Professor Stephen Fogarty

Professor Stephen Fogarty


"The poster-boy of ecumenicalism. He was raised a Catholic, studied at the Anglican Moore Theological College, and is now Pentecostal." - The Sydney Morning Herald 2019

Professor Stephen Fogarty is President of Alphacrucis, a self-accrediting higher education provider and the national training college of Australian Christian Churches. He has held this position since 1999. His role involves providing leadership to the academic and administrative staff and students of the College and representing the College to its various constituencies.

Stephen was born and raised in Western Australia. He is married to Sandra, and they have three married adult children and five grandchildren. He enjoys running marathons, reading literature, attending symphony concerts, and following the Sydney Swans AFL team. Prior to his role at Alphacrucis, Stephen had many years’ involvement in pastoral ministry, and has pioneered three churches.

Stephen has earned a Diploma of Bible and Ministry, Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Master of Arts (Theology), and a PhD in Organizational Leadership. His research explores transformational and servant leadership, and the relationship between leadership and follower motivation. He frequently presents at conferences and seminars and speaks at churches, colleges and conferences.

Stephen chairs the Asia Pacific Theological Association, Alphacrucis College New Zealand, and is a board member of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, and the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education.

Stephen’s research focuses on Organisational Leadership, Church Leadership, and Volunteer Motivation.

His book, Light a Fire: How to Effectively Motivate Volunteers in Your Church (Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 2016) examines the relationship between leader behaviour and volunteer motivation. Stephen teaches in the areas of leadership and ministry.


PhD (Organisational Leadership) (Regent University)
Dissertation Title The Impact of Senior Pastor Leadership Behaviors on Volunteer Motivation 2013

Master of Arts (Theology) (Australian College of Theology) 2000

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (Leadership) (Regent University) 2011

Bachelor of Arts (Economics) (Murdoch University) 1981

Diploma (Bible and Christian Ministries) (Commonwealth Bible College) 1984


Business, Leadership, Ministry

Research Interests

Church and not-for-profit organisational leadership.

Field of Research

Strategy, management and organisational behaviour


  • 2016
    • Fogarty S. G.(2016). Light a Fire: How to effectively motivate volunteers in your church. Australasian Pentecostal Studies.

Book Chapters

  • 2016
    • Fogarty, S.G.(2016). Is servant leadership effective in motivating volunteers? In Fountain, A.K.(ed.), Theological education in a cross-cultural context: Essays in honor of John and Bea Carter (pp. 225-248). APTS Press.

Journal Articles

  • 2011
    • Fogarty, S. G.(2011). The servant leadership of David Yonggi Cho. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 14.
  • 2010
    • Fogarty, S. G.(2010). The dark side of charismatic leadership. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 13.
  • 2009
    • Fogarty, S. G.(2009). Gender and leadership behaviour among senior pastors. Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies, 12 (2).


Academic Conference

  • 2020
    • (with Austin, D.A.) "Charismatic leadership in Pentecostal ministry education: An Australian case study" (2020), GloPent World 2020 ,First Virtual Global Pentecostal Studies Conference, “Mapping Global Pentecostal Issues”, Virtual, Facilitated by , University of Birmingham, 31 Oct 2020
  • 2019
    • Servant Leadership and Volunteer Motivation (2019), Asia Pacific Theological Association Theological Symposium, Hong Kong, 03 Sep 2019
  • 2016
    • Is servant leadership effective church leadership? (2016), 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Los Angeles, USA, 01 Jan 2016
  • 2015
    • Is servant leadership effective in motivating volunteers? (2015), Asia Pacific Theological Association Theological Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan, 01 Jan 2015
  • 2014
    • A Grounded Theory Study of Church Leadership Processes (2014), XIII International Studying Leadership Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 01 Jan 2014
  • 2013
    • Effective leadership in Australian Christian Churches (2013), World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 01 Jan 2013
    • The impact of senior pastor leadership behaviour on volunteer motivation (2013), XII International Studying Leadership Conference, Rome, Italy, 01 Jan 2013
    • Transformational and Transactional Leadership in Australian Christian Churches (2013), E21 Scholars Conference, Sydney, Australia, 01 Jan 2013
    • How leaders impact the motivation of organisation members (2013), International Conference on Pentecostal Theology, Sydney, Australia, 01 Jan 2013
  • 2011
    • The Servant Leadership of David Yonggi Cho (2011), Youngsan International Theological Symposium, Seoul, Korea, 01 Jan 2011
  • 2010
    • The Dark Side of Charismatic Leadership (2010), Asia Pacific Theological Association Theological Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 01 Jan 2010
  • 2009
    • Gender and Leadership Behaviour Amoung Senior Pastors (2009), Asian Pacific Theological Association Theological Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 01 Jan 2009

Engagement Publications


  • 2019
    • Fogarty, Stephen (2019). Loistavaa! Opas vapaaehtoisten motivoimiseen seutakunnasa. .
  • 2016
    • Fogarty, Stephen (2016). Light A Fire: How to effectively motivate volunteers in your Church. .

Book Chapters

  • 2016
    • Fogarty, Stephen (2016). Theological education in a cross-cultural context: Essays in honour of John and Bea Carter In , (pp. ). .

Popular Articles

  • 2019

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Van Vuuren, D, Current leadership influence processes within Australian Pentecostal congregations (PhD thesis)

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