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 Jonathan Holland                                       Peter Kline

Marie-Louise Craig                                     Jo Inkpin

 Penny Jones                                                Jonathan Sargeant

 Eve James                                                    Suzie Anthonisz

Plus, our sessional lecturers  

Marian Free                                                 Cathy Laufer               

Doug Stevens                                              Malcolm Coombes

David Neville                                               Janice McRandal


Jonathan Holland

Executive Director and Principal of St Francis College

Lecturer in New Testament studies

07 3514 7401
0406 425 826



  • PhD (UQ, 2006)

  • Master of Arts (UQ, 1999)

  • Oxford Certificate of Theology (1982)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Oxon, 1981)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (UWA, 1978)

Teaching areas

  • Liturgical Theology

  • Introduction to the New Testament

  • The Gospels

  • Church History

Professional and ministry experience

  • Parish ministry:

    • Assistant Priest, St James King St, Sydney, NSW

    • Rector, Church of the Ascension, Midland, WA

    • Rector, Christ Church St Lucia, Queensland

  • Archdeacon of Oxley, Brisbane

  • Examining Chaplain, Brisbane

  • Canon St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane

  • Assistant Bishop with responsibility for the Northern Region, Diocese of Brisbane

  • Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Academic and educational interests

Church History: the early church and 19th century church history, The New Testament, especially the Gospels; Liturgy; Church in society


Jonathan is currently engaged in writing the biography of Bishop Philip Strong, a missionary bishop of Papua New Guinea (1936-1962) and Archbishop of Brisbane (1963-1970).  He is also preparing a chapter for a book on the theological training and formation of clergy in Queensland since the mid-19th century.

Jonathan has an ongoing interest in the relationship between society and church.


  • Mark: my words, co-editor of a set of reflections on Mark’s Gospel as a Lenten book.

  • Eyes’ Delight: six paintings and their theological meanings, (privately published, 1998)

  • Jesus Unbound: the story of Jesus of Nazareth (Acorn, 2008)

  • Anglicans, Trams and Paw Paws: the story of the diocese of Brisbane 1945-1980, (Copy Right Publishing, 2013)

Book chapters

·         ‘Encountering God in Christ’ in Encountering God: face to face with the Divine, ed. Nigel Leaves (Morning Star Publishing, 2014)

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • Retreat leader in various dioceses

  • Regional Clergy Conferences

  • Heads of Anglican Schools retreats


Peter Kline

Academic Dean

Lecturer in Systematic Theology


07 3514 7418


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Vanderbilt University)

  • Master of Theology (University of Edinburgh)

  • Master of Divinity (Princeton Theological Seminary)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Wheaton College)

Teaching areas

  • Jesus the Christ

  • Being the Church

  • Contemporary Theology in Global Perspective

  • Classic Texts in Christian Theology


  • Kierkegaard

  • Mysticism

  • Apophatic / negative theology

  • Theology and art



Articles / Chapters

  • “Apophasis and Abasement: Writing Jesus with Soren Kierkegaard and Craig Keen,” in Whistling in the Dark: Of the Theology of Craig Keen. Co-edited by Janice McRandal and Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Cascade, Forthcoming.

  • “Imaging Nothing: Kierkegaard and the Imago Dei,” Anglican Theological Review. Fall 2018.

  • “’You Wonder Where The Spirit Went’: Barth and Jenson on the Hiddenness of God,” in Barth in Conversation, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014.

  • “Absolute Action: Divine Hiddenness in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling,Modern Theology. July, 2012.

  • “Christ-Haunted Ohio: The Spiritual and Theological Vision of Over the Rhine,” Koinonia. 2012.

  • “Participation in God and the Nature of Christian Community: Robert Jenson and Eberhard Jüngel,” International Journal of Systematic Theology. 2011.



Marie-Louise Craig

Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages


0400 385 711



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Hebrew Linguistics) (Charles Sturt University)

  • Bachelor of Theology Honours (Charles Sturt University)

  • Bachelor of Theology (Charles Sturt University)

  • Diploma of Theology (Australian College of Theology)

  • Bachelor of Arts (German language and Literature, English literature) (University of Queensland)

  • Bachelor of Music (School Music) (University of Queensland)

Teaching areas

Biblical Studies
Biblical Languages

Professional and ministry experience

  • High School Teaching

  • 30 years of congregational ministry (The Salvation Army)

  • Adjunct Lecturer (Hebrew and Introduction to Biblical Languages), CSU

Academic and educational interests

Languages (Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Latin, German), Exegesis, Preaching, Spiritual formation, Leadership training

Professional memberships and associations

  • Society of Biblical Literature

  • International Syriac Language Project


Honours dissertation: The emergence of Hebrew-English lexicons: From Udall to Parkhurst. (Bachelor of Theology Honours Thesis), Charles Sturt University, Canberra.

