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Dr. Perry Shaw
Professor of Education
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BA, Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney

BTh, Pastoral Studies, Alliance College of Australia, Canberra

DipEd, Mathematics Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney                                  

MEd, Developmental Psychology, Sociology of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney

ThM, New Testament Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey

EdD, Formational Ministry in Christian Faith Communities, Asia Graduate School of Theology (Alliance), Singapore


“Congregational leadership for growing Arab churches: A critical-contextual and systemic study of Middle Eastern Arab Protestant churches.”

Perry and his family have been serving in the Middle East since 1990. During the 1990s Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centres in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology (Beirut) during the early years of the millennium, joining the ABTS Faculty in 2007.

In addition to being a Faculty member at ABTS, Perry is a curriculum and faculty development consultant to regional schools and ministries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, and is active in the missional theological education movement within the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). Perry’s passion is to help ABTS and other theological schools to develop and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership. Perry serves on the Peer Review Committee of the Christian Education Journal, the MTh/EdD/PhD in Education Programmes Committee for the Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST Alliance), and the Theological Education Programme Board for the London School of Theology.

Perry has published the following educational texts: Transforming Theological Education (Carlisle: Langham), The Art of Teaching (Amman: PTEE; translated to Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu), and The Acts of the Apostles (Amman: PTEE; translated to Arabic). He has also published numerous articles in the fields of Christian Education and Leadership Studies.

Perry and his wife have two adult children, Christopher and Phoebe. For relaxation he likes to drink coffee, play squash, and watch movies – but not at the same time.

Recent publications include:

“Holistic and Transformative: Beyond a Typological Approach to Theological Education,” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 40.3 (July 2016), 205-216.

“Parenting that Reflects the Character of God,” Christian Education Journal, Series 3 Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2016), 43-58.

“Student Reciprocal Evaluations,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 30.3 (March 2016), 1,3.

“Space and Community, Engagement and Empowerment: The Missional Equipping of Children,” (with Corneliu Constantineanu), Transformation, Vol. 33.3, (2016), 208-217.

Transforming Theological Education: A Practical Handbook for Integrative Learning, Carlisle: Langham, 2014.

[Translated into French: Transformer la formation théologique: Un manuel pratique pour un apprentissage intégral et contextual, Carlisle: Langham, 2015.]

“Questions That Bring Contemporary Context to Past Personalities,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 29.5 (May 2015), 1,6.

“Culture and Learning”(363-364), “The Greek Orthodox Church” (560-561), “Will” (1383-1384), “World” (1401-1402), in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, ed. by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

“‘New Treasures with the Old’: Addressing Culture and Gender Imperialism in Higher Level Theological Education,” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 38.3 (July 2014)