BIBLE, MINISTRY & THEOLOGY FACULTY
TO SHAPE MEN AND WOMEN FOR MINISTRY IN A VARIETY OF FORMS AND CONTEXTS
Diploma of Law, Diploma of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology (First class Hons.), Master of Arts: Law/Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology.
Ross Clifford has been Principal of Morling College since 1997. He joined the College faculty as a lecturer in Theology in 1992 after twelve years of pastoral work at South Windsor and Gymea Baptist Churches. Before he entered the ministry he practised law in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Ross’ focus areas include apologetics, ethics and Theology.
Taboo or To Do? Is Christianity complementary with yoga, martial arts, Hallowe’en, mindfulness and other alternative practices? (London: Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 2017) (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2020), Clifford & Johnson
The Cross Is Not Enough (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012), Clifford & Johnson
Apologetic Preaching and Teaching for the Church and the Marketplace (Macquarie Park, NSW: Morling Press, 2011)
“Apologetics, Persuasion, and Pastoral Care” in Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery (eds. William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher (Nashville: B & H Academic), 2008)
“Do-it-yourself: New Age Spirituality” in A Spectator’s guide to World Views: Ten ways of understanding life (Sydney: Blue Bottle Books, 2007)
John Warwick Montgomery’s Legal Apologetic: An Apologetic for all Seasons (Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft/Culture and Science Publishers, Bonn, Germany, 2004)
“Reframing a Traditional Apologetic to Reach ‘New Spirituality’ Seekers,” in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach (Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost and John Morehead, eds. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004))
Beyond Prediction: The Tarot and Your Spirituality (Oxford: Lion, 2001)
The International Gods of Sport (Sydney: Strand, 1999)
Leading Lawyer's Look at the Resurrection (Sutherland: Albatross Books, 1991)
Chief Academic Officer
MA, Dip Ed, BTh (Hons), BMin, PhD
David Starling joined the Morling faculty in 2005 and has lectured since then in New Testament, Hermeneutics, Greek and Theology.
He became the Head of Morling’s Bible and Theology Department in 2014, and was appointed as the Chief Academic Officer in 2019. He exercises a senior role in ministry and leadership, overseeing learning, teaching and research across the faculties.
David worked as an English teacher in Western Sydney before completing theological studies and serving as a pastor in Sydney's Inner West. He and his family currently attend Chatswood Baptist Church.
Reading Ephesians and Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2020)
Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship (Baker Academic, 2016)
UnCorinthian Leadership (Cascade, 2014)
Not my People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics (DeGruyter, 2011).
Chief Community Life Officer
Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies
BADipEd, GradDip Counselling, MAChrSt, MIntEd (School Leadership), GradCert Professional Supervision (Pastoral)
Gayle Kent joined the Morling team in 2006 and served as the Dean of Students in 2008 before being appointed as the Chief Community Life Officer in 2019. Gayle lectures in the Pastoral and Practical studies units; drawing on her experience in pastoral ministry and professional supervision. Her role involves overseeing our teams who interact with students at all points of their journey at Morling. She enjoys working with others to develop welcoming, supportive and transformative community for students and staff. She has a passion for all people to grow together in wisdom, understanding and passion about how God has shaped them and what he has gifted them to do.
"Adult, Single and Christian: Exploring the Impact of Gender Expectations and Family Roles." In The Gender Conversation : Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life, edited by Edwina Murphy and David Starling, 93-102. Macquarie Park, N.S.W.: Morling Press, 2016.
Out of our Comfort Zones: Connecting transformative pedagogy and intercultural competence in Christian Higher Education Paper Presented at International Conference for Christian Educators BTI, Tauranga NZ 2018
Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought
Director of Research
M.B.,B.S. (Hons 2A), B.Th. (Hons 1), Dip.Min., Th.D.
Andrew was appointed Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought in 2002. He teaches in the areas of integration of faith and work, OT exegesis (Genesis, Deuteronomy, 1&2 Samuel, Ezekiel, Psalms), OT interpretation, philosophy of religion and bioethics. Andrew qualified in medicine and practiced briefly as a doctor before going into Baptist ministry. Prior to moving to Morling, he taught at Ridley College in Melbourne (1996–2002). He has published in Old Testament and hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology.
Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016)
At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2008)
Tamar's Tears: Evangelical Engagements with Feminist Old Testament Hermeneutics (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012) - editor
Andrew’s current research focuses on matters relating to theology of medicine, the integration of faith and work, and philosophical theology.