Doctoral Thesis: Hebrew-English Lexicons of the British Isles: From John Parkhurst (1762) to Benjamin Davies (1872). (PhD), Charles Sturt University.

Current research: The history of Hebrew-English lexicons in America, the Hebrew-English lexicons of the twentieth century and today, the most influential pre-modern Hebrew-Latin lexicons.


Pioneers and ‘no through roads’: The story of the early Hebrew-English lexicons. In J. Loopstra & M. Sokoloff (Eds.), Foundations for Syriac Lexicography V: Colloquia of the International Syriac Language Project (pp. 21-42). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2012.

Lexicography: Pre-Modern Period. In G. Khan, S. Bolokzy, S. E. Fassberg, G. A. Rendsburg, A. D. Rubin, O. R. Schwarzwald & T. Zewi (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Vol. 2, pp. 514-520). Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Take one Hebrew lexicon, add fresh theology and mix well: The impact of theology on Hebrew-English lexicons. In R. A. Taylor & C. E. Morrison (Eds.), Reflections on Lexicography: Explorations in Ancient Syriac, Hebrew, and Greek Sources (pp. 147-210). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2014.

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • SBL National Conference (2009)

  • ISLP Conference, St Petersburg (2014)


The Rev’d Dr Jo Inkpin

Senior Tutor
Lecturer in Christian History

07 3514 7414
Twitter: @blessedimp
Websites: www.blessedimp.org  www.penandinkreflections.org   makingatrack.wordpress.com


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Durham)

  • Certificate in Theology (Distinction) (University of Oxford)

  • Bachelor of Arts Hons (1st class) & Master of Arts in Theology (University of Oxford)

  • Bachelor of Arts Hons (1st class) & Master of Arts in Modern History (University of Oxford)

Teaching areas

  • Christian History

  • Interreligious studies

  • Reconciliation and peacemaking

  • Ecumenical studies

  • Anglican spirituality and mission

  • Ecological theology

  • Gender and sexuality

Professional and ministry experience

  • Ordained 30 years, with significant inner city, rural & suburban parish experience

  • Lecturer in Church History, Ripon College Cuddesdon (UK) & Examiner for Certificate of Theology, Oxford University

  • Sessional Lecturer for Cambridge University Extension Courses (UK), North East Ordination Course (UK) , St John’s Morpeth (CSU) & Newcastle School of Theology

  • Rural & Environment Officer (Diocese of Durham & Churches Regional Commission for the North East) & member National Rural Officers Network (UK)

  • ‘Recognised & Regarded Minister’ by the Methodist Conference UK, 2000

  • Decade to Overcome Violence Manager, National Council of Churches in Australia

  • Education & Advocacy Officer, National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission

  • General Secretary, NSW Ecumenical Council & Secretary, Faith & Unity Commission, National Council of Churches in Australia

  • Various leading roles in Interreligious organisations (including Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims & Jews)

  • Co-chair, Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Reconciliation Action Plan Group

Academic and educational interests

Christian History; Peace & Reconciliation; Gender & Sexuality; Interreligious Dialogue; Social & Ecological Ethics; Spirituality, Anglican Identities and Transformative Mission


Jon Inkpin is from the north-east of England and has worked in several different capacities (including in theological education, community development, peace and reconciliation, interreligious dialogue and environmental mission), at local, regional and national levels. An historian, theologian, social ethicist, and border crossing activist, she is currently particularly engaged in issues of interreligious challenge, Australian Reconciliation, and gender & sexuality.  


I have a lifelong interest in Christianity and its relationships to identity, difference, and social & political change. Current principal issues are Australian Reconciliation (working towards a book: Beyond Apology: a whole body theology of Reconciliation), gender & sexuality, and inter-religious relationships. I am also seeking time to research further a 17th Anglican priest ancestor who survived as an English parish priest throughout the extraordinary turbulent years and changing politics of the 1630s-1660s.



  • Religion and Violence, editor, and chapter: ‘Towards a Global Ethic of Peace and Reconciliation’, ATF Press, Adelaide, 2007.

