Jason Goroncy (Rev Dr)


Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, University of Divinity

Jason teaches in the area of systematic theology at Whitley College, University of Divinity, and is an ordained minister with the Baptist Union of Victoria and the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prior to arriving at Whitley in 2015, he served as a pastor of Baptist and Uniting churches, as a lecturer at the Koh Lo Traw Theological College on the Thai-Burma border, as a lecturer and Dean of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in New Zealand, as a primary and secondary school teacher, and as a rubber stamp maker.

His current research interests lie chiefly in the areas of Christian doctrine, theological anthropology (with a particular focus on children, disability, and death), theological aesthetics, and the work of the Scottish theologian P. T. Forsyth.

Among his many affections are cooking (especially Indian and Sri Lankan dishes), reading, visual arts, bushwalking, cycling, 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 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’). He cheers for the Melbourne City Football Club, the Western Bulldogs, the Boston Red Sox, the Chelsea Football Club, the Scotland national rugby union team, the Williamstown Seagulls, and the Indian Cricket Team. He cheers a lot. His golf game was much improved after reading John Updike’s essays  ‘Walking Insomnia’ and ‘Lost Balls’.

  • PhD | University of St Andrews, Scotland (2010)
  • ADipMin | Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (1999)
  • BTheol | Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (1997)
  • BEd | University of Melbourne, Australia (1993)
Current Teaching
  • Beginning Theological Studies (UD unit codes: CT1001W | CT1701W (online) | CT8001W | CT8701W (online). Offered:  2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Being Human (UD unit codes: CT2705W (online) | CT3705W (online) | CT9705W (online). Offered: 2016, 2019)
  • Church: The Quest for Christian Community (UD unit codes: CT2020W | CT3020W |CT9020W. Offered: 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Death (UD unit codes: CT3011W | CT3711W (online) | CT9011W | CT9711W (online). Offered: 2017, 2020)
  • John Calvin: Thought and Legacy (UD unit codes: CH3028W | CT3028W | CH9028W | CT9028W. Offered: 2016, 2019)
  • Suffering, Faith, and Theodicy (UD unit codes: CT3029W | CT9029W. Offered: 2015, 2018)
  • Theology and the Arts (UD unit codes: CT2009W | DP2009W | CT3009W | DP3009W | CT9009W | DP9009W. Offered: 2016, 2019)
  • Theology, Poetry, and Imagination (UD unit codes: CT3026W | DP3026W |CT9026W | DP9026W. Offered: 2018)
  • Who is Jesus? (UD unit codes: CT2002W | CT2702W (online) | CT3002W | CT3702W (online) | CT9002W | CT9702W (online). Offered: 2016, 2018, 2020)
Current Projects
  • P. T. Forsyth: Life and Thought
  • ‘The Roots that Clutch’: A Theology of Death
  • Inexplicable Evil, Tragic God
  • T&T Clark Handbook of the Doctrine of Creation (editor)
  • The Arts, the Church, and Australian Culture (coeditor)
Preferred Areas of Postgraduate Supervision
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Theology and the Arts
  • Theological Ethics
  • Public Theology
  • Reformed Traditions
  • Death
  • Suffering
  • General areas of Christian thought, especially the doctrines of God, and of creation