Dr. Tom Kimber

Senior Lecturer in Missional & Pastoral Theology
Coordinator of Doctor of Ministry
MDiv – PhD

Dr. Tom Kimber, along with his wife, Sue, has ministered in the church in a variety of ways for more than 30 years through teaching, preaching, writing and mentoring.

He is currently on the faculty of Melbourne School of Theology as Senior Lecturer in Missional and Pastoral Theology and Coordinator of Doctor of Ministry. Previously, Tom and Sue served as missionaries in Asia for nearly nine years, before returning to the States where Tom taught at Biola University in mission, pastoral theology and biblical studies. They have been married for more than 30 years and have one son, Thomas. Tom holds both M. Div. and PhD degrees from Talbot School of Theology.

Tom’s areas of research interest include the integration of spiritual formation in missiology and pastoral theology.

Areas of Study

  • Intercultural Studies – Cross-Cultural Mission
  • Pastoral & Church Focused Ministry (PC)
  • Theology (TH)
  • Research Interests

    I approach doctoral research with the experience of a practical theologian and missionary, integrating biblical and theological study with human research. My particular areas of research interest include pastoral theology, spiritual theology, shalom and missiology. My experience in doctoral research includes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

    The following lists a more detailed description of my research interests, and I look forward to hearing from students considering postgraduate work in these fields:

    The Cross-cultural reentry experiences of missionaries.
    Looking particularly at the integration of cultural identity and spiritual formation in the transition of missionaries from host cultures to their home culture.

    The integration of Pastoral Theology and Spiritual Theology.
    I have a keen interest in looking at ministry through the lens of spiritual formation rather than the more popular current lens of leadership development.

    Spiritual disciplines and spiritual transformation.
    My particular interests are in the areas of prayer, community and spiritual friendship.

    Cross-cultural mission, particularly in Asian contexts.
    Having lived and ministered in Asia for nearly nine years, I am particularly interested in directing research with a cross-cultural focus and which strives to serve the church in its global mission.

    The integration of spirituality and aesthetics.
    Drawing on the works of scholars such as Jeremy Begbie and Nicholas Woltersdorff, I am interested in exploring the relationship between spirituality and the arts, particularly music.

    Recent Publications

    2017

      “Pastoral Reflections on Union with Christ: Jesus’ Personal Relational Presence in the World Today,” Paradosis, 2017.

    2015

      “Bibliography: Missions”, in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.

      “Character” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.

      “India” in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.

    2012

      “Healthful Reentry: The Shared Responsibility of Missionary Care,” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2012.


      “The Role of Spiritual Development in the Cross-Cultural Reentry Adjustment of Missionaries,” Journal of Psychology and Theology, Winter 2012.