Dr Peter Orr

Dr Peter Orr joined the faculty in January 2014 after several years teaching New Testament at Melbourne School of Theology. Peter is originally from Northern Ireland, and studied at Moore College before travelling to the University of Durham to complete a PhD in New Testament studies. He has been on the ministry team of a parish in Sydney and has experience of preaching in a number of different contexts around the world. Peter is married to Emma and they have four young boys, Benjamin, Oliver, Jonathan and Daniel.

“I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy reading fiction and about Northern Irish history. Having lived in Romania for a few years in the 1990s, I am also interested in all things Romanian. I follow (probably too closely!) Ireland in the Rugby, England in the Cricket and Arsenal in the Football.”



Christ Absent and Present: A Study in Pauline Christology WUNT 2.354; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.


Articles & Essays

‘Paul and Pastors in Ephesians: The Pastor as Teacher’. Chapter 7 in Paul as Pastor. Edited by Brian S. Rosner, Andrew S. Malone & Trevor J. Burke. London: T&T Clark, 2017.

‘The Comfort of God and Pastoral Ministry: An Exegetical Study of 2 Corinthians 1:3–7’. Pages 61–78 in Tend My Sheep: The Word of God and Pastoral Ministry. Edited by Keith G. Condie. London: Latimer Trust, 2016.

‘Abounding in the Work of the Lord (1 Cor 15:58): Everything We Do as Christians or Specific Gospel Work?’. Themelios 38.2 (2013): 205-214.

‘The Bodily Absence of Christ in Paul’.  Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 3 no. 1 (2013): 111-123.


‘Christ Absent and Present: A Study in Pauline Christology’. PhD Dunelm University, December 2011

Interested in:  2 Corinthians; Pauline Christology; Canon; Biblical Theology; Expository Preaching.

Current Research

Paul’s ministry in 2 Corinthians

The Location, Identity and Work of the Exalted Christ (Under Contract: IVP)

Pauline Christology

Expository Preaching

Latest Books, Blogs
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  • 2011 PhD in New Testament (University of Durham)
  • 2007 Bachelor of Divinity (Honours 1); Diploma of Ministry (MTC)
  • 2001-03 Cornhill Training Course, London
  • 1994 Master of Engineering (Chemical) (2:1) (University of Nottingham)
  • Previous Experience
  • 2011-13 New Testament Lecturer at Melbourne School of Theology
  • 2008-11 PhD Studies at University of Durham (supervised by Francis Watson)
  • 2008 Associate Locum Minister at St Matthew’s, Ashbury
  • 2004-07 Student, Moore College
  • 2001-03 International Student Worker, St Helen’s Bishopsgate London
  • 1997-01 Software Consultant in London
  • 1994-96 Missionary in Romania with Operation Mobilisation
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