About Ian

Ian is the Principal of Christ College and lecturer in New Testament and Greek exegesis. He has been on the full-time staff at Christ College since 1995, prior to which he was a missionary with Australian Presbyterian World Mission at Talua Ministry Training Centre in Vanuatu. Ian has also worked as a high school teacher and as the minister of Griffith Presbyterian Church.

Ian is married to Jenni and they have four adult children and four grandchildren.


1978 Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
1979 Diploma of Education (Sydney Teachers’ College)
1984 Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (Australian College of Theology)
1992 Master of Education (Honours) (University of New England)
1994 Master of Theology (Australian College of Theology)
2003 Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney)


“Does 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 refer to an Intermediate State?” Reformed Theological Review 55 (1996) 14-23.
Heavenly Perspective: A Study of the Apostle Paul’s Response to a Jewish Mystical Movement at Colossae LNTS (JSNTS) 326, (London; T & T Clark, 2006).
“Passion and Resurrection Narratives” in Content and Setting of the Gospel Traditions eds. Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs, (Eerdmans, 2009).
“Covering of the Head”, “Crown of Thorns”, “Gallio”, “Gamaliel”, “Gospel”, “Harmony of the Gospels”, “Lysias”, “Scythians”, “Tyrannus”, in Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary ed. Tremper Longman III (Baker, 2013).
“Give us this Day our Daily Bread”, Teach us to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer and the Gospel of Jesus (Presbyterian Christian Education, 2013).
“The Later Pauline Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon”, in All Things to All Cultures: Paul Among Jews, Greeks and Romans eds. Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs, (Eerdmans, 2013).
“Study Notes on Galatians” in Gospel Application Bible (Crossway, 2013).
“The Church: What is it, what is its part in the purposes of God?” in Truth Matters, D. Cook (ed), (Christian Education Committee, Presbyterian Church of Australia, 2014), 57-64.
“Hebrews” in Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context eds. Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs, (Eerdmans, 2017).
Not Home Yet: How the Renewal of the Earth Fits into God’s Plan for the World (Crossway, 2019)

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