Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin

Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin

Deputy Vice President - Research and Standards
Brisbane

Denise is Deputy Vice President - Research and Standards, and Associate Professor of History at Alphacrucis College. She and her family have served in university campus ministry in Australia and Hong Kong. Denise received her PhD in history from the University of Queensland. She has published widely in the areas of Pentecostal, Asian and oral history, and speaks regularly at national and international conferences. Denise is also the Director of the Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre and has won several research grants related to the preservation and promotion of Pentecostal heritage. Denise is an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches and is Chair of the Theological Commission of Asia Pacific Theological Association. She is also listed on the TEQSA Register of Experts.

Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)
Dissertation Title Kingdom-Minded People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians 2004

MA(CS) (Alphacrucis College) 2012

GradDipA (Sydney College of Divinity) 2010

BA (Hons 1) (University of Queensland)
Dissertation Title Going the Second Mile: The Spirit of Chinese Christian Philanthropy 2000

BMiss (Jubilee International Theological Institute) 1993

DipChrisMin (Rhema Bible College) 1989

Cert IV T&A (Training Australia Unlimited) 2007

Research Interests

Oral history

Australian Pentecostal history

Australasian Pentecostalism

Field of Research

  • 2002 Cultural Studies
  • 2103 Historical Studies
  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies

Book

  • 2019
    • Austin, D. A., Grey, J. and Lewis, P. W.(2019). Asia Pacific Pentecostalism. Leiden: Brill. | External link
  • 2017
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). Jesus First: The Life and Leadership of Andrew Evans. Sydney: Australasian Pentecostal Studies. | External link
  • 2013
    • Austin, D. A.(2013). Our College: A History of the National Training College of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia). Sydney: Australian Pentecostal Studies. | External link
  • 2011
    • Austin, D. A.(2011). 'Kingdom-Minded' People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians. Leiden: Brill. | External link
  • 2009
    • Austin, D. A.(2009). The Man from Little River: The Story of George McArdle, Former Bass Player for the Little River Band. Sydney: Ark House Publishing. | External link
  • 2002
    • Austin, D. A.(2002). From Pasture to Pastorate:The History of Morningside Uniting Church 1902-2002. Brisbane: Morningside Uniting Church. | External link

