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. He is also the Teaching Pastor at Nexus Church, Brisbane.


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

Comparative Theology (Quranic Theological Anthropology)

Doctrine of Creation

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. Pickwick.

Book Chapters

  • 2023
    • Adam Dodds (2023). How can Human Beings Respond to Divine Warnings and Promises? Deciphering the Puzzle of Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom in Christianity and Islam In Eds. J. M. Luetz, D. A. Austin, & A. Duderija, Interfaith Engagement Beyond the Divide: Approaches, Experiences, and Practices (pp. 113–132). Springer Singapore. | External link

Journal Articles

  • 2023
    • Adam Dodds and Richard Shumack (2023). Jesus of the Gaps: The evangelistic use of biblical reflexes in the Qur’an. Missiology: An International Review, Volume 51 Issue 3 223-237. | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Whom Does God Love? Comparing Divine Love in the Hadith and the Bible. Asia Journal of Theology, 37 (1) 23-53. | External link
  • 2022
    • Adam Dodds (2022). Theological Anthropology in the Quranic Narratives of the Fall: A Contrastive Study. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 33 Issue 3 235-254. | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2022). ‘Ecclesiastical Cannibalism’ and the Imperative for Unity: Critical Reflections on Newbigin’s Theology and Pentecostal Church Planting in New Zealand. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 23 Issue 2 156-171. | External link
  • 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. | AC 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). Regeneration and Resistible Grace: A Synergistic Proposal. Evangelical Quarterly, Vol 83 Issue 1 29-48. | AC Link
    • 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. | 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

Internal and External Grants

  • 2023
    • Arthur Jeffery Fellowship Grant, $500, Arthur Jeffery Centre, Melbourne School of Theology
  • 2022
    • Academic Scholarship Funding, $500, Alphacrucis
    • Research Travel Grant, Alphacrucis University College
  • 2020
    • Matt Alexander Scholarship, $16000, Longview Trust


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

Engagement Publications


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

Book Reviews

  • 2024
    • Adam Dodds (2024). Review of Peter Barnes and Mohamad Younes, A Conversation between a Muslim and a Christian (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2023). Evangelical Quarterly, 95.
  • 2023
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Review of M. W. Goheen & T. M. Sheridan, Becoming a Missionary Church: Lesslie Newbigin and Contemporary Church Movements (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2022). Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 76 Issue 4 November pp. 388-390. | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Review of Stephen J. Shoemaker, Creating the Qur’an: A Historical-Critical Study (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2022). Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 89-91. | External link
  • 2022
    • Adam Dodds (2022). Review of Norman Wirzba, This Sacred Life: Humanity’s Place in a Wounded World (Cambridge: CUP, 2021). Australasian Pentecostal Studies, Volume 23 Issue 2 179-182. | External link
  • 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. Amazon, Critical Reviews 2*. | AC 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

Popular Articles

  • 2024
    • Adam Dodds (2024). Jesus' Genius Answer to Division. Eternity News, . | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2024). Bible Study needs your Head and Heart. ACC Mag, 2024 Vol. 1p. 24. | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2024). The Problem with Authority. Eternity News, . | External link
  • 2023
    • Adam Dodds (2023). The Secret to Spiritual Resilience. Eternity News, . | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Jesus is Unique and Supreme. Eternity News, . | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Discipleship - Why and How. Eternity News, . | External link
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Discipleship of Desire. Eternity News, . | External link
  • 2020

Other Publications

  • 2023
    • Adam Dodds (2023). Developing Spiritual Resilience - Devotional Bible Reading Plan. | External link

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Rengger, J, A Mixed Methods Study of the Trinitarian Foundations of Local Church Caregiving 'In the Moment': Integrating Clinical Pastoral Education Practices and the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann into C3 Church Caregiving Praxis. (PhD thesis)
    • Delport, V, Facilitating the progression of women into positions of senior leadership in the Australian Christian Churches: identifiying opportunities and obstacles (DMin thesis)
    • Mercer, A, Flourishing in exile: communal disciplines, spiritual formation, and the monastic ideal in contemporary Christian thought (PhD thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2023
    • Israel Mohamed, A Relational Guide to Making Disciples (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Linnea Gilbert, Can We Make a Difference? A Theology of Human Responsibility in the thought of Terence Fretheim (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Judy Hayward, An oxymoron in Christianity? Doubting Faith (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Natalya Byrt, Core values of Gen Z and Missional Engagement in Australia (Masters Project/Thesis)

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