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Inspire Talks

Hear from world class speakers and leaders about the difference Jesus makes in their lives.

Our Inspire Talks are free events.

Due to venue capacity bookings are essential. Come to one session or stay all day, the choice is yours!

Our location:

The Inspire Talks will be filmed at Scene Change studios

3/2 George Place, Artarmon NSW 2064.

There is parking on-site as well as free street parking in the area. The studio is also located close to public transport, you can plan your trip here.

What to expect:

By attending our Inspire Talks, you will have opportunity to hear from our speakers in a much more personal setting, with smaller audience sizes. You will then have a chance to participate in a QnA after each session.

All sessions are being filmed, and by attending you acknowledge that you may be seen on the final footage which will be published on YouTube.


Session 1




Andrew Scipione


“A Father’s Hand Defines Our Future”

A former police officer who served as Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force, succeeding Ken Moroney on 31 August 2007. He retired from the New South Wales Police Force on 31 March 2017. Andrew is married to Joy, with whom he has three children. Their two sons, Ben and Jonathon, are New South Wales police officers and their daughter Emma is a teacher. Andrew often speaks of his commitment to reducing alcohol fuelled-violence and domestic-violence

Michael Jensen


“Life-giving Forgiveness”

Michael has been rector of St Mark’s since 2013. Before that, he taught theology at Sydney’s Moore College. Michael likes to imagine himself one day getting fit, and loves British comedy and Eastern European food (cevapi, anyone?). Michael has written a number of books including Is Forgiveness Really Free? and My God, My God – Is it possible to believe anymore? He is married to Catherine and has four children, a cocker spaniel and a domestic medium hair cat.


Session 2




Sam Chan

“Roadmap to life: Why do I matter?”

Sam is a cultural analyst, author, and public speaker for City Bible Forum, Australia. He has a PhD in theology, is a medical doctor, and a terrible karaoke buddy (although that doesn’t stop him trying!)

Born in Hong Kong, Sam grew up and lives in Australia, studied medicine at the University of Sydney, and did his PhD in Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS), Chicago, USA. His PhD was supervised by Graham Cole.

Married with 3 boys, Sam says he has one of the best jobs around: every day he helps people – whether they be high-schoolers or professionals, workers or academics – to ask the bigger questions.




Session 3




Patricia Weerakoon


“Eros, Intimacy: What was God thinking?”

An Australian Christian sexologist. Patricia was born in a Tamil Christian family in Sri Lanka, and grew up on a tea plantation. She is married to Vasantha and they have a son, Kamal, who is a Presbyterian minister.

John Anderson


“Must we destroy our children’s hope?”

A sixth-generation farmer and grazier from New South Wales, who spent 19 years from 1989 in the Australian Parliament.

He served as a senior Cabinet minister in the reformist government led by John Howard (1996 to 2005), one of the most successful governments in Australian parliamentary history.  This included six years as Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.


 Session 4




John Best


“Pursuing a Faithful Life”

Dr John Best is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician with the Orthosports Group in Sydney.

John enjoys a number of clinical areas in sports and exercise medicine, and has considerable experience working with elite athletes. He had almost 15 years involvement with the Australian Rugby Union, including a decade serving as the Wallabies team physician. His other roles included Medical Director, Sports Science Consultant, and Australian representative on International Rugby Board’s Medical Advisory and Anti-doping committees addressing player safety and well-being. He is now on the National Rugby League’s Medical Advisory panel, and acts as a medical consultant for the Australian Professional Golfer’s Association.


John enjoyed having a ‘parallel career’ for several years working at his church as a Men’s Pastor – mentoring, leadership training and teaching.



Ashley Fell


“Understanding Australian’s perspective towards faith and belief”.

Ashley Fell is a social researcher, author, TEDx speaker and Director of Advisory at the internationally recognised McCrindle. As a trends analyst and media commentator she understands how to effectively communicate across diverse audiences. From her experience in managing media relations, social media platforms and content creation, Ashley advises on how to achieve cut through in message-saturated times. She is an expert in how to communicate across generational barriers. She is the author of two books on leadership and generational insights.

Beyond her commercial work Ashley is passionate about equipping Christians to understand the times and so share their faith in culturally relevant ways. Ashley is married to Michael and they are actively involved in their local church: St Paul’s Castle Hill in Sydney. With academic qualifications in communications, an ongoing role in managing the deployment and visualisation of national and international research studies, and with her position leading the advisory strategy at McCrindle, Ashley brings robust, research-based and experienced content to her engaging presentations and consulting.

Who are we?

The combined Anglican Churches of the NorthWest.

Cherrybrook Anglican Church  |  Dural District Anglican Churches  |  Emmanuel Church Glenhaven  |  Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills  |  Kellyville Anglican Church  |  Life Anglican Church  |  Norwest Anglican Church  |  Rouse Hill Anglican Church   |  Stanhope Anglican Church  |  St James Chapel, Anglicare Village, Castle Hill  |  St Matthew’s Anglican Church West Pennant Hills  |  St Paul’s Castle Hill

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”

1 Peter 1:3-4