  • Kerker: It’s Time – a collection of Indigenous Christian theology, NATSIEC, Sydney, 2007 (co-editor, with Graeme Mundine)

  • ‘Combating the “Sin of Self-Sacrifice”: Christian Feminism in the Women’s Suffrage Struggle 1903-1918, PhD Thesis, School of Theology, University of Durham, 1996

Book chapters

  • ‘Building a Model City of Peace and Harmony Down Under’, in We Will Seek Peace and Pursue It, edited Neil Paynter, Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, UK, 2015

  • ‘Encountering God in Difference’, in Encountering God, edited Nigel Leaves, Morning Star Publishing, 2014

  • Contributions in Holy God: Liturgies and worship resources for an engaged spirituality, Paynter, N. & Boothroyd, H. (eds), Wild Goose Publications, Glasgow, UK, 2009

Journal articles and other publications

  • ‘Is there still a place for Christian feminism?’, Eremos 129,

  • ‘Living with the Shadows, Finding Hope in the Celtic Blackbird: reflections on the path to healing and reconciliation in Ireland,’ Eremos

  • ‘Coming Right Way: Reconnecting with Land and People in Australia’, Eremos

  • Review of James W. Jones, Blood that Cries Out from the Earth: The Psychology of Religious Violence, Journal of Anglican Studies, Volume 7, Special Issue 02, Nov 2009.

  • ‘Nei Neiwa Yi Yu Gali: Towards a Whole Body Theology of Reconciliation’, Australian Association of Mission Studies, 2008

  • with G.Mundine:, ‘The Lazarus Demand – Overcoming Indigenous Poverty: A Biblical Reflection on John Ch.11’, Australian e-Journal of Theology, Feb 2006.

  • ‘Jesus and Gender’, Movement for the Ordination of Women, London, UK, 1990 & 2002.

  • ‘Tender Comrade: Jesus and Masculinity’, Southwell and Oxford Papers, Oxford, 1989.

  • Making a Track: a selection of the first Christian feminists – blog, 2014

  • co-producer, with G. Russell-Mundine, and G. Mundine: Make Indigenous Poverty History – CD-ROM resource, NATSIEC/NCCA, Sydney, 2006.

  • Seeds of Peace – stories of Australians transforming violence – CD resource, NCCA, 2005.

  • Whispers of Peace – enhanced double CD of songs & sheet music for the Decade to Overcome Violence, NCCA, Sydney, 2004.

  • Journey of Promise: young Australian Christians, Muslims and Jews seeking understanding (DVD resource), NCCA, Sydney

  • Five Bible Studies for the Decade to Overcome Violence, NCCA, Sydney, &, with E. Ninnes, Cultivating Peace: resources for the Decade to Overcome Violence, NCCA, 2003.

  • One People, Many Religions – video resource, Gateshead Council, UK, 1994.

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops


  • various for: Vesak Celebrations and Inter-religious Conferences at UNESCO, Paris (2013-2015)

  • various for: International Inter-religious Peace & Harmony Conferences, Toowoomba (2012-15)

  • ‘Attentiveness; Simone Weil and the Spiritual Key to Education’ , ACSQ Diocesan Schools Conference, Gold Coast (2012)

  • ‘Embracing the darkness: the contemplative path and action together in the contemporary world’, keynote address, National Interfaith Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (2010)

  • ‘Receiving the Gift: Christian Unity in a post-ecumenical world’, keynote address, Presbyterian & Methodist Ecumenical Conference, Christchurch New Zealand (2009)

  • ‘Religious Addictions to Violence and possible antidotes’, keynote address to ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ Conference, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Sydney University (2008)


The Revd. Penny Jones

Director of Formation

Lecturer in Homiletics





  • Master of Arts in Theology - University of Oxford

  • Master of Arts in English Literature - University of Cambridge

  • Certificate of Ministry Education - University of Oxford

  • Diploma of Adult Education - University of Sunderland

  • Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Speech and Drama Associate of the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dancing

  • Accredited Spiritual Director and Supervisor Veriditas

  • Accredited Labyrinth Facilitator

  • Accredited Interplay Facilitator


Teaching areas

  • Homiletics

  • Spirituality

  • Formation

  • Practical Theology

Professional and ministry experience

  • Director of Formation and Lecturer

  • Parish Priest in wide variety of contexts

  • School Chaplain

  • Spiritual Director and Supervisor Retreat Conductor

  • Career Advisor

  • Dance and Drama Teacher

Academic and educational interests

Spirituality, Theology of the Body, Faith Formation, Field Education,  Practical Theology, Feminist Theology

With over thirty years experience in Parish ministry, theological education, school chaplaincy and spiritual direction, Penny works as the Director of Formation for St. Francis College and as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Auchenflower-Milton. She is passionate about forming clergy whose faith is vibrant, whose ministry engaged with their local context and whose lives model what it means to follow Christ in post-modern Australia. Penny is trained in spiritual direction from a contemplative perspective and seeks to train contemplative leaders for today's church.

