In 2009, Parkin Wesley became Uniting College in response to the demands and opportunities of modern mission. The move breathed life into a new style of study where flexible academic study is enriched with lessons learned ‘on the job’. This unique approach assists students to harness the passion that brought them to live as a follower of Jesus; be they ministers or lay preachers.
Director of Biblical Studies
BA(Hons)[Melb], BD(Hons) [MCD], PhD [Melb]
I am the Director of Biblical Studies and teach across a range of topics, which includes introductory to advanced study of New Testament writings, biblical hermeneutics and Greek. I am also an ordained Uniting Church Minister of the Word. Quite a bit of my energy is devoted to supervising students who are doing their own research for Masters and Doctoral degrees, either through Flinders University or through the ACD Masters and Doctor of Ministry programs. I really enjoy doing research myself. I have been working on research on John’s Gospel, Colossians and ecological matters and Ignatius of Antioch. Quite a diverse range! One of the things I’ve enjoyed in the last couple of years is teaching an intensive in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to the Masters students at McGilvary College of Divinity. I have also been a visiting scholar in the Indian Church of South India Diocese of Madras. I am involved in fostering ecumenical thinking and acting, and have a commitment to helping the church to be open to receiving and using spiritual gifts. I care about the creation and living sustainably in kinship with the earth. I am married to Peter, an Anglican minister, and we have two adult daughters.
Director of Leadership
BEd [Hartley], DipT [Hartley]
As a leader I am a learner. My first profession was that of teacher and eleven years of experience in rural and city, public and private schools provided a foundation for leadership in the Church. Six years as a Children, Youth and Young Adults Consultant for the Uniting Church Synod in South Australia further broadened my learning, as I was required to establish youth leader and youthworker networks as well as provide oversight of events such as Kairos (UCA youth gatherings), Kids Camp Out and the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC1995). From 1995 to 2009 I served as a pastor and in the latter years as Senior Pastor at Aberfoyle Uniting Church. I have a huge respect for volunteer leaders. As with many who find themselves in minister and pastor roles, much of my learning was forged through years of leading youth groups in a number of churches, small and large. I have also exercise a preaching ministry primarily in my local Church and on several occasions interstate and overseas – all wonderful learning experiences. I discover most about who I am in the context of my own family: my wife Kay, my son Cullen, daughter-in-law Merryn and son, Manning. Along with other faculty at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, I am committed to doing whatever I can to assist in the formation of ministers and leaders for a Church that is a called upon to take seriously God’s mission to reach out to others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.