Pastor Andrew Jaensch

Position:Lutheran Strand Coordinator, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus
(Part time)

Lecturer in ALC’s School of Educational Theology

Area of service:Education Staff
Location:ACU Brisbane
Phone:+61 7 3623 7343

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Who am I?

One of a family of four boys and one girl, I spent my teen years in Horsham in western Victoria and in Adelaide mostly playing backyard cricket. I did manage to fit in school attendance as well at Horsham State and High Schools, and later at Concordia College in Adelaide.

My theological studies began at Luther Seminary in 1969 and concluded in 1978. In the middle of this period I worked for three years at what is now the Queensland University of Technology, beginning a happy relationship with the Sunshine State that continues to this day. I had five years as parish pastor at Moree in north-west New South Wales where I experienced the warmth of God’s country people and learnt a lot as well.

In 1984 I began twenty three years as chaplain, teacher and religious education coordinator in Lutheran schools on the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and in Cairns. It was on Cape York that I was able to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Peace Lutheran College, Wontulp-Bi-Buya College and within church communities. I count this as one of the greatest privileges of my life.

Two years of leave-of-absence from the ministry (2007–8) allowed me to follow another passion, teaching English as a second language to young adults in Cairns language schools. In 2009 I began in my current role with ALC at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Here I experience each day the joy of working with colleagues and students and learning with them.

And I thank God for my wonderful wife Fiona, my three adult children and their partners, and my granddaughters Charlotte, Annabelle and Bethany.

Special interests

  • School ministry
  • Worship in Christian education
  • Indigenous and cross cultural education
  • Spiritual and vocational formation
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Approaches to learning and teaching in higher education

I teach the following

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Theology (Luther Seminary, Adelaide, 1979)
  • Bachelor of Education Studies (University of Queensland, 1990)
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of New England, 1998)
  • Master of Education (Australian Lutheran College, 2008)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Australian Catholic University, 2011)
  • Ordained St Michael’s, Hahndorf, January 1979
  • Approved ACAS trainer, 2017

Papers & publications


(with Merryn Ruwoldt), ‘The gift of Lutheran theology: unwrapping the present’, Lutheran Theological Journal 51/1 (May), 28–36.


‘Is God big enough for our questions? Introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible’, Lutheran Theological Journal 48/3 (Dec), 186–197.


‘The Lutheran school: communicating hope, vision and leadership in challenging contexts—historical and global perspectives’, Lutheran Theological Journal 45/2 (August), 95–102.


‘Full immersion: a valid approach to worship in Christian schools?’, Lutheran Theological Journal 42/2 (August), 92–99.


‘Lutheran distinctives lived out’, Lutheran Theological Journal 40/1 (May), 40–41.



‘The language we use’, paper and workshop presented at Qld Lutheran Pastors’ Conference, Caboolture.

‘Is the God of the Bible an ugly bully? Helping students come to terms with violence in the biblical text’, paper presented at Sydney College of Divinity’s ‘Wondering about God’ conference, Sydney.  


‘Nature and the educator’s soul’, paper presented at Tabor College’s Graeme Clark Institute conference ‘Rediscovering the spiritual in God’s creation’, McLaren Vale SA.


‘God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible’, opening lecture, Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide.

‘Wise fools: wisdom, worship and the purpose of Lutheran education’, paper presented at Australian Conference on Lutheran Education, Brisbane QLD.


‘The Lutheran school: communicating hope, vision and leadership in challenging contexts: global and historical perspectives’, paper presented at the Lutheran Educators’ Conference, Bethlehem, Palestine.


‘Contentment of pastor as teacher’, paper presented at the LCA General Pastors’ Conference, Melbourne VIC.

Updated: 09/07/2018 3:51pm