's going on with our society and our world around us.

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Episode 22 | July 08, 2020

Nick Farr-Jones

Nick Farr-Jones was captain of the Wallabies that won the Rugby Union World Cup in 1991, the Bledisloe Cup in 1992 and defeated the Springboks in 1992. He was capped 63 times for Australia, including 36 as captain. Nick completed a Law degree at the University of Sydney before practicing law while pursuing his amateur rugby career. In 1992, he became a Member of the Order of Australia, in 1999 was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame and in 2001 was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through Rugby Union. After hanging up his boots, Nick has worked in investment banking and funds management for Societe Generale and Taurus Funds Management, respectively.

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Episode 21 | July 03, 2020

Michael Spence

Dr Michael Spence is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney. Under his leadership, the University has risen to 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability. An alumnus of the University, Dr Spence has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and Law. He is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. In 2017, Dr Spence was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for leadership of the tertiary education sector and to the Anglican Church of Australia. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 2007.

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Episode 20 | July 03, 2020

Clare Steele

Originally from the Blue Mountains, Clare studied a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering at the University of Western Sydney before also earning her Master of Divinity from Sydney Missionary & Bible College. She had a diverse career working in corporates like Accenture and Macquarie Bank as well as in local preschools and churches before starting as the CEO of Compassion Australia in 2020. Immediately before taking up the position with Compassion, Clare was the Chief Operating Officer of Anglican Deaconess Ministries, a role she held for three and a half years. Clare is married with three children.

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Episode 19 | June 29, 2020

Brett + Kate Ryan

Brett began his career as a registered nurse where he served in ICU and Accident Emergency at various hospitals around Melbourne for 14 years. He then moved into full-time ministry, working as the Children and Family Pastor for CityLife Church for 12 years before commencing as CEO for Focus on the Family Australia in 2013. Brett is an accomplished public speaker on relationships, parenting, mental health, suicide, sexuality, addictions and work-life balance. Brett and Kate have been married for three decades and have raised 3 adult sons. Kate works alongside Brett in Focus on the Family, regularly co-presenting marriage and family workshops.

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Episode 18 | June 25, 2020

Ben Price

Comedian Ben Price is a national talent who performs at an international level. Ben has performed his 200+ impersonations on television networks around the world and at functions for corporate clients such as Telstra, AMP, Commonwealth Bank, Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Cadbury. He was also a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011. As well as live performance, Ben has also acted in several television commercials and featured in 4 feature length films. He first discovered his talent for impersonating voices when he was at primary school where he used his talent to entertain and prank classmates.

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Episode 17 | June 22, 2020

Luke Barnes

Dr Luke Barnes is a John Templeton Fellow at Western Sydney University. With a PhD in astronomy from the University of Cambridge, he has published papers in the fields of galaxy formation, the fine-tuning of the Universe for life and the philosophy of science. Luke is the co-author of 'A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos' and the recently released 'The Cosmic Revolutionary's Handbook'. Luke is an accomplished public speaker and also a committed Christian who believes that the fine-tuning in our universe points to a Creator God.

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Episode 16 | June 16, 2020

Andrew Scipione

Andrew Scipione is a former police officer who served for 10 years as Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force. He was born in London and his family immigrated to Australia when he was an infant. Upon leaving school after his father’s death, Andrew commenced work as an electrician's apprentice to help with household expenses. He shifted to policing in 1980 and worked his way up through the ranks. Andrew holds a master's degree in management and is known for his leadership skills. For his service to policing, Andrew received the Australian Police Medal in 2003 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.

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Episode 15 | June 15, 2020

Sally Irwin

Sally Irwin founded The Freedom Hub in 2014, a business dedicated to ending modern slavery in Australia. Sally is committed to raising awareness of modern slavery, helping people escape the injustice of slavery, rehabilitating people who have survived slavery and inviting others to help fight this crime. With over 10 years experience working with survivors of human trafficking in Australia and Europe, Sally has expanded The Freedom Hub to include a survivor school for victims of slavery, an ethical cafe and event venue and ethical business services. In 2017 Inside Small Business listed Sally as one of Australia's Top 50 Small Business Leaders.

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Episode 14 | June 15, 2020

Cindy McGarvie

Cindy McGarvie has been the CEO of Youth for Christ Australia since 2015. She has a long history working with Christian non-profit organisations. For 12 years she and her husband served in Uganda and Tanzania with SIL International in the work of Bible translation and language development among marginalised people groups. On returning to Australia in 2010, Cindy worked as Missions Director at Nexus Church. Cindy serves on the board of Wycliffe Australia. Beyond her professional responsibilities, Cindy loves the great outdoors. She and her family reside in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Cindy has published two books: #JESUSREVOLUTION and Lost Boys.

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Episode 06 | June 15, 2020

John Anderson

John Anderson was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party from 1999 to 2005. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1989 to 2007, serving as Minister for Primary Industries & Energy (1996–1998) and Minister for Transport & Regional Development (1998–2005) in the Howard Government. In 2011, Mr Anderson was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia. Having retired from formal politics before the 2007 election, he now hosts the popular podcast ‘Conversations’.

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Episode 13 | June 12, 2020

Margaret Court

Margaret Court is a retired world No. 1 tennis player. Margaret won 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, which is more than any other player in history. She is also the only player to have won all 12 Grand Slam events at least twice and to have won the Grand Slam in both singles and mixed doubles. Margaret is a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an Officer of the Order of Australia and an inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Margaret is the senior pastor of Victory Life Centre, Perth.

