Ps Grant Buchanan

Ps Grant Buchanan

Lecturer in Theology, Masters of Arts Program Director

Grant came to Australia to take a position in an ACC church in Melbourne’s SE suburbs primarily as Creative Ministries and Small Groups Pastor.  From 2010-2015, he covered a number of part time roles apart from his teaching, including chaplaincy and counselling. He re-joined the Harvest Bible College Staff in 2015 as Dean of Learning and Teaching and is currently the MA Program director with AC where he also teaches Theology and Biblical Studies. He is completing his PhD at University of Divinity in Melbourne looking at a pneumatological reading of Galatians and how this impacts identity.  He is active as an itinerant speaker, and though not paid, is part of the leadership team at Kaleidoscope Community Church, a small missional community in Beaconsfield, Victoria.  

As a pastor, counsellor and teacher, Grant continues to engage in pastoral care and counselling helping encourage and equip people for life and ministry.  Grant has a passion to see people find their true sense of identity and, consequently, their passion and purpose in all they are and do.

When not drinking coffee, talking coffee and thinking coffee, Grant spends time reading, at the gym, and hanging out with his wife Trudy, and with friends. When possible, he also loves visiting his two boys, Joel and Zac in Sydney. Grant and Trudy love exploring the various eating and coffee precincts of Melbourne. He enjoys NZ Rugby, AFL and action movies. As a musician for many years his taste varies from Blues through Rock to some forms of Jazz. He loves flying and previously worked as a flight instructor. Travel for love and ministry is high on the agenda, so he and Trudy are looking forward to frequent holidays and ministry opportunities within Australia and beyond.


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

Book Chapter

  • 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: Melbourne.
    • 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: Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA.

Journal Article

  • 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.


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

Scholarship Publications

Journal Article

  • 2020
    • Grant Buchanan (2020). Identity and Human Agency in Galatians 5—6. Australian Biblical Review, 61 50-62.

Book Review

  • 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). Created Led by the Spirit: Planting Missional Congregations edited by Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, No. 3 129–130.
    • 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.
  • 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

  • 2021
    • Ryan Kerrison, How does C3 atonement theology reflect a pentecostal atonement theology via sermons. (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021

Completed Supervision

  • 2021
    • Tom Anderson, How can a purely online platform be used to create christian community? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2021
    • 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), 2021
  • 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), 2020

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