Dean Drayton

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Rodney Dean Drayton (born 1941[1]) is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) and was President of the UCA Assembly from July 2003 to July 2006. He lectures on a part-time basis in missiology at Sydney's United Theological College (UTC).


Drayton was born in Whyalla, South Australia in 1941. He spent his childhood growing up in the suburbs of Adelaide. He has received a BSc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity and a PhD from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

A former geophysicist,[2] Drayton was ordained as a minister in 1969 in Kent Town, South Australia. He served as a minister in three congregations, two in South Australia and one in the United States. He then worked as a consultant for evangelism for the Synod of South Australia for five years followed by 16 years as the executive director of the Board of Mission in the Synod of New South Wales. He was the moderator of the New South Wales Synod (October 1995–October 1996) and had Pilgrims of the Cosmos[1] published in 1996. During 1997, he spent time as a visiting professor in evangelism at the Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. In 1999 he was appointed a lecturer in theology (missiology and evangelism) at the United Theological College in Sydney, where he is a member of the adjunct faculty (2010).[3][4]

Drayton has been a member of the UCA Assembly's National Mission and Evangelism Committee from 1985 to 1998 and a member of the standing committee since 1991. He has travelled widely in Australia practicing evangelism and mission, worked extensively with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and with the NSW Synod Pacific Island Council and Synod Korean Advisory Council.

Drayton was President of the Uniting Church in Australia from July 2003 to July 2006 at a time when there was controversy over the church's position[5] on male and female homosexual Christians, particularly clergy, and took a conciliatory leadership role.

Drayton is the author of Pilgrim in the Cosmos (1996) and Which Gospel? (2005), as well as other studies and articles on mission, evangelism and the contemporary mission context.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Dean Drayton, National Library of Australia catalogue, accessed 26 January 2010
  2. ^ About Us,, accessed 26 January 2010
  3. ^ Adjunct Faculty and Faculty Associates, United Theological College, accessed 26 January 2010
  4. ^ School of Theology - Staff, Charles Sturt University, accessed 26 January 2010
  5. ^ Church opens arms to gays, others head for door, Kelly Burke, Religious Affairs Writer, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2003, accessed 26 January 2010
Religious titles
Preceded by
James Haire
President of the Assembly, Uniting Church in Australia
July 2003-July 2006
Succeeded by
Gregor Henderson