Meet our chaplains
Chanh Nguyen supports the Guided Meditation practice “just sitting” free from beliefs and expectations. Chanh’s primary interest les with engaging people, being present, and reconnecting with our wellness, whatever our circumstances.
To connect with Chanh, please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Alae Taule'alo – Senior Chaplain
Alae is a lay chaplain with a varied professional background in communications and the creative industries. When not at RMIT he is also a lay minister at St Peter’s Eastern Hill in East Melbourne.
He is currently completing a Masters in Theology at Trinity College Theological School and has a strong personal interest in liturgical and Biblical studies, cross-cultural and LGTBI-inclusive ministries.
Alae is on campus Monday’s, Tuesday’s Thursday’s and Friday’s.
Phone: +61 3 9925 2043
Mobile: 0409 802 892
The Rev’d Dr Hugh Kempster - Senior Chaplain
Fr Hugh is the Senior Chaplain, working with a team of inter-faith Chaplains and other key Staff to deliver the RMIT Chaplaincy Program.
An ordained Anglican Priest, he is Vicar of St Peter’s Eastern Hill, a leading Anglo-Catholic Parish and one of the earliest churches built in Melbourne.
Fr Hugh is a Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, honorary Chaplain to State Parliament, and an adjunct lecturer at Trinity College Theological School, with the University of Divinity. Originally trained as an Electronic Engineer, Fr Hugh has a PhD in Medieval Studies, and loves hiking and visiting his four grandchildren on the family farm in New Zealand whenever he can.
Phone: +61 3 9925 2043
Mobile: 0488 960 022
Pastor Nelson Pervaz
Pastor Nelson Pervaz is a missionary, evangelist and a Bible teacher and is engaged in several ministries around the world. He speaks English, Urdu, Punjabi (written and spoken), Arabic and Pharsi (written), and Hindi (spoken).
Prior to migrating to Australia, he was a supervisor of many home-based Bible teaching movements, and a member of the Baptist World Alliance.
Pastor Nelson holds master degrees in Panjabi and Urudu languages from the University of Punjab, and a Certificate in Christian Leadership from the Haggai Institute Singapore. He also has qualifications in Bible preaching, evangelism and counselling, and has had training in peace building. Moreover, he studied Religion as a Resource for peace-building.
Pastor Nelson Pervaz has several ongoing ministries in Melbourne, as well as a Gospel Distribution Ministry in the city. Besides that, he runs a weekly Bible study group and regularly preaches via telephone to the Home Church Pakistan and the Pakistani Christian Diaspora in many countries, including the UAE and the UK. He believes in the Ministry of Reconciliation and preaches inter-denominationally.
To connect with Pastor Nelson please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Fr Ben Ho
Rev. Fr. Ben Ho SSS is Catholic Religious of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, currently based at St Francis’ Church, Melbourne. Fr. Ben did his post-graduate studies in Clinical Counselling at the Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy Campus) and is also a holder of an Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education Certificate (ASPEA). He has been involved in spiritual/pastoral care ministry at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre since 2015. Fr. Ben attained his Master of Divinity (University of Divinity) in 2016 and is about to complete his Master of Theology at the end of 2018.
One of the key ministry for Fr. Ben is being the Chaplain to the Young Adults and Youth Ministry at St Francis' Church, including the St Francis’ Youth Choir and the Jesus Youth group. As a qualified Physiotherapist and Pastoral Counsellor, Fr. Ben is a great advocate for "Healthy Body - Healthy Mind - Healthy Spiritual Life". He often runs retreats, support network and reflection programs for the Young Adults at St Francis’.
Prior to becoming a priest, Fr. Ben had an exciting career. He minored in Japanese Language studies at RMIT as part of his undergraduate degree in Sociology (Curtin University of Technology). He studied classical ballet at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he trained with accomplished dancers inter alia Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder. After leaving WAAPA, he danced with the West Australian Ballet, the Pacific NorthWest Ballet in Seattle and the Singapore Dance Theatre before returning to Australia to embark on a different career. In 2002, he was invited to join the Cecchetti Ballet of Australia – Victorian Branch as an Artistic member. He previously sat on the National Council, a member of the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet group. He was awarded his Licentiate - Cecchetti Method of Ballet in 2008 and currently still guest coaches the Cecchetti syllabus at the Victorian College of the Art Secondary School.
To connect with Fr Ben Ho, please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Adrienne Moran - Catholic Lay Chaplain - City, Bundoora and Brunswick
Adrienne was born in Ireland and summarises her Spirituality through the image of a Celtic knot; three elements connected by the eternal circle.
For some it represents natural forces of earth, air and water.
Others may see it as life, death and rebirth. For Christians it draws the Holy Trinity together as one. Ask Adrienne about her faith and she will answer ‘All of the above!”.
Prior to being appointed Chaplain at RMIT, Adrienne worked as an Operating Theatre Technician at a major trauma hospital. It became apparent that the operating table was the great leveller, with fear of dying being a common whisper from patients. Adrienne made it her focus to hold the patient’s hand as they were anaesthetised, to bring comfort through human contact at this most vulnerable time.
