Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey

Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey

Head of Department, Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, Senior Lecturer in Missiology

Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 45 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.

Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth. In 2017, this service was recognized by the Papua New Guinea government with the Member of Logohu award that was announced in the Independence Day Honours list.

While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches. 

Kevin’s PhD thesis, completed in 2017, is entitled Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology, which has since been published using the same name by Pickwick Publicaitons.

He also serves as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.


PhD (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology 2017

Master of Arts in Missiology (School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary)
Dissertation Title A Manual for Cross Cultural Christians 1983

Diploma in Biblical Studies (Southern Cross College) 1997

Research Interests

Missions, missiology, missionary training, mission strategy, contextualization, ministry in spirit aware contexts

Effective pastoral ministry: preparation, practice and reflection


  • 2019
    • Kevin Hovey (2019). Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology. . | AC Link
  • 1995
    • Hovey, Kevin G (1995). Before All Else Fails Read the Instructions: A Manual for Cross Cultural Christians (2nd Edition). Brisbane: Harvest Publications. | External link
  • 1992
    • Hovey, Kevin G (1992). Tok Welkam long Holi Spirit. Maprik PNG: Assemblies Publications.

Book Chapter

  • 2015
    • Tippett, A. R., Priest, D (2015). The Integrating Gospel and The Christian: Fiji 1835-67 In Foreword, The Integrating Gospel, (pp. ix-x). Pasadena: William Carey Library. | External link
  • 2012
    • Hamalainen, A, McClung, G, (et al) (2012). Together in One Mission: Pentecostal Cooperation in World Evangelization In , (pp. ). .
  • 1991
    • Hovey, Kevin G (1991). A Living Tapestry In , Invading Paradise: Inspiring Stories of the AOG Missionaries in Papua New Guinea (pp. Pages 53 - 56). Melbourne: AOG World Missions.
  • 1987
    • Havea, Sione 'Amanaki, Et Al. (1987). South Pacific Theology: Papers from the Consultation on Pacific Theology, Papua New Guinea, January 1986 In Hovey, Kevin G, Christian living in Papua New Guinea : some problems and solutions (pp. ). Oxford: Regnum.

Journal Article

  • 2014
    • Hovey, Kevin George (2014). Alan Tippett: Australian Missiologist. Australian Journal of Missions Studies, Volume 8 Number 2 pages 30 - 33.
    • Hovey, Kevin G (2014). Australian Journal of Mission Studies. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, Volume 8, Number 2 Guest Editorial, pages 1 - 2.
  • 1990
    • Hovey, Kevin G (1990). Pentecostal Churches in Papua New Guinea. Catalyst: Social Pastoral Magazine for Melanesia, Volume 20, Number 1 Pages 63 - 71.
  • 1983
    • Hovey, Kevin G (1983). Towards Effective Ministry in Cargo Endemic Areas. Point, No 2: Religious Movements in Melanesia Today Pages 115 - 129.


Academic Conference

  • 2014
    • Orality in Pentecostal Churches (2014), Bookends Conference - ”Bookends – learning and sharing faith in a YouTube world”, SMBC Sydney, 31 May 2014

Professional Memberships

American Sociaty of Missiology (since 2017)

American Society of Missiology (since 1979)

Associate Field Team, Australian Christian Churches International (since 2011)

Australian Association of Mission Studies (since 2004)

Completed Supervision

  • 2018
    • Cindi Wirawan, Creating an evangelistic culture in a local church (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Zheng Cheng Tang, Ministry Approaches in Chinese Collectivism (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Addisalem Tsegaye, Effective Church Model for Australian Ethnic Churches from non-English Speaking Backgrounds (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
  • 2016
    • Richard Botta, Are the key elements of Discipleship effectively described by the following four elements, Character; Spiritual Life; Skills and Theology? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
    • Susana Lee, Reflection on a twenty-five year journey as an ethnic service pastor (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
  • 2015
    • Peter Patterson, How to Successfully Plant New Churches in Rural Sri Lanka (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015
    • Victor Kollie, Leadership & Community Change (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015
  • 2014
    • Iliafi T F Esera, Is it possible that the same cultural and historical elements that aided the spread of Christianity and church growth in and through Samoa, could subsequently become barriers to the influence of Christianity in and through Samoan churches planted outside (Masters Project/Thesis), 2014
  • 2010
    • Derek Gerrard, Discuss why church planting in urban centres is relevant today and how missionary church planting approaches should be part of that process. In particular, that will cover a way a missionary analyses the local culture, and then plants churches that engage (Masters Project/Thesis), 2010

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