Glen O'Brien, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator, Eva Burrows College in the University of Divinity

Associate Professor Glen O’Brien is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia, and an employee of the Salvation Army's Australia Territory. As Research Coordinator at Eva Burrows College he administers the University of Divinity’s Higher Degrees by Research offered through the College as well as lecturing in Christian History and Theology, specialising in Wesleyan studies. A graduate of Kingsley College (Bachelor Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Arts Theological Studies) and La Trobe University (PhD in history), Glen has engaged in postdoctoral research on John Wesley at Duke Divinity School (2011), Asbury Theological Seminary (2013) and Oxford Brookes University (2014). He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre for six weeks in the summer of 2015, and was elected a Member of the Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies in 2013 and 2018. He is a Member of the University of Divinity’s Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy, a Research Fellow in the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research and Editor of the Centre's peer reviewed journal The Journal of Wesleyan Thought (formerly Aldersgate Papers). He has published widely on Wesleyan and Methodist themes, including two volumes in the Ashgate Methodist Studies Series, many articles and book reviews in scholarly journals including The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Journal of Religious History, Methodist Review, Wesley and Methodist Studies, and the Wesleyan Theological Journal, as well as contributing numerous chapters to edited collections. The final revision stages of a monograph on John Wesley’s Political World have now been reached. 

Select Publications

Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia: Hallelujah under the Southern Cross (London and New York: Routledge, 2018)

‘George Whitefield, John Wesley and the Rhetoric of Liberty,’ Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, vol. 6 (in press).

‘Freedom in the Atlantic World: John Wesley and George Whitefield on Slavery,’ in Wesley and Whitefield? Wesley vs. Whitefield?, ed. Ian Maddock (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018), 161-182.

‘“A Good and Sensible Man”: John Wesley’s Reading and Use of Jonathan Edwards,’ in The Global Edwards: Papers from the Jonathan Edwards Congress held in Melbourne, August 2015, ed. Rhys Bezzant (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017), 247-60.

‘Methodist, Congregationalist, and Uniting Church Theologians, 1916-2016,’ St. Mark’s Review no. 242 (Dec 2017): 99-113.

‘“A Divine Attraction between Your Soul and Mine”: George Whitefield and Same Sex Affection in Eighteenth-Century Methodism,' Pacifica 30:2 (2017): 177-192.

‘Irving Benson: Preacher, Writer, Mission Superintendent (1897–1980),’ in Out of the Ordinary: Twelve Australian Methodist Biographies, ed. William Emilsen and Patricia Curthoys (Adelaide: Mediacom, 2015), 217-38.

'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.

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

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

‘John Wesley and Athanasius on Salvation in the Context of the Debate over Wesley’s Debt to Eastern Orthodoxy,’ Phronema 28:2 (2013): 28-54.

‘Christian Perfection in Australian Methodism,’ in Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined: Essays on the Grace of God in Honour of Norman Young, ed. Sean Winter (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’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 Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia,’ Uniting Church Studies 17:2 (December 2011), 67-81.

‘Anti-Americanism and Wesleyan-Holiness Churches in Australia,’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61:2 (April 2010): 314-343.

‘Reading Wesley’s Sermons in Edwardian Melbourne,’ in The Master: Life and Times of Edward Sugden, ed. Renate Howe (Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2009), 109-124.