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Sandra J. Godde

Sandra J. Godde

MA (Theology; AC/ACOM)

LLB (Hons) (Univ of Qld)

BA (Law & Political Science, Univ of Qld);

Dip. Dance (ABS),



Sandra began with Harvest Bible College in 2011 where she reworked an Arts in Ministry subject for dance.  She now enjoys lecturing and tutoring on a wide variety of subjects in the area of theology, with a particular passion for ethics and apologetics.  She has had wide experience in ministry, missions, and teaching.  She has faithfully served in ministry with Garden City Christian Church (now Hillsong, Brisbane) for over 30 years in diverse areas from pastoral care to dance, and with a particular passion for teaching new Christians and ongoing discipleship for the mature.  She has spent two years on mission work with Youth With A Mission overseas, as well as other mission work in Thailand.

Sandy has also been an independent dance artist/choreographer/teacher/director of Dance Schools and a Dance Co: Excelsia Dance (a collective of believer artists).  As a performer, she has danced in a myriad of dance and theatre productions in Australia and overseas, ranging from the Sydney Opera House to refugee camps in Central America.  As a teacher, she has been Principal of three Dance Schools, has taught many workshops in conferences, guest taught and choreographed for others, examines dance students, has had articles published on the creative arts, and has featured in a short Australian dance film “The Last Tango in Sunnybank” by Rosetta Cook.  Previously, her professional dance collective “Excelsia Dance” has been a guest of Tabor College, Adelaide, giving master classes and touring a choreographic project around Adelaide in 2005.  Other highlights include the Company taking a dance work “Unspeakable” (dealing with human trafficking) to New York to perform at a Women’s Conference and in association with “Stop Child Trafficking Now” organisation in 2009.

As an avid advocate for many social justice issues, Sandy also has an Arts and Law Degree.  She has a particular passion to combine her advocacy skills for justice with the performing arts in artistic works that impact the heart and bring about change in the viewers.  She enjoys defending the faith and discussing the big questions in life with others, as well as cats, chocolate and good coffee.  She also has three adorable children.

Main Teaching and Research Areas

Biblical Studies (Biblical Studies & Academic Writing;  Exegesis: Corinthian Correspondence, Ephesians)

Theology (Introduction To Theology;  Person & Work of the Holy Spirit;  Person & Work of Christ)

Ethics;  Issues in Apologetics;  Counselling Skills;  Public Presentation in Ministry;  Arts in Ministry.

Awards & Qualifications

Full Name of Award Subject/Major area Awarding Institution and Year of Award
Master of Arts (Theology) Theology Alphacrucis College / Australian College of Ministries, 2011
Golden Key National Honour Society In Recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement & excellence The University of Queensland, 1999.
Bachelor of Law (Hons) Law The University of Queensland, 1999.
Bachelor of Arts Law & Political Science The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, 1995
Diploma of Dance Ballet & Allied Subjects Australian Ballet School, Melbourne, 1980
Certificate IV in TESOL Teaching English as a Second Language Sea English Academy, Qld., 2006
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment Adult Education HBA Learning Centres, 2011

Papers Presented

“Establishment of Peace In The World”, Guest Speaker for World’s Religious Symposium, Bait-ul-Masroor Mosque, Brisbane, March 2011.

“Reconciling The Existence of God and Human Suffering” presented at World’s Religious Symposium, Bait-ul-Masroor Mosque, Brisbane, January 2010.

“How To Be Passionate For God In The Midst of The Market Place”, Keynote Address for Connecting Dancers, Faith and Art, CDFA Conference, Sydney, October 2010.

“Caring For Creation on Biblical Grounds: Towards A Christian Environmental Ethic”, presented at Multi-Faith Symposium, organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia, Tudor Park Community Auditorium, Loganholme, Brisbane, March 2009.

“The Concept of God” presented at Interfaith Symposium, McGregor Primary School Hall, December 2008.

 “My Dance Through Life”, presented at Dance Stream, Hillsong Conference, Sydney, 2008.

“From Stardom To Sonship”, presented at National Creative Arts Conference, CDFA, Alice Springs, October 2007.

“The Character of God, Dance, and the Arts” presented at Music, Arts, & Dance School, YWAM, Brisbane, October 2006.

“Teaching Skills” presented at Moving Deeper, Christian Creative Arts Conference, CDFA National Conference, Canberra, September 2004.

“Redeeming The Arts: Visionaries of The Future” presented at Expanding Horizons National Conference, CDFA, Perth, October 2002.

“Prophetic Expressions Through Dance” presented at Expanding Horizons National Conference, CDFA, Perth, October 2002.

“The Revealing Nature of Dance – Knowing Why We Dance”, presented at Fire & Rain, Worship & Arts Conference, Northside Christian Family, Brisbane, April, 1996.

“Artists As Reformers:  Restoring The Prophetic Role”, presented at Fire & Rain, Worship & Arts Conference, Northside Christian Family, Brisbane, April, 1996.

“Dance as Worship, Dance as Communication, Dance as Wholeness”, presented at Wind of The Spirit, Psalmody Conference, Garden City Christian Church, September, 1995.

“Dancing Into The Future: Redeeming The Arts Through Christ”, presented at CDFA (Christian Dance Fellowship of Australia) Conference, Geelong, Victoria, January 1994.

Journal Articles

“Redeeming the Arts: Visionaries of The Future” Renewal Journal,  May 20, 2012.

 “Profile: Sandra Godde, Artistic Director: Excelsia” Leaping, Issue 101, November 2005.

“The Spirit Moves” Leaping, Issue 93, July 2002.

“Vive La Danse” Leaping, Issue 90, August 2001.

“A Philosophy of Dance For The Christian” Christian Arts Magazine,  Issue 2, April 1994.

“Dancing Into The Future: Redeeming The Arts Through Christ” Christian Arts Magazine,  Part 1 & Part 2, Issue 3, June 1994, Issue 4, August 1994.

“Redeeming The Arts Through Christ” On Eagles Wings, Issue 2, 1994.

“The Intimacy of Dance” On Eagles Wings, Issue 7, August 1993.

“Praise Him With The Dance” On Eagles Wings, Issue 9, 1993.

“What are Your Words Doing?” Women with Impact, December 1993.

Positions Held

Service Pastor, Hillsong  8am Service, Brisbane (2010-2011).

President  & Management Committee, Prolife Media Inc. (2005-2007).

Prayer & Leadership Team, Project Dance International.

Co-Ordinator, Dance Artists Network, International Christian Dance Fellowship (2008-present)

Professional Memberships

Stoneworks Australia, A Global Arts Partnership.

Christians For Biblical Equality.

International Christian Dance Fellowship.