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undeceive: to free from deception, illusion or error

Every week on Undeceptions, we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’, and let the truth ‘out’.



John’s story is eclectic. Starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, he now works as an author, speaker, historian, and media presenter. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity (2007-17). He has published over 20 books, two of which became television documentaries, with a third, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than you Ever Imagined, released in Australian cinemas in June 2018.

John has held a variety of teaching and research positions before moving to Wheaton College, including in the Ancient History Department at Macquarie University (2002-2015), the Jewish and Biblical Studies Department at Sydney University (2011-2021), Ridley College Melbourne (2019-2022), and the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2015-2023). A busy public speaker, he lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife Elizabeth and the youngest of their three children.

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Kaley Payne

Producer and Editor

Kaley Payne is the producer and editor of Undeceptions. With degrees in Law and Communications, she worked for a decade as a journalist with Eternity Magazine, before focusing exclusively on the Undeceptions podcast and wider project.


Mark Hadley


Mark Hadley is the director for Undeceptions. He has produced and directed informative podcasts, programs and documentaries internationally for the past 30 years.


Lyndie Leviston

Executive Assistant

Lyndie Leviston is the Executive Assistant for Undeceptions. She was a professional flutist for 35 years before joining the Undeceptions team in January 2020.


Siobhan Gibbins


Siobhan Gibbins is the Librarian for Undeceptions. She has degrees in Music and History as well as a Masters in Information Studies. Siobhan has joined the Undeceptions team to work on the public library.


Sophie Hawkshaw

Social Media & Membership Coordinator

Sophie Hawkshaw is the Social Media & Membership Coordinator at Undeceptions. She has a degree in Media Arts and Production and has worn many hats across advertising and film production before joining the Undeceptions team.


Richard Hamwi

Audio/Video Producer

Richard is a creative professional with over a decade of experience in radio, podcast and video production.

Alasdair Belling

Alasdair Belling


Alasdair is a writer and musician, with a background in journalism and performance. Having previously worked as a reporter for both street music press and several major newspapers, he now splits his time between writing and researching for the network and touring the country as a professional heavy metal drummer (with the odd appearance in jazz bars and the occasional Elton John Tribute Show).

Bill Hurditch

Bill Hurditch

Chairman of the Board

Bill Hurditch is an ecologist, consultant and visiting academic at Oxford University. He has a PhD in science and is a director of Moore College and several other not-for-profit organisations.


Sally Manion

Board Member

Sally is a chartered accountant and her career has included wealth management and superannuation fund operations. Sally serves on several not-for-profit boards including the Bible Society of Australia.


Rob Clarke

Board Member

Rob is a senior executive in roles spanning advertising and marketing, private equity and more recently professional rugby union administration. He has also held a variety of board positions in both public and private companies, including being a founding director of  the Centre for Public Christianity and most recently Undeceptions Ltd.


Oh boy, does John love questions. So don’t be afraid to send them in. At the end of each season we dedicate an episode or two for John to answer all your burning questions about Christianity. Want to know something more about a previous episode? Or perhaps you’ve got a question about faith that you’ve been struggling to find an answer for?
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