Book Chapter

  • 2020
    • Denise A. Austin (2020). "Andrew Evans: The Making of an Australian Pentecostal Politician" In Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, Australasian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins (pp. ). Brill: Leiden.
    • Austin, D. A.(2020). "Philanthropic Contributions of an Early Australian Chinese Pentecostal: 'The Miracle of Grace’” In John Fitzgerald and Hon Ming Yip, Overseas Chinese Philanthropy (pp. ). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • 2019
    • Austin, D. A. and Lewis, P. W.(2019). "Concluding Remarks" In Austin, D. A., Grey, J. and Lewis, P. W., Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (pp. 400-406). Leiden: Brill. | External link
    • Austin, D. A., Grey, J. and Lewis, P. W.(2019). "Introduction" In , Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (pp. 1-12). Leiden: Brill. | External link
    • Austin, D. A. and Clifton, S. (2019). “Australian Pentecostalism: From Marginalised to Mega-churches” In Denise A. Austin, Jacqueline Grey and Paul Lewis, Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (pp. 372-399). Leiden: Brill. | External link
    • Austin, D. A. and Suzuki, M. (2019). “Leaders of Japanese Pentecostalism” In Austin, D. A., Grey, J. and Lewis, P. W., Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (pp. 13-36). . | External link
    • Austin, D. A. and Lim, Y. C.(2019). "Critical Reflections on the Growth of Pentecostalism in Malaysia" In Denise A. Austin, Jacqueline Grey and Paul Lewis, Asia Pacific Pentecostalism (pp. 195-216). Leiden: Brill. | External link
  • 2018
    • Austin, D. A.(2018). “Mongolia” In Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. ). Lanham MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2018). “Pentecostalism – Oceania” In Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. ). Lanham MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2018). “Australia” In Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopaedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. ). Lanham MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2018). “Theological Education in Oceania” In Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South (pp. ). Lanham MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. | External link
  • 2017
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). “‘Flowing Together’: The Origins and Early Development of Hillsong Church within Assemblies of God in Australia” In Tanya Riches and Tom Wagner, The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon The Waters (pp. 21-38). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. | External link
  • 2016
    • Austin, D. A. and Grey, J. (2016). “The ‘Outback Spirit’ of Pentecostal Women Pioneers in Australia” In Lois Olena and Margaret A. De Alminana, Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing an Ongoing Gender-Focused Dialogue on the Faith Contributions of Women (pp. 204-226). Leiden: Brill. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2016). “Joined Hands: Asian Influence on Australian Pentecostal Identity” In Vinson Synan and Amos Yong, Global renewal of Christianity: Spirit-empowered movements, past, present, and future, vol 1: Asia and Oceania (pp. 283-293). Lake Mary FL: Charisma House Publishers. | External link
  • 2011
    • Austin, D. A.(2011). “A ‘Model’ Cooperative Effort: The Salvation Army during the Sino-Japanese War” In , Baptism by Fire: The Chinese Church during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 (pp. ). Hong Kong: Alliance Bible Seminary.
  • 2010
    • Denise A. Austin (2010). "Seeking Justice, Serving God: The Role of Chinese Religion and Christian Spirituality in Promoting Social Justice Orientations in Chinese Christians" In Martin Dowson and Stuart Devenish, International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice Vol 6 - Religion and Spirituality (pp. 17-36). Charlotte NC: Information Age Publishing. | External link
  • 2004
    • Austin, D. A.(2004). "'Of Which I was Part': Pastor Ron Woolley, Australia” In Wanda Bigham, Graham Leo and Won Sul Lee, Teaching the Truth in Dynamic Times: Australia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan (pp. ). Seoul: Asia-Pacific Federation of Christian Schools.
    • Austin, D. A.(2004). "Citizens of Heaven: Overseas Chinese Christians during Australian Federation” In Sophie Couchman, John Fitzgerald and Paul Macgregor, After the Rush: Regulation, participation and Chinese communities in Australia 1860-1940 (pp. ). Fitzroy, VIC: Otherland. | External link
  • 2001
    • Austin, D. A.(2001). Morningside Uniting Church In Rod Fisher Rod and Janet Hayward - assistant editor Denise Austin, Our Federation: Brisbane heritage trail 1901 (pp. ). Brisbane: Brisbane History Group.

Journal Article

  • 2017
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). The ‘Third Spreading’: Origins and Development of Protestant Evangelical Christianity in Contemporary Mongolia. Inner Asia, 19 64-90. | Link to journal | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). Mary Yeung: An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal. Crucis, 6 March. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). “‘A Contagious Church’: Theological Influences of Pentecostalism in Sydney (1916-2016)”. St Mark’s Review, (December 2017) 114-132. | External link
  • 2015
    • Austin, D. and Perry, D. (2015). “From Jerusalem to Athens: A Journey of Pentecostal Pedagogy in Australia”. Journal of Adult Theological Education, 12, 1 43–55. | Link to journal | External link
  • 2013
    • Austin, D. A.(2013). “Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Life of An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal – Part II”. Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies, 16, 2 (August 2013) 123-137. | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2013). “Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Life of An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal – Part I”. Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies, 16, 2 (August 2013) 99-122. | External link
  • 2009
    • Austin, D. A.(2009). "'The Scroll Thus Far Unrolled': Kenneth Scott Latourette’s Model for a Christian Historiography". Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 3, 2 39-47. | Link to journal
  • 2000
    • Austin, D. A.(2000). "Asian Religion". International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter - University of Leiden, 20.
    • Austin, D. A.(2000). "International Workshop: Industrial Relations in East Asia". Chinese Business History, 10, 2 (Fall 2000).
  • 1998
    • Austin, D. A.(1998). "Chinese Business Networks". Chinese Business History, 8, 2 (Fall 1998).