Lecturer in Old Testament
Anthony Petterson joined the faculty at Morling College in 2006 as a Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. Anthony teaches Old Testament Foundations, Old Testament Prophets and Writings, and various Old Testament exegesis subjects. He is currently writing a commentary on the first six minor prophets. He is the course advisor for MDiv, MMin, GradDipDiv, GradCert students.
Anthony was pastor of Hornsby Heights Baptist Church from 1999-2002, and associate pastor of Grosvenor Road Baptist Church in Dublin, Ireland, from 2002-2006. During his time in Ireland, he also completed a PhD through Queen’s University Belfast.
His publications include Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah (LHBOTS), a commentary on Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi (Apollos), and study notes on Haggai and Zechariah for the NIV (Zondervan) Study Bible edited by Don Carson. His ongoing research interest is in the Book of the Twelve Prophets
Lecturer in Christian Ministry & Thought
Education Adjunct Lecturer
BSocsc., BTh., BTh.(Hons), MTh., PhD
Brian has pastored churches in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and has also been involved in theological education in each of these countries. He was the Principal of Vose Seminary, in Perth Australia from 2004 - 2020. Brian has served on the board of several Christian schools including the Western Australian and National Council of Christian Schools Australia. Brian is in demand as a speaker and teacher. His PhD has been published by Mellen Press, and he has written numerous articles in both scholarly and popular journals, and well as contributing chapters to several books.
Associate Director of Research and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Language
DipT., BEd., BD (Hons), GradDipTh, MA(Th), PhD
David has been Head of the Department of Bible and languages on the Vose campus for 17 years and has lectured mainly in those areas. In addition to this he has been invovled in the worship life of the college through music, worship leading and offering workshops on prayer and meditation.
David is also the Head of Bible and Languages for the ACT which offers him the opportunity to see what is happening in this area of teaching across the consortium, having been in that role for 5 years.
‘Getting to the Heart of the Matter – A Lamentable Situation’ in Michael Parsons (ed.), Text and Task: Scripture and Mission (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2005) 50-63.
‘A Prophet in Motion’ in David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.) On Eagles’ Wings (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2008).
‘Praying the Lament Psalms’ in J. Harold Ellens (ed.), Healing Power of Spirituality and Religion (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2009).
‘Journey to the center of the heart: Psalm 19 as transformance in David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.), In Praise of worship: Text and practice (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2009).
Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures, David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.) (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2010).
“Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law: Psalm 24, the Environment and Human Responsibility.” Torch Trinity Journal 14, no. 1 (May 2011): 23-37.
Why O Lord? Carlisle, U.K: Paternoster Press, 2013.
Senior Lecturer in Christian Thought and History
BEc, BMin, MTh, PhD
Edwina joined the faculty in 2008, but has been associated with Morling since commencing as a student in 1993. She teaches Christianity in History and Baptist Distinctives. Her research interests revolve around Cyprian, a third-century bishop, and how the early church interpreted scripture.
Edwina was an evangelistic intern (1998) and also served as associate pastor of Macquarie Baptist Church (1999-2000).
The Bishop and the Apostle: Cyprian’s Pastoral Exegesis of Paul. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018
Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries, edited with Bart J. Koet and Esko Ryökäs. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.
The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life, edited with David Starling. Sydney: Morling Press; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016.
Ancient Wisdom, Living Hope: Daily Reflections from the Early Church. Preston, Vic: Mosaic Press; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
The Procrastinator’s Guide to a PhD: How to Overcome Procrastination and Complete Your Dissertation. Sydney: Jefferson & Shea, 2019. E-book. ISBN: 978-0-6485612-0-0
Lecturer in Missions
Cert IV TAA, B.Eng. B.Th. MA Min
Graeme joined us in 2020 to lecture in Mission. He was Associate Pastor at Nowra Baptist before serving in ministry for a number of years in the Middle East. Graeme has also pastored other churches and worked in other roles in Mission agencies.
Lecturer in Ethics, Theology, and Christian Thought
Ian Packer, our Academic Registrar, is an accredited Baptist minister. He did his BA (Hons) in politics, philosophy and sociology at Murdoch University, studied theology at the Baptist College of WA (now Vose Seminary), and his M.Div at Ridley College and Morling College. He is currently pursuing doctoral research in theological ethics on a baptistic public theology of vocation.
He has lectured at several colleges in theology, philosophy, and ethics, and their interface with other disciplines. This flows from his conviction that there is no sphere of life excluded from the call to follow Jesus Christ.
