Dr John Andersen

Dr John Andersen, BA (Macquarie), Grad. Dip. Psych. (University of Queensland), MA (Theol) Fuller Seminary, MSc (MFT) Fuller Seminary, MTh (Hons) (Charles Sturt), PhD (Australian Catholic University)

John works in private practice as a registered psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He is the president of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia. He is also involved in the management of Careline, a Christian help line. Trained as an organizational psychologist, John initially worked in the corporate world as a strategic business planner before undertaking studies in the United States to qualify as a marriage and family therapist. John returned to Australia to take up a teaching position at Tabor College Victoria heading up the Counselling Department, a position he held for six years. Since then, John has been in private practice while completing studies in systematic theology on identity transformation followed by a doctorate Old Testament theology that explored the dynamics of shame in the Eden Narrative.

More About John's Session - From Sinner to Saint: Identity Transformation in Pauline Theology

A prominent element in Paul’s anthropology is the transformation of the believer’s identity with respect to his or her status and relationship with God. Alongside this transformation of the believer’s identity, there is a continuation of identity with respect to a person’s social standing. Christian identity involves both continuation and discontinuity. There is continuity in that a person retains his or her personal history and personality and enculturation and ethnic identity. There is discontinuity in that the new relationship with God, renewal from the indwelling Spirit, and being “in Christ” amounts to a profound transformation of identity. This transformation does not constitute a radical break from the past. The relation between old and new is more complex than that. Rather, the new Christian identity superimposes itself upon the enduring identity that a person retains with respect to culture and personal history.