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Alphacrucis College

Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin – Master of Arts (Christian Studies), GradDipA, Cert IV T&A, Phd , BA (Hons 1), BMiss , DipChrisMin

Academic Faculty
Director of Quality and Standards; Program Director Master of Theology; Academic Director Queensland

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Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin
Director of Quality and Standards; Program Director Master of Theology; Academic Director Queensland

Denise is a member of the School of Christian Studies.

Research Interests

  • Oral history
  • Indigenisation of the church in modern China
  • Australian Pentecostal history
  • Contribution of women to Pentecostalism

Academic Qualifications

2012

Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College)

2010

GradDipA (Sydney College of Divinity)

2007

Cert IV T&A (Training Australia Unlimited)

2004

Phd (University of Queensland )
Dissertation Title Kingdom-Minded People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians

2000

BA (Hons 1) (University of Queensland)
Dissertation Title Going the Second Mile: The Spirit of Chinese Christian Philanthropy

1993

BMiss (Jubilee International Theological Institute )

1989

DipChrisMin (Rhema Bible College )

Selected Publications

Conference Paper — Published in 2013

Citation:

27 August 2013: ‘Alphacrucis College: The formation and development of the national training college of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia)’, World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

Journal Article — Published in 2013

Citation:

Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Life of An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal – Part II”, Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies, 16, 2 (August 2013), 123-137.

Journal Article — Published in 2013

Citation:

Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Life of An Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal – Part I”, Asian Journal Pentecostal Studies, 16, 2 (August 2013), 99-122.

Book — Published in 2013

Citation:

Our College: A History of the National Training College of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia) (Sydney: Australian Pentecostal Studies, 2013).

Extract: Since its inception in 1937, Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia) has transformed from a small, fragmented sect, into a substantial denomination with far-reaching impact. This book reveals that its national training institution, Alphacrucis College (formerly Commonwealth Bible College then Southern Cross College), has been integral to the unity, vitality and growth of the movement. The college became a locus of a burgeoning supply of church planters and missionaries, as ‘new’ Pentecostal alumni took the lead in renewal and visionary faith. Building on its solid heritage, while meeting the demand of changing demographics, tighter government compliance and evolving church structures, Alphacrucis College has grown to become one of Australia’s largest and most productive dual sector Christian colleges for higher education and vocational training. Our College will provide inspiration to all those seeking to equip others or to be equipped for the work of Christ on the earth.

Conference Paper — Published in 2013

Citation:

17-18 April 2013: “The formation and development of the national training college of Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia)”, Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges conference, Alphacrucis College, Parramatta

Conference Paper — Published in 2013

Citation:

11-14 April 2013: “Writing for Publication”, Asia Pacific Theological Association – Pacific Oceania-Australasia Bible School Conference, Alphacrucis College, Auckland.

Conference Paper — Published in 2012

Citation:

23-27 May 2012: “Mary Yeung: The Ordinary Daily Life of an Extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal”, International Conference on the History of Everyday Life in Late Imperial and Modern China, University of Queensland

Book — Published in 2011

Citation:

Kingdom-Minded” People: Christian Identity and the Contributions of Chinese Business Christians

Extract: During the early twentieth century in China, a number of key economic leaders converted to Christianity. Whilst strongly influenced by cultural heritage, powerful modernising forces and tumultuous political changes, the new Christian identity inculcated by Protestant missionaries motivated these entrepreneurs to modify their business practices, improve their social environment and extend the influence of Christianity. Protestant and Catholic sojourners likewise made significant contributions into their adopted communities. With unprecedented economic growth in China today, a fascinating contemporary parallel can be seen, particularly through the influence of Pentecostal, charismatic and evangelical training. Previous research has explored the emergence of the urban Christian élite in modern China. However, this systematic study provides new understanding of how Christian identity motivates Chinese business Christians toward economic, social and religious contribution. Read more here… (external link)

Book Chapter — Published in 2011

Citation:

A ‘Model’ Cooperative Effort:  The Salvation Army during the Sino-Japanese War” in Baptism by Fire: The Chinese Church during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 (Hong Kong:  Alliance Bible Seminary).

Conference Paper — Published in 2011

Citation:

Christianity with Chinese Characteristics: The Indigenisation of Chinese Christian Literature”, ANZATS/ANZSTS Conference: ‘Found in Translation: Bible, worship, mission’ (University of Sydney).

