Q&A Panelists


Melinda Dwight

Melinda Dwight is the National Director of Alpha Australia, previous Chair of the William Wilberforce Foundation and Harvest Bible College. Melinda has been an ordained minister with the ACC for 25 years and previously served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church for 15 years.  She has also served on the Victorian ACC State Executive and was previously on the board of ACCI and Youth Alive Victoria, and she also sits on the Hillsong Board since 2016. 

We’re excited to have Melinda as our key note speaker, panelist and elective speaker this year at neoLeader. As you can see, Melinda has a wealth of leadership experience and has no doubt faced many seasons and challenges throughout her leadership journey. We can’t wait to hear her share with us on our panel!


Steve Stathis
Associate Professor Stephen Stathis has obtained a dual fellowship in paediatrics and psychiatry, with certificates in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. Stephen is currently the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services, Children’s Health Queensland.  He also acts as the Clinical Advisor to Queensland Health for child and youth mental health. Stephen has extensive experience working among vulnerable and marginalised young people within the community. For over 8 years, he was member of the Board of ACT for Kids, an Australian NGO which works to treat and prevent child abuse. His clinical interests  include ‘bridging the gap’ between paediatrics and psychiatry, mental health policy and strategic planning, gender dysphoria, consequences of early childhood trauma and abuse, and adolescent forensic psychiatry. 

Steve joins us on our panel and we’re excited to have him share his experience and leadership story with us.


Dave Benson

Dave Benson is a former high school teacher, youth worker and pastor who currently lectures at Malyon College in the areas of evangelism, apologetics, worldview, faith-work integration and practical theology. Dave is passionate about pluralistic dialogue and the public expression of Christian faith in a post-Christendom context. Dave is also passionate about seeing young leaders equipped to influence the world for the sake of the Gospel and sits on the neoLeader Board.



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