He worked for 8 years for Australian Evangelical Alliance, first as Director of Public Theology and then as Assistant Director of Ethos—EA Centre for Christianity and Society (www.ethos.org.au). He is on the editorial board of Zadok Perspectives and also of Crucible, an Australian online journal of theology and ministry (www.crucible.org.au) sponsored by a number of Evangelical colleges. He has served on the Social Issues Committee for the Baptist Union of NSW & ACT.
“How Shall We Live? Probing Contemporary Ethics, Metaphysics and Religion,” Viewpoint 2 (February 2010).
“An Immodest Proposal for the Practice of the Lord’s Table” in Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures, ed. David Cohen and Michael Parsons (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011).
Bonhoeffer Down Under, ed. Gordon Preece and Ian Packer (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2012).
“Christian Leadership ‘Between the Times’: An Apocalyptic, Communitarian, and Missional View of Christian Influence,” Crucible 5:2 (November 2013).
“Transcendence or Transgression? Technological Enhancement and the Human Vocation,” Zadok Perspectives 123 (Winter 2014).
[with Preece, Gordon R.] “Christian Political Models—Ancient and Modern: An Outline and Reading Guide, Part 1,” Zadok Paper No. 200 (Summer 2013): 1-16.
Articles on ‘Public Theology’ and ‘Everyday Theology’ include
“Human Scale and Human Pace: Thinking about Everyday Technology,” Zadok Perspectives No. 94 (Autumn 2007): 7-9. [link]
“Are We Having Fun Yet? Rest, Joy and Play in a World of Trouble” [link]
“Can We Be Good without God?” [link]
“Resurrecting Real Hope” [link]
“Remembering Our Primary Social Calling” [link]
“Conversion of the Imagination” [link]
“‘In the World’ but ‘Not Of the World’: Holiness, Citizenship and the Theme of ‘Exile’” [link]
“’iFamily Values’: Social Media, Technology, and Parenting” [link]
“Passing on ‘Values’ – ‘Values’ Language Doesn’t Represent Christian Ethics”
“Whose Freedom? What Kind of Liberty?”
Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies
PhD, M.Ed, B.Min, Dip.Th, B.Bus
Keith commenced at Morling in 2010 and teaches in areas of ministry formation, leadership and management, spirituality, pastoral care, theological reflection, worship, and pastoral development.
Keith has a passion to see people formed in a healthy and effective Christ centered ways for ministry. Keith's research is in the area of developing leadership sustainability and resilience in pastors; ensuring strong spiritual development in ministry formation processes; and growing together in faith through Christian worship.
Besides enabling people to become reflective practioners, Keith has a focus on ensuring awareness and insight are developed in students for effectiveness in ministry.
Prior to teaching full time at Morling, Keith had been involved in pastoral ministry for over 17 years, and taught pastoral units part time at Morling and other theological colleges.
"Sustainability in Ministry and the Prevention of Dropout for Australian Baptist Pastors Serving in Local Church- Based Ministries." Doctor of Philosophy PhD, University of Technology Sydney, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10453/140793
"Truth, Traditional Teaching, and Constructivism." In Foundations of Education : A Christian Vision, edited by Matthew Bruce Etherington. Eugene, Or.: Wipf & Stock, 2014.
Keith also has an interest in ensuring that pastors have a clear theological understanding of faith and work and so is part of a cohort of Australian pastors connected with the Oikonomia network, USA and Reventure, Australia. Since spiritual formation is important to Keith he, also, has connections with Renovaré surrounding aspects of spiritual formation and Christian worship.
Director of Morling Online
Associate Dean of Bible & Theology
Lloyd joined Vose Seminary in 2013 as the Director of Missions and was also the Academic Dean at Vose for the last two years prior to the merger. Lloyd is now the Associate Dean of Bible and Theology with Morling and lectures in Mission.
Lloyd served as a missionary in Russia for 15 years and continues to visit Siberia regularly teaching and training in OM Russia's discipleship training school.
Lecturer in Bible and Theology
Bachelor of Religious Studies (Tyndale), Grad. Dip Arts (History) (Sydney), D.Min (Morling)
Marc was appointed as a part-time faculty member in 2005 and has taught a wide variety of subjects over the last decade. His area of expertise is preaching which was the focus of his doctoral work which he completed in 2013.
Marc is also the senior pastor of Gymea Baptist Church, a large, multi-staff church in Sydney's south where he has been since his arrival from Canada in 1997.
