|Born||4 March 1955
|Alma mater||Monash University, International Baptist Seminary Rueschlikon, Melbourne College of Divinity, Australian Catholic University|
|Church(es)||St Kilda Baptist, Collins Street Baptist|
|Offices held||President of the Baptist Union of Australia|
Timothy Ewen "Tim" Costello AO (born 4 March 1955 in Melbourne) is a Baptist minister and the current CEO of World Vision Australia. Costello is the brother of Peter Costello, the former treasurer of Australia and Federal Member for Higgins.
Costello grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Blackburn, and was educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School. Costello is a descendant of Leitrim, Ireland-born publican and disgraced politician Patrick Costello who was expelled from the Parliament of Victoria.
In 1981, Costello travelled to Switzerland with his wife, Merridie, where they both studied theology at International Baptist Seminary Rueschlikon, near Zurich, before returning to Australia to become the minister of St Kilda Baptist Church. He also received a Master of Divinity from the Melbourne College of Divinity.
Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1987, Costello, along with his wife Merridie and a team of others, rebuilt the congregation at the St Kilda Baptist Church and opened a drop-in centre. As part of the church's outreach program, he started a legal office at the church where he practised as a part-time solicitor. He also taught urban ministry at Whitley College, a college of the University of Melbourne.
From 1995 to 2003, Costello was a minister of the Collins Street Baptist Church and the Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organisation created in response to concern about homelessness, drug abuse and the marginalisation of the city's street people.
He served as President of the Baptist Union of Australia from 1999 to 2002. He has been Patron of Baptist World Aid, a member of the Australian Earth Charter Committee, a council member of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, a spokesperson for the Interchurch Gambling Taskforce, a member of the National Advisory Body on Gambling and a member of the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.
In 2004, Costello was appointed CEO of World Vision Australia (2012 remuneration of $258,718). He was awarded Victorian of the Year 2004 in July 2004, in recognition of his public and community service. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005, and was the Victorian nominee for Australian of the Year in 2006. He is the 2008 winner of the Australian Peace Prize awarded by the Peace Organisation of Australia. He is also listed by the National Trust as a "National Living Treasure".
As elected Mayor of St Kilda Council in 1993, he became well known for championing the cause of local democracy and his clashes with Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett. Kennett attacked Costello as being un-Victorian for speaking out against the gaming-led recovery of the state and often referred to him as "that leftist cleric". Costello's political career ended when his mayoral position was abolished with the whole St Kilda Council in Kennett's reforms and consolidation of local government.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Costello was frequently seen in the Australian national media commenting on gambling and other social problems.
- Costello, Tim; Riddell, Michael; Gill, Athol; Nichols, Alan; U'ren, John; Duncan, Michael; Corney, Peter; Ministry in an Urban World: Responding to the City, Acorn Press, ACT, 1991, ISBN 0-908284-10-1
- Costello, Tim, Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda Allen & Unwin, 1997, ISBN 978-1-86448-890-6
- Costello, Tim, Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher Allen & Unwin, 1999, ISBN 978-1-86508-225-7
- Costello, Tim and Millar, Royce, Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling's Luck Myth, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2000. ISBN 1-86508-371-2
- Costello, Tim and Yule, Rod, Another Way to Love, Acorn Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-908284-82-5
- Costello, Tim, Hope, Hardie Grant Books, 2012, ISBN 978-174270375-6
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- Resignation of Professor D. P. Derham, Dean of the Faculty of Law
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- https://worldvision.com.au/Libraries/Annual_Report_2012/Full_Audited_Financial_Statements_and_Accounts_2012.pdf page 38
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