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Lecturer in Theology

Dr Graham Shearer

I joined the faculty at Union as Lecturer in Theology in November 2023. I teach theology, across the various pathways Union offers, from undergraduate to PhD. At postgraduate level, I am particularly interested in supