Rev Dr Grant Buchanan

Rev Dr Grant Buchanan

Lecturer in Theology; Head of Theology

Grant came to Australia to take a position as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE.  From 2006 he taught at Harvest Bible College, joining the team in 2010 Head of VET. Apart from his HBC role and teaching, he also covered worked as in school chaplaincy and a private counselling service, which he is still a director of with his wife. He re-joined the HBC Staff in 2015 as Dean of Learning and Teaching. He is currently the Head of Theology with the School of Ministry and Theology at AC, where he also teaches theology and biblical Studies. 

Grant completed his PhD in 2021 at the University of Divinity in Melbourne. His topic explored a pneumatological reading of the New Creation motif in Galatians, and how this impacts Christian identity.  He is active as an itinerant speaker, and is part of the community at Aspire Church, Hampton Park. 


Ph.D. (University of Divinity)
Dissertation Title The Spirit, New Creation, and Christian Identity in Galatians: Towards a Pneumatological Reading of Galatians 2021

MA (Min) (Harvest Bible College) 2010

Grad Cert (Research Methodologies) (University of Divinity)
Dissertation Title “Jesus, Moses and ‘Us’: Exploring the Relationship between Covenant, Transformation, and Identity in 2 Corinthians 3–4” 2013

BTh (Otago University) 2006

Dip Counselling (AIPC) 2011

MiDip (Bible College of New Zealand) 1998

Cert IV TAE (Sarina Russo) 2013

Current Research

Pneumatology in Galatians

I am researching Paul's understanding of the Spirit in Galatians and how this informs Christian identity and praxis


I am exploring current material on Spirit Christology with an aim to update the current sessions that cover this topic in our Bachelor and Masters programs.


As part of the redevelopment of our ethics units, I'm currently exploring current issues including sexuality and gender, genetic engineering, creation care and eco-theology, and discussions on various ethical frameworks that help inform how the Christian community can adequately and faithfully apply Christian ethics to contemporary moral concerns.

Research Interests

Christology, Soteriology, Trinitarian Theology, Biblical Hermeneutics, The Gospels, Pauline Letters and Theology – especially Romans and Galatians, Missional Church, and the integration of psychology and faith


  • 2023
    • Buchanan, G. (2023). The Spirit, New Creation, and Christian Identity: Towards a Pneumatological Reading of Galatians 3:1–6:17. T&T Clark. | External link

Book Chapters

  • 2013
    • Buchanan, G. (2013). Shifting Sands and Uncertain Waters: Leadership challenges and potentials in the midst of discontinuous change In Jon Newton (ed.), New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts (pp. ). Mosaic Press.
    • Ware, VA., Ware, A., Clarke, M. and Buchanan, G. (2013). Why Western Based, Pentecostal mission organizations undertake community development in South East Asia In Clarke, M. (ed.), Handbook of Research on Development and Religion (pp. ). Edward Elgar.

Journal Articles

  • 2020
    • Grant Buchanan (2020). Identity and Human Agency in Galatians 5 – 6. Australian Biblical Review, Vol 68, 2020 50-62.
  • 2013
    • Buchanan, G. (2013). L’implication des missionnaires pentecôtistes dans l’aide au développement en Asie du Sud-Est. Social Compass, 60, No. 4 488-502.

Internal and External Grants

  • 2022
    • Academic Conference Funding, $700, Alphacrucis


Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • The Justice of God and the Church: Theological Ethics in Conversation with the Apostle Paul and Michael Gorman (2021), ANZATS 2021, Online, 05 Jul 2021
  • 2018
    • Pneumatological Undertones in Galatians 6:14-16 (2018), ANZATS Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 03 Jul 2018

Engagement Publications

Book Reviews

  • 2021
    • Grant Buchanan (2021). Review of Keener, Craig S. Galatians: A Commentary.. Australian Biblical Review, 62 (forthcoming).
    • Grant Buchanan (2021). Kathy Ehrensperger, Searching Paul: Conversations with the Jewish Apostle to the Nations.. Australian Biblical Review, 62 (Forthcoming).
  • 2019
    • Buchanan, G (2019). Review of Paul Perceived: An Interactionist Perspective on Paul and the Law. Australian Biblical Review, 67 109–112.
  • 2017
    • Buchanan, G. (2017). The End of Captivity? A Primates Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics by Tripp York. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, No. 3 138-140.
    • Buchanan, G. (2017). Created Led by the Spirit: Planting Missional Congregations edited by Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, No. 3 129–130.
  • 2016
    • Buchanan, G. (2016). The Rebirth of the Church: Applying Paul’s Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World by Eddie Gibbs. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, No. 2 101-103.

Professional Memberships

Fellowship of Biblical Studies (since 2010)

Society of Biblical Literature (since 2016)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Yoo, H, TBA (Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours))
    • Chandler, G, The nexus between church leadership and children's church volunteerism (working title) (PhD thesis)
    • Rizzo, D, The Spirit and all flesh: Towards a Pentecostal pneumatology of non-human animals, with a special emphasis on animal glossolalia (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)
    • Ngoh, Z, (None)

Completed Supervision

  • 2021
    • Ryan Kerrison, How does C3 atonement theology reflect a pentecostal atonement theology via sermons. (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Tom Anderson, How can a purely online platform be used to create christian community? (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Adam Inder, What can contemporary Pentecostal Church Leadership models learn from Paul’s leadership approach expressed in his letter to the Galatians? (Masters Project/Thesis)
  • 2020
    • Jo Wilton, What is the relationship between faith group membership and wellbeing in retirement as reported in the World Values Survey Australia 2018 and informed by the Social Identity Model of Identity Change (SIMIC)? (Masters Project/Thesis)

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