About Paul

Paul is a Research Fellow at Christ College and his current area of research is Philanthropy in Australian Colonial History. Prior to this he was Senior Minister of Beecroft (2004-13), full-time lecturer at the College (1990-2003), Senior Chaplain at The Scots College (1984-89) and minister of Tocumwal- Finley (1977-83). He has held various positions within the Presbyterian Church including Convener of Public Worship & Aids to Devotion Committee (1991-01), Convener of the NSW Presbyterian Social Services Committee (2002-10) and Convener of the NSW Theological Education Committee (2010-12). Before entering the ministry Paul was a Geologist with the Geological Survey, NSW Department of Mines.

Paul is married to Megan and they have four adult children and one grandchild.


Qualifications:

1969 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (University of New South Wales)
1975 Licentiate of Theology (Honours) (Australian College of Theology)
1976 Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) ( University of London)
1991 Master of Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity)
1998 Master of Adult Education (University of Technology, Sydney)
2013 Doctor of Philosophy (Macquarie University)


Publications:

“Ministering God’s Word to Children” in Evangelism and the Reformed Faith Ed C.R. Thomas (Sydney: PCA, 1980) 170-6.

‘Urban Mission Down Under’ in Urban Mission 11, 4, June 1994, 3-4.

Editor: Worship – The book of Common Order of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (Sydney: PCA, 1999)

Editor: Hutchinson, M. Iron in our Blood: A History of the Presbyterian Church in NSW, 1788-2001 (Sydney: Ferguson Press, 2001)

More Valuable than Gold – the philanthropy of John and Ann Goodlet (The Ponds: Eider Books, 2015).

‘Presbyterian Social Services’ in Paul F Cooper and David A Burke (Eds) Burning or Bushed –the Presbyterian Church of Australia 40 years on (The Ponds: Eider Books, 2017).

‘Professor John Smith: Theosophical Dabbler or Devotee?’ Church Heritage 20, 4, September 2018, 230-263.

Background to the Declaratory Statement of 1901’ in Paul F Cooper and David A Burke (Eds) Read in the Light – the 1901 Declaratory Statement of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (The Ponds: Eider Books’ 2019).

‘Liberty of Opinion’ with David A Burke in Paul F Cooper and David A Burke (Eds) Read in the Light – the 1901 Declaratory Statement of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (The Ponds: Eider Books’ 2019).

‘The Patronage of the Sydney Female Refuge by Sir John and Lady Adelaide Young’ Lucas 2.15, June 2020, 95-116.

‘Sectarianism and the formation of Female Refuges in nineteenth-century Sydney Lucas 2.17, June 2021, 105-123.

Philanthropists and Philanthropy in Australian Colonial History https://colonialgivers.com/

Editor Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography Online Edition https://sites.google.com/view/australian-dictionary-of-evang/  with articles on

William Druce; Ann Alison Goodlet; Elizabeth Mary Goodlet; John Hay Goodlet; Mildred Isabel Parker; Isabella Price and Mary Roberts


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