The hopes and plans of a number of Christian leaders and change-makers have come together over the last years to form Common Grace.
A variety of strands have come together to see Common Grace formed; Church leaders, Christian justice leaders, young change-makers have been talking and praying about a grace-filled Christian voice that champions the needs of the poor and oppressed in the challenging political context of Australia.
Brad Chilcott - Pastor, Activate and Welcome to Australia's Founder
- Dave Hack - Young Adults Pastor, Riverview Church
- Nic Mackay - Global Campaigner, Avaaz and Oaktree co-founder
Tim Costello - CEO, World Vision
- Kristyn Crossfield - Director, ACTU Leadership Programs
- Scott Sanders - CEO, Common Grace
We are a registered charity, you can see our registration with the ACNC here.
Common Grace is primarily powered by its volunteer issue consultants, these Christian people who are often policy experts, practitioners or theologians working in the area of their passion and keen to advocate for the vulnerable are the heart beat of Common Grace.
Since August 2016, Scott Sanders has been our CEO. Scott has a wealth of experience in digital campaigning and Christian organisational leadership. He has led the team at Agency — a social business he co-founded that has guided some of Australia’s most respected non-profits in their digital strategies and campaigns, and been worked in numerous roles for World Vision, helping to promote their work throughout the Australian community across churches, schools and the media. He also has strong theological credentials, including a degree from Morling College, and a deep passion and love for the Australian Church to live out its call to love, serve and defend the vulnerable and marginalised in our community. You can see Scott's initial address to the Common Grace community and his vision for 2017 here.
In our first year, we were blessed by World Vision's secondment of Jarrod McKenna as our National Director. His secondment sadly came to an end in 2015.
Along with Scott, our core team is made up of Jessica Smith (an Anglican in Sydney brings her Not For Profit sector management and online organising experience to her role of Operations Director) and Kylie Beach (a freelance writer and creative director with over twenty years of service at Hillsong Sydney as Communications Director).
You can get in touch with us and our volunteer issue consultants via firstname.lastname@example.org
Founding meeting in 2014: (left to right) Jarrod McKenna, Kylie Beach, Jody Lightfoot, Jo Knight, Jessica Smith, Justin Whelan.