Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee

Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee

Director of Learning and Teaching; Senior Lecturer (Old Testament Studies)

Graduating with a BNurs(hons) in 2000, Narelle moved from Canberra to work in Orange Base Hospital, primarily on the male surgical ward. In 2003 she moved to Sydney to study midwifery and worked at Nepean Hospital. Once graduating with her GradDip of Midwifery, she continued at Nepean Hospital in the postnatal ward part-time, and commenced her studies at Southern Cross College, completing a MDiv in 2009. During this time Narelle started to tutor and lecture in Old Testament studies. In 2010, she enrolled in a PhD through University of Birmingham, UK, graduating in December 2016. Currently Narelle is an Lecturer in Old Testament studies.  She was the Director of Academic Administration 2015-2018. On returning from maternity leave (Jan 2019), she is now working as the Director of Learning and Teaching. She is also active in her local church, Rivers Edge Church, a church plant in the Newington area, where her faith can be outworked in the community.


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

  • 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

  • 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

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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