Len Firth

Lecturer in Bible and Theology (for students from a non English-speaking background)

ThL (Hons)(ACT), MDiv (Lutheran Theol Sem, HK), MA (Theol), Grad Cert Professional Supervision (Pastoral), Grad Cert of Divinity (ACT, Ridley).

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Len joined the Faculty at Ridley in 2008, after 12 years as a CMS missionary in Groote Eylandt and Hong Kong and 7 years as Principal of St Andrew’s Hall, the CMS Australia Training College. Len trained at Ridley and was ordained in the Diocese of Perth in 1975. He also serves as Archdeacon of Essendon.

He is seeking to train and equip for ministry Christian leaders and congregation members from recently arrived immigrant communities whose first language is not English. Over the past 7 years he has taught every unit in a Diploma of Ministry course for this cohort of students.

He is passionate about Bible teaching for ministry. He remains strongly interested in cross-cultural mission and parish-based ministry. Recently, he has been upskilling in supervision and coaching for those in ministry.

Teaching areas
New and Old Testament and theology at Diploma level for non English-speaking background students. He has taught in the areas of Missiology and World Religions. In 2020 he will co-teach two units in Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers.

Research Interests
Holistic Theological education, Missiology, Old and New Testament, and Supervision.

Recent papers and publications

  • Grasping his Garment: a study of Zechariah 7-8 and the mission of God A paper for the Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Conference 2019
  • Accidental learning: Issues in teaching theology to African refugees in Australia A paper for Harvest Bible College 2016 Research Conference ‘Can Theology be Practical? August, 2016
  • Enemy as exemplar: A missional interpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan in its wider Lukan context (Luke 9:51-10:37) Australian Journal of Mission Studies (Dec 2015) pages 53-61.
  • Book Notice: Mark J Boda The Book of Zechariah (NICOT), Patheos April 2016.
  • Book Notice: Anthony R. Petterson Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi (Apollos), Patheos August 2015.
  • Book Review: Islam and Christianity on the edge: Talking points in Christian-Muslim relations into the 21st century Zadok Perspectives Issue 124 (Spring 2014)

Hobbies & Interests
Len is married to Jill who also teaches at Ridley. They have three adult children. Len is interested in walking, computing, fishing, in house renovations and family history.

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