Research active members of the Sydney College of Divinity faculty guide research students and supervise their thesis. All candidates have two supervisors, a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor. Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities in the Christian Tradition, and Theology are our main discipline areas.

Sydney College of Divinity research supervisors

View the Sydney College of Divinity supervisors.

Supervisor research expertise area

Listed below are the areas the supervisors have widely published in

Biblical studies

  • Associate Professor Michele Connolly (Feminist and narrative Biblical studies)
  • Dr Lydia Gore-Jones (Jewish Apocalyptic literature)
  • Professor James Harrison (Historical Jesus, Pauline Studies, urban Christianity, Roman empire studies)

Church history studies

  • Dr Robert Andrews (19th century Anglo-Catholicism)
  • Associate Professor Doru Costache (Patristic era)
  • Dr Jin Heung Kim (Reformation history)

Mission studies

  • Professor Darren Cronshaw (Missional leadership)
  • Dr Mervyn Duffy (Pacific mission studies)

Pastoral studies

  • Professor Darren Cronshaw (Empirical congregational studies)
  • Dr Brendan Daly (Catholic Canon Law)
  • Dr André van Oudtshoorn (Reformed church practice)


  • Dr John Owens (Philosophy of religion)


  • Professor Les Ball (Theological education)
  • Associate Professor Doru Costache (Patristic theology)
  • Associate Professor David McEwan (Wesleyan theology)
  • Dr Philip Kariatlis (Orthodox theology, Trinity)
  • Associate Professor Gerard Kelly (Ecumenical theology, sacramental theology)
  • Dr Jin Heung Kim (Reformation theology)
  • Dr Peter McGregor (Ratzinger studies)
  • Professor Isabelle Naumann (Mariology)
  • Professor Neil Ormerod (Trinity, Christology, historical ecclesiology, Lonergan studies)
  • Dr Robert Tilley (Contemporary cultural studies)

Supervisors play an integral role in ensuring that a research degree students’ work meets the standards of the Sydney College of Divinity and the academic discipline. Supervisors provide consistent and reasonable support to help students at every stage, from formulation of their research projects through establishing methodologies and discussing results, to presentation and possible publication of dissertations.

Students are advised to find a supervisor who will complement their research and learning style. This will help to ensure the success of this relationship as it is one of the important factors contributing to the successful completion of the degree. You can also email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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