Meet the Team
Rev Dr Michael Bräutigam
Michael studied psychology at the University of Trier/Germany (he is an accredited Psychologist in his homeland Germany) and theology in Scotland. Michael teaches both disciplines at MST & Eastern. His current research projects focuses on the question of Christian identity at the intersection of theology (theological anthropology) and psychology (self-concept and self-schema) and Christian discipleship. Michael is an ordained minister with the Free Church of Scotland. Michael serves as director of CTP.
Dr John Andersen
Honorary Associate Fellow
John works in private practice as a registered psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He is the president of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia. He is also involved in the management of Careline, a Christian help line. Trained as an organizational psychologist, John initially worked in the corporate world as a strategic business planner before undertaking studies in the United States to qualify as a marriage and family therapist. John returned to Australia to take up a teaching position at Tabor College Victoria heading up the Counselling Department, a position he held for six years. Since then, John has been in private practice while completing studies in systematic theology on identity transformation followed by a doctorate in Old Testament theology that explored the dynamics of shame in the Eden Narrative. John serves as strategic consultant and expert facilitator at CTP.
Leader - Focus Area Training
Lisa is a registered psychologist who has worked in a range of mental health services and is currently working in private practice. Lisa has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is gaining her clinical registration and undertaking a PhD in Psychological Science at the University of Melbourne looking into the role of childhood trauma exposure on neural processing and the development of PTSD in the military. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Lisa worked as a statistician in the area of public health and orthopaedics. Lisa has been involved with the Christian church throughout her life and is passionate about using the bible to improve mental health outcomes for people through and for the glory of God. Lisa serves as administrator at CTP and she is at present co-ordinating the Thriving Christian Leader Program.
Dr Tom Edwards
Tom obtained his PhD from Monash University in behavioural neuroscience, studying memory formation at the biochemical level. He became a lecturer at Monash University, co-ordinating the 1st year psychology programme and researching. Tom then joined Tabor Victoria (now Eastern College Australia) and developed their major sequence in psychology. He is currently their Director of Research. He is also the Senior Counsellor at Crossway LifeCare in Melbourne. Tom’s research interests have shifted to now encompass transformative learning and virtuous qualities such as hope and forgiveness.
Prof Kuruvilla George (KG)
Honorary Associate Fellow
Kuruvilla George (KG) is originally from Singapore. He completed his medical education in India and his post-graduation as a psychiatrist in the UK. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he is the Director of Medical Services at the Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health and Clinical Director of Aged Person’s Mental Health and ECT for Eastern Health. KG is Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University and Adjunct Associate Professor at Notre Dame University. KG was the deputy chief psychiatrist for the state of Victoria from 2002 to 2012 and serves as Honorary Associate Fellow at CTP.
Dr Lidia Lae
Lidia is a qualified psychologist and teacher who has worked in the corporate, community, academic and educational sectors. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Director of To Learn Consulting, a psychological consultancy that is passionate about assisting people to move forward in their lives. She has completed her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne, investigating culture, self-narratives and autobiographical memory – using a semiotic narrative approach to understand cross-cultural differences. Her current research interests include cross-cultural psychology, the co-construction of culture and self, the integration of psychology and theology/spirituality, and semiotic/narrative approaches in psychology.
Dr Judy Wilkie
Judy has combined interest in Christian theology and ministry with a dual focus in teaching and counselling for over 40 years. Her first three degrees laid a foundation, but except for her pastoral care & counselling minor in the MDiv, integration was a private effort to support her counselling, teaching, and ministry practice. After coming to Australia in 1994 to continue college teaching, then at Tabor (Eastern) College where integration was part of the counselling course, she joined the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia, where she has served on the state executive since 2009. She was ordained by Elim Fellowship USA in 1989 and has served with her husband in pastoral ministry for nearly twenty years. After 23 years serving as a counsellor at a church she is in private practice at Chrysalis Care and Counselling Network. At CTP, Judy serves as key facilitator.
Dr Julie Morsillo
Julie serves as lecturer in Community Counselling at Eastern College Australia and Counselling Courses Co-ordinator. She is a registered psychologist, an endorsed community and counselling psychologist, an approved supervisor with AHPRA, and has been a member of the Australian Psychological Society for well over 20 years. Julie has served as researcher at the Australian Psychological Society, the Counselling Co-ordinator at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and she runs her own private practice in counselling in partnership with Essendon Baptist Church. Julie serves as key facilitator at CTP.
Dr Katherine Thompson
Leader - Focus area Postgraduate studies
Katherine is a trained clinical researcher (psychology/neuroscience), and clinical social worker (accredited mental health social worker). She has completed theological study before serving with Global Interaction for 18 months in Central Asia. She has worked in mental health research in the areas of adult and youth mental health, psychosis, and personality disorder. She works in private practice, with a focus on young people aged 12-25 years, and people involved in mission and ministry. She has been offering assessments, training, debriefing, and counselling for mission agencies and their staff. Her current interest is in upskilling missions agencies in the care of their staff, together with writing books that integrate faith and psychological theory and practice (i.e. Christ-Centred Mindfulness). Katherine is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
Assistant to the Director
Judy comes to her position as Postgraduate Assistant at MST/Eastern with an educational and counselling background. She is originally from the USA and holds an MA in Education and a BA in Psychology. She has previously worked in counselling roles in secondary school settings with children and adolescents. After completing a Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling Intervention and internship in Australia, she specialised in providing grief counselling to bereaved clients as a Practitioner Associate with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement and in private practice. She is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association, MACA Level 4, and is a Certified Bereavement Practitioner. She is also registered as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Connecticut, USA and has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Judy enjoys volunteering to help others and currently serves in her church ministry as a mentor for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program, which provides support and connection to young mothers.
Dr Thomas Kimber
Thomas Kimber serves as Dean of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Missional and Pastoral Theology at MST. He has ministered for more than thirty years through teaching, preaching, writing, and mentoring. Tom and his wife, Sue, served as missionaries in Asia for nearly nine years, before returning to the United States, where Tom taught at Biola University. Tom holds both MDiv and PhD degrees from Talbot School of Theology. Tom’s area of research interest includes the integration of spiritual formation in missiology and pastoral theology. At CTP, Tom serves as adjunct facilitator.
Chris is a husband and father of three who is in his final year of studies in the Master of Divinity program at Melbourne School of Theology. Chris has a background as a lawyer, with several years of professional experience before experiencing a calling to Christian ministry. He and his wife Jess have since been through several iterations of leading ministries in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and have most recently been invited to take on a church planting role in the Bayside area (based in Brighton). Chris has been involved with the Centre for Theology and Psychology as a student intern since 2018. With different expertise to the majority of the team, Chris enjoys being able to bring alternative perspectives to discussions. He has been excited by the growth and development of the CTP and is keen to see its impact in the lives of others.
Other Team Members
Prof Michael Wong
Dr Matt Jacoby
Dr Jason Lam
Rev Dr Theresa Lau
Dr David Ng
Ina YW Lau-Tan (Ina Tan)