Dr Michael J. Frost

Dr Michael J. Frost

Academic Director New Zealand, Lecturer in Theology

In his role as Academic Director at Alphacrucis in New Zealand, Michael oversees the academic operations of the New Zealand campus. He has been involved with the College since 2011, but since completing his doctorate in theology in 2016 has taken on a full-time role with in both academic management and as a lecturer in theology.


PhD (University of Otago)
Dissertation Title A Pentecostal Theology of Social Engagement with a Particular Focus on Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand 2016

MA (Sydney College of Divinity) 2010

BTech (hons) (University of Auckland) 2000

Research Interests

Michael completed his doctoral studies in theology with the University of Otago in 2016. His thesis was focused on a pentecostal theology of social engagement, with particular attention paid to the context of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand. Integrating global pentecostal theological reflection on social engagement with an analysis of grassroots pentecostalism among Māori, he emphasised the relationship between experiences of the Spirit that affirm ethnic and cultural identity, and the impact of this on social realities. Michael’s ongoing research interests relate to the intersection of belief, experience, human flourishing and social transformation.

Field of Research

  • 1601 Anthropology
  • 1604 Human Geography
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
  • 1802 Maori Law
  • 2002 Cultural Studies
  • 2103 Historical Studies
  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies


  • 2018
    • Frost, Michael J. (2018). The Spirit, Indigenous Peoples and Social Change: Maori and a Pentecostal Theology of Social Engagement. Brill: Leiden. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2017
    • Frost, Michael J. (2017). Pentecostal Experience and the Affirmation of Ethnic Identity: Maori Experience and the Work of the Spirit in the Book of Acts. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 39 (3) 295-317. | External link


Academic Conference

  • 2017
    • Pentecostal Experience and Conscientization: Exploring the Liberative Potential of Pentecostalism in Relation to Maori in New Zealand (2017), Society for Pentecostal Studies, St Louis, Missouri, 11 Mar 2017

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