Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey

Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey

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

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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 church planting and informal mentoring of leaders 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 was developed. 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 and through trained field personnel. 

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 Publications.

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. Pentecostal World Fellowship's member denominations represent approximately 100 million Pentecostal Christians.


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

Field of Research

  • 1601 Anthropology
  • 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
  • 2002 Cultural Studies
  • 2099 Other Language
  • 2204 Communication and Culture


  • 2019
    • Hovey, K G (2019). Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. | 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)

Current Supervision

  • None
    • Odion, O., The Pentecostal Phenomenon: An Examination of Factors Contributing to the Growth, Expansion, and Influence of Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria from 1998 to 2018. (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Onyait , S., Holistic mission and National transformation: the Role of Churches and Christian Development Organizations in Meeting Spiritual and Development Needs in Uganda (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Coenradi, R., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Coenradi, R., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Philip, G., The nationwide movement towards the acceptance of Christianity in Southern Sudan between 1983 – 2005? (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Seetahal, K., An exploration of donor influence on the poverty alleviation methods of christian faith based development organizations (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Somh, P., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Sue, D., tba (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Winchester, R., Developing a leadership program for Pentecostal church leaders in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand: A Model for short-term, in-service leadership training (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Wolfgang, S., tba (Doctoral Thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2019
    • Ives, J., What approaches could overcome identified common obstacles faced by church planters within Australian capital cities in the early 21st Century? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
  • 2018
    • Zheng, C.T., Ministry Approaches in Chinese Collectivism (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Wirawan, C., Creating an evangelistic culture in a local church (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
    • Addisalem, T., Effective Church Model for Australian Ethnic Churches from non-English Speaking Backgrounds (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
  • 2016
    • Lee, S., Reflection on a twenty-five year journey as an ethnic service pastor (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
    • Botta, R., Are the key elements of Discipleship effectively described by the following four elements, Character; Spiritual Life; Skills and Theology? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
  • 2015
    • Kollie, V., Leadership & Community Change (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015
    • Patterson, P., How to Successfully Plant New Churches in Rural Sri Lanka (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015
  • 2014
    • Esera, I., 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
    • Gerrard, D., 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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