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Postgraduate Theology Students

Current PhD students


George Jabra Al-Kopti

PhD topic: The early Christian-Muslim encounters and their impacts on the contemporary Christian-Muslim dialogue
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tim Cooper, Prof Murray Rae, Prof William Harris

Joel Banman

PhD topic: Christ Speaks Today: Biblical Interpretation in the Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1935-1940
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes, Prof Murray Rae

Mike Bartholomaeus

PhD topic: Barth's Doctrine of Sanctification
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes, Prof Murray Rae

Donald Beattie

PhD topic: Luke 15:1-16:18 – Reconsidering the original orator/Lucan author relationship
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Rev Dr Kevin Waldie

Nicholas Brennan

PhD topic: “Leading many sons of glory” Human destiny and the identity of Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Rebecca Burgess

PhD topic: A Christian reading of Psalm 119: An exploration of Torah as God’s self-revelation using a Trinitarian hermeneutic
Supervisors: Dr James Harding, Prof Murray Rae

Graham Cameron

PhD topic: An historical contextual theology of Pai Mārire, the first indigenous Christian faith
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Hirini Kaa

Cameron Coombe

PhD topic: The Role of Scripture in Jürgen Moltmann’s Revolution in the Doctrine of God
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes, Prof David Tombs

Peter Dobbs

PhD topic: How Theology Shapes Practice in Faith Based Organisations Supporting Families in New Zealand
Supervisors: Dr Lynne Baab, Prof David Tombs

Olataga Elu

PhD topic: A theological and postcolonial critique of the mission-orientated theology in Samoan Methodist hymnody: implications of colonial mission-orientated theology on the mission of the church in todays contemporary context
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Prof Colin Gibson, Dr Michelle Schaaf

Malcolm Falloon

PhD topic: Missionary/Maori encounters in pre-colonial New Zealand
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tim Cooper, Dr Hugh Morrison

Graeme Flett

PhD topic: The visual world of congregation leadership in New Zealand
Supervisors: Dr Lynne Baab, Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Linda Flett

PhD topic: A history of the Elim churches in New Zealand 1922-2012
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tim Cooper, Prof Peter Lineham

Alister Gill

PhD topic: The Ethics and Theology of Stanley Hauerwas and a Missional Politic: How Can the Church of New Zealand Engage with Social Inequality
Supervisors: Prof David Tombs, Dr Stephen Garner

Richard Goodwin

PhD topic: Seeing is believing: a theology of film images
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Prof Hilary Radner

Laura Hill

PhD topic: Christian Couples and their Practice of Egalitarianism and Women's Empowerment
Supervisors: Prof David Tombs, Dr Bryndl Hohmann-Marriott, Dr Nicola Hoggard-Creegan

Anna Sui Hluan

PhD topic: The meaning of ‘silent’ in Paul’s writings: a study of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-22
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr Lynne Baab, Rev Dr John Roxborogh

Martin Holmes

PhD topic: An exploration of the theology and evangelisation efforts of Bishop Robert Barron
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Timothy Costello

Ben Hudson

PhD topic: Salvation History and Apocalyptic in Ephesians
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr James Harding

Joshua Hurd

PhD topic: Objectivity and subjectivity: the role of Revelation in the theology of Sore Kierkegaard
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Clare Knowles

PhD topic: Intratextuality as translation strategy and literary device
Supervisors: Dr James Harding, Rev Dr Tim Meadowcroft

Immanuel Koks

PhD topic: How People with Disabilities Participate in Trinitarian Hope
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Professor John Swinton

Ryan Lang

PhD topic: Prophetic Adoration: Suffering, Lament, and the Beauty of God
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Prof David Tombs

Jacqueline Lloyd

PhD topic: The length of Jesus’ ministry in the synoptic gospels: a historical investigation
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr Christopher Forbes

Ross McComish

PhD topic: Strange bedfellows: a microhistory of the Cambridge Bible Society controversy, 1811 – 1813
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tim Cooper, Assoc Prof John Stenhouse

Maxon Mani

PhD topic: A theological and ethical response to abuse of women and girls in Papua New Guinea
Supervisors: Prof David Tombs, Dr John Hitchen

Gregory Marcar

PhD topic: Conscience, love and neighbours in the dock: what implications might be drawn from Kierkegaard’s Works of Love for Christians with discretionary power
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Prof Rex Ahdar

George Mombi

PhD topic: Exploring the meaning and significance of the concept of “in Christ” in Colossians as a response to Melanesian concept of “Gutpela Sindaun”
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr John Hitchen

Joanna Osborne

PhD topic: Between theology and contemporary art: locating theological inroads and reading visual art
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Assoc Prof Mark Stocker

Andrew Picard

PhD topic: For the healing of the nations: a critical study of Colin Gunton’s Trinitarian ecclesiology for the healing of liquid modernity
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Martin Sutherland

Phillip Porter

PhD topic: The Potential of the Gospel Narratives for Parable Interpretation
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Prof Klyne Snodgrass

Jordan Redding

PhD topic: Communicating the Word of God to Individuals
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman

Carolyn Robertson

PhD topic: Christian Responses to Consumerism
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Prof David Tombs

Jonathan Robinson

PhD topic: An Intertextual Assessment of Christology in the Markan Miracles
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr James Harding

Jonathan Ryan

PhD topic: One heart and one soul: Augustine’s call to community in a divided society
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes, Dr André Muller

Anne Shave

PhD topic: Midlife spirituality in the church in New Zealand
Supervisors: Dr Lynne Baab, Dr Kathleen Rushton

Jeremy Sievers

PhD topic: The atonement through the lens of object relations: the impact of understanding of the atonement on personal well-being and mental health
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Philip Culbertson

Wayne Te Kaawa

PhD topic: Revisioning Christology through a Māori and Indigenous Lens
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel

Ann Thorp

PhD topic: Divine Personhood in the Trinitarian Theology of Hilary of Poitiers
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes, Dr André Muller

Julia van den Brink

PhD topic: The concept of blessing in Luke
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr Mark Keown

Deolito Vistar

PhD topic: The function of the temple incident in the narrative of the four evangelists
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr James Harding

Blake Wassell

PhD topic: Pilate and the Jews in the Gospel of John: A Study of Historiography, Kingship and Friendship
Supervisors: Prof Paul Trebilco, Dr James Harding

Maja Whitaker

PhD topic: Personal identity and bodily integrity in the resurrection
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Jeffrey Wong

PhD topic: John Zizioulas' concept of Communion and Otherness as applied to the Trinity and the Church
Supervisors: Prof Murray Rae, Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Current MTheol students

Tony Gerritsen

MTheol topic: Mission and Ministry with the New Zealand Prayer Book
Supervisor: Dr Lynne Baab

Mark Jacobsen

MTheol topic: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Freedom of the Christian
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Chris Holmes

Jordan Jones

MTheol topic: A Performative Political Theology of Eucharist Ethics
Supervisor: Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman

Latuivai Latu

MTheol topic: The Salvific Act of the Cross in the light of the mission of the Methodist Church of Samoa
Supervisor: Dr John Roxborogh

Numerator Ofoia

MTheol topic: tama a le eleeele reading the Old Testament
Supervisor: Dr James Harding