About John

John is Vice Principal of Christ College and teaches in the areas of Christian Thought focussing on Systematic Theology and Ethics. Within this he also teaches Westminster Confession and the Church and Ministry unity.

John was the Minister of Cowra Presbyterian Church (1995-2002), a visiting lecturer at PTC in 1994 and completed the Ministry Training Scheme at St Matthias Anglican Church (1988-1991). He is married to Elizabeth and they have two teenage children.

John’s PhD deals with the idea of ‘anticipation’ in the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg.

John is the convenor of the Gospel, Society and Culture Committee of the Presbyterian Church of NSW and he writes a regular ethics column in the Pulse, the PCNSW magazine.


1988 Bachelor of Science (UNSW)
1996 Bachelor of Divinity (Hons) (Moore Theological College)
2012 Doctor of Philosophy (Melbourne College of Divinity)


Existing Publications

From the Future: getting to grips with Pannenberg’s thought (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2013)
The real God for the real world (Sydney: Groundwork; 2014)
“Calvin on the Supper: puzzling and provocative”, 204-229 in Mark D. Thompson ed. Engaging with Calvin: Aspects of the Reformer’s legacy (Nottingham: IVP, 2009).
“Perichoresis, Theosis and Union with Christ in the Thought of John Calvin” RTR 68/2 (August 2009): 130-141.
“Of covenant and creation: a conversation between Systematic Theology and Biblical Theology”, 156-99 in An Everlasting Covenant ed. J. Davies and A. Harman (Doncaster, Reformed Theological Review, 2010).
“A search for the body: Is there space for the Christ’s body in Pannenberg’s eschatology?”, IJST 14/1 (January 2012): 91-108
“Calvin”, 55-70 in Church of the Triune God, M.P. Jensen, ed. (Sydney South: Aquila, 2013).
“What is prayer” in The Lord’s Prayer G.Goswell, G. Munro eds (Melbourne: PCA Christian Education Committee: 2013).
“A prophetic proposal: Theology and the future of method”, 151-65 in Theology and the Future: Evangelical Assertions and Explorations T. Cairney, D. Starling, eds. (London: T&T Clark, 2014)
“Pannenberg’s metaphysical proposal and Biblical Eschatology”, Doon Theological Journal (2015)
“Michael Bird, Evangelical Theology: A Review Essay” RTR 73/3 (Dec 2014):160-80
“‘Do Not Conform’: Thinking about Complementarianism as Contextualisation” 173-85 in The Gender Conversation E. Murphy & D. Starling, eds. (Macquarie Park/Eugene: Morling/ Wipf & Sotck, 2016).
“John Calvin: the Reformer and the Necessity of Reform” in Celebrating the Reformation (IVP, 2017), 82-102
“Neo-Calvinism versus Two-Kingdoms: an eschatological assessment” RTR 76/3 (Dec. 2017): 172-95

Forthcoming Publications
Doctrine of Revelation (Paternoster)
“Human flourishing and medical care” in Exploring the Human Face of Anatomy: Commemorations and Memorials in Anatomy Programs, N. Pather ed. (Singapore: World Scientific: 2017)
“Revelation and Reason: A Christological Reflection”, Revelation and Reason in Christian Theology, C. Green & D. Starling, eds (Bellingham: Lexham)
“Pannenberg, the submission of the son and the heartbeat of divine love”, Trinity without Tiers, Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower, eds. (Grand Rapids: Kergel)

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