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Graham Hill (theologian)

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Graham Hill
Born (1969-07-08) July 8, 1969 (age 54)
Sydney, Australia
EducationTyndale Christian School
Alma mater
OccupationTheologian
Employer
Known forWorld Christianity
Biblical Egalitarianism
Missiology
Ecclesiology
Missional Ecclesiology
Globalization
Applied Theology
WorksGlobal Church
Holding Up Half the Sky
Salt, Light and a City (2 Volumes)
Healing Our Broken Humanity
MovementBaptist
Global Theology
Uniting Church
Awards
  • Medal of the Order of Australia (For service to theological education, and to the Baptist Churches of Australia., The Reverend Dr Graham Joseph Hill, 2024) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitehttps://grahamjosephhill.com Edit this on Wikidata

Graham Joseph Hill OAM (born 8 July 1969[1]) is an Australian theologian who is a former associate professor of the University of Divinity.[2] Since 2024, he works as a mission catalyst for the Uniting Church in NSW & ACT and a research associate with the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA, USA. Hill is the author or editor of 15 theological books. Hill's research focuses on World Christianity but he is also known for his work on biblical egalitarianism and women theologians of global Christianity.[3][4] He has published in the areas of missiology, applied theology, Christianity spirituality, and global and ecumenical approaches to missional ecclesiology.

Education[edit]

In addition to undergraduate studies, Hill completed a Master of Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia,[5] and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) at Flinders University.[6][1]

Career[edit]

Hill was involved in a church plant in 1988. He entered theological college for ministerial training in 1994 and received the Annual Theological Essay Award (Undergraduate Section) in 1996 for an essay titled "Augustine's Influence on Calvin, Zwingli and Luther."[1] Hill was ordained and accredited by the Australian Baptist Churches in 2000.[7] After church planting and pastoring in Sydney and Perth, Hill moved into theological education in 2004.[7]

Hill was a lecturer at Burleigh Baptist Theological College in Adelaide from 2004 to 2006.[7][8] Hill was a lecturer, Vice-Principal, and Provost of Morling College in Sydney from 2007–2019, a theological college affiliated with the Australian College of Theology and the University of Divinity.[9] He presented at a 2013 Baptist World Alliance global gathering,[10] and both the General Secretary and President of the Baptist World Alliance reviewed his books.[11][12] Hill served as Interim Principal of Stirling Theological College (a member college of the University of Divinity) from February to November 2020, and Principal from December 2020 to March 2022.[13][14] Hill was promoted to associate professor of the University of Divinity in 2020.[15]

Hill served as a visiting scholar at the Korean Baptist Theological University and Seminary in South Korea in 2019. He delivered public lectures and seminars at that Baptist university, as well as at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, South Korea.[16][17] He serves as an adjunct faculty member of Abilene Christian University in Texas, in their Doctor of Ministry program.[17] On 7 March 2018, Hill was a keynote speaker at the Bible Society of Australia Church Leaders' Summit held at the InterContinental Hotel, Sydney.[17]

From 2022 to 2023, Hill was the State Leader of Baptist Mission Australia for Western Australia.[18] Since 2024, he is the Mission Catalyst for Church Planting and Missional Renewal with the Uniting Churches in NSW & ACT.[19]

Hill reported struggling with alcoholism and depression while working as a church pastor, and stopped drinking alcohol in 2005.[20][21][22]

Hill is the Founding Director of The Global Church Project.[23] He is Chief Editor of the Australian Journal of Mission Studies.[24] Hill is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA).[25]

In the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours list, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia awarded Hill the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to theological education, and to the Baptist Churches of Australia.”[26]

Personal life[edit]

Hill married Felicity Herbert on February 10, 1996 and they have three daughters.[27] They divorced on December 17, 2022.[28]

Hill married Christianne Shyn Ellamar on July 8, 2023.[29]

Research[edit]

