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.
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)
“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