Mission and Pastoral Team

Dr Chris Cotter
Director of Mission and Pastoral Life

As Director of Mission and Pastoral Life, Chris lead the Mission and Pastoral Life Team to facilitate the missionary orientation of diocesan pastoral life.

Chris has experience as a teacher, leader and administrator in schools and system offices, including Assistant Director of Schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga. He has also worked from the Redemptorists Province of Oceania as a mission consultant.

Chris has tertiary qualifications in teaching, theology and religious education, most recently completing a Doctor of Theology through the University of Divinity, Melbourne. Chris says he has a strong interest in “the contribution of practical theology to the re-imagination of the evangelising mission of the Australian Catholic Church in a changing social and cultural milieu,” His work in the Diocese of Sandhurst, we hope, will provide Chris to find ways to implement this re-imagining.

Chris, who was raised in Tamworth, has been based (mostly) in Wodonga for the last 20 years with his wife Julie and two daughters. As Director of Mission and Pastoral Life, Chris will be based in Bendigo at the Chancery. 

Leslie Cooper
Executive Assistant to the Director of Mission and Pastoral Life 


Katrina Strong
Communications Coordinator