Academic Dean

Duncan has been on staff with Hillsong College for more than two decades. As one of our senior lecturers he teaches a range of Vocational and Degree courses, alongside overseeing the academic development, partnership and excellence of Hillsong College. In addition to the pursuit of his PhD and academic duties, Duncan is highly involved as a Pastor at Hillsong Church.

Which department do you teach in?

Undergraduate & Vocational Education Training (VET)

Which courses are you currently teaching?

Church & Ministry (Cert IV), New Testament Introduction (Cert IV), New Testament Studies (Romans) (Diploma), Apologetics (Adv Diploma), Introduction to the Bible (BTh), Romans and Galatians (BTh), The Prison Epistles (BTh), Biblical Hermeneutics (BTh)

What are your research interests?

Pentecostal Hermeneutics, Pauline Pneumatology, Pauline Ethics, Religious Experience.

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (University of Sydney), Masters of Theology (Practical Theology) (University of Manchester), Doctor of Philosophy (cand.) (Alphacrucis College). Assoc. Dipl. Of Ministry (IICM), Cert IV Training and Assessment (Unity)

Articles & Publications

“Paul’s Teaching on Prosperity and Giving in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9” Masters Thesis

“The Apostolic Trance” Paper delivered at Society of Pentecostal Studies 2017 Annual Meeting

What is your job role?

I am the Academic Dean for Hillsong College, which means I am in charge of our curriculum design and development, our accreditation and academic partnerships, and ensuring we’re achieving high quality training outcomes for our students so that they are equipped to build and lead contemporary, relevant and life-giving churches across the globe.

I’m also a senior lecturer, across a range of topics, but with a particular emphasis on the New Testament, especially the life, letters and theology of Paul. I’m passionate about these topics because they help students really dig into their bibles, grounding themselves in the world-changing story of what God is, and has always been, up to in the world – bringing his kingdom through Jesus the king.


I have been part of Hillsong Church now for 35 year, the last 22 years on the faculty for College. Throughout this time I have held a range of leadership, ministry and teaching roles both in the church and in the College as Hillsong has grown and expanded. I have also been married to my wonderful wife Wendy for the last 30 years, and raised four wonderful sons, navigating the many seasons of life. All this means that I’ve learned how to integrate faith, family, ministry, personal, leadership and academic development, and theological enquiry, in a way that sustains growth, longevity, faithfulness and fruitfulness…and hopefully some wisdom as well.


I am personally passionate about helping students develop a practically effective and intellectually robust approach to life, leadership and ministry. Our world is increasingly complex and challenging, yet there remain tremendous opportunities to bring the powerful and peaceful reign of Jesus to this world through his people, the church. This requires leaders who are equipped with the full range of personal, leadership and theological tools that building healthy, relevant and growing churches demands. There is no better place I can think of doing this than right in the heart and life of Hillsong Church, one of the world’s leading churches.


Being a part of Hillsong College has changed my life. It has taught me to how to lead as well as teach, and how to do both so as to build the church and the lives of future leaders. It has enabled me to build a legacy in the lives of thousands of students from all over the world.

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