Postgraduate Research

As part of the Australian College of Theology, BST offers the Master of Theology (MTh), Doctor of Theology (ThD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program. Students with particular research interests in Asian Christianity or ministry in an Asian context are encouraged to explore BST’s Postgraduate Program.

Research Fellows

The Centre for Asian Christianity has developed a Research  ellowship Scheme for the purpose of encouraging people to  ngage in research in the area of Asian Christianity and to support people engaging in research through access to support services. Applications to become a CAC Research Fellow are welcome.

Research Fellows enjoy the following privileges:

1.     Annual membership of BST’s W. J. Tunley library (including full student borrowing rights and extended library access)

2.     Online access to BST’s electronic resources (including EBSCO and ATLA)

3.     Invitation to participate in CAC and BST Research Symposia throughout the year

4.     Opportunity to meet with visiting scholars to the Centre

5.     Opportunity to stay at BST as part of the Research Sabbatical Scheme

Application process:

For further information or to apply to become a Research Fellow for the Centre for Asian Christianity please email the team.

Meet our Research Fellows

Karen Kim

B.A. (Hons.), MDiv, PhD

Grace Lung

BSci (Comp Sci), GradDipDiv, MA(ChrStds)

Dr Cathy Hine

PhD (Gender Studies), BA (Hons, Arabic and Islamic Studies), Diploma in Biblical Studies.

Rev Dr Xiaoli Yang

BBus GCCS GDCS MDiv PhD (Intercultural Theology), Research Fellow

Martus Maleachi

STh, MTS, Th.M, Ph.D

William Hong

BA, LLB, GDLP, MDiv, ThM (cand.)

Born near Melbourne, but raised on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Karen’s Ministry and Academic interests have been heavily influenced by a decision to move to South Korea in 2005 after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication and Cultural Studies. Since then Karen’s personal experiences, ministry and research have been married together − quite literally.

Right before completing her Master of Divinity at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, she married a native Korean in 2011. While continuing her studies in Seoul at Yonsei University with a PhD in Pastoral Counselling, she gave birth to their son in 2014. Finding herself to be part of small group reflecting a larger dramatic shift in Korean society for which there was very little literature, Karen decided to write her Thesis on the Experiences of Western Women raising Biracial Children with their Korean spouses in Korea.

Karen served as Youth Pastor for the English Ministry of Yoido Full Gospel Church (2008-2011) and as Associate Pastor in the Adult English Ministry (2011-2013). She also completed her counselling Internship and Residency at the Global Diaspora Coaching Network and Yonsei Counselling Centres seeing predominantly International Student clients. Karen’s particular research interests include multicultural counselling and how inter and intra personal dynamics are influenced by cultural and personal narratives. Monographs and papers Kim, Karen L. “Korea and the Gender Construction of Female Marriage Migrants” Pastoral Psychology 66 no. 1 (2017): 13-25. You can contact Karen at karenlkim81@gmail.com

Grace grew up in Sydney in a large Chinese church. Since then she has served at various Chinese churches over the years in youth, students, young workers and women. Her passion and interest is contextualizing the gospel to Asian Australians and developing Asian churches in Australia. Grace is a graduate of Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Fuller Theological Seminary. Her study focussed on Chinese Australian identity and ministry. She has also spent time in Pastoral ministry.

In her current roles, she serves as the Director for Asian Contextual Engagement for the RICE Movement, is a Team Member for Interserve Culture Connect and serves on OMF QLD’s Ministry Team. She was an Anglican Deaconness Ministries Summer Fellow in 2019. Her writing has appeared in the Gospel Coalition Australia, Ethos (EA Centre for Christianity and Society) and Centered: Resources for the Asian American Church.

Grace is married to Chris who pastors the English ministry at Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church where she looks after junior high and mission. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and catching up on the latest Asian pop culture and food.

Cathy joined Interserve in 1986 after looking for a mission agency that would nurture God’s call to ministry with women who live under Islam. This has provided the focus to Cathy’s last thirty years of ministry. Cathy is passionate about women and change, particularly how the transforming power of the Kingdom of God, expressed in the message of the Gospel, is foundational to challenging the structures that mediate Muslim women’s lives. In her PhD Cathy explored this theme through the lives of women activists in Pakistan.

After completing almost nine years as part of Interserve’s International Leadership Team, first as Regional Director for the Arab World and Africa, and then as Director of Ministries, Cathy stepped down at the end of 2014. In 2015 she partnered to launch a new initiative for When Women Speak.

When Women Speak is a network that encourages the exploration of the place of women’s voices where Christianity, Islam and missiology meet. The network encourages women to share and debate their work on mission, women and Islam, focused on nurturing ministry that engages Muslim women with the gospel. Cathy’s research interests include women, Islam and mission; women, social activism and change. She is presently researching issues that impact discipleship for women followers of Jesus out of Islam, honour and shame as experienced by women, and the intersection of women’s social activism and the gospel.

