Pastor Christie Buckingham from Melbourne’s Bayside Church ministered to Bali 9 prisoner and painter Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed with Andrew Chan in 2015.
The short film, Execution Island, released earlier this year, is a dramatisation of the experience Christie shared with Mr Sukumaran as they walked together on his last night on Nusakambangan Island, Indonesia, four years ago.
Christie comes to Bega with a deep commitment to the power of forgiveness, redemption and the human spirit and a real fear that more Australian’s will face the firing squad in Indonesia.
Execution Island runs 12 minutes and will be shown at the Festival of Open Minds.
Since 1994, Christie and her husband Rob have been ministering as Senior Ministers of Bayside Church in Melbourne, with campuses in Cheltenham and Frankston.
Christie desires to see people set free and reach their full potential. She is a gifted leader who has worked tirelessly in mobilising groups of young adults and adults to act and relieve injustice.
She has helped establish the Bayside Forever Home in South Africa, a home that cares for children that have been abandoned; she has assisted prisoners in Kerobokan to find purpose and meaning through supporting computer and craft programs and remains a spiritual advisor for prisoners on death row.
Christie campaigns alongside other organisations such as Reprieve and Amnesty to see a global moratorium on the death penalty.
Christie came to Australia from Ireland in 1986 and worked at Youth Alive Australia. During that time she witnessed their youth conferences grow from a few hundred to well over 10,000.
She understands the pressures of juggling roles of being a mother to three growing girls, Senior Pastor of a thriving dynamic church and a speaker.
Christie and Rob have three daughters, Georgia-Grace, Paris and Trinity.
Christie is passionate about empowering people to relieve injustice – lookout Festival of Open Minds!