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Reverend Associate Professor Frank Rees

Sessional Lecturer

Frank has a particular passion for helping all people to discover their own theology. He believes all Christians are theologians and can be more aware of this. He delights in seeing people ‘come alive’ to their own faith as a living and creative reality for them and for their community.

He serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in several colleges of the University of Divinity, and has taught at Eva Burrows College since 2018.

He has a number of special interests in his field of Systematic Theology. One is the study of life stories as a source for theology. This is based on James McClendon’s work, Biography as Theology. He teaches a course on ‘Lives of Faith’ at Whitley College.

He is also engaged with contextual approaches to Christology and Ecclesiology and how these can work together—this understanding of Christ and salvation should shape how we live as ‘church’ in the world today.

Frank is Chair of the Academic Board in the University of Divinity. He was previously Principal of Whitley College (2006 - 2016), where he had also served as Dean (2000 - 2006) and Professor of Systematic Theology (1991 - 2016). He has academic qualifications in Philosophy, Theology and Education, as well as advanced study in Governance and Strategic Leadership in the non-profit sector.

He is a member and has served as Chair of the Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity, in the Baptist World Alliance. In this role he is also Co-Chair of the Conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Commission for Promotion of Christian Unity, on the theme of 'The Dynamic of the Gospel'.

His current research projects include a collaborative work collating life-stories of Baptist saints, applying the method of James McClendon's Biography as Theology. He is also researching a biography of Mervyn Himbury, founding Principal of Whitley College.


His most recent publication was the volume he edited, Baptist Identity into the Twenty-First Century: Essays in Honour of Ken Manley, (Whitley College, 2016).


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