APTO began in 2004 when a number of Australian and New Zealand members of the International Association of Practical Theology met at Australian Catholic University (Brisbane) with a view to founding a professional association for practical theologians in the Oceania region. Foundation members of APTO were Brian Kelty, the first president of APTO, Gerard Hall, Anne Tuohy, Damien Casey, David Pascoe and Mary Eastham. The Association quickly grew as practical theologians from New Zealand, the islands of Oceania and Australia were invited to join APTO.

APTO 2011 Conference, Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Honorary Fellowships

An Honorary Fellowship is the highest award APTO may bestow upon an individual. This award is in recognition of a significant contribution to the mission of APTO and the wider society.

Aunty Joan Hendriks (2015)

Rev Dr Neil Darragh (2015)

John Doe

Life Members

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John Doe

In Memoriam

APTO remembers Priscilla Epe, Scott Eastham and John Pierce. 

APTO Conference 2009: Suva, Fiji