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2019
    • Disaster Combo Workshop - Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre, Community Heritage Grant (National Library of Australia) (2019)
    • Preservation Needs Assessment and Caring for Collections Workshop - Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre, Community Heritage Grant (National Library of Australia) (2019)
  • 2017
    • Pentecostalism in Diverse Communities of Western Sydney – Oral History Project, Arts NSW Community Grant (2017)
  • 2016
    • The impact of Andrew Evans on Australian Pentecostal Theology, ARTFinc Grant (2016)
  • 2014
    • Significance Assessment and Management Training - Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre, Community Heritage Grant (National Library of Australia) (2014)
  • 2003
    • School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics - Travel Grant, University of Queensland (2003)
    • University of Queensland Graduate School Research Travel Award, University of Queensland (2003)
  • 2001
    • Australian Postgraduate Award, $500, University of Queensland (2001)
    • Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Queensland (2001)

Presentations

Academic Conference

  • 2019
    • “Developing a Research and Scholarship Framework” (2019), Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance, Queensland State Library, 31 Jul 2019
      Co-presenter: Perry, D.
    • “‘We Are More Than Conquerors’: A Reception History of Romans 8:37 and How it Shaped Corporate and Personal Identity in Australian Pentecostalism (1937-2017)” (2019), Society of Pentecostal Studies, Washington D. C., 01 Mar 2019
      Co-presenter: Mawston, S.
  • 2018
    • Panel Discussant - Contemporary Issues in Asia Pacific Christianity (2018), Asia Pacific Theological Symposium, TCA College, Singapore, 11 Sep 2018
    • “‘Co-operative Fellowship’: Migration as a Symbiotic Force for Pentecostal Ministry Training in Australia and New Zealand” (2018), Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Oceania Conference, Alphacrucis College, 17 Aug 2018
    • “‘The Best is Yet to Come’: The Role of Higher Education in the Future of Hillsong Church” (2018), Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, 02 Jul 2018
    • “‘The Best is Yet to Come’: The Role of Higher Education in the Future of Hillsong Church” (2018), GloPent Conference, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 10 Feb 2018
    • “Pentecostal Pedagogy in Australia: The ‘Athens’ Paradigm in Practice” (2018), Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, Dallas, Texas, 01 Feb 2018
      Co-presenter: Perry, D.
  • 2017
    • “Capacity-building for Self-Accrediting Authority: A Collaborative HEPP-QN Model” (2017), Higher Education Compliance and Quality Forum, Melbourne, 11 Nov 2017
      Co-presenter: Fernandez, J. and Perry, D.
    • “Pentecostalism in Parliament: The ‘Prophetic Politics’ of Andrew Evans and the Rise of Family First in Australia” (2017), Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia Symposium, Western Sydney University, 12 Aug 2017
    • “Pastor of Paradise: Andrew Evans and the Assemblies of God in Australia” (2017), Society for Pentecostal Studies, St Louis, Missouri, 10 Mar 2017
  • 2016
    • “‘Flowing Together’: The Origins and Early Development of Hillsong Church within Assemblies of God in Australia” (2016), Creeds and Conflict: Doing Theology in Sydney 1916-2016 – Heretics Centenary Conference and St Paul’s College Colloquium, Melbourne, 30 Nov 2016
    • “‘Make sure you tell your children’: An Oral History Workshop on Pentecostal Practice” (2016), Asia Pacific Theological Association Symposium, Myanmar, 27 Jul 2016
  • 2015
    • “‘The Mongolian Assemblies of God: A Model for Asian Pentecostal Leadership” (2015), Asia Pacific Theological Association Symposium, Taiwan, 27 Jul 2015
    • “‘Decreed by Heaven’: A Model for Transformational Leadership in Mongolian Pentecostalism” (2015), Leadership – Biennial International Conference, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, 07 Jul 2015
    • “‘The Miracle of Grace’: Philanthropic Contributions of an Early Australian Chinese Pentecostal” (2015), International Workshop for the Publication Project on Philanthropy and the Chinese Diaspora on the Pacific Rim, 1850-1949, History Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 27 Jun 2015
  • 2014
