BA, BTeach, Dip Min, MDiv, MTS, PhD
Sally’s interdisciplinary research spans biblical studies and systematic theology, as she reflexively engages with the biblical text, early church writers and the potential implications of re-engaging with, often suppressed, texts in contemporary context. In particular, Sally’s research attends to questions of christology, soteriology, gender, discipleship, spirituality, worship and prayer.
Sally’s doctoral investigation of early church christology was published to critical acclaim in the LNTS series by Bloomsbury as Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity (2016). Her most recent book The Church Triumphant as Salt: Becoming the Community Jesus speaks about was published by Coventry Press (2021). Other recent publications include ‘The Problem with Powerlessness: Attending to Power and Authority in Matthew’s Wisdom christology’ in Contemporary Feminist Theologies: Power, Authority and Love. London: Routledge, 2021. pp. 59-71. ‘Jesus’ Impact on Understandings of Gender: Attending to First Century Dialogue’ in The Impact of Jesus of Nazareth: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, SCD Press Publication (2021 forthcoming). ‘“I Desire Mercy Not Sacrifice” How Soteriology Constructs Discipleship–A Test Case’, Colloquium, (2019) pp. 44-60. ‘Being the Church: An Exploration of Mission’, The Australian Journal of Mission Studies, December (2015): 38-44 and ‘A Decoding of Evil Angels: The Other Aetiology of Evil in the Biblical Text and its Potential Implications in our Church and World’, Colloquium, (2013): 42-60.
Sally teaches across a range of subjects at Pilgrim Theological College including Mark’s Gospel, Jesus, Justice and Discipleship, and Cross and Resurrection. She is also regularly invited to speak at local, state, national and international biblical and theological conferences. Sally continues to be a guest on various podcasts including The Inverse Podcast, Beyondering; Love, Rinse, Repeat, Chattersquare, By the Well and also on ABC Radio National’s God Forbid. Sally also regularly writes for the Uniting Church Magazine Crosslight.
Sally welcomes research proposals focused on New Testament and early church texts that relate to questions of christology, soteriology, gender, and discipleship.
Sally is a Minister of the Word within the Uniting Church, working in the mode of ‘scholar pastor’. Alongside her academic work she serves in placement with a dynamic inner-city congregation.