Research Profile: Sunny Chen

BA (Hons), PGCertEd, MTheol (Hons), CertApplLing, AdvDipMin, PhD

Sunny currently teaches New Testament Greek at Pilgrim Theological College. He is the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra’s Presbytery Minister for Working with Congregations, and an Honorary Researcher at the University of Divinity. He received his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and doctorate from the University of Divinity. The areas of his research interests include Pauline Epistles, New Testament Greek, the Gospel of John, and Intertextuality. Passionate about education, he is currently a member of Queen’s College Council, the Vice President of Wesley College Council, and he chairs the Interim Board of the Ministerial Education Board & Pilgrim College Council Committee.


“The Distributive Singular in Paul: The Adequacy of a Grammatical Category.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 11 (2015): 104–130.

“Evangelism & Communicating the Good News (Acts 17:16–34).” In A New Season: Six Bible Studies Exploring “Who is God Calling in this New Season of the Uniting Church.” Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, 2015.

“The Wedding Imagery of Jesus and Adam: The Intertextual Connection of John 19:23–37 and Genesis 2:18–25.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Antonio, Tx, November 20, 2016.

Paul’s Anthropological Terms in the Light of Discourse Analysis. Publications in Translation and Textlinguistics. Dallas, Tx: SIL International (forthcoming 2018).

“Semantics of Suffering: Thematic Meaning of the Language of Suffering in Romans and 2 Corinthians.” In Suffering in Paul. Eugene, Ore: Wipf & Stock (forthcoming 2018).