Jason GoroncyJason Goroncy is a pastor, theologian, and historian who teaches at Whitley College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne.

Among his many affections – not all of which are fully appreciated by his partner and their three begats – are cooking (especially Indian and Sri Lankan dishes), reading, visual arts, bushwalking, whisky, folk music, ornithology, and fishing (with a strong preference for fly fishing, on the basis of the undisputed fact that ‘all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen’ (Norman Maclean)). He cheers for the Chelsea Football Club, the Western Bulldogs, the Sri Lankan Cricket Team, and the Boston Red Sox, and he believes in the superiority of old-fashioned shaving cream, leather shoes, cotton shirts, and loose-leaf tea. He has a strong preference for home-roasted coffee beans, and for second-hand clothing (his favourite pair of pyjamas once belonged to a very long-legged ‘Mr Ron Baker’). His golf game was much improved after reading John Updike’s essays  ‘Walking Insomnia’ and ‘Lost Balls’.

University Education
  • PhD                         University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • A.Dip.Min             Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia
  • B.Theol                 Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia
  • B.Ed                        University of Melbourne, Australia
Some Past and Present Responsibilities
  • Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, University of Divinity, Australia. (2015–)
  • Member, Advisory Council for the Center for the Eucharist, USA. (2011–current)
  • Member of the Theology Network and Chair of the Church and Society working group, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Switzerland and Germany. (2010–current)
  • Review editor, Candour, New Zealand. (2010–14)
  • Member, Global Mission Office, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand. (2011–14)
  • Advisor, Local Ministry Teams and Locally Ordained Ministry, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, New Zealand. (2009–14)
  • Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Care, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, New Zealand. (2008–14)
  • Dean of Studies, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, New Zealand. (2008–14)
  • Tutor, Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia. (1999)
  • Lecturer, Koh Lo Traw Theological College, Thailand. (1997–98)
  • Pastoral ministry, Baptist Union of Victoria and Uniting Church in Australia, Australia. (1993–97, 1999–2005)
  • Beginning Theological Studies
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Suffering, Faith, and Theodicy
  • John Calvin: Thought and Legacy
  • Church: The Quest for Christian Community
  • ‘Christianity without God’: Lloyd Geering, Slavoj Žižek, and the Nihilism of the Secular
  • Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Witness of Faith
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Pastoral Care
  • Presbyterian & Reformed Christianity
  • Masters and doctoral supervision
Current Research Interests

Jason’s research interests lie chiefly in the areas of Christian doctrine, theological anthropology (particularly around theologies of childhood, disability, and death), theological aesthetics, and P. T. Forsyth.

Select Publications


Articles and Book Chapters

  • Contributor to Christian Perspectives on Marriage: A Discussion Document, ed. Bruce Hamill, et al. Wellington: Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, 2014.
  • ‘John Calvin: Servant of the Word’, in Calvin: The Man and the Legacy. Edited by Murray Rae, Peter Matheson and Brett Knowles. Hindmarsh: ATF Press, 2014, pp. 13–40.
  • ‘Introduction’, in ‘Tikkun Olam’ – To Mend the World: a confluence of theology and the arts. Edited by Jason A. Goroncy. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014, pp. 1–20.
  • ‘Preaching sub specie crucis: An Introduction to the Preaching Ministry of P. T. Forsyth’, in Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History: Notes from the Pulpit Ministry of P. T. Forsyth. Edited by Jason A. Goroncy. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013, pp. 1–66.
  • ‘Mission and the Priesthood of Christ’. Candour 7 (May 2013), pp. 7–11.
  • ‘“Tha mi a’ toirt fainear dur gearan”: J. McLeod Campbell and P. T. Forsyth on the Extent of Christ’s Vicarious Ministry’, in Evangelical Calvinism: Essays Resourcing the Continuing Reformation of the Church. Edited by Myk Habets and Robert Grow. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2012, pp. 253–86.
  • ‘Tui’. Otago Daily Times, 29 October 2012, p. 9.
  • ‘The Final Sanity is Complete Sanctity: Universal Holiness in the Soteriology of P. T. Forsyth (1848–1921)’, in “All Shall Be Well”: Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology, from Origen to Moltmann. Edited by Gregory MacDonald. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2011, pp. 249–79.
  • ‘Church and Civil Society in the Reformed Tradition: An Old Relationship and a New Communion’. Reformed World 61, no. 3 (2011), pp. 195–210.
  • ‘The Elusiveness, Loss, and Cruciality of Recovered Holiness: Some Biblical and Theological Observations’. International Journal of Systematic Theology 10, no. 2 (2008), pp. 195–209.
  • ‘“That God May Have Mercy Upon All”: A Review-Essay of Matthias Gockel’s Barth and Schleiermacher on the Doctrine of Election’. Journal of Reformed Theology 2, no. 2 (2008), pp. 113–30.
  • ‘Fighting Troll-Demons in Vaults of the Mind and Heart – Art, Tragedy and Sacramentality: Some Observations from Ibsen, Forsyth and Dostoevsky’. Princeton Theological Review 13, no. 1 (2007), pp. 61–85.
  • ‘Lesson and the Arts: Dies Irae, John Donne and Luke 7:36–8:3’. Lectionary Homiletics (2007), pp. 27–28.
  • ‘Lesson and the Arts: Dylan Thomas and Luke 7:11–17’. Lectionary Homiletics (2007), pp. 19–20.
  • ‘Lesson and the Arts: Mark Tansey, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Matryoshka Dolls and Galatians 3:23–29’. Lectionary Homiletics (2007), pp. 36–37.
  • ‘Lesson and the Arts: Pablo Picasso and Romans 5:1–5’. Lectionary Homiletics (2007), pp. 10–11.
  • ‘Bitter Tonic for our Time – Why the Church Needs the World: Peter Taylor Forsyth on Henrik Ibsen’. European Journal of Theology 15, no. 2 (2006), pp. 105–18.


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