Rev Dr Adam Dodds

Rev Dr Adam Dodds

Lecturer in Systematic Theology

Adam came to Australia to take up a lecturing position with Alphacrucis. Originally from England, he studied for two Masters degrees in theology at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and Princeton Theological Seminary (USA). Afterwards he joined YWAM Scotland where he met his wife. They later moved to New Zealand, where he completed his PhD in theology at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Following that Adam was called to become Senior Pastor at the Elim Church in Dunedin which he pastored for over a decade.

Throughout his time in New Zealand he taught courses in Christian theology, ethics, and leadership at the University of Otago and Elim Leadership College, and as a guest lecturer in Tawangmangu Bible College (Indonesia). He also spoke and taught widely in churches, conferences, and colleges on discipleship, the interface of the Gospel with Western culture, and understanding and answering Islam.

Adam has ongoing research interests in theology, missiology, the interface of the Gospel with Western culture, apologetics, discipleship and spiritual formation, and Christian-Islamic relations. He is in the final year of a Master's degree in Islamic Studies with Melbourne School of Theology.


Ph.D. (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Dissertation Title The Mission of the Triune God: Trinitarian Missiology in the Tradition of Lesslie Newbigin 2013

M. Litt. (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Dissertation Title Fate, Fortune, and Freedom; Sovereignty, Sin, and Suffering: An Invesitigation into the Christian Doctrine of Providence 2003

M. Theol. (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Dissertation Title An Appraisal of Depravity and Regeneration in the Theology of Charles G. Finney 2002

Current Research


Theological Anthropology

Quranic Theological Anthropology

Field of Research

Theology, Other Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • 2017
    • Adam Dodds (2017). The Mission of the Triune God: Trinitarian Missiology in the Tradition of Lesslie Newbigin. Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

Journal Article

  • 2019
    • Adam Dodds (2019). How do conceptions of Allah’s Being in Islam compare with those of God’s Being in Christianity?. Evangelical Quarterly, Volume 90 Issue 1 38-60. | External link
  • 2015
    • Adam Dodds (2015). The Necessity of an Ecclesial Missiology. Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review, Volume 47 Issue 1 123-140. | External link
  • 2012
    • Adam Dodds (2012). The Centrality of the Church’s Missionary Nature: Theological Reflections & Practical Implications. Missiology: An International Review, Volume XL Number 4 393-407. | External link
  • 2011
    • Adam Dodds (2011). The Mission of the Spirit and the Mission the Church: Towards a Trinitarian Missiology. Evangelical Review of Theology, Volume 35 Number 3 209-226. | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2011). Regeneration and Resistible Grace: A Synergistic Proposal. Evangelical Quarterly, Volume 83 Issue 1 29-48. | AC Link
  • 2010
    • Adam Dodds (2010). Newbigin’s Trinitarian Missiology: The Doctrine of the Trinity as Good News for Western Culture. International Review of Mission, Volume 99.1 Issue 390 69-85. | External link
  • 2009
    • Adam Dodds (2009). The Abrahamic Faiths? Continuity and Discontinuity in Christian and Islamic Doctrine. Evangelical Quarterly, Volume 81 Issue 3 230-253. | External link

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2022
    • Research Travel Grant, Alphacrucis University College


Academic Conference

  • 2022
    • ‘Ecclesiastical Cannibalism’: Critical Reflections on Newbigin’s Theology of Church Unity and Pentecostal Church Planting in New Zealand (2022), ANZATS, Sydney, Australia, 04 Jul 2022
  • 2010
    • The Necessity of an Ecclesial Missiology (2010), Systematic Theology Association in Aotearoa New Zealand (STAANZ) Conference, Knox College, Dunedin, New Zealand, 11 Nov 2010
  • 2009
    • Newbigin’s Trinitarian Missiology (2009), Bearing the Open Secret: The Enduring Legacy of Lesslie Newbigin Conference, Queen’s College, Birmingham, England, 10 Dec 2009
    • Newbigin's Trinitarian Missiology (2009), Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Mission Studies (ANZMS), Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand, 30 Oct 2009
    • Mission of the Spirit and the Church: Towards a Trinitarian Missiology (2009), Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS), Adelaide, Australia, 07 Jul 2009
  • 2006
    • The Myth of the Abrahamic Faiths (2006), Faith in a Hyphen Conference, United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, 06 Dec 2006

Scholarship Publications


  • 2021
    • Dodds, A. (2021). What is Church? Frequently Asked Questions. Dunedin: SHEMA Books.
  • 2020
    • Dodds, A. (2020). Resilient: Spiritual Formation for Mind and Heart. Sydney: Morning Star.

Book Review

  • 2017
    • Adam Dodds (2017). Review of John Azumah and Peter Riddell eds., Islam and Christianity on the Edge: Talking Points in in Christian-Muslim Relations into the 21st Century. , . | External link
  • 2014
    • Adam Dodds (2014). Review of Mark Durie, The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom. , . | External link
  • 2012
    • Adam Dodds (2012). Review of Danny Silk, The Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment. , . | External link
  • 2008
    • Adam Dodds (2008). Review of Dyron B. Daughrity, Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India. Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Volume 21 73-74.
  • 2007
    • Adam Dodds (2007). Review of Allan Coppedge, The God Who Is Triune: Revisioning the Christian Doctrine of God. , . | External link

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