David  Rankin Author of Evaluating Organization Development

David Rankin

Independent scholar
Uniting Church in Australia

I am an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia. I was for 18 years Director of Studies: Church History at Trinity Theological College, Brisbane. I taught courses in Early Church History and Patristics. My doctoral thesis on Tertullian's doctrines of church and ministry was published by CUP in 1995. Since then I have two books published by Ashgate - one on Athenagoras (2009) - and one, under the Routledge imprint, on understandings of the afterlife in the early church (2017).

Subjects: Religion


I was born and educated in Melbourne but have spent the past  26 years in Brisbane (apart from three years in the UK). I trained for the Ministry of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia - a union of the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in 1977 - in the Melbourne Theological Hall and was ordained in late 1980. I served in two parishes in the Synod of Victoria - while also teaching part-time in the Theological Hall and also spending one year in Cambridge at Wesley House - before moving to Brisbane in 1992 to take up a teaching role on the faculty of Trinity Theological College. I served there for 18 years and also held the additional posts of Academic Dean for 10 years and Principal for six. I was also Head of the School of Theology at Griffith University for 6 years during that time. I have had four books published on patristic subjects and a number of journal articles and book chapters. For the last eight years I have served in congregational placements in both the Methodist Church in Great Britain (three years) and back home in Brisbane (five). As I type this Bio I am preparing to take my last service before retirement on Easter Sunday (1 April 2018).


    Bachelor of Divinity (with Honours) MCD 1980
    BA (with Honours) Monash University 1973
    PhD Monash University 1979
    Doctor of Theology MCD 1992
    GradCertHigherEd Griffith University 2000

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The development of Christian thought in the early church against the background of classical thought.

Personal Interests

    Film, reading and sport.


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