Hill's first book explored ecumenical and missional approaches to Christian ecclesiology. This work was a revision of his PhD thesis, An Examination of Emerging-Missional Ecclesiological Conceptions: Missional Ecclesiology and the Ecclesiologies of Miroslav Volf, Joseph Ratzinger and John Zizioulas,[30] and was published in 2012 by Cascade Books.[31] Scot McKnight awarded the book the Jesus Creed Book of the Year in the category Church in 2012, writing "This is the most important book I have ever read on the church."[32]

Hill's book Global Church: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches was published by IVP Academic in 2016.[33] Global Church and his research into global Christianity have been reviewed in Patheos, Christian Courier, Moody Bible Institute, and academic journals.[34][35][36][37][38][39] Global Church was awarded an honorable mention in the 2015 IVP Academic Readers Choice Awards.[40]

Hill's book Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World, co-authored with Grace Ji-Sun Kim, was named as a Resource of the Year - Culture by Outreach Magazine in 2019.[41][42] The book was examined on ABC Radio National's Soul Search, with reference to its research into Asian Christianity, and the interview was broadcast on the ABC on 18 August 2019.[43]

Hill's book Holding up Half the Sky: A Biblical Case For Women Leading and Teaching in the Church has been profiled by Scot McKnight.[44][45][46]

