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Research Supervision

Whitley College has a long tradition of appointing faculty with research experience, usually gained through their own doctoral level study, and who have gained research active status.

Our research active faculty members supervise a range of HDR students in the following areas:

Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Baptist and Christian History, Missiology, Contextual Theology, Indigenous theology, Practical theology, Pastoral theology, Christian Spirituality, Faith Development.

Currently our research-active faculty include:

Professor Mark Brett

Professor of Hebrew Bible

Professor Mark Brett teaches Hebrew Bible and ethics. He was raised in Papua New Guinea, which has yielded a lifelong interest in the cultural contexts of education and biblical studies. His PhD on hermeneutical philosophy was published as Biblical Criticism in Crisis? (Cambridge University Press, 1991), and his subsequent research has focused on ethnicity and postcolonial studies. During 2005–2008, he also worked for an Aboriginal organization in developing new frameworks for the negotiation of native title claims within the state of Victoria. He is a member of Brunswick Baptist Church.

Professor Brett’s research interests are focused in the areas of colonialism, political theologies, intercultural studies, and the Hebrew Bible.

Mark is the General Editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and among his recent publications are Locations of God: Political Theology in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Rev Professor René Erwich

Principal and Professor of Practical Theology

Dr René Erwich was appointed Principal of Whitley College in 2017 after working as a research professor in Practical Theology in the Netherlands for a number of years. His focus in teaching and research is always on the intersection of faith, religious practices and society. The driving motivation behind his work in preaching, teaching and writing is around creating connections and integration of the realities of today’s world with the realities of the Gospel of the Kingdom. He is highly interested in new forms of church, theology and media, human sexuality and theology and supervised learning. Dr Erwich is an ordained Baptist minister and a registered pastoral supervisor. He is married to Christa Eijer and together they have four children.

Professor Erwich’s research interests are focused in the areas of ecclesiology and lived religion, film and theology, sexuality and theology, the relationship between theology and lifestories as narrative.

Among his recent publications is ‘“Someday our gods will be friends”: The Vikings series as embodiment of religion and liquefaction of meaning’ in Journal for Religion, Film, and Media, 6, 1, 2020. 103-126.

Rev Dr Jason Goroncy

Senior Lecturer in Christian Thought and Doctrine

Jason is an ordained minister with the Baptist Union of Victoria and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, and teaches in the area of systematic theology at Whitley College. He previously served as a pastor in Baptist and Uniting churches, as a lecturer at the Koh Lo Traw Theological College (Thailand), as a lecturer and Dean of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in New Zealand, and as Chair of the Church and Society Working Group for the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Dr Goroncy’s research interests are focused in the areas of theological anthropology, theology and the arts, theological ethics, public theology, Reformed traditions, death, P.T. Forsyth, and the doctrines of God and creation. He has most recently contributed ‘Barth on Sanctification’ in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth, edited by George Hunsinger and Keith L. Johnson (Chichester, UK: Blackwell, 2020).

Dr Siu Fung Wu

Lecturer in New Testament

Originally from East Asia, Siu Fung has been in Australia since the late 1980s. He worked in IT for years before joining the pastoral team of a church in Melbourne, where he provided pastoral care and leadership development for about a dozen small groups and their leaders. He also founded the intercultural ministry in the church.

Dr Wu’s research interests are focused in the areas of Pauline Studies, Intercultural studies, and Poverty as a NT and contemporary theme. He loves discussing the implications of the gospel with students from different social locations and cultural backgrounds. His most recent publication is Suffering in Paul: Perspectives and Implications (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019).

Darrell grew up in the Isle of Man and was ordained to Baptist ministry in 1989. Educated at London School of Theology, the University of Birmingham and the University of Gloucestershire, his ThD addresses Baptist church membership and missiology. He has been involved in full-time theological education since 2007 with lecturing experience at Bristol Baptist College; the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague; Redcliffe College, UK; Tabor College, Adelaide; Morling College, Sydney; and a number of US Universities and Seminaries.

Darrell’s ministry experience includes pastoral, denominational, and ecumenical roles prior to his employment since at the intersection of research, missiology, and theological education.

Associate Professor Jackson’s research interests are focused in the areas of missiology, migration and diaspora, ethnicity, identity, and nationalism, and Orthodox-Evangelical encounter.
Among his recent publications is ‘Re-placing mission: exilic options reconsidered’ in Not in Kansas anymore: Christian faith in a post-Christian world edited by Mike Frost, Darrell Jackson, and David Starling (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publications, 2020).

Associate professor Keith Dyer

Associate Professor of New Testament

Keith was a Primary Teacher in rural and suburban Victoria, a Youth Leader at Blackburn Baptist Church, and then taught for 5 years in the Solomon Islands for the South Sea Evangelical Church at Su’u Secondary School, before returning to Australia and theological studies at Whitley College. He went on to Doctoral studies in New Testament with Rev Dr Athol Gill, and then taught for three years at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, in Switzerland, before coming back to Whitley in 1994. He published his thesis as The Prophecy on the Mount (Mark 13) (1998).

Through his speaking engagements and involvement in local churches, Keith is passionate about encouraging open, analytical and interactive group Bible study. He is married to Lynne, has four sons, and is a member of Box Hill Baptist Church. Keith was a member of the BTheol Board/Coursework Committee (1987-91; 1995-2009), the Chair of the Academic Board of the Melbourne College of Divinity (2006–09), and was a member of the Research Committee of the University of Divinity (2016-2019).

Associate Professor Dyer’s research interests are focused in the areas of New Testament studies, the synoptic Gospels, the Book of Revelation, Biblical themes of environment, slavery, violence, and biblical hermeneutics.
His recent publications include ‘Basileia or imperium: Rome and the rhetoric of resistance in the Revelation to John’ in From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries edited by Tarsee Li and Keith Dyer (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2017).

Rev Dr Marita Munro

Lecturer in Baptist Studies and Church History

Marita originates from Queensland where she grew up at Annerley Baptist. After BA studies at the University of Queensland she moved to Whitley College in 1975 to study theology and was ordained with the Victorian Baptist Union (BUV) in 1978. Marita has served in Melbourne’s inner city, including the House of the Gentle Bunyip Christian Community and Clifton Hill Baptist. A qualified secondary school teacher she taught in two Melbourne high schools. After completing post graduate studies in Anabaptist studies and Human Rights at the International Baptist Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, she was appointed Lecturer in New Testament Greek and Church History with the Evangelical Theological Association and joined Whitley’s faculty in 1995. Her PhD research with the University of Melbourne’s History Department explored the history of Victorian Baptists from 1960 to 2000. Marita serves on a number of BUV committees and is President of its Historical Society. A member of Collins Street Baptist, she enjoys walking, following the Hawthorn Football Club, reading, music and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Munro’s research interests are focused in the areas of Baptist history (Victorian and Australian), and Australian religious history.

Her recent publications include a history of Baptcare, written with Roslyn Otzen, ‘Doing What Comes Naturally’, A History of Baptcare: 1945-2015 (Melbourne: Baptcare, 2017).