Conference Paper — Published in 2011

Citation:

3-6 July 2011:  “Christianity with Chinese Characteristics: The Indigenisation of Chinese Christian Literature”, ANZATS/ANZSTS Conference: ‘Found in Translation: Bible, worship, mission’ (University of Sydney).

Book Review — Published in 2011

Citation:

After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement – Book Review”, Lucas, 2, 3 (June 2011), 96-98.

Conference Paper — Published in 2011

Citation:

How the Gospel is Good News for Women”, Gospelizers Conference (Crossway College, Brisbane).

Conference Paper — Published in 2011

Citation:

16 April 2011:  “How is the Gospel Good News for Women”,Gospelizers Conference (Crossway College).

Book Chapter — Published in 2010

Citation:

The Impact of Traditional Chinese Religions on the Social Justice Orientations in Chinese Christians” in International Advances in Education:Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice, Volume 6 – Religion and Spirituality, Martin Dowson and Stuart Devenish, eds (Charlotte NC:Information Age Publishing).

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Journal Article — Published in 2009

Citation:

“The Scroll Thus Far Unrolled”:  Kenneth Scott Latourette’s Model for a Christian Historiography’ in Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 3, 2: 39-47.

Conference Paper — Published in 2009

Citation:

A model for war relief efforts:  the Salvation Army during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)”, “Chinese Church and the Sino- Japanese War, 1937-1945”: VI International Conference on the History of Christianity in Modern China (Modern History Research Centre of Hong Kong Baptist University and the Christianity and Chinese Culture Research Centre of Alliance Bible Seminary), Hong Kong Baptist University.

Book — Published in 2009

Citation:

The Man from Little River: The story of George McArdle (Sydney:Ark House Publishing).

Conference Paper — Published in 2009

Citation:

'”Prophetic Imagination”:  The legacy of Alan Boddy (1947-2005) to Pentecostalism in Australia and Asia’, Pentecostal and Charismatic Bible Colleges Conference 2009, Citipointe, Brisbane.

Conference Paper — Published in 2008

Citation:

The Scroll Thus Far Unrolled:Kenneth Scott Latourette’s Model for a Christian Historiography”, Christian Mission in the Public Square Conference, CharlesSturt University, Canberra

Conference Paper — Published in 2005

Citation:

The contributions of Chinese business Christians in Australia’ at the History in the Making Workshop, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Book Chapter — Published in 2004

Citation:

Of which I was part:Pastor Ron Woolley, Australia” in Teaching the Trush in Dynamic Times:Australia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan,Wanda Bigham, Graham Leo and Won Sul Lee, eds (Seoul:Asia-Pacific Federation of Christian Schools).

Conference Paper — Published in 2004

Citation:

Seeking first the kingdom of God:The contributions of Chinese business Christians”,The15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Canberra Convention Centre.

Book Chapter — Published in 2004

Citation:

Citizens of Heaven:Overseas Chinese Christians during Australian Federation” in After the Rush:Regulation, participation and Chinese communities in Australia 1860-1940,Sophie Couchman, John Fitzgerald and Paul Macgregor, eds (Fitzroy, VIC:Otherland).

Conference Paper — Published in 2003

Citation:

Kingdom-minded people:The contributions of Chinese business Christians to Hong Kong during the early twentieth century” at the Third Symposium on the History of Christianity in Modern China, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Book Review — Published in 2003

Citation:

China and Christianity:Burdened past, hopeful future – book review”, Asian Studies Review

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Book — Published in 2002

Citation:

From Pasture to Pastorate:The history of MorningsideUniting Church 1902-20021902-2002(Brisbane:Morningside Uniting Church).

Book — Published in 2001

Citation:

Assistant Editor - Our Federation:Brisbane heritage trail 1901(Brisbane:Brisbane History Group).

Book Review — Published in 2001

Citation:

Christianity made in Japan:A study of indigenous movements – book review”, Asian Studies Review, 25, 2

Book Review — Published in 2000

Citation:

Christianity in China:From the eighteenth century to the present – book review”, China Quarterly, 164

Journal Article — Published in 2000

Citation:

International workshop:Industrial relations in East Asia”, Chinese Business History, 10, 2 (Fall 2000) (Cornell University East Asia Program).

Conference Paper — Published in 2000

Citation:

The role of networking among the Chinese community in Australia”, Workshop on the Chinese in Australian and New Zealand History, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Journal Article — Published in 1998

Citation:

Chinese business networks’ in Chinese Business History, 8, 2 (Fall 1998) (Cornell University East Asia Program).


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