Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best-known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.
In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed.
For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change.
Tim is also a founding board member and spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
Matt is a professional humanitarian worker, campaigner and communicator who has travelled to over 30 countries and worked with several of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations including World Vision, Compassion, The International Nepal Fellowship and Micah Challenge.
His writing and reporting on humanitarian crisis and advocacy issues has appeared on local and international media outlets and Christian media outlets.
Matt, along with his wife Britt lived and worked in Nepal for several years with the International Nepal Fellowship, and were some of the first responders during the 2015 earthquake.
From 2015-2017, Matt led the Marketing Department of Compassion Australia, delivering major fundraising campaigns and appeals, core product development, digital and content marketing, and creative brand strategy.
Matt is a passionate speaker, delivering his message of hope and justice with humour, conviction and empathy to audiences big and small around the world.
As Campaign Director of Micah Australia, Matt has a strong vision to bring together the tribes of the Australian church to practice justice and to put the needs of the world's poor back on the country's agenda.
Matt and Britt are the Missions and Justice Pastors at the Grainery Church in Newcastle, where they reside along with their children Zipporah, Ezekiel, Harmony.