Research Profile: Frank Rees



Academic Biography

Following university studies in philosophy and psychology, Frank studied theology towards ordination by the Baptist Union of Victoria. He continued in research in theology whilst undertaking local church ministry, before proceeding to Manchester for doctoral studies. His PhD work led to his book, Wrestling with doubt: Reflections on the Christian journey of faith.

He is currently 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).

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 publications are Frank Rees (ed.) Baptist Identity into the Twentieth Century: Essays in Honour of Ken Manley, and Frank Rees, ‘The search for Baptist saints’, Pacifica (Vol. 30, October 2017) 284 – 299.

Frank serves 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’.