Professional memberships and associations

Australian Network of Spiritual Directors Spiritual Directors Internatonal Interplay Australia Veriditas Women In the Church


Penny's research interests are around the interface of spirituality with the Theology of the Body on which she wrote a recent dissertation.


Co-author FAITH360:Praying In Anglican Ways

Make Indigenous Poverty History Prayer Sheets for the National Council of Churches Australia

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • Retreats for Women of Spirit

  • Presentations to multiple conferences of the Multi-Faith Multi-Cultural Centre Toowoomba on women and Christian faith

  • Presenter Anglican Schools Conference Sydney

  • MOW 2010 Lecture Series keynote speaker


Jonathan Sargeant

Lecturer in Practical Theology: Christian Education, Youth and families ministry, Theology and the Arts
Director of Lay Education

07 3514 7442
0438 768 676


  • Currently engaged in doctoral research (University of Queensland)

  • Master of Ministry (Charles Sturt University)

  • Bachelor of Theology (Brisbane College of Theology)

  • Youth and Education Assistance Diploma (Brisbane College of Theology)

  • Diploma in Teaching (Primary) (Brisbane College of Advanced Education, now QUT)

Teaching areas

  • Youth, children’s and families ministry

  • Christian education and discipleship

  • Theology and the Arts with film in particular

Professional and ministry experience

  • Primary teaching

  • Youth Worker (Congregational and Diocesan)

  • School Chaplain (The Gap State High School)

  • Education Officer (Diocese of Brisbane)

  • Lecturer (Charles Sturt University)

Academic and educational interests
Christian education, faith formation, film and spirituality, cinema studies, youth, children’s and families ministry, cultural analysis studies


Jonathan is available to assist your parish or deanery in a number of ways, including:

  • Leading training sessions for Sunday School teachers, children’s and youth leaders, RE Teachers etc in various areas of Christian worship, formation and mission

  • Christian and Lay education advocacy

  • Facilitating 360 Programs in the Bible360, Faith360 and Mission360 streams

With extensive experience in parish development, youth ministry and state school chaplaincy, Jonathan Sargeant works as Lay Education Officer for the Ministry Education Commission.  A trained teacher, youth and children’s worker and lay minister, he has been working with parishes and schools in education for more than 25 years. For his Masters he specialised in the intersection of faith and popular culture, as well as analysing curricula materials for religious education.

He co-authored the best-selling Religious Education Teachers Orientation Program for State Schools, as well as The Guide for Religious Education Teachers and The R2 Program, a professional development kit for RE teachers in Anglican Schools now widely used in Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, he has created the FAISS Program, an intensive course in Anglicanism which he facilitates for Anglican Schools and agencies. He is currently invloved in the transformation of this program into an on-line entity.

Professional memberships and associations

  • Brisbane Churches Together Chaplaincy and RE Commission

  • BCT/Scripture Union Dialogue

  • Religious Instruction Quality Assurance Task Group (QLD Government)


Jonathan is currently engaged in doctoral research into cinematic depictions of God and what these may mean for the Church. How these depictions have developed historically and the ensuing implications for missiology will be at the forefront of such research.

Jonathan has an ongoing interest in Australian cultures and the work of the church in engaging with them; both in listening to, and speaking with these cultures.


  • Religious Education Teachers Orientation Program (co-authored -1993)

  • The Guide for Religious Education Teachers in Qld State Schools (co-authored -1995)

  • The R2 Program: Professional development for RE Teachers in Anglican Schools (co-authored -2001)

  • The FAISS Program (Formative Anglican Induction for School Staff) (2008)

  • Child Protection Policy Training: an online course (2017)

Book chapters

  • From the Mouths of Babes – Children and Young People Interact with the Incarnation, in That Our Joy May be Complete: essays on the Incarnation for the New Millennium, edited by Marion Free, Rosemary Gill, Jonathan Holland, John Mainstone (2000)

  • Chaplain as Patron, Curator and Advocate of the Arts – using creativity as missional tool, in Ministry in Anglican Schools, Barton Books (2012)

