About Micah

Micah empowers Australian Christians to advocate on the most urgent global justice issues facing our world today – extreme poverty, rising conflict and climate change.

Through our key initiatives and campaigns, we support Australian Christians and church leaders to engage our federal politicians warmly and relationally, leading to significant outcomes on key issues of global justice.

How have we seen this?

Our Christians United for Afghanistan campaign was pivotal in securing an additional 16,500 places for Afghan refugees after the Australian Government announced it would only provide 15,000 places from within the existing program.

Our End COVID for All campaign grew to become a national movement of over 200 leading global health, aid, business, faith, union, tourism, and academic groups, and helped secure over $1.3 billion in temporary pandemic aid measures and 60 million vaccines shared by Australia.

Beyond our campaigns, we excel in creating platforms and initiatives for connecting and equipping Christians to think and act justly.

These initiatives include our Micah Women Leaders Network and Pacific-Australian Young Leaders Summit.

For over a decade Micah ran the Voices for Justice conference in Canberra, training over 1000 Christians to take part in influential political engagement focused on Australia’s aid program and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (now the Sustainable Development Goals).

Underpinning everything we do is the Bible’s call to, ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.’ (Micah 6:8)

We believe that when the Church exercises its prophetic mandate as a voice for justice, the actions of an entire nation can be changed.

Dive deeper into our beliefs through our discussion papers on Poverty and Biblical Justice and Christian Political Engagement.

Our Team

Tim Costello

Executive Director

Matt Darvas

National Director

Eliza Palmer

Government Relations Officer

Beck Wilesmith

Senior Advisor / Women Leaders Network Coordinator

Sophie Ubeda

Administration and Financial Officer  

Jasmin Mawson

Pacific Australian Emerging Leaders Network Coordinator

Our Board

Trevor Thomas

Managing Director of Ethinvest || Board Chair

Vikki Howarth

Strategy and Governance Subcommittee Chair

David Clark


Kirsty Robertson

CEO of Caritas Australia  

Melissa Lipsett

CEO of Baptist World Aid  

Kim Haworth

Divisional Commander NSW/ACT, The Salvation Army Australia Territory

Denison Grellmann

CEO of Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia

Matthew Maury

CEO of Tearfund Australia

Scott McLaughlin

Chief of Communications and Advocacy, World Vision Australia

Emma Penzo

Head of Economic Policy, Australian Banking Association || Finance, Risk & Audit Subcommittee Chair

Our Members

Micah is supported by a coalition of Australia’s leading Christian international development agencies who provide the core input into shaping, resourcing and implementing Micah’s strategy.