David is currently the Academic Dean at Whitley College. Previously he was the Higher Education Course Coordinator and Lecturer at Eva Burrows College, also within the University of Divinity. He has been involved in theological education and formation for more than 10 years in The Salvation Army and has also worked as the Assistant Dean of Studies in the past. David was involved in major educational and managerial shifts at Eva Burrows College and has strong skills in both online developments and educational pedagogy.
David has regularly taught introductory units on biblical interpretation. In addition, he has taught units on Biblical Ethics, the Kingdom of God, Pauline Interpretation, specific books of the New Testament and more recently on visual and oral methods of biblical interpretation.
Prior to working in Higher Education he served in two pastoral leadership roles in churches in Victoria. He is a former member of the Tri-Territorial Theological Forum which encourages Salvationists to apply critical thinking and theology to their practical ministry and former editor of their Journal “Thought Matters”.
- PhD, University of Divinity (Divine and Roman Warriors: The Roman Imperial Cuirass in 1 Thessalonians 5:1–10)
- GDBS, Whitley College
- BTheol, Whitley College
- D. Janssen (2019), Paul and the Cuirass: Conceptual Blending in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10. Paper presented at the University of Divinity Research Day. Melbourne, 5 June.
- D. Janssen (2016), Creation and the Parody of Salvation. Presented at the annual Thought Matters conference Rediscovering Salvation: New Creation and an abundant Gospel. 15 October.
- D. Janssen (2014), The Roman Cuirass Breastplate Statue and Paul’s use of Armour Language in Romans 13:12 & 1 Thessalonians 5:8. In: Colloquium 46:1. 55—86.
- D. Janssen (2014), Paul and Imperial Armour: Re-imagining Imperial Cuirassed Statues in 1 Thess 5:8. Presented at the International Meeting of the SBL. Vienna, 7 July.
- D. Janssen (2014), Cruciformity in leadership: Exploring the tensions in hierarchical models of leadership. In Thought Matters: Perfect Love – Imperfect people: Holiness in Leadership and Church Salvation Army Thought Matters.
Units currently teaching:
- Pauline Studies
- Sociorhetorical Analysis
- Visual Exegesis
- Empire Studies