The opportunity arose to formalise her response to this unknown with Adrienne completing an internship in Spiritual Care at Peter Mac Cancer Centre.
As a graduate of ACU, Adrienne has a passion for education, music and theology. For her, being a Chaplain is about creating community through real life experiences. Authenticity is key.
Costa has been an academic for almost 40 years, teaching accounting and finance at various universities (RMIT, Melbourne Uni, La Trobe Uni, and others).
Whilst teaching for 18 years at RMIT Business, he ran weekend orientation camps for local and international students, developed student mentor programs and founded SLAMS (Student Learning Advisor Mentors).
His passion in life is to love God and to demonstrate that by loving and serving people. In particular that means helping to meet the needs of students – the “whole person” – academic, personal, practical, emotional, and spiritual.
Costa has served with a number of Christian bodies over the years (Presbyterian church, Brethren church, The Navigators, and Christian Union), but the “denominational tag” is not important to him since he calls himself a CHRISTian not a CHURCHian.
To connect with Costa please contact the Chaplaincy office.
- BA (Psych); Grad Dip Comp Stud; Grad Dip Theol; Grad Cert Indust Ed and Train; Dip Trans Couns; Dip Trans Art Therapy; Dip Proj Mngmnt
As a chaplain, Richard Bull seeks to bring to the individual a deeper understanding of the broader context in which we all find ourselves. This drive has surfaced from his explorations of many spiritual paths – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Islam.
Richard has been a meditator for about 50 years, and is currently exploring the non-dual and Integral Spirituality (Ken Wilber, and others), which deeply explores how the whole person (interior/exterior, individual/social) must be addressed in order to attain an overall balanced well-being. Only in achieving this can each of us be more effective in our chosen roles in the world.
Richard is committed to studying more deeply the aspects of the Integral Approach, which includes the overarching Integral aspects of all world religions and its relationship with the non-dual. His goal is to bring any insights gained into action in the world.
Richard also has a strong caring for the elderly, and loves architecture, art and music as some of the many expressions of human creativity in the world.
To connect with Richard please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Rev Helen Summers
- BA, Grad Dip Ad Ed, Degree in Spiritual Counselling
Rev Helen Summers is an Interfaith Minister who studied in New York and was ordained in 1997. Helen brings many years of experience in education and pastoral care
to the role of chaplain.
As an Interfaith Minister, Helen embraces the deep truths found at the heart of all authentic spiritual traditions that give meaning to life, and the shared wealth of spiritual practices that help us evolve and grow. Helen is deeply respectful of the commitment to common values of peace, compassion, wisdom, service, and above all, love, which is found in all traditions. Interfaith Ministers acknowledge the One Spirit that resides in all.
Previous to her interfaith ministry, Helen taught English for Specific Purposes at RMIT University, the Sydney College of Advanced Education (SCAE) and Bond University where she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities. Helen was Head, Learning Assistance Centre (SCAE) and co-developed courses with the Centre for Aboriginal History and Culture.
On her return to Australia in 1998, Helen founded The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne as an educational and cultural organisation, producing interfaith ceremonies, arts and cultural programs and seminars to promote understanding and respect among people of diverse religions and spiritualities and of no religion.
Helen welcomes staff and students for interfaith/interspiritual discussions and practices and is open to listening to anyone who feels the need.
To connect with Helen please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Rabbi Chaim Herzog
Rabbi Chaim Herzog was born in Melbourne, Australia and attended one of Melbourne's Jewish day schools before being ordained in 2000 as a Rabbi in New York. He has been the Director of Chabadof Melbourne CBD, from 1998 to the present, and acts as the liaison to Jewish community groups.
To connect with Rabbi Chaim Herzog please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Imam Riad Galil
- Certificate in Aged Care Work, Certificate of Marriage Celebrancy, Grad. Dip. ICT, TSTC, BSc
Riad Galil has been serving as the Imam of the West Heidelberg Mosque for the past 15 years. He is an educationalist by profession, working at the secondary and tertiary levels. Interfaith dialogue is so important to him that he is a member of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) and the Knox Multicultural Advisory Committee, Publicity Officer at the Knox Interfaith Network and Executive Member of the Victorian Board of Imams. In 2011 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Islamic community and the promotion of interfaith relationships.
To connect with Riad Galil please contact the Chaplaincy office.
Talk to our Chaplaincy Administrative Officer; she is often your first point of contact at the Chaplaincy office.
Laura’s experience working in the higher education sector and TAFE spans some 20 years in which time she has worked at Victoria University, Student Administration, for 12 years and more recently at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. Her roles were varied and challenging, focused mainly on programme and course coordination, which involved working directly with students as well as a large variety of staff and external clientele. Laura has been part of the Chaplaincy team for the past 6 years.
Laura works Monday – Thursday
To connect with Laura please contact the Chaplaincy office.
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Phone: +61 3 9925 2317
Mobile: 0417 525 511
Huda has been part of the Chaplaincy team for 3 years. Huda works on Friday’s and covers administration leave throughout the year.
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Phone: +61 3 9925 2317