Dean Drayton

Dean Drayton

BSc (Hons), BD, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Theology
Phone: 0424 368 286
Email: [email protected]


Dean worked as a geophysicist and geologist after obtaining his B Sc (Hons) at the University of Adelaide (1962). Dean was ordained in 1969 as a Methodist Minister after completing BD at Melbourne College of Divinity. Graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary (D Th, 1977 admitted to Ph D, 1988). Dean served as a minister at Salisbury Church (1974-1977), and as a Uniting Church Minister, was Synod Consultant for Evangelism with the SA Synod (1978-1982), Executive Director of the Board of Mission in the NSW & ACT Synod (1983-1998), before joining the Faculty of United Theological College as a Lecturer in Missiology and Theology (1999-2008). On retirement Dean was made an Associate Professor of the School of Theology and continues to teach part time and is involved in research as a Scholar of the Public and Contextual Research Centre. In 2013 he became a member of the Australian Association of Supervisors. Since 2005 has been actively involved in Spirit Journeys in the Simpson Desert.

In 1995/96 was Moderator of the NSW Synod, and in 1997 was Visiting Lecturer at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. Dean was also the President of the National Uniting Church Assembly from 2003 -2006.

Research Interests

Missiology and Mission Theology, Christian Theology, Historical Theology of the Modern Period, Theological Ethics, and Public Theology


Dean has published many studies and articles in the field of mission and evangelism.

Five generations : evangelism in South Australia : a study of the Methodist Church, 1836-1976, 1980

Growing an everyday faith : effective mission in a changing Australia / editors Ian Robinson, Peter Kaldor, Dean Drayton

Pilgrim in the Cosmos, 1995

Which Gospel?, 2005)

Dean is presently finalising Which Mission?
He writes a monthly column for the Korean Herald.

Most recently the paper “Wesley at Aldersgate and the Discovery of a German New Testament” was published and a chapter entitled the ‘Mission to the Celts’ in the book Celtic Christianity and the Modern Church.