Chris Gilbert’s lifetime of experience with diverse people and places has equipped him well in his major life interests – telling stories that dignify the human spirit while teaching young adults at University level. Drawn to follow Jesus after a life changing trip across Siberia in the winter of 1975, he took up trucking, farm and slaughterhouse work in the outback of Australia, university studies, youth work among detention centre parolees, freelance journalism, a graduate degree at a seminary in Philadelphia, pastoral care of church communities in Manhattan and Massachusetts, and at the same time over the past 20 years, digital film projects in India, Denmark, Lithuania, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington DC and New York City. For the past 15 years he has taught various journalism, academic writing, Australian history and society topics, and digital media courses at three U.S. colleges and universities, CHC in Brisbane, and CQU, on the Sunshine Coast. He is also qualified as a TESOL ELICOS trainer teaching international students since 2017 including at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He currently writes for Sight Magazine. He’s also an adjunct instructor at Excelsia College in Sydney.
Chris released his first feature documentary, Beyond Empires to Australian and US television in 2014, after filming in India, Denmark and the U.S. Now, he is researching for a documentary a series on newly unearthed stories of Christian influencers in Australian history from the recently published social history of Australia: The Bible in Australia, by Dr Meredith Lake. Chris relocated from Massachusetts to Noosa Heads, in Queensland in March 2015, with his wife, Jo, to care for elderly parents who have now passed. Jo and Chris now live in North Sydney enjoying the endless summer of the east coast, its beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains, its theatre productions, while also kayaking, dog walking and fishing from his classic 1953 era runabout boat.