Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee
PhD , Master of Divinity , Grad Dip Midwifery (with Distinction) , B Nursing (Hons) , Certificate IV TAE

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Rev Dr Narelle Coetzee
Student Projects Officer; Lecturer (Old Testament Studies)

Narelle is a member of the Faculty of Theology and specialises in the following areas: Biblical 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 Students Project Officer. 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.

Research Interests

Old Testament

Lament Psalms



Pentecostal Spirituality

Narrative-Geographical Methods

Academic Qualifications


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?


Master of Divinity (Southern Cross College/SCD)


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


B Nursing (Hons) (University of Canberra)


Certificate IV TAE (ProSkills)

Selected Publications

Coetzee, NJ & Hodson, C (2017). Experiencing the Standards: Domain 2.2 Diversity & Equity. Paper presented at the HEPP-QN, Melbourne, .

Coetzee, N.J.(2016). "Trembling and Wandering at Mount Sinai: A Comparison of the People’s Response". Paper presented at the Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA, .

Coetzee, N.J.(2015). 'Embodied Encounter: A Closer Look at Moses' Unshod Feet (Exodus 3).'. Paper presented at the Presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Lakeland, Fl., .

Melton, N.J.(2014). 'To Build or To Be: A Pentecostal's Intertextual Exploration of Sarai's Scheme.'. Paper presented at the Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Springfield, MI., .

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.

Melton, N.J.(2013). 'Wilderness: Holy Yahweh's Innate Habitat?'. Paper presented at the Presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Society of Pentecostal Studies., Seattle, .

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. 168-80.

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.

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, 1239-72.

Melton, N.J.(2008). Grey, J. “Them, Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks Today”. Australasian Pentecostal Studies Journal, 11126-128.

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