    • “‘United in Cooperative Fellowship’: Migration as a Symbiotic Force for Pentecostal Ministry Training in Australia and New Zealand” (2014), Gospel, Māori and Pentecost, Alphacrucis College, Auckland, 05 Dec 2014
    • “The Miracle of Grace: The Philanthropic Contributions of an Early Australian Chinese Pentecostal” (2014), International Workshop on Philanthropy and the Chinese Diaspora 1850-1949, Swinburne University, Melbourne, 28 Nov 2014
    • “Writing for Publication” (2014), 9th Asia Pacific Theological Association General Assembly, Bali, Indonesia, 23 Sep 2014
  • 2013
    • “Alphacrucis College: The formation and development of the national training college of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia)” (2013), World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 Aug 2013
    • “Joined Hands: Asian influence on Australian Pentecostal Identity” (2013), International Conference on Pentecostal Theology in the Marketplace, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, 11 Jul 2013
    • “Joined Hands: Asian Influence on Australian Pentecostal Identity” (2013), E21 Global Scholars Consultation – 2nd Meeting, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, 09 Jul 2013
    • “The Formation and Development of the National Training College of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia)” (2013), Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges Conference, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, 17 Apr 2013
  • 2012
    • “Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Daily Life of An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal” (2012), International Conference on the History of Everyday Life in Late Imperial and Modern China, University of Queensland, 23 May 2012
  • 2011
    • “Christianity with Chinese Characteristics: The Indigenisation of Chinese Christian Literature” (2011), Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools, University of Sydney, 04 Jul 2011
    • “How is the Gospel Good News for Women” (2011), Gospelizers Conference, Crossway College, Australian College of Theology, 16 Apr 2011
  • 2009
    • “A ‘model’ cooperative effort: the Salvation Army during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)”, “The Chinese Church and the Sino- Japanese War, 1937-1945” (2009), VI International Conference on the History of Christianity in Modern China, Hong Kong Baptist University, 12 Jun 2009
    • "'Prophetic Imagination': The legacy of Alan Boddy (1947-2005) to Pentecostalism in Australia and Asia" (2009), Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges Conference, Citipointe Ministry College, Brisbane, 21 May 2009
  • 2008
    • “The Scroll Thus Far Unrolled: Kenneth Scott Latourette’s Model for a Christian Historiography” (2008), Christian Mission in the Public Square Conference, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, 03 Oct 2008
  • 2007
    • “Exceeding the Promise: The Salvation Army in China (1916-1958)” (2007), 10th Biennial Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference, Griffith University: South Bank (City), Brisbane, 28 Jun 2007
  • 2005
    • “The Contributions of Chinese Business Christians in Australia” (2005), History in the Making Workshop, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 07 Jun 2005
  • 2004
    • “Seeking First the Kingdom of God: The Contributions of Chinese Business Christians" (2004), 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Canberra Convention Centre, 30 Jun 2004
  • 2003
    • “Kingdom-minded People: The Contributions of Chinese business Christians to Hong Kong during the Early Twentieth Century” (2003), Third Symposium on the History of Christianity in Modern China, Hong Kong Baptist University, 07 Nov 2003
  • 2002
    • Discussant (2002), Workshop on Self and Individuality in Modern East Asia, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 22 Mar 2002
    • Workshop on Self and Individuality in Modern East Asia (2002), University of Queensland, Brisbane, 05 Mar 2002
  • 2000
    • “Citizens of Heaven: Overseas Chinese Christians of Australian Federation” (2000), Chinese History during Australian Federation Conference, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, 14 Jul 2000
    • “The Role of Networking among the Chinese Community in Australia” (2000), Workshop on the Chinese in Australian and New Zealand History, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Jul 2000