"Preaching Wisdom to Australians" in Preaching With An Accent: Biblical genres for Australian congregations, 2019, Ian Hussey (ed.), Morling Press, Sydney
"Looking backward to look forward: Insights from the past for preaching in the future" in Text Messages: Preaching God's Word in a Smartphone World, 2017, John Tucker (ed.), Wipf&Stock, Eugene, OR.
Online Lecturer (Bible & Theology)
B.Th., Grad. Dip. Theol., Ph.D
Matt began work as an adjunct lecturer in the distance department in 2013 after spending seven years in pastoral ministry. His primary areas of interest are in systematic and philosophical theology.
Matt looks after the content and delivery of a number of Morling's online units, teaching on campus in the area of theology, and supervising research students.
"The Pathos of God in Trinitarian Theology," in DivineSuffering: History, Theology, and Church Mission, forthcoming.
"What is Truth? A Johannine Theological Epistemology," in Scottish Journal of Theology, forthcoming.
New Testament Lecturer
PhD, MA in Religious Studies, BA in Religion and Theology with a Specialisation in Biblical Studies
After serving as an adjunct lecturer and ministry intern in Canada, Michael moved to Perth in 2018 to take up the rolw of New Testament Lecturer at Vose Seminary. Michael teaches in the area of the New Testament and early Christian history. He supervises research projects, advises undergraduate students in their course pathways, plans student events with the student team, and organises Perth Chapel.
Dean of Campus - Perth Vose Campus and Lecturer in Christian Thought and History
Michael has taught Christian Thought and History at Vose Campus in Perth since 2010. He has particular interests in the theology of Karl Barth, theological ethics, and the doctrine and practice of the Christian life. Michael says, “I love the way reading and studying theology has deepened my faith, broadened my vision, enriched my ministry and changed my life. I hope you find that studying theology brings you into closer proximity to and alignment with Jesus.”
O’Neil, Michael D. & Peter Elliott (eds.), Beyond Four Walls: An Exploration of Being the Church (Eugene, OR.: Wipf & Stock, 2020)
Church as Moral Community: Karl Barth’s Vision of Christian Life, 1915-1922 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2013)
Hobby, N., Olley, J. & O’Neil, M. (eds.), Vose Seminary At Fifty: From “Preach The Word” to “Come Grow” (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2013).
Director, Tinsley Institute
DMin, MA, BTh.
Michael Frost is the Director of the Tinsley Institute, the mission study centre he founded at Morling 20 years ago. Michael teaches such units as Missional Leadership, Evangelism Principles, Preaching II, History of Christian Mission, Church Planting, Cultural Exegesis, and the odd NT unit. Michael was also the Vice Principal at Morling for 12 years. He is an internationally recognised missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. He is the author or editor of 20 theological books, some of which are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world, and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker. He is also an adjunct or visiting professor with several seminaries in the USA.
Michael was one of the founders of the Forge Mission Training Network and the founder of the missional Christian community, Smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north.
Jesus the Fool (1994; 2007; 2010)
Longing for Love (1996)
Seeing God in the Ordinary (1998; 2000)
Lessons from Reel Life (2001) co-authored with Robert Banks
Freedom to Explore (2001)
The Shaping of Things to Come (2003) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
Speaking of Mission (2006) - editor
ReJesus (2008) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
The Faith of Leap (2011) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
The Road to Missional (2011)
The Big Ideas (2011)
Speaking of Mission Vol.2 (2013) - editor
InterVarsity Press (2014)
Surprise the World! (2016)
To Alter Your World (2017) co-authored with Christiana Rice
Keep Christianity Weird (2018)
Not in Kansas Anymore (2020) co-edited with Darrell Jackson and David Starling
Hide This in Your Heart (2020) co-authored with Graham Joseph Hill
Blog at www.mikefrost.net
Lecturer in Christian Ministry and Practice
PhD candidate, MA (Min); Grad Cert Min; Grad Cert Professional Supervision
Monica was the Director of Vose Leadership before Vose merged with Morling, and is now a lecturer in Christian Ministry and Practice. She is an experienced minister, facilitator and strategy consultant, with a demonstrated history of working in professional training and coaching.
Monica is the senior minister at Living Grace Dianella Church of Christ, and she serves on the leadership of Australian Christian Mentoring Network.