Monographs and papers
Hine, Cathy (2018), co-editor, When Women Speak …, Publisher Regnum Hine, Cathy (2018), Veiled: Muslim Women in Modern Mission Strategies in When Women Speak
Regnum Publications Hine, Cathy (2018), Patronage and Reciprocity: Leveraging aspects of shame and honour in discipling women followers of Jesus from a Muslim Background in When Women Speak
webzine Hine, Cathy (2017) Negotiating from the Margins: Women’s Voices (re)Imagining Islam in Dynamics of Contemporary Muslim Societies: Christian, Theological and Missiological Implications
Evelyne Reisacher (ed), Intervarsity Press Writing as Melanie McNeal
McNeal, Melanie (2014) ed, Discipleship: reclaiming Missions Strategic Focus.
Grassroots Mission Publications McNeal, Melanie (2014), Mission Paradigms: Is discipleship important? in Discipleship: Reclaiming Missions Strategic Focus
Grassroots Mission Publications McNeal, Melanie (2012), Who’s responsible?: Mission Organisations, Leadership and the Management of Crises on the Field in Risk and Suffering in the Church and Mission,
Grassroots Mission Publications McNeal, Melanie (2010), Do Muslim Women Need Saving? in Reconciliation in the Arab World.
Grassroots Mission Publications. Mc Neal, Melanie (2008), Contextualisation or the Affirmation of Patriarchal Norms? In Doing Mission in the Arab World.
Grassroots Mission Publications

You can contact Cathy at cathyhine@gmail.com

Xiaoli has been serving in Australia and overseas as a lecturer, pastor and mentor. In her teaching, she adopts creative methodologies to build bridges between the secular and the sacred, the East and the West, theology and poetry. She enjoys research, poetry, travel and her dog.


Book chapters

  • ‘Titus’ in An Asian Introduction to the New Testament Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2020, (forthcoming)
  • Mark Cartledge: A Practical Theologian’ in Voices of the Spirit: A Primer to Contemporary Pentecostal Theology, Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • “The Beauty of Poetry – Discerning the Images of Christ in Chinese Tradition”. In Beauty and Tradition. Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • “A ‘Steam Boat’ Theology of Home—Reading the Gospel of Luke with Chinese Eyes”. In Reimaging Home. 217-36, Sydney: Morling Press, 2019
  • “Poetry as Theology—a Creative Path”. In Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, ICETE Series, edited by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj, 425-45. Carlisle: Langham Global Library, 2018
  • with Havilah Dharamraj, Grace Al-Zoughbi Arteen, and Karen Shaw. “Verse by Verse: The Use of Poetry in Advanced Theological Education”. In Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, ICETE Series, edited by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj, 447-59. Carlisle: Langham Global Library, 2018

Encyclopedia Entries

  • ‘Mysticism’, ed. Dyron Daughrity, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Names, Naming (People)’, ed. Dyron Daughrity, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020 (forthcoming) 
  • ‘Meal Custom’, ed. Dyron Daughrity, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • ‘Jesus  Christianity – China’ in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), Jesus – Kairos, Vol 14, ed. Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017


  • “An Exploration of A Chinese Christian’s Poetic Journey – Towards a Chinese Theology of Displacement” (forthcoming)
  • “Contemplative Aspects of Pentecostal Spirituality—A Case Study of a Retreat Experience in Asia”. Journal of Pentecostal Theology 28, no. 1, (2019): 123-42


Book Reviews

  • ‘China, Christianity and the Question of Culture’ in International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Vol 15, Issue 4, 2015
  • ‘They Shall See His Faith’ in Mission Studies, 37, no. 1, 2020 (forthcoming)

Martus is a Chinese-Indonesian “pastor’s kid” born and raised in Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta. While as a youth he had no intention of following his father’s footsteps and becoming a full time minister, in His time God called him and led him into a life of ministry.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in theology from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (known as SAAT in Indonesian) in Malang, East Java, he completed his internship at Anugerah Indonesian Christian Church in Bandung and continued to serve at that church until SAAT invited him to return as a faculty member in 1995.

Although Martus’s primary passion is to serve a congregation, most of his life has been dedicated to the training of future ministers through his work at SAAT. He believes that the core of theological education lies not on academic ability but on a readiness of the heart to serve Christ our Lord and Saviour; therefore, academic quality has to be based on a spiritual foundation.

Sent by SAAT, Martus continued his education in the United States, receiving his master’s degrees (MTS and ThM) from Calvin Theological Seminary and his doctorate (PhD) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Since 2015, Martus has had the honour of serving as SAAT’s president. Martus lectures on the subject of Old Testament Literature. The focus of his research is on the Historical Books of the Bible. His goal is to help the Asian congregation understand those books according to their original context. He believes that the Bible will come to life when allowed to speak in its own way.

William was born and raised in Melbourne as a second-generation Korean-Australian, coming to faith in the context of the Korean immigrant church community. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. He also studied abroad for one year at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, where he focused on Korean language studies and international relations.

Following his undergraduate studies, William worked as a public servant and lawyer with the Australian Government, dealing primarily with migration and refugee issues. After six years, he left the Australian public service to prepare for his calling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree with a cross-cultural ministry focus.

William has been a member of various churches while living in seven different cities across Australia, Korea, and the United States, most of which have been diaspora Korean congregations. He has held a long-standing interest in cross-cultural missions, having visited and served with various ministries located in China and North Korea on several short-term mission trips.

Most recently, he had the privilege to serve as an English ministry pastor for youth and young adults at a Korean church while living in the Chicago area.

William is currently pursuing his Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Through his research, he aims to study how theological education was contextualised by Western missionaries and to assess its impact on the formation and growth of the Korean church in the early twentieth century.

By examining the role of theological education in the development of Korean Christianity through a missiological lens, he hopes to establish a historical framework from which to further consider the implications of theological education and its significance for advancing mission in the twenty-first century.

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