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Rev Dr Peter McDowell

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Rev Dr Peter McDowell




Peter McDowell was awarded his PhD in the missiology of Lesslie Newbigin and the emerging view of mission in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) in 2015.  He also has undergraduate degrees in theology (QUB 1999) and Mechanical Engineering (QUB 1988). He has also studied at Belfast Bible College and Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham.

Peter teaches in Missiology and other areas of Practical Theology, including the Study of World Religions. His particular interest is in how theological reflection engages with the issues faced in contemporary society.

As well as teaching in Union, Peter has also taught courses in Belfast Bible College and the Centre for Youth Ministry. He has experience of supervising undergraduate dissertations as well as teaching on training courses for pastors in Nepal and a variety of church and non-church groups in Ireland.

Peter is currently working in the Mission Department of PCI. Previously he worked as a Good Relations Officer with the Irish Churches Peace Project, and as a PCI minister in Garnerville, in East Belfast, and the united Presbyterian and Methodist congregation in Limerick. He also spent a total of six years seconded by PCI to work with the United Mission to Nepal.

Peter has a particular interest in the relationship between the Gospel and culture, particularly the emerging post-Christendom culture, and the appropriate response of the church to this new context. He wrote a short book, At Home in Exile, exploring this theme.

Peter is married to ├ůsa and has two children, Hannah and Daniel.


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Rev Dr Peter McDowell