O'Neil, Monica (2021) Tethered between Reality and Aspiration: Grounding and Formative Practices for Australian Leaders in Grounded in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture: Papers by Australian Women Scholars in the Evangelical Tradition. Edited by Jill Firth and Denise Cooper-Clarke. ACT Monograph Series. Wipf and Stock
Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies
Director of Korean Program
PhD, M.Div, M.A., B.A
Paul began to serve Morling College from 2019 as a lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies and overseeing the Korean program. Paul was born in South Korea but he grew up in Australia where he finished most of his schooling.
Paul has a diverse ministry and academic experiences having done studies and ministry in Australia, South Korea, and the United States. His doctorate study (Christian Education emphasis) was completed in Talbot School of Theology, in California, United States. Prior to teaching at Morling, Paul was involved with pastoral ministry for over 18 years serving in areas of multicultural ministries (Sri Lanka, Korea) youth ministry, and both young and old adults ministry, and taught Christian education and leadership courses in Torch Trinity Graduate University in Korea (2013 to 2018).
“Integration of Faith and Learning: Reflections in Christian Education Context”, Theology and Praxis,54, 425-448, 2017.
“Teaching in a world that cries out for authenticity: Reflections on teacher authenticity in Christian education”, Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology, 30, 121-141, 2016.
“Teaching for transformation: Exploring potential domains of transformative learning”, Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology, 28, 99-125, 2015.
“Perception and Experience of Transformative Learning and Faculty Authenticity among North American Professors of Christian Education”, Christian Education Journal, 10(Fall), 339-359. 2013.
Dean of Students
Lecturer in Biblical Languages
B.A.Hons (Sydney Uni.), Dip.Ed. (Sydney Uni.), Grad.Dip.Christ.Stud. (Morling College), M.Div (Morling College)
Peter studied his M.Div at Morling, finishing in 2016, with a particular interest in both Old and New Testament studies (including Hebrew and Greek). His background before College was in writing and editing, having worked on a range of book and commercial projects, and as a children's poet and writer. As a writer, Peter is especially inspired by nature, by history, by literature, by the world of the imagination and by biblical theology. He enjoy the outdoors and reading. Peter is also a regular preacher in church.
What's the Matter, Aunty May?, illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Little Hare Books, 2012), Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2013.
The Cliff Runner (Blake Education, 2013), a children's novel.
Plus seventy or more children's poems and short stories published by the NSW Department of Education in The School Magazine, in various issues 2001 - 2020.
PhD candidate, B.Ed.(AdultEd), B.Th., GradCertHigherEd, CertIVTAE, MACE
Stephen works alongside faculty, designing, developing and delivering online and on campus courses, providing educational and technical expertise, and administering the Morling Online learning management system.
Stephen has academic interests in the history and practice of theological education, ministry formation, and technologically integrated learning. His PhD thesis looks at the study of church history as a part of the theological education curriculum, and its capacity to shape Christians for kingdom ministry.
Prior to Morling College, he spent many years in education and training positions with the Australian Catholic University, The Salvation Army, Mission Australia and a wide variety of paid and unpaid church ministry roles. Stephen has studied at the University of Technology (Sydney), at Morling College and the Australian Catholic University.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Studies
Master of Arts (Ministry); Master of Divinity; Bachelor of IT
Steve commenced on staff at Morling in 2013 and oversees our youth ministry offerings. Steve has a passion to see 5e local church be effective in its ministry for and with the next generation. Steve is also works with the Baptist Association of Churches in NSW and ACT to support and equip churches in their youth adult ministries.
Head of Bible and Theology
Lecturer in New Testament, Coordinator of Preaching Studies
B.Th.(Hons), M.Th., Th.D., B.Mus., A.Mus.A.
Tim has been at Morling since 2008 and is the Dean of the Bible & Theology faculty and lectures in New Testament and Preaching. His research interest is in rhetoric - both in the New Testament texts and in contemporary preaching.
Prior to teaching at Morling, Tim was the Associate Pastor at Narwee Baptist Church for 8 years.
To Aliens and Exiles: Preaching the New Testament as Minority-Group Rhetoric in a Post-Christendom World (Cascade, 2020).
"Preaching Paul to Australians" in Preaching with an Accent, ed. Ian Hussey (Morling, 2020)
"Aliens and Strangers: Minority Group Rhetoric in the Later New Testament Writings" in Into All The World, ed. Harding & Nobbs (Eerdmans, 2017).
Catching the Wave: Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric (IVP, 2016).
Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric: The Promise of Rhetorical Criticism for Expository Preaching (Wipf & Stock, 2014).
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