Daniela Rizzo

Daniela Rizzo

Associate Lecturer in Systematic Theology

Daniela is Associate Lecturer in Systematic Theology at AC. She is currently completing her PhD on animal theology and pneumatology, which articulates a unique intersection between Pentecostal theology and animal studies. Her research aims to explore the value of non-human creatures to God and their place within the theological landscape. Her thesis centres on developing a pneumatology of animals, structured systematically across several thematic chapters: Covenant & Creation, Predation & Sin, Soteriology, Glossolalia and Eschatology.

Daniela is a dedicated advocate for compassionate conservation and an active member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Warrnambool Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee. Her efforts have focused on addressing the overdevelopment of the South-West coast of Victoria and its detrimental effects on the local koala population. Daniela has also been a vocal opponent of proposed offshore gas mining, recognising the grave threat it poses to the delicate balance of the marine environment.

In addition to her environmental work, Daniela is passionate about encouraging people in local churches to value and consider non-human creatures as loved and valued by their Creator. She believes that this perspective shift can lead to transformative faith-communities that advocate for restored relationships, not only between people and God but also with our co-creatures.

Daniela is a member of the Pentecostal Studies and Theology and Society research clusters.


PhD- Candidate (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title Theological Foundations for a Pneumatology of Animals 2024

M.A.(Theology) (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title 'Animal Glossolalia- Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Animals.' 2020

B.A.(Biblical Studies) (Harvest Bible College) 2006

Research Interests

Animal Theology



Pentecostal Theology

Systematic Theology

Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming
    • Rizzo, D.. Beyond Eco-Mission: Towards Zoological Imperative in Theological Discourse. In Eugene Baron and Amos Yong, eds., Pentecostal Missiology and Environmental Degradation (pp. ). Carlisle, UK: Langham Global, (forthcoming).

Journal Articles

  • 2024
    • Rizzo, D. (2024). Animal Glossolalia: A Pneumatological Framework for Animal Theology. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 46 (1), 60-79. | External link

Internal and External Grants

  • 2024
    • Academic Conference Funding, $3500, Alphacrucis University College
    • AC Conference Funding, $2000, AC
  • 2023
    • HDR Travel Grant, $1500, Alphacrucis University College
  • 2021
    • Winner of the Three Minute Thesis Peoples' Choice Award, $500, Alphacrucis University College


  • 2024
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pneumatological Framework for Animal Theology (2024), Society for Pentecostal Studies, Atlanta, United States, 15 Mar 2024
  • 2023
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pentecostal Consideration of Animal Voice (2023), Pilgrims with the Planet, Sydney, Australia, 05 Oct 2023
    • Animal Glossolalia: A Pentecostal Consideration of Animals (2023), World on Fire: Pentecostal Eschatology and Eco-theology, Frankfurt, Germany, 01 Sep 2023

Engagement Publications

Book Reviews

  • 2022
    • Rizzo, D. (2022). Review of Glossolalia and the Problem of Language, by Nicholas Harkness. Reading Religion. , . | External link

Popular Articles

  • 2023
    • Rizzo, D (2023). Animals in Relationship with God. Zadok Perspectives, Winter Edition. | AC Link

Other Publications

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