Vice President Emeritus

Dr Ian L. Grant

Dr Ian L. Grant

PhD (Monash)
MA (Miss) (Fuller)
DipT (UNE)
DipMin (Faith BC)
Cert IV (AWT)

Ian presently serves as Vice-President of Higher Education and Head of Intercultural Studies at Harvest Bible College.

The son of missionaries in Vanuatu, he has served in many roles including Senior Pastor, Missionary, Youth Pastor, Training Consultant, Lecturer, Church Planter and Education Officer and in a variety of Christian organisations.

Ian served with the Apostolic Church Mission among the Enga people of Papua New Guinea developing national leaders, the focus of his doctoral thesis.  He has been Principal, Dean, Director of Training or Registrar in a number of Bible Colleges, and lectured in many undergraduate and graduate institutions both in Australia and internationally.  He has pioneered and restructured organizations, and regularly consults with churches, student groups, missions and other training organizations in the Asia Pacific Rim.  He is the author of a number of manuals and training resources for churches, missions and colleges.

He is passionate communicator of leadership dynamics, global missions, the global church and equipping the emerging generation of leaders.  The call of God and the effective, global communication of the Gospel remain his passion, making him an impacting speaker at missions, church, youth and student movement conferences.  He is presently developing fresh approaches to training the emerging generation of youth and mission leaders.

Ian has led a variety of short-term mission teams, and preaches and teaches in conferences and leadership training seminars in many nations, particularly in Asia.  While studying for his PhD at Monash University, he supported his wife Nais and four sons as they pioneered an exciting, contemporary, youth and young adults’ church in the city of Casey, Melbourne, Australia.  He is an ordained minister with the Australian Christian Churches.

He is a passionate about developing innovative young leaders, global missions, espresso, great food, contemporary worship, forests and reefs!

Main Teaching and Research Areas

Missiology, Culture Change, Intercultural Communication, Leadership Emergence and Development, Church Leadership, Contextualisation and Global Christianity

Awards & Qualifications

Full Name of Award Subject/Major area Awarding Institution and Year of Award
Doctor of Philosophy Contextualized Leadership, Missiology Monash University, 2012
Master of Arts Missiology, Contextualisation, Leadership, Intercultural Communication Fuller Theological Seminary, 1986
Graduate Certificate Linguistics, Language Acquisition South Pacific Summer Institute of Linguistics, Sydney University, Summer 1980-81
Diploma in Christian Ministry Ministry Faith Bible College, 1974
Diploma of Teaching Education University of New England (formerly Armidale Teachers’ College), 1973
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Adult Education Australian College of Ministries, 2007

Papers Presented

“Gospel and Culture: Reflections on Current Missiological Theory and Discourse with Implications for Ministry in Contemporary Contexts,” to Cultural Perspectives on Christian Ministry, Harvest Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Aug 21, 2014.

“Developing Appropriate Christian Leadership amongst the Enga People of Papua New Guinea,” to Alan Tippett Symposium on Mission & Cross Cultural Ministry, Sydney, Australia, Sept 14, 2013.

“‘Not with Saul’s Armour!’ Implications of the Rise of ‘Southern Christianity’ for Ministry in Australia.” Multiple Perspectives on Ministry Research, Harvest Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Aug 30, 2013.

“Missional Encounters,” ANZATFE Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 29, 2011.

“Trying to Think Pentecostally in Missiological Research,” Thinking Pentecostally,Harvest Research Conference, Melbourne, Sept 2, 2011.

“Leadership Congruence and Dissonance: The Enga Kamongo,” Monash Anthropology Seminar, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, April 30, 2010.

“Pentecostal Spiritualities and the Gospel according to Bono,” Liquid Conference, Melbourne, April 21, 2006.

“Teaching Mission as a Subversive Activity: Promoting a World Christian Perspective in Ministry Training,” PCBC Conference, Brisbane, May 18, 2002.

“Multiculturalism: Obstacle or Opportunity for the Australian Church?”  Trends 2000 Conference, Melbourne, Nov 28, 2000.


Books / Manuals

The Emerging of a Christian Leader. Teaching Manual, PacRIM Resources, Menzies Creek, Vic, March 2014.

Becoming a World Christian. (Rev. Ed.). Teaching Manual, PacRIM Resources, Menzies Creek, Vic, February 2014.

Understanding Belief Systems and World Religions. Teaching Manual, PacRIM Resources, Menzies Creek, Vic, Frebruary 2012.

Pastoral Ministry. Teaching Manual, PacRIM Resources, Menzies Creek, Vic, June 2011.

Planting, Developing and Multiplying Churches. Teaching Manual, PacRIM Resources, Menzies Creek, Vic, February 2011.

Worldview Sourcebook: The School of World Mission Models. MA Thesis, Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms Int., June 1986.

Worldview & Worldview Change: A Reader. Unpublished printed Reader, July 1985.

Enga Religion: Process and Dynamics. Unpublished printed Reader, March 1985.

Many training manuals, articles and papers used in a variety of training contexts.

Book Chapters

Chapter on “Contemporary Ministry: A Global Perspective” In J.K. Newton (Ed.), New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts (pp. 63-68). Preston, Vic: Mosaic Press, 2013.

Journal Articles

“Christian Leadership and Globalizing Christianity: Missiological Approaches.” in Journal of Asian Missions7:1(2005) 63-84.

Positions Held

Past President (2015-16), & Secretary (2013-16), Australian Association for Mission Studies

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society

Member, Australian Association of Mission Studies

Minister, Australian Christian Churches