Rev Dr Kevin Ward

MA(Hons) (Canterbury); BD, DipEd, DipTchg, PhD (Otago); DipMin (NZBTC); MCAIRANZ

Phone: 03 473 0786; 021 490 913
Blog: Resourcing the Church
Teaching: Leadership in Community; Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity

Kevin joined the team here at Knox in 2003, when it was the School of Ministry. His previous experience has been as a secondary school teacher, Baptist minister and then for thirteen years as a lecturer and Associate Dean at the Christchurch Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College). As well as his roles at KCML he is also and Adjunct Lecturer in Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. His academic field is practical theology and his particular interests are in church life and leadership. His research interests are in religion and church in contemporary society and in congregational studies. He has published widely in these areas in New Zealand (and some overseas), for both academic and more general readers. His current focus is on migration and churches in New Zealand. He keeps himself balanced by walking, cycling, tramping, golf, music (a self confessed Beatles nut) movies (has taught on spirituality in film at the University of Otago) and enjoys red wine and good coffee.


Against the Odds: Murray Robertson and Spreydon Baptist Church, Auckland: Archer Press, 2016.

Understanding Multiculturalism and the Church in New Zealand, with Jose Reader, PCANZ: Wellington, 2014.

Losing our Religion: changing patterns of believing and belonging in western secular societies, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013.  :

The Church in Post-sixties New Zealand: decline, growth and change, Auckland: Archer Press, 2013.

Book Chapters

“Christianity and the Church in New Zealand since 1960: sociological perspectives”, in G. Troughton and S. Lange, eds. Sacred Histories in Secular New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.pp. 196-213.

“Migration, Cultural Diversity and Unity in Christ”, Studies and Conversations on Asian Mission Theology, Yong Dong Kim (ed.) Centre for World Mission, PUTS: Seoul, 2015. pp. 292-334.

“Is New Zealand’s Future Churchless?” in Our Story: Aotearoa New Zealand, S. Sinclair ed. NZCMS: Christchurch, 2014.

“Does a Rose by any other name still smell the same”, Gospel Truth & Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand, T. Meadowcroft & M. Habets, eds. Auckland: Archer Press, 2011. pp. 153-168.

“Will We Find Church in Future New Zealand”, Christianity in the Post Secular West, J, Stenhouse & B. Knowles (eds.) Hindmarsh, ATF Press, 2007, pp. 209-238.

“No Longer Believing or Believing Without Belonging”, The Future of Christianity: Historical, Sociological, Political and Theological Perspectives from New Zealand. J. Stenhouse, B. Knowles (eds), AdelaideATF Press, 2004, pp. 60-72.

Journal Articles

“Religion in New Zealand since the 1960s: some sociological perspectives” New Zealand            Sociology 31 (3), 2016. The 2nd special issue on history of NZ Sociology, pp. 186-206

“Migration, Cultural Diversity and Unity in Christ: Mission and Church in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Theological Studies, Vol 3, 2015. pp. 63-96.

“It might be emerging but is it church?”  Stimulus, Vol 17, No 4, Nov 2009, pp. 2-13.

“A rose by any other name?” Stimulus, Vol 17, No 3, Aug 2009, pp. 18-22.

“Toward 2015: The Future of Mainline Protestantism in New Zealand.” Journal of Beliefs and Values  Vol 27, No. 1, April 2006, pp. 13-23.

“Is New Zealand’s Future Churchless?”, Stimulus, Vol 12, No 2, May 2004, pp. 2-12.

“Social change and church involvement as seen through the lens of sport”, South Pacific Journal of  Mission Studies, No. 28, July 2003, pp. 25-29.

“Christendom, Clericalism, Church and Context.” Stimulus, Vol 10, No 1, Feb 2002, pp. 51-60.

“Religion in a Postaquarian Age.” Stimulus, Vol.9, No. 1, Feb 2001, pp. 12-21.

“ANZAC Day: What’s going on?” Anglican Taonga, NO. 19, Spring 2005, pp. 10-13.

“Churches which are Growing.” Reality, June/July 20001, pp. 8-14.

“Spiritual Survival in Ministry.” Reality, Feb/Mar 1996 pp. 7-12, and Apr/May 1996 pp. 17-19.

“Against the Tide: Spreydon Baptist Church 1960 to 2000.” Baptist Research, Vol. 9, Oct. 2004, pp. 72-116.

“Rethinking church for New Zealand”, Ministry Today, Issue 27, Feb. 2003, pp. 13-20.

Worlds in conflict? Rugby and Church?” Reality #45, June/July 2002, pp. 26-30.

“Believing without Belonging.” Reality, Feb/Mar 2001, pp. 19-24. Also published in Ministry Today, Issue 26, Oct. 2002, pp. 11-18.

“Coming Apart at the Seams.” Reality, Dec/Jan 2000/01, pp. 29-32.

“Seeker Services and Cell Churches in a New Zealand Context”. Reality, Oct/Nov 1995 pp. 22-25.

“Rock Music, Youth Culture and the Church”. Reality, June/July 1995 pp. 34-37.