Graham Joseph Hill
Graham Joseph Hill
I’ve spent 30 years in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, in roles such as pastor, CEO, college Principal, spiritual mentor, and leadership consultant. I have coached hundreds of individuals and teams toward success. I specialize in executive and not-for-profit leadership, career coaching, mentoring authors, and personal well-being coaching. I coach for emotionally intelligent leadership, change management processes, strategy, spiritual growth, and values-driven leadership. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, a church pastor, an experienced CEO and College Principal, and a trained Life Coach.
I’ve been in theological education for 16 years and Christian ministry for 30. I’ve planted churches, pastored, taught theology, and trained women and men for ministry and mission. I’m Principal, Chief Executive Officer, and Assoc. Professor at Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity). I’m also the founding Director of The Global Church Project (Centre for the Research of Global Christianity). Before Stirling College, I served in Baptist theological colleges in Australia from 2004–2019. My roles included Vice-Principal and Provost.
I received my MTheol from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a PhD from Flinders University. I’m the author of 10 books. These books include Global Church, Healing Our Broken Humanity (co-authored with Grace Ji-Sun Kim), Salt, Light and a City (two volumes), Holding Up Half the Sky, and Hide This in Your Heart (co-authored with Michael Frost). My writings have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.
I’ve served as Visiting Scholar at the Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary in South Korea and taught at numerous seminaries and universities throughout the Asia-Pacific. I also teach within the Doctor of Ministry program of Abilene Christian University in Texas. I serve on theological committees within the Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance.
I have delivered lectures at educational institutions worldwide, such as Boston University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hillsong College, Carey Baptist Theological College, Laidlaw College, Torch Trinity University, Korea Baptist University, Lipscomb University, Abilene Christian, University, and Yonsei University. I have spoken at national and international gatherings of groups like World Vision, Compassion Australia, International Justice Mission, Christians for Biblical Equality, Common Grace, Christian Schools Australia, Australian Association of Mission Studies, Missions Interlink, Hillsong College, the Baptist World Alliance, Micah Global, WEC International, the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, and Our Daily Bread International.
I have served on the editorial committee for the book Christianity in Oceania (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity), published by Edinburgh University Press. I am on the Executive of the University of Divinity, along with the Vice-Chancellor and other seminary Principals.
My main areas of research include trends in World Christianity and themes in applied theology. I love thinking about Christian approaches to faith, life, and culture. I write about themes in biblical equality, biblical studies, systematic theology, mission, and justice. I teach courses on Christian leadership, church revitalisation, and missional theology. My teaching areas also include spiritual formation and World Christianity. I often lecture on church health, leading through change and transition, and more. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I love supervising research Masters and Doctoral students.
The Baptist Churches of Australia ordained me in 2000. I have pastored and planted churches in Perth and Sydney. One of my great joys in ministry has been pastoring in some of the largest churches in Australia. I attend Epping Church of Christ. This church is a healthy, missional, and Christ-centred church in Sydney. I have the joy of being a frequent conference speaker in Australia and around the world.
I’ve been married to Felicity since 1996, and we have three daughters. I love writing and research and spending time in a forest or by the sea.
“Graham Joseph Hill is one of the finest missional scholars in the world, and the only one dedicated to making the work of Christians in the Global South (Majority World) known to the West, and also one of the only ones who describes the work of others with meticulous care and fairness. When I think of world theologians today I think of Graham – and I don’t say that lightly. Yes, there are more famous scholars but there are none doing his admirable and noble work of mediating the voices of those who have been silenced by not being in the places of power. The work he has done, too, with defending women in ministry is singularly clear and effective, and my own students have found this new book of his most helpful. If I could invite one person to my school to be a professor of missional theology, it would be Graham Joseph Hill. No rivals for me.”
Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight+
Professor of New Testament