Rev Dr David Pitman

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Rev Dr David Pitman BA, BD, Dip.Ed, Ph.D, AM, KCSJ

David is a former South Australian, where he worked as a teacher before undertaking his theological education at Parkin-Wesley College. He served in parish appointments at Renmark and Ingle Farm-Para Hills and in between spent four years with the Indian Division of the Methodist Church in Fiji. In 1983 he was appointed Principal of Alcorn College, the Lay Training Centre of the Uniting Church in Queensland. In 1986 Alcorn merged with Trinity Theological College and David became a member of the combined faculty with responsibility for Practical Theology. He taught courses in worship, preaching, pastoral care and mission of the church and was Director of Field Education. During this time, David completed his Ph.D at the University of Queensland in the field of religious pluralism.

In 1996, David was inducted as the fulltime Moderator of the Queensland Synod, a position he filled for the ensuing three years. In January of 2000 he was appointed Superintendent of Wesley Mission Brisbane and the Albert Street Uniting Church. He was Chairperson of the Uniting Church National Assembly Strategic Planning Unit during the five years it undertook the work entrusted to it. In September of 2005, David was inducted for a second three-year term as Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church. He is currently Convenor of the Uniting Church National Assembly Working Group on Worship and a director on the Board of Uniting Care Queensland. In 2008 he was made a member of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem. He was awarded an AM in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

David is married to Marcia. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the opera, reading, gardening and cooking.

Research Interests

  • The relationship of Christianity and the world religions
    See my book, released by Ashgate in June 2014: "Twentieth Century Christian Responses to Religious Pluralism: Difference is Everything".
  • The contemporary significance of Reinhold Niebuhr
    An exploration of how the work of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) continues to speak in a relevant and significant way, particularly into contemporary western society and culture

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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