Our Team

Mr Tim Mullen

Tim Mullen is the Head of Youth Work and Perth campus Manager at Tabor and comes with a wealth of experience in school Chaplaincy with YouthCARE in Western Australia. Tim has had extensive experience in church youth ministry, cross-cultural young adult ministry, and secular youth work – both locally and abroad. Tim completed his Masters of Social Science in 2020 at Edith Cowan University, researching how young adults in Perth experience the church – both those who have left and those who have stayed. Tim’s passions include youth spirituality, building the skills of youth ministries, and the position of the church in helping young people find meaning and belonging.

Dr Kirsten Macaitis

Kirsten Macaitis is a Senior Lecturer and Research Development Coordinator within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tabor Adelaide.

Kirsten is a passionate teacher and communicator, and enjoys engaging with students across a wide range of topics. She is also an experienced researcher in the areas of young people, sociology, spirituality and culture, and has expert research skills in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Kirsten is particularly interested in the relationship between religious and cultural experiences and how we can understand spirituality in a contemporary context.


Dr Phil Daughtry

Phil is active in research and participates in international conversations about the place of spirituality in life, work and society. His own spiritual journey is one that is shaped by contemplative practices from the Christian tradition and a progressive theological worldview. When not at work, Phil is happiest in the garden, on his BMW motorcycle tourer, fishing, camping, spending time with his wife, adult children, partners and grandchildren, and supporting the Adelaide United Football (soccer) Club.


Mr Richard Schirmer

Richard Schirmer is an experienced Social Sector practitioner who began working professionally as a crisis care youth worker in 1992 and since then has had a continuous engagement with the sector in numerous diverse roles including youth work, pastoral care, parent-based work with fathers, education and training, community development, domestic and family violence work and community/primary health.  At the end of 2019, Richard completed his Masters of Counselling Skills through Tabor and currently combines private practice in this field in the Onkaparinga/Fleurieu regions with managing a local Community Health organisation in the same area.  Richard in his spare time still loves to participate in a number of sports at Masters level (the older we are the better we were) and coaching both male and female junior AFL sides.

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