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Episode 12 | June 02, 2020

Brian Pickering

Brian Pickering grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW in Wingham. After school Brian started a career in banking, where he progressed through the ranks to become a senior executive with NAB. At about 40 years of age while working in banking, Brian knew God was calling him to a ministry of intercessory prayer. He is now the National Coordinator of the Australian Prayer Network (APN), which facilitates, trains and encourages as many as 100,000 intercessors to pray for Australia. APN has thousands of registered members, representing churches of all denominations. He also coordinates the National Day of Thanks.

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Episode 11 | May 11, 2020

Roger Corbett

Roger Corbett has more than 50 years experience in retailing, rising from unloading trucks at Grace Brothers to the position of CEO of Woolworths (which he held from 1999 to 2006). Roger graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and in 2008 was promoted to an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business, particularly through leadership roles in the retail sector. Roger remains actively involved in the business world as the chairman of several boards. He was previously on the boards of Fairfax Media, the RBA, Wal-Mart and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

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Episode 10 | May 07, 2020

Tim Costello

Rev Tim Costello is an Australian Baptist minister, qualified lawyer, current Executive Director of Micah Australian and Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia (where he formerly served as CEO from 2004 to 2016). Tim studied at Monash University, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. From 1981, Tim studied theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Switzerland, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity before returning to Australia to become the minister of St Kilda Baptist Church, and later Collins Street Baptist. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005.

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Episode 09 | May 06, 2020

Duncan Armstrong

Duncan Armstrong is an Olympic champion swimmer and former world record holder. He is most fondly remembered by the Australian public for winning a gold and a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics under the coaching of Laurie Lawrence. For his service to swimming, Duncan received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1989. Since retiring from competitive swimming, Duncan has worked as a swimming commentator for Channel Nine and Fox Sports. He is currently employed by Telstra as an Executive Coach.

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Episode 08 | May 05, 2020

Ian Harper

Ian Harper is the Dean of Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne and also Co-Dean of the University’s Faculty of Business and Economics. In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank. Ian was a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics from 2011 to 2016 and from March 2014 to March 2015 chaired the Australian Government's Competition Policy Review. He authored “Economics for Life”, which won the Australian Christian Book of the Year Award, and “Confessions of a Meddlesome Economist”. Ian’s career has spanned academe, government and business.

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Episode 07 | May 04, 2020

Wendy Simpson

Wendy is an experienced business leader and entrepreneur. She received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 for service to the community through a range of women's and youth organisations. That same year, Wendy was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame and named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. She has also held global leadership roles with QBE Insurance, Alcatel and TNT International. Wendy is on the organising committee of the annual Sydney Prayer Breakfast and the board of World Vision Australia.

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Episode 05 | April 28, 2020

Patricia Weerakoon

Patricia Weerakoon is a Sexologist, sex educator and writer with a Christ-focussed, Biblical framework. Petricia trained in medicine in the University of Sri Lanka and did a postgraduate study in Sexology at the University of Hawaii. Petricia spent 25 years as an academic at the University of Sydney, during which time she was the director of an internationally recognised postgraduate program in sexual health. Petricia is now retired and continues to follow her passion to educate people of all ages on good holistic sexual health by speaking and writing.

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Episode 04 | March 18, 2020

Jim Penman

Founder of Jim's Mowing, Jim Penman started a part-time gardening business while earning his PhD in history at Latrobe University. He launched a full-time mowing business in 1982 with a $24 investment. He originally aimed only at taking on subcontractors, but his business grew and he gradually began to specialise in the building up and selling of lawn mowing rounds. By 1989 he franchised his business, and since then Jim’s Mowing has become the largest franchise chain in Australian and the largest and best-known lawn mowing business in the world. Jim’s Cleaning was launched in 1994, followed by more than 50 other divisions which now operate in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Jim’s Group now has over 3,800 Franchisees and a turnover of approximately $500 million.

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Episode 03 | February 05, 2020

Peter Irvine

As Co-founder of Gloria Jean's Coffees in Australia and as one of the team members who helped launch McDonald's in Australia, Peter Irvine has over 40 years' experience in building businesses to phenomenal levels of success. Today he is a sought-after keynote speaker and business consultant who travels the world challenging audiences to dream bigger and to achieve greater success in life and in business. He is the author of two business books and a regular speaker at industry forums and events, including Franchise Council of Australia events, the National Retailers Convention and the BRW Franchising Round Table. He and his wife live in New South Wales.

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Episode 02 | January 25, 2020

David Robertson

Rev. David Robertson is a Scottish minister who was Minister of St. Peter's Free Church in Dundee, Scotland. He graduated from both the University of Edinburgh with a degree in History and from Free Church College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary) with a degree in Theology. He was also a former club chaplain of Dundee F.C. In 2019, David left St Peters to become the Director of Third Space, a new evangelism initiative of City Bible Forum. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, David was voted as one of the 100 most influential Christians in the UK on Archbishop Cranmer's Top 100 List. He has authored several books and regularly debates atheists on various topics related to God.

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Episode 01 | January 10, 2020

JD

Jonathon Douglass or ‘JD’ (as he is known by his childhood nickname) is one of Hillsong Church’s foremost worship leaders and Creative Pastors, and has been a part of the UNITED team since its beginning. He credits the love and encouragement he experienced growing up at Hillsong, as playing a vital role in the development of his passions – the greatest of which is a firm belief in the power of a healthy local church in seeing God’s Kingdom established across the earth. His wife Lauren partners him in ministry, and his two beautiful daughters Indie Bo and Sailor Rose are always along for the ride. When JD is not leading worship in church or somewhere else on the globe, or discipling others pastorally, you can find him with his family at the beach or cycling.

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