Glen O'Brien
, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Church History, Sydney College of Divinity, Head of Theology, School for Christian Studies, Booth College

Glen O’Brien is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, and an employee of the Salvation Army's Eastern Territory. As Postgraduate Research Coordinator for both Booth College (Sydney) and Catherine Booth College (Melbourne) he administers the Higher Research Awards of the MCD University of Divinity offered by those two colleges. He is a graduate of Kingsley College (where he served as Vice-Principal and Academic Dean), Asbury Theological Seminary (MA Theological Studies) and La Trobe University where he earned a PhD in history. He has engaged in postdoctoral research on John Wesley at Duke Divinity School (2011), Asbury Theological Seminary (2013) and Oxford Brookes University (2014). He was elected a Member of the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies in 2013. He has taught at Kingsley College, Tabor College (Victoria) and Booth College and has lectured in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. He is a member of the Evangelical History Association and the Wesleyan Theological Society. He is Secretary and Research Fellow in the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research and Editor of the Centre's peer reviewed journal Aldersgate Papers. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals including The Journal of Ecclesiastical HistoryThe Journal of Religious History and the Wesleyan Theological Journal. Along with Professor Hilary Carey of the University of Newcastle (NSW) he has co-edited and contributed a number of chapters to Methodism in Australia: A History (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VA: Ashgate, 2015), in Ashgate's Methodist Studies Series. 

Select Publications

'Introduction,' (co-written with Hilary Carey), ‘Methodism in the Australian Colonies, 1811 to 1855’; ‘Australian Methodist Religious Experience,’ ‘The Continuing Methodist Legacy’ (co-written with William Emilsen), and 'Conclusion' in Glen O'Brien and Hilary Carey, eds.  Methodism in Australia: A History. Farnham, Surrey, Burlington, VA:  Ashgate, 2015.

Christian Worship: A Theological and Historical Introduction (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2014). 

'John Wesley, the Uniting Church, and the Authority of Scripture,' Pacifica 27 (June 2014): 170-83. 

 ‘Methodist Encounters with Other Religious Traditions in the Southern World,’ Australian Journal of Mission Studies 8: 1 (June 2014): 42-53.


‘The Methodists of New Zealand and Australia,’ in Methodist Recorder (special commemorative issue on the Great War), Friday, 1 August, 2014: 14.  

‘Christian Perfection in Australian Methodism,’ in Sean Winter, ed. Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined: Essays on the Grace of God in Honour of Norman Young (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2013), 234-48. 

 ‘Not Radically a Dissenter: Samuel Leigh in the Colony of New South Wales,’ Wesley and Methodist Studies 4 (2012), 51-69. 

'John Wesley and Athanasius on Salvation in the Context of the Debate over Wesley's Debt to Eastern Orthodoxy,' Phronema 28:1 (2013): 28-54.

‘John Wesley’s Rebuke to the Rebels of British America: Revisiting the “Calm Address,”’ Methodist Review: A Journal of Methodist and Wesleyan Studies 4 (2012), 31-55. 

‘The Empire’s Titanic Struggle: Victorian Methodism and the Great War,’ Aldersgate Papers 10 (Sept 2012), 50-70.

‘The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia,’ Uniting Church Studies 17:2 (December 2011), 67-81.