Other presentation

  • 2018
    • "AC University Vision Progress" (2018), AC70 Gala Dinner, Sydney: Old Government House, 16 Aug 2018
  • 2016
    • 110th Anniversary Celebrations of the Azusa Street Revival (2016), Vision Christian Radio, Sydney, 11 Apr 2016
  • 2015
    • “The Parramatta Legacy" (2015), Alphacrucis College Staff Camp, Sydney: Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, 15 Jan 2015
  • 2013
    • "My Personal Spiritual Journey" (2013), Alphacrucis College Staff Camp, Sydney: Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, 18 Jan 2013
  • 2012
    • “Our College: The History of the National Training College of the Assemblies of God in Australia” (2012), Alphacrucis College Staff Camp, Sydney: Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, 20 Jan 2012

Scholarship Publications

Book Review

  • 2017
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). “Messenger: Sydney Elton and the Making of Pentecostalism in Nigeria – Book Review”. Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology, 2, 2 137-140.
  • 2016
    • Austin, D. A.(2016). “Pentecostalism in Africa: Presence and Impact of Pneumatic Christianity in Postcolonial Societies – Book Review”. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 18.
  • 2011
    • Austin, D. A.(2011). “After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement – Book Review”. Lucas, 2, 3 96-98.
  • 2003
    • Austin, D. A.(2003). "China and Christianity:Burdened past, hopeful future – book review”. Asian Studies Review, . | External link
  • 2001
    • Austin, D. A.(2001). "Christianity made in Japan: A study of indigenous movements – book review”. Asian Studies Review, 25, 2.
  • 2000
    • Austin, D. A.(2000). "Christianity in China:From the eighteenth century to the present – book review”. China Quarterly, 164. | External link

Popular Article

  • 2018
    • Austin, D. A.(2018). “Alphacrucis College Celebrates 70 Year”. Australian Christian Churches E-Mag, 128-30. | External link
  • 2017
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). “Mary Yeung: An extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal”. , . | External link
    • Austin, D. A.(2017). “Mary Yeung: An extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal”. Crucis, 6 March. | External link
  • 2012
    • Accent: Celebrating 75 Years Special Edition (2012). “Leaders in Training”. , .

Other Publication

  • 2001
    • Austin, D. A.(2001). “Going the Second Mile: The Philanthropy of Chinese Business Christians”.

Professional Memberships

Australian Christian Churches Queensland Credentialing Committee Member (since 2011)

Society of Pentecostal Studies (since 2016)

World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (since 2013)

Current Supervision

  • 2020
    • Hepplewhite, G., Women in Australian Theological Education (Doctoral Thesis), 2020
    • Crouch, D., History of Hillsong Church (Doctoral Thesis), 2020

Completed Supervision

  • 2018
    • Daryl Potts, The ‘Triple A’ Theory of Ministry Function and Family Fulfilment: Analysing the Ministry/Family Journey of Credentialed Ministers and their Spouses within the Australian Christian Churches (Doctoral Thesis), 2018
    • Steve Mawston, “We Are More Than Conquerors”: How Australian Christian Churches Leaders have Reinterpreted Romans 8:37 Over Time to Shape Corporate and Personal Identity (1937-2017) (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
  • 2017
    • Kevin Hovey, Alan Tippett's contribution to an understanding of the practice of great commission focused mission in a post-colonial world and its implications for missions in the 21st century (Doctoral Thesis), 2017
  • 2011
    • Lindsey Fuchs, Second Language Acquisition for Missionaries (Masters Project/Thesis), 2011
    • Julie Blinco, The implications of Pentecostal interpretation of Romans 11 with regards to outreach to Jewish people (Masters Project/Thesis), 2011
  • 2008
    • Rebecca Thurrowgood, The history of the deaf pentecostal church in Australia (Masters Project/Thesis), 2008

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