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Postgraduate Theology students

Current PhD students

Ruth Baker

PhD topic: “Give Us This Day What We Want”: The Reshaping of Christian Belief for the Twenty-First Century
Supervisor: Associate Professor Tim Cooper

Mike Bartholomaeus

PhD topic: Barth's Doctrine of Sanctification
Supervisors: Associate Professor Chris Holmes, Professor Murray Rae

Jessica Bent

PhD topic: The Theological Understanding and Use of Familial Language in New Zealand Baptist Churches
Supervisor: Professor Paul Trebilco, Dr Lynne Taylor

Deborah Broome

PhD topic: Living together in the city: Sociality in Augustine’s  City of God: Lessons for the Church today
Supervisor: Associate Professor Christopher Holmes

David Bosma

PhD topic: A Theological Engagement with the Conversion Narratives of Young People Living in Canterbury
Supervisors: Dr Lynne Baab, Dr Lynne Taylor

Graham Cameron

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

Stowe Campbell

PhD topic: A Theological Study of Discernment and Potential Transformation as it Relates to Divine Judgment in the Old Testament Narrative
Supervisor: Dr James Harding

Jordan Chapman

PhD topic: The Settings and Purposes of 1 Peter and Revelation
Supervisor: Professor Paul Trebilco

Edmond Chua

PhD topic: Paradigmatic Contours and Biblical Basis of Mutual Complementarity in the Theology of Jung Young Lee with a View to Appropriating Insights for the Doc
Supervisors: Professor Murray Rae, Dr Michael Poon

Cameron Coombe

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

Scott Currie

PhD topic: Paul’s “Body” as “Individual” and “Community”: an assessment of the ecclesiologies of Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer against a Pauline backdrop
Supervisor: Professor Murray Rae

Peter Dobbs

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

Sara Evans

PhD topic: Theological Anthrolopology and Liturgical Formation
Supervisors: Professor Murray Rae, Dr Graham Redding

Malcolm Falloon

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

Graeme Flett

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

Linda Flett

PhD topic: A history of the Elim churches in New Zealand 1922-2012
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tim Cooper, Professor 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: Professor David Tombs, Dr Stephen Garner

Malcolm Gordon

PhD topic: Power and Protest: Exploring the link between the practice of lament and the position of powerlessness in 19th century Scotland and New Zealand
Supervisor: Professor Murray Rae

Laura Hill

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

Martin Holmes

PhD topic: Answering the Call: Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Ministry in Light of the New Evangelization
Supervisors: Professor Murray Rae, Dr Timothy Costello

Ben Hudson

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

Jordan Jones

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

Hyeong Kim

PhD topic: The adaptation of the 3Bs frame in the Asian Situation after World War two; Believing, Belonging and Behaving
Supervisor: Dr Lynne Taylor, Reverend Dr Kevin Ward

Clare Knowles

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

Immanuel Koks

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

Ryan Lang

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

Elliot Luo

PhD topic: The Dualistic Eschatology in the Epistles of John and Its Impact on the Johannine Community
Supervisor: Professor Paul Trebilco

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: Professor Murray Rae, Professor Rex Ahdar

Ross McComish

PhD topic: Strange bedfellows: a microhistory of the Cambridge bible society controversy, 1811 - 1813
Supervisor: Associate Professor Tim Cooper

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: Professor Paul Trebilco, Dr John Hitchen

Robert Montgomery

PhD topic: Clinal and partitional patterns of grammar, vocabulary and imagery in the interpretation of the Bible in Tongan, Maori and English
Supervisor: Professor Murray Rae

Mathew Newton

PhD topic: Improvising Abraham: Paul’s use of the Abraham narrative in Galatians 3:1-14.
Supervisors: Professor Paul Trebilco, Associate Professor Chris Holmes

Ben Ong

PhD topic: Hospitality around Food as Key to Unity in 1 Corinthians
Supervisors: Professor Paul Trebilco, Dr Don Moffat

Joanna Osborne

PhD topic: Between theology and contemporary art: locating theological inroads and reading visual art
Supervisors: Professor Murray Rae, Associate Professor 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: Professor Murray Rae, Dr Martin Sutherland

Jason Pickard

PhD topic: The Priesthood of Christ: John Owen and Thomas F. Torrance in Dialogue
Supervisors: Associate Professor Chris Holmes, Associate Professor Tim Cooper

Phillip Porter

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

Jordan Redding

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

Brent Rempel

PhD topic: ‘God is’: The Immanent Trinity and Salvation in dialogue with John Webster, Thomas Aquinas, and Karl Barth
Supervisor: Associate Professor Christopher Holmes

Jonathan Robinson

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

Jonathan Ryan

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

Wayne Te Kaawa

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

Ann Thorp

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

Blake Wassell

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

Maja Whitaker

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

Jeffrey Wong

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

Current MTheol students

Tema Alailima-Eteuati

MTheol topic: Reestablishing History – An Indigenous View: A Comparative Analysis Concerning The Arrival Of Christianity In Samoa
Supervisor: Professor David Tombs

Gary Baldwin

MTheol topic: Creation Care as a New Direction for the “Oikoumene” following a Century of Attempted Ecclesial Unity
Supervisor: Professor David Tombs

Bruce Billington

MTheol topic: The restoration of the created order in J. Louis Martyn’s commentary on Galatians
Supervisor: Dr Andre Muller

Ryan Brown-Hansom

MTheol topic: Language, Liturgy and the Limits of Tragedy
Supervisor: Professor Murray Rae

Aaron Geddis

MTheol topic: Matthew's Jesus belief that John the Baptist was the eschatological Elijah, that John the Baptist failed his mission (Malachi 4:5-6)
Supervisor: Professor Paul Trebilco

James Hay

MTheol topic: An Examination of the Occurrences of Πορνεία in the Church at Corinth
Supervisor: Professor Paul Trebilco

Edward Masters

MTheol topic: Joy and Hope in Ephesians 1
Supervisor: Associate Professor Christopher Holmes

Te Hira Paenga

*MTheol topic: Towards a Model of Theology for Traditional Māori Performing Arts (Kapahaka)*
Supervisor: Dr Karyn Paringatai

Bruce Patrick

MTheol topic: Octavius and Kate Hadfield Their Significance and Contribution
Supervisor: Associate Professor Tim Cooper

Michael Reid

MTheol topic: The Theological Inadequacies of World View Analysis: A Barthian critique of a popular Evangelical Tool
Supervisor: Associate Professor Christopher Holmes