Conference presentations, seminars and workshops

  • Ignite conferences

  • Elevation conferences

  • CNet and YNet Conferences

  • National Anglican School Conferences

  • Catholic Christian Educators Conferences

  • Australian Association of Religious Educators Conferences

  • Dialogue Australasia Conferences

  • Australian Youth Workers Conferences

  • National Christian Youth Conventions

  • Sea of Faith Conferences

  • Professional development for Anglican and Catholic schools

  • 360 Program, Brisbane Diocese and Anglican Communion

  • Regional Clergy Conferences


Eve James

Library Manager


07 35147419




  • Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) (Charles Sturt University)

  • Diploma of Theology (Institute of Faith Education)

  • Diploma of Education (University of Queensland)

  • Bachelor of Science (James Cook University)


Sessional Lecturing Staff


The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free

Sessional Lecturer in Paul and His Letters

0402 985 593



  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

  • Diploma in Education (Sydney Teacher’s College)

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland)

Teaching Areas

  • Paul and His Letters

Academic and educational interests

Biblical Studies, in particular the letters of Paul. Liturgical Theology

Professional memberships and associations

  • CSU School of Theology

  • Australian Academy of Liturgy (Chair, Queensland Chapter)


My current research areas are:

  • Church Ministry

  • The significance for contemporary theology of a range of postmodern social and linguistic theories.


  • Free, Marian, Gill, Rosemary, Holland, Jonathan, and Mainstone (Eds) That our Joy May be Complete. Adelaide: Open Book Publishers, 2000.

  • Free, Marian. “Paul’s inclusive Gospel.“ in Pieces of Ease and Grace. Ed. Alan H. Cadwallader. Adelaide: ATF Theology. 2013,135-150.

  • Free, Marian. “Liturgy and the Bible.” in The Once and Future Scriptures. Ed. Gregory C. Jenks. Oregon: Polebridge Press, 2013, 95-112.

  • Free, Marian. “Encountering God in the Letters of Saint Paul.” in Encountering God: Face-to-face with the Divine. Ed Nigel Leaves, Victoria: Morning Star Publishing, 2014, 53-70.

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The Rev’d Dr Cathy Laufer

Sessional Lecturer in Theology

07 5351 1215



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University)

  • Master of Education (University of Melbourne)

  • Bachelor of Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity)

  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology (WAIT, now Curtin University)

  • Bachelor of Science (Australian National University)

Teaching Areas

  • Triune God

  • Anglican Foundations

Professional and ministry experience

  • Ordained 2000, parish ministry in Melbourne and on the Sunshine Coast.

  • University lecturer in psychology and theology.

  • Psychologist, working with intellectually disabled and highly gifted children, and in grief counselling.

Academic and educational interests

Christology, Trinity, Liturgy

Professional memberships and associations

  • CSU School of Theology

  • Registered as a non-practising psychologist, Queensland


Hell’s Destruction. An Exploration of Christ’s Descent to the Dead. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013.

‘Death and our Ultimate Destiny’ in P. Tolliday & H. Thomson (eds), Speaking Differently. Essays in Theological Anthropology. Canberra: Barton Books, 31-47, 2013.

‘Behold an Israelite in Whom There is No Guile’, in I. Weeks & D. Reid (eds), A Thoughtful Life. Essays in Philosophical Theology: A Festshrift for Rev Professor Harry Wardlaw, Adelaide: ATF Press, 239-254, 2006.

‘The Farewell Discourse in John’s Gospel as a Commentary on the Seder Service.’ Colloquium, 27, 147-160, 1995.

‘Do We Call You ‘Mother’? Reflections on a Year with a Woman Vicar.’ Ministry Society and Theology, 8 (2), 68-70, 1994.

But What If She'd Said 'No'? Backstories to the Bible. Melbourne: Morning Star, 2018.

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The Rt Rev’d Dr Douglas Stevens

Sessional Lecturer in Practical Theology

0413 805 010



  • Doctor of Ministry Studies (University of Divinity, Melbourne)

  • Master in Philosophy (University of Dublin)

  • Bachelor of Theology (Hons) (Australian College of Theology)

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Newcastle)

  • Grad Cert Church Leadership and Management (Charles Sturt University)

Teaching areas

  • Practical theology

Professional and ministry experience

  • Ordained 37 years, with significant parish experience and sometime Bishop of Riverina

  • Anglican Co-Chair AUSTARC

  • Chair of NSW Provincial Commission on Christian Education

  • Sessional Lecturer in New Testament and Theology, St John’s College, Morpeth

  • Diocesan education office, Diocese of Grafton

Academic and educational interests

Ecumenical theology, inter-faith theology and dialogue, Asian Christian theology. political theology, Anglican theology, spirituality


Currently Rector of the Anglican Parish of St. Bartholomew, Mt Gravatt, Anglican Co-Chair AUSTARC, Area Dean Moreton

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Dr Janice McRandal

Research Fellow, Centre for Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University

Sessional Lecturer


Teaching Areas

God, Humanity, and Difference

Contemporary Theology in Global Context


Research Interests

Systematic Theology                            Feminist Theology

Gender Theory                                     Critical Race Theory

Postcolonial Criticism                         Continental Philosophy

Sports                                                     Pop Culture




Contested Theology: bodies, sport, and motion. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, forthcoming 2018.

Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2018.

Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Difference: a contribution to feminist systematic theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.


Book Chapters

“Introduction”. In Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2018.

“Risky Words, Dissenting Bodies”. In Whistling in the Dark: on the theology of Craig Keen, co-edited with Stephen John Wright. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2018.

“Embodied Gods: Anthropomorphism and Subjectivity”. In Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender -‘God’ Edited by Sîan Hawthorne, forthcoming 2018.

Introduction “Being George Eliot: an impossible standpoint?” ”. In Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology. Janice McRandal, editor.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

 “On Power and Silence: Reading Foucault with Coakley”. In Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology. Janice McRandal, editor.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

 “Gender: Difference, Sin and the Trinity”. In Speaking Differently: Essays in Theological Anthropology. Phillip Tolliday and Heather Thomson, eds. Canberra: Barton Books, 2013.


Articles in Refereed Journals

“Subject to Spirit: The Promise of Pentecostal Feminist Pneumatology and Its Witness to Systematics”. In Pneuma 35:1 (2013), pp 48-60.

“A Free Man’s World: Open Theism and the Feminist Critique of Autonomy”. In Aldersgate Papers 9 (2011).

“Sarah Coakley: Systematic Theology and the Future of Feminism”. In Pacifica 24:3 (2011), pp. 300-314.

“Struggled For and Not Possessed: Language for the Divine and the Apophatic Turn”. In St Mark’s Review 215 (2011), pp. 71-86.

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Associate Professor David Neville

Sessional Lecturer in The Synoptic Gospels


(02) 6272 6259


• Bachelor of Arts Degree (Liberal Arts Degree: Philosophy Major; Psychology Minor), Berea
College, Berea, Kentucky, USA 1978–1982

• Bachelor of Divinity Degree, Melbourne College of Divinity 1983–1985

• Bachelor of Divinity Honours (Not For Degree), Perth College of Divinity, Murdoch University 1988

• Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University 1998

Teaching Areas:

• The Synoptic Gospels

• New Testament Studies

Professional and Ministry Experience:

• St Mark’s National Theological Centre, Barton, ACT 2002–2018

Positions: Lecturer in New Testament Studies; Course coordinator; Head, School of Theology
of Charles Sturt University, mid-2008–2010, 2016–2018; Associate HoS, 2011, 2015; HDR
coordinator, 2011–2015

• Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont, Western Australia 2001–2002

Part-time Religious Studies teacher

• University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australia 2001

Part-time Tutor in Ethics

• Tabor College–Perth, Western Australia 2001

Part-time Lecturer in New Testament

• Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill, NSW 1995–2000

Positions: Teacher of Religious Studies; Housemaster (1999–2000)

• St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park, WA 1987–1994

Co-ordinator of Religious Studies

• Curtin University, Bentley, Western Australia 1991

Part-time Lecturer in Health Ethics

• Perth College of Divinity, Murdoch University 1988–1993

Occasional lectures on the Gospels

Academic and Educational Interests:

Gospel Studies, New Testament Theology and Ethics



Arguments from Order in Synoptic Source Criticism: A History and Critique. New Gospel Studies 7. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1994.

Mark’s Gospel—Prior or Posterior? A Reappraisal of the Phenomenon of Order, JSNTSS 222. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

The Vehement Jesus: Grappling with Troubling Gospel Texts. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017.

Editor, Prophecy and Passion: Essays in Honour of Athol Gill. Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2002.

Co-editor, with Philip Matthews, Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003.

Co-editor, with Bruce Barber, Theodicy and Eschatology. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005.

Co-editor, with Keith Dyer, Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009.

Co-editor, with Jione Havea and Elaine Wainwright, Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania. Semeia Studies 75. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

Editor, The Bible, Justice and Public Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014.

Also guest co-editor, with Heather Thomson, of a special issue of the International Journal of Public Theology, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2009), dealing with the theme of “Restoring Justice.”

