Tim Costello (1955 – ) Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia
Tim Costello continues to place social justice and global poverty on the national agenda. Serving as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia for the 13 years.
In 1981, Costello travelled to Switzerland with his wife, Merridie, where they both studied theology at the International Baptist Seminary Rueschlikon near Zurich, before graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity and returning to Australia to become the minister of St Kilda Baptist Church. He also received a Master of Theology from Whitley College, a theological college of the Melbourne College of Divinity.
Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1987, Costello, along with his wife Merridie and a team of others, rebuilt the congregation at the St Kilda Baptist Church and opened a drop-in centre. As part of the church’s outreach program, he started a legal office at the church where he practised as a part-time solicitor. He also taught urban ministry at Whitley College, a college of the University of Melbourne.
From 1995 to 2003, Costello was a minister of the Collins Street Baptist Church and the executive director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organisation created in response to concern about homelessness, drug abuse and the marginalisation of the city’s street people.
Costello served as the president of the Baptist Union of Australia from 1999 to 2002. He has also been patron of Baptist World Aid Australia, a member of the Australian Earth Charter Committee, a council member of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, a spokesperson for the Interchurch Gambling Taskforce, a member of the National Advisory Body on Gambling and a member of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.
From 2004 to 2016, Costello was CEO of World Vision Australia. He received the Victorian of the Year award in July 2004 in recognition of his public and community service. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005 and was the Victorian nominee for the Australian of the Year award in 2006. He is the 2008 winner of the Australian Peace Prize awarded by the Peace Organisation of Australia. He is also listed by the National Trust as a “National Living Treasure”.
As Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia, Tim Costello continues to place social justice and global poverty on the national agenda. Serving as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia for the 13 years (2003-2016), Tim helped to bring positive change to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable and disempowered. His commitment to alleviating the suffering of communities in poverty became evident in 2004 when the Boxing Day Tsunami struck. His leadership during this period helped inspire and foster the unprecedented generosity that the Australian public showed, in which $100 million was raised in relief funds. Tim has also positioned World Vision to be a major responder to those displaced by the conflict in Syria. He currently also serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia.
Tim Costello has said, “the suggestion Christians are being persecuted in Australia is false”. Sorry Tim your assertion is wrong. You might check with the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, Tasmania, Julian Porteous, after he published the Catholic position on marriage. https://stephenmcalpine.com/why-cpxs-tim-costello-is-dead-right-and-dead-wrong/
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