About me - David Parker

ABN 59 098 783 570

24072016

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I am a Consultant Theologian, based in Brisbane, Australia, now in active retirement. I accept assignments to research, write, lecture, preach, edit and publish theological, biblical and historical matters relating to the Christian life and the church. I also accept administrative and consultative work for churches, theological and educational bodies and other related organizations at an agreed upon fee.

In April 2009, I concluded as Editor of Evangelical Review of Theology (ERT) and as Executive Director of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance after an association commencing first in 1986. I resumed as Executive Editor of ERT early in 2010 which means that I do all the editorial work in association with the Chairman of the TC who is the General Editor. I have published Discerning the Obedience of Faith: a short history of the WEA Theological Commission (Eds 1 and 2, 2014) click here to download PDF version

My main spare time activity is Archivist for The Baptist Church Archives, Queensland. This work includes caring for the existing collection, expanding and developing the scope of the Archives, and making its contents available for consultation and research. One important new aspect of this is the move towards digital archives which is gradually taking place.

I edit and produce The Queensland Baptist Forum, the journal of the Baptist Heritage Queensland (Baptist Historical Society of Queensland). The Society was established in 1984 and promotes interest in Baptist heritage and faith in Queensland. There are similar societies in most Australian states and overseas and other similar organisations interested in the general field of Baptist Studies. We have also published a number of monographs and guides on aspects of Baptist history in Queensland. (List of current publications and ordering details)

One of my projects included the book, Women who made a Difference, celebrating the contribution of women connected with Baptist churches in Queensland to mission, community and church. An earlier book was the 150 year history of Baptists in Queensland, published in 2005 to mark the sesqui-centenary of the denomination. As well as editing and producing the whole book, I worked especially on the period since 1945. Since then I have worked on the 150 year history of Baptist work in Central Queensland, covering churches in Rockhampton and the very large district west to Longreach. This book was launched on 18 May 2012.

I am also interested in several subsidiary projects arising out of these activities, including research in the development of the charismatic movement among Baptists in Queensland, and further work on the German Baptists. I have published Guide to Baptist historical resources in Australia (Unlock the Past, 2014 click here for details). A current on going project is the history of Baptist work on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland.

Another part of my work in Baptist Studies is membership in the  Baptist World Alliance Heritage and Identity Commission. I have delivered several papers and used to look after the web page.

Theological background and interests

My pastoral and theological training took place at the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales (now known as Morling College), Melbourne College of Divinity, and later at the University of London (BD) and the University of Queensland (MA, PhD). I am an ordained minister (retired) of the Baptist church in Queensland. I am available for preaching and ministry appointments.

I have taught Theology, Ethics, New Testament and Christian Worship. My main interests are Theology, Evangelicalism, Baptist Studies and the Australian Church, areas in which I have published several articles. I am also interested in Biblical Archaeology. Having visited quite a few sites in Israel and other nearby lands with my camera and collected some interested artefacts, I give illustrated lectures on this topic. I am the editor of Jesus, Salvation and the Jewish People (WEA/Paternoster, 2011)

Family

I was very happily married to Joyce for 36 years, and we had two children, Christine and Martin, but sadly, cancer took her from us on 20 Jan 2000 at the age of 58 years.

I am now married to Dianne who is a Deaconess who formerly headed up the Aged Care Chaplaincy ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland.

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