About David

David Burke is an adjunct lecturer (church history, applied theology, pastoral practice) and research fellow (cross-cultural studies).

David was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1979 and has a long background in pastoral and educational work in Australia and S.E. Asia. He taught at Christ College part time from 1981-1999 and was on the full-time staff from 2011 to 2019. David is involved in several majority-world ministry training projects.

David is married to Glenda, with whom he has an adult family.


1976 Bachelor of Arts (Sydney University)
1979 Bachelor of Divinity (Sydney University)
1979 Diploma of Continuing Education (University of New England)
1997 Master of Education (University of New England)
2012 Candidate for Doctor of Education (Asia Graduate School of Theology)


‘The Early Hebrew Monarchy: A Sociological Study of Charismatic Leadership’. Binah 1,1, 1977.
‘The Covenant in Puritan Thought’. In Evangelism and the Reformed Faith Christian Education Committee, 1980.
Regular articles and book reviews in Australian Presbyterian Life 1981-99, including article series on church history, cults, and a Christian view of current events.
Occasional book reviews and articles on general religious matters in New Life, 1989.
Regular articles on Christian education matters in EQUIP, a publication of the NSW Christian Education Committee – 1983 – 1999.
God’s Own People – a set of Bible studies on 1 & 2 Peter, co-author with Sue Mackenzie, GAA Christian Education Committee, 1985.
Understanding and Sharing Your Faith – a distance course for Presbyterian Special Religious Education Teachers, NSW Presbyterian Christian Education Committee, 1989.
Introduction to Presbyterian Doctrine – a distance course in the Certificate of Christian Studies, Presbyterian Theological Centre, 1991.
Basics for Believers – a set of studies on basic Christian doctrine, GAA Christian Education Committee,1992.
“Adult Education in The Christian Churches”, Interlink, 3, 1992.
“World View, Philosophy and Theology”, M2M Academic Supplement, Feb – Mar 1994.
The Presbyterians in Australia, co-author with P Hughes, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1996.
Introduction to Church History – a distance course in the Certificate of Christian Studies, GAA Christian Education Committee, Sydney, 1997.
At the Coal Face – studies in the Presbyterian eldership, editor and co-author with Philip Campbell, GAA Christian Education Committee, Sydney, 1997.
Review; “Dictionary of Asian Christianity”; Reformed Theological Review, 61,1, April 2002.
Quarterly columnist in The Express, magazine of the English Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore, 2003 –2007.
Should the Teaching of Pastoral Ministry be Church Based or Seminary Based? Paper presented to Icthus Research Institute, Singapore Bible College, October 2004.
Introduction to the Westminster Confession of Faith. 2009. Revised version of 1995 publication Understanding Presbyterian Doctrine.
“Time to Leave the Wilderness? – The Teaching Of Pastoral Theology In South East Asia”, in Tending the Seedbeds (ed. Allan Harkness, Asia Theological Association, Quezon City, Philippines 2010).
Review: The Westminster Assembly: Reading its Theology in Historical Context; Reformed Theological Review, 69:2, August 2010.
One by One, Australian Presbyterian, May 2014
The end of preaching, Banner of Truth Magazine, January 2015.
Keeping Spiritually Fit on the Missionary Journey – An Interview with David Burke, OMF Mission Round Table, 11,2, May-August 2016, pp21-26
The Ministry of Education in Cooper. P and Burke. D. (eds) Burning or Bushed – The Presbyterian Church of Australia 40 years on. Eider Books, 2017, pp120-135
TEE for the 21st Century – a Bibliography of Recent Works in Hanna-Ruth van Wingerden, Tim Green & Graham Aylett (eds). 2018. TEE in Asia: Empowering churches, equipping disciples. Increase Association, pp269-279.
Ministry Training for the Majority, in Mission Round Table, 13:3, OMF, 2018. Pp15-19.

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