(02) 9847 0030

Reverend Professor Glen O'Brien

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BTh, MA Biblical Studies, MA Theological Studies, PhD

T: 61 2 9847 0030
E: GOBrien@bbi.catholic.edu.au

Glen O’Brien teachers the History of the Catholic Church in Australia and The History of Christianity in Australia with BBI. Throughout his career, he has held various academic roles including Lecturer, Vice Principal, Academic Dean and Head of the School of Theology.

He also currently serves as Discipline Coordinator for Humanities in the Sydney College of Divinity and Post-Graduate Research Coordinator for Booth College and Catherine Booth College. He is Vice-President of the Religious History Association, serves on the Executive of the Uniting Church Historical Society in NSW, and is a Research Fellow and Secretary of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research (ACWR) and an Honorary Fellow of the Manchester (UK) Wesley Research Centre.   

Glen O’Brien has published widely in academic journals including The Journal of Religious History, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Pacifica, and The Wesleyan Theological Journal. He has contributed chapters to several books and is the author of Christian Worship: A Theological and Historical Introduction (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2013) and editor (with Hilary Carey) of Methodism in Australia: A History (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VA: Ashgate, 2015). He is editor of Aldersgate Papers, the peer reviewed journal of the ACWR and book review editor for Pacifica, the theological journal of the University of Divinity. He is currently writing a full length monograph on John Wesley’s political writings arising from postgraduate research undertaken at Duke Divinity School, Asbury Theological Seminary, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre where he served as a Visiting Fellow in 2015.

In 2013 he was invited to be a member of the 13th Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies held at Christ Church College, Oxford. His historical and theological interests include Wesleyan and Methodist history and thought, religion and politics in the eighteenth century, Australian religious history, and Trinitarian discourse in relation to the doctrine of sanctification.

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