Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee

Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee

Director of Academic Analytics and Projects; Senior Lecturer (Old Testament Studies)

Narelle is the Director of Academic Analytics and Projects (2022-present). She is also a Senior Lecturer in Old Testament Studies. Graduating in 2016, with her PhD from University of Birmingam, UK . She has a research interest in narrative-geography, wilderness, laments, Pentecostal hermeneutics as well as Higher Education. She also has a background in Academic Administration and Learning and Teaching.


PhD (University of Birmingham)
Dissertation Title Wild God in the Wilderness: Why does Yahweh choose to appear in the wilderness in the Book of Exodus? 2016

Master of Divinity (Southern Cross College/SCD) 2009

Grad Dip Midwifery (with Distinction) (University of Western Sydney) 2004

B Nursing (Hons) (University of Canberra) 2000

Certificate IV TAE (ProSkills) 2009

Research Interests



Narrative-Geography Methods

Old Testament, especially Pentatuech

Pentecostal Spirituality

Lament Psalms

Book Chapter

  • 2022
    • Bickmore-Brand, J., Coetzee, N., Greentree, J., and Murison, C. (2022). Christian Higher Education Providers and Graduate Attributes: Tokenistic or Purposeful? In Miner, M & Beilharz, K., The Challenge of Pluralisms to Chrsitian Formation through Higher Education (pp. tbd). forthcoming.
    • Bickmore-Brand, J., Coetzee, N., and Greentree, J. (2022). Graduate Attributes: Maintaining the Faith in Initial Teacher Education In Williams, P., and Pearce., K., Revealing Jesus in the Learning Environment: In Celebration of Teaching (pp. forthcoming). Christian Education Research Centre, Avondale Academic Press, Cooranbong, Australia.
  • 2013
    • Melton, N.J.(2013). 'Wilderness: Holy Yahweh's Innate Habitat?' In Lee Roy Martin (ed), A Future for Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations (pp. 9-23). CPT Press, Cleveland, TN.
  • 2011
    • Melton, N.J.(2011). 'Wooly Sheep and New Fields: The Old Testament and Singleness,' In Lily Arasaratnam (ed), P.S. I'm Single: Reflections on Singleness. (pp. 34-70). APSS, Sydney.

Journal Article

  • 2022
    • Coetzee, N.J.(2022). Moses' Embodied Encounter: Bare Feet Grounded in the Wilderness (Exodus 3.1-4.17). Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 31 1-15.
    • Coetzee, N.J. & Austin, E.M.(2022). To Build or To Be: An Intertextual Exploration of Sarai's Scheme. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 23 (1) 59-72. | External link
  • 2021
    • Arasaratnam-Smith, L. A., Coetzee, N. J., & Hodson, C (2021). The double-edged sword of ‘best aspects’ and ‘needs improvement’ in student experiences: A qualitative analysis. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 18(3). | External link
  • 2011
    • Melton, N.J.(2011). “Lessons of Lament: Reflections on the correspondence between the Lament Psalms and early Australian Pentecostal Prayer. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 20, no. 1 68-80.
  • 2009
    • Melton, N.J.(2009). “A Pentecostal Lament: Is there a correspondence between the form of the biblical lament psalms and early Australian Pentecostal Prayer?”. Australasian Pentecostal Studies Journal, 12 39-72.

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2020
    • AC Internal Research Grant, Alphacrucis College


Academic Conference

  • 2016
    • "Trembling and Wandering at Mount Sinai: A Comparison of the People’s Response" (2016), Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA, 01 Jan 2016
  • 2015
    • 'Embodied Encounter: A Closer Look at Moses' Unshod Feet (Exodus 3).' (2015), Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Lakeland, Fl., 12 Mar 2015
  • 2014
    • 'To Build or To Be: A Pentecostal's Intertextual Exploration of Sarai's Scheme.' (2014), Presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Springfield, MI., 01 Jan 2014
  • 2013
    • 'Wilderness: Holy Yahweh's Innate Habitat?' (2013), Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Seattle, WA, 01 Jan 2013

Other presentation

  • 2020
    • Guest Interviewee on "Seasons of Solace" (2020), River's Edge Church (youtube channel), Sydney Australia, 16 May 2020

Scholarship Publications

Journal Article

  • 2022
    • Coetzee, N.J. Austin, E.M.(2022). To Build or To Be: An Intertextual Exploration of Sarai’s Scheme. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, (in production).

Book Review

  • 2008
    • Melton, N.J.(2008). Grey, J. “Them, Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks Today”. Australasian Pentecostal Studies Journal, 11 126-128.

Popular Article

  • 2021
    • Coetzee, N.J.(2021). Embodied Encounter: Bare Feet at the Burning Bush. Crucis, . | External link
  • 2020
    • Coetzee, N.J.(2020). COVID-19: Our Liminal Wilderness Time and Place. Crucis, . | External link

Professional Memberships

Society of Pentecostal Studies (since 2012)

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