Carey is pleased to announce that Dr Christa McKirland will be joining its staff as lecturer in systematic theology from the beginning of 2020.
Christa is currently a Research Fellow at the Logos Institute at the University of St Andrews in the UK, where she received her doctorate in analytic and exegetical theology. Christa founded and is the executive director of Logia, an organization created at the invitation of the Logos Institute to support women pursuing postgraduate theological education.
Originally from Georgia in the United States, Christa has a rich Baptist heritage and a deep love for the local church. Her research has focused particularly on theological anthropology and the crucial role of the Spirit for understanding human purpose and flourishing.
Christa is married to Matt. They have two children, Raya (4) and John (1). Christa enjoys playing basketball and would love to learn how to play rugby.
“As New Zealand’s highest-ranked non-university research institution, we’re delighted to be welcoming such a gifted theologian. Christa brings to Carey a deep love for Jesus, a strong confidence in the Scriptures, and a vision for forming Christian leaders who can serve faithfully and effectively in today’s world. Christa instinctively brings the resources of our faith into conversation with the realities of our context and the practices of Christian life and leadership. The obvious alignment between Christa’s calling and Carey’s mission is very exciting, and we look forward to working together in service of the gospel.” – Rev Dr John Tucker, Principal, Carey Baptist College
“Christa is one of the bright stars of the emerging generation of theologians. She has made a huge contribution at St Andrews through her time as a doctoral student and as a postdoctoral fellow, not least through founding Logia, an exciting and ambitious initiative to promote gender justice in academic theology. We are very sorry to see her go, but encouraged that she has been appointed to so excellent a school as Carey, and wish her well in her future career.” – Rev Dr Steve Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Principal of St Mary’s College, Head of School, University of St Andrews
“Christa is, first and foremost, an outstanding Christian theologian. Her integration of biblical scholarship, theology and philosophy showcases the future direction for constructive Christian theology…. When the Logos Institute invited Christa to establish an initiative to encourage women to pursue academic research in theology, no-one could have envisaged what she would achieve. In only three years, her energy, enthusiasm and creativity has made Logia one of the most important initiatives of its kind anywhere in the world. Its potential to redress in constructive ways the imbalance of gender and ethnicity within academic theology is simply immense.
Christa’s contribution in St Andrews has been astonishing. At least two of us in the Logos Institute, who are citizens of Aotearoa, know that there could be no more exciting location for this next phase of her career than Carey and the superb colleagues it has. We wish her and her wonderful family every blessing in the years ahead!” – Dr Alan Torrance, Professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Logos Institute, University of St Andrews
“Carey Baptist College is the recipient of an immense gift in Dr Christa McKirland. In my time as a research fellow at St. Andrews, I observed her talent as a theologian, her warmth as a connector between various people and groups, and her leadership in the vision and implementation of Logia. She will bring all of those gifts and many more to invest in the intellectual and spiritual community of Carey. I look forward to seeing fruit that will come as she moves into this next phase of her calling.” – Rev Dr Amy Peeler, Associate Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College.
Enquiries to Dr John Tucker, Principal, [email protected]