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Documents on Hill's Website". GrahamJosephHill.com.
  2. ^ College, Stirling (4 February 2022). "The Soul Online: Bereavement, Social Media, and Competent Care". VOX. Retrieved 12 April 2023.
  3. ^ Zurlo, Gina A. (24 June 2020). "Women Theologians You Should Know About from The Global Church Project". Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Center for the Study of Global Christianity). Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ Hill, Graham Joseph (15 December 2023). "Women Theologians of World Christianity - Graham Joseph Hill". grahamjosephhill.com. Retrieved 20 May 2024.
  5. ^ Hill, Graham (2004). "Master of Theology (Th.M.) Thesis: Cybergnosticism? A Study of Contemporary Christian Faith Communities in Cyberspace". Theses.
  6. ^ "Ph.D. Thesis, Flinders University: An examination of emerging-missional ecclesiological conceptions: missional ecclesiology and the ecclesiologies of Miroslav Volf, Joseph Ratzinger and John Zizioulas / Graham Joseph Gary Hill". Trove. 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Burn, Kerrie (2007). "Baptist periodicals in Australian library and archive collections". Southern Cross University.
  8. ^ Hill, Graham Joseph (8 September 2006). "Miroslav Volf on church, mission and culture". John Mark Ministries. Published while Hill was a lecturer at Burleigh College in 2006. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Staff Spotlight | Morling College | Provost Graham Hill". Morling College. 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Baptist theological conference to focus on the Holy Spirit – "Baptists and Pneumatology: Atonement and Healing" by Graham Hill". Baptist World Alliance. 6 June 2013.
  11. ^ Callam, Neville. "Thinking about the church and its mission: Review of Graham Hill's book Salt Light, and a City: Introducing Missional Ecclesiology". Baptist World Alliance. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  12. ^ Msiza, Ngwedla Paul (3 November 2018). "A review of Healing Our Broken Humanity (Reviewed by Ngwedla Paul Msiza, President, Baptist World Alliance)". The Global Church Project. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  13. ^ Beach, Kylie (18 December 2020). "Graham Hill Named New Principal at Stirling Theological College - Eternity News". Eternity News (Bible Society of Australia). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Reverend Associate Professor Graham Joseph Hill". University of Divinity – Staff Directory. 13 July 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  15. ^ "Reverend Associate Professor Graham Joseph Hill". University of Divinity. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  16. ^ Kwon, Eunice (18 December 2019). "Torch Trinity Graduate University Magazine - 2019 Winter: Ministry Focus: Interview with Dr. Graham Hill". www.ttgu.ac.kr. Seoul, South Korea: Torch Trinity Graduate University. pp. 30–32. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  17. ^ a b c ORCID. "Graham Joseph Hill (0000-0002-6532-8248)". ORCID. pp. See the first entry of the ORCID section (called "Membership and Service"), and pages 1, 2, 5, 9, 13, and 23 of the document linked there, for evidence of service at Torch Trinity Graduate University, Korea Baptist Theological University, Common Grace, Abilene Christian University, and the Bible Society of Australia Leaders' Summit. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Baptist Mission Australia: Our Teams". Baptist Mission Australia. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Graham Hill: Mission Catalyst – Church Planting and Missional Renewal". www.nswact.uca.org.au. Retrieved 19 February 2024.
  20. ^ Baker, Jen (26 October 2019). "5 Minutes with Graham Joseph Hill". Fixing Her Eyes. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  21. ^ Freestone, Samantha. "Ep. 130- Graham Joseph Hill | Some Answers". Some Answers Podcast. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  22. ^ Veart, Aaron (11 December 2014). "Serving the local and global church: An interview with Graham Hill". Together Magazine.
  23. ^ "About The Global Church Project (Centre for the Research of Global Christianity)". The Global Church Project. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  24. ^ "ORCID". ORCID. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  25. ^ "Center for the Study of Global Christianity – Staff and Faculty". Center for the Study of Global Christianity (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  26. ^ Australian Government (10 June 2024). "Award Extract – Australian Honours List 2024". Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 10 June 2024.
  27. ^ "5 minutes with Graham Joseph Hill - YouTube". fixinghereyes.org. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2022.
  28. ^ "Log into Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 12 April 2023. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  29. ^ CHRISTIANNE SHYN ELLAMAR & GRAHAM JOSEPH HILL WEDDING – 08 JULY 2023, retrieved 14 July 2023
  30. ^ "An examination of emerging-missional ecclesiological conceptions: missional ecclesiology and the ecclesiologies of Miroslav Volf, Joseph Ratzinger and John Zizioulas". Trove. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  31. ^ Cronshaw, Darren (2014). "Book Review". Australian eJournal of Theology. 21 (2): 172–173.
  32. ^ McKnight, Scot (12 December 2012). "Jesus Creed Books of the Year". Jesus Creed. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  33. ^ Smith, C. Christopher (18 August 2016). "Global Church (Review)". The Englewood Review of Books. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  34. ^ Dhavale, Sharon (12 October 2020). "Joining Powerful Global Conversations (A Review)". Christian Courier News. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  35. ^ Creed, Jesus (14 January 2016). "Is Our Church Global or Colonialist?". Patheos. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  36. ^ Armstrong, John. "Global Church (Review)". Aqueduct Project (Moody Bible Institute). Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  37. ^ Kang-Hamilton, Samsung (2020). "Global Church: reshaping our conversations, renewing our mission, revitalizing our churches (Review)". Restoration Quarterly. 62 (1): 61–63 – via AtlaSerials PLUS, Religion Collection.
  38. ^ Strydhorst, Albert (November 2016). "Global Church: reshaping our conversations, renewing our mission, revitalizing our churches (Review)". Calvin Theological Journal. 51 (2): 358–359 – via AtlaSerials PLUS, Religion Collection.
  39. ^ Hunter, Danny (2017). "Global Church: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches (Review)". Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies. 34 (1): 127–128. doi:10.1163/15733831-12341491 – via Academic Search Index.
  40. ^ "GlobalChurch: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches by Graham Hill – Australian College of Theology". www.actheology.edu.au. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  41. ^ Magazine, Outreach (28 February 2019). "Outreach Magazine Names Resources of the Year". OutreachMagazine.com. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  42. ^ Capper, Christy (2019). "Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World (Review)". Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies. 36 (2): 336–337. doi:10.1163/15733831-12341657. S2CID 199182672 – via Academic Search Index.
  43. ^ Lake, Meredith (18 August 2020). "Asian Christianities Beyond Asia". ABC Radio National. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  44. ^ McKnight, Scot. "Practicing Biblical Equality in the Church". Christianity Today. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  45. ^ McKnight, Scot. "Patriarchy By Any Other Name is Still Patriarchy". Christianity Today. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  46. ^ McKnight, Scot. "A Biblical Case for Women Leading and Teaching". Christianity Today. Retrieved 21 December 2020.

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