Also guest co-editor, with Jeanette Mathews, of a special issue of St Mark’s Review, No. 239 (March 2017), entitled “Encountering God: Teasing (out) themes in biblical theology.”

Research Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“King, Merton and Barth: Their Abiding Significance,” in Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture, edited by David Neville and Philip Matthews (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003), 95–125.

“God’s Presence and Power: Christology, Eschatology and ‘Theodicy’ in Mark’s Crucifixion Narrative,” in Theodicy and Eschatology, edited by Bruce Barber and David Neville (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005), 19–41.

“The Demise of the Two-Document Hypothesis? Dunn and Burkett on Gospel Sources,” Pacifica 19/1 (February 2006): 78–92.

“The Second Testament as a Covenant of Peace,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 37/1 (Spring 2007): 27–35.

“Toward a Teleology of Peace: Contesting Matthew’s Violent Eschatology,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 30/2 (2007): 131–61. [Reissued in New Testament Studies, 4 volumes, SAGE Benchmarks in Religious Studies, edited by Paul Foster (Sage Publications, 2010), Volume 2, chapter 24.]

“Moral Vision and Eschatology in Mark’s Gospel: Coherence or Conflict?” Journal of Biblical Literature 127/2 (Summer 2008): 359–84.

“The Phantom Returns: Delbert Burkett’s Rehabilitation of Proto-Mark,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 84/1 (April 2008): 135–73.

“Dialectic as Method in Public Theology: Recalling Jacques Ellul,” International Journal of Public Theology 2/2 (2008): 163–81.

“Justice and Divine Judgment: Scriptural Perspectives for Public Theology,” International Journal of Public Theology 3/3 (2009): 339–56.

“Grace Elicits Correspondences: The Christian Theologian as Peacemaker,” in Embracing Grace – The Theologian’s Task: Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett, edited by Heather Thomson (Canberra: Barton Books, 2009), 119–34.

“Creation Reclaimed: Resurrection and Responsibility in Mark 15:40–16:8,” in Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen, edited by Keith D. Dyer and David J. Neville (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009), 95–115.

“Faithful, True, and Violent? Christology and ‘Divine Vengeance’ in the Revelation to John,” in Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend, edited by Ted Grimsrud and Michael Hardin (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011), 56–84.

“Christian Scripture and Public Theology: Ruminations on their Ambiguous Relationship,” International Journal of Public Theology 7/1 (2013): 5–23.

“Calamity and the Biblical God—Borderline or Line of Belonging? Intratextual Tension in Luke 13,” in Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania, edited by Jione Havea, David J. Neville, and Elaine M. Wainwright (Atlanta: SBL, 2014), 39–55.

“The Bible, Justice and Public Theology: An Introductory Essay,” in The Bible, Justice and Public Theology, edited by David J. Neville (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014), 1–21.

“Parable as Paradigm for Public Theology: Relating Theological Vision to Social Life,” in The Bible, Justice and Public Theology, edited by David J. Neville (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014), 145–60.

“Toward a Hermeneutic of Shalom: Reading Texts of Teleological Terror in Peace Perspective,” Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry 34/4 (2014): 339–48.

“Love of Enemies, New Testament,” commissioned for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, forthcoming in 2018/19.

“Like Lightning? Luke 17:22–37 Revisited in Interfaith Perspective,” in Things the Make for Peace: Traversing Text and Tradition in Christianity and Islam, edited by Anthony Rees, forthcoming from Lexington Books in 2019/20.

Further Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Anabaptist Pacifism,” Faith and Freedom: A Journal of Christian Ethics 6/2 (August 1998): 12–16. [Reprinted with a response by Graeme R. Chatfield in South Pacific Journal of Mission Studies, No. 28 (July 2003): 33–39.]

“Colour and Criticism: Light on the Gospels,” St Mark’s Review, No. 195 (2004): 29–36.

“C. S. Lewis and Christian Pacifism,” in Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture, edited by David Neville and Philip Matthews (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003), 205–216.

“Jesus’ Vision of God’s Fair Reign,” in “Into the World You Love”: Encountering God in Everyday Life, edited by Graeme Garrett (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2007), 36–49.

“The Bible as a Public Document: A Perspective on the Contribution of Anglicanism,” St Mark’s Review, No. 203 (2007): 35–45.

“Violating Faith via Eschatological Violence: Reviewing Matthew’s Eschatology,” in Validating Violence – Violating Faith: Interfaith Perspectives on Religious Violence, edited by William Emilsen and John Squires (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2008), 95–110.

“‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me’: Preaching from Luke in Year C,” St Mark’s Review, No. 213 (2010): 57–70.

“Things new and old: Preaching from Matthew in Year A,” St Mark’s Review, No. 216 (2011): 25–41.

“The way of the Lord: Preaching from Mark in Year B,” St Mark’s Review, No. 219 (2012): 17–34.

“The Spirit of promise: Preaching from Acts,” St Mark’s Review, No. 223 (2013): 51–66.

“The moral vision of Jesus in Matthew 5,” St Mark’s Review, No. 227 (2014): 46–61.

Other academic activities

Many of the journal articles and book chapters listed above were first presented as conference or seminar presentations. I have presented conference papers at the international Society for the Study of the New Testament annual conference and also at both the annual and international Society of Biblical Literature meetings. In 2010 I was invited to deliver the opening plenary address at the second Global Network for Public Theology triennial consultation, and I have also presented conference papers at the annual Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS).

I regularly write critical reviews of recently published books in biblical studies and theology, ranging in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Since becoming an adjunct academic staff member with CSU, I have published thirty critical book reviews in a range of journals, including the widely consulted online Review of Biblical Literature (the book review forum of the Society of Biblical Literature).

Scholarly responses to my work

Frans Neirynck, “Note on the Argument(s) from Order,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 73/4 (December 1997): 386–92; reprinted in Evangelica III 1992–2000: Collected Essays by Frans Neirynck (Leuven: Leuven University Press; Uitgeverij Peeters, 2001), 363–70. [A critical response to my Arguments from Order in Synoptic Source Criticism (Mercer University Press, 1994).]

Suzanne Watts Henderson, On-line review of Mark’s Gospel—Prior or Posterior? A Reappraisal of the Phenomenon of Order by David J. Neville, Review of Biblical Literature (November 2003).

Delbert Burkett, “The Return of Proto-Mark: A Response to David Neville,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 85/1 (April 2009): 117–34.

No fewer than twelve reviews in academic journals of A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives (Baker Academic, 2013).

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Dr Malcolm Coombes

Sessional Lecturer in Old Testament Studies


0400 313 589


  • B.A. (Hons 1st Class) Physics Major Macquarie University, Australia 1978

  • M.App.Sc Clinical Measurement NSW Institute of Technology, Aus. 1986

  • B.Th., United Theological College, Sydney 1991

  • B.Th. (Hons 1st Class), Charles Sturt University, Australia 2001

  • PhD, Charles Sturt University, Australia 2006

PhD Thesis topic: The literary relationship between the Gospel of John and 1 John and its
implications for interpreting 1 John.

Teaching Areas:

  • New Testament

  • Introduction to the Bible

Professional and Ministry Experience:

  • Medical Physicist, Westmead Hospital, Sydney 1980 – 1988

  • Ordained Minister of the Word, Uniting Church in Australia, December, 1991

  • Parish Minister, Grenfell and Blacktown Parishes, NSW 1992 – 2000

  • Lecturer in New Testament, Trinity Theological College, QLD

  • Director of Studies – New Testament, Trinity Theological College 2005 – March 17

  • Academic Dean, Trinity Theological College 2008 – 2011

  • Principal, Trinity Theological College 2013

  • Assistant Director: Formation for Ministry, Trinity College Queensland 2013 – March, 2017

  • Retired 5th March, 2017

  • Part-time Sessional Lecturer, United Theological College, Charles Sturt University, NSW 2017 – 2nd semester

Academic and Educational Interests:

  • The Johannine literature

  • The Gospels

Former Membership Professional Organisations:

  • Full Member of the Society of Biblical Literature

  • Member of the Fellowship of Biblical Studies


Book Review:

Raymond Brown, An Introduction to the Gospel of John, New York, Doubleday, 2003 in Uniting Church Studies 11 (2005): 69-71.


Malcolm Coombes, “A Different Approach to the Structure of 1 John,” Australian eJournal of Theology, 14 (2009).


Malcolm Coombes, 1 John: Epistle as a Relecture of the Gospel of John (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2013)

Current Monograph (to be published) 2 and 3 John (Faithlife Publications)

Papers Presented at Conferences:

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Rome 2009: “Allusions to the Gospel of John from the First Letter of John. What can they tell us about the Johannine Community?”

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, London, 2011: “A Bit of This and That: The Intriguing Work of houtos in 1 John”

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, St Andrews, 2013: “1 John 2:12-14 as a Structuring Template for 1 John”

Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Vienna, 2014: “Repetitions in 2 and 3 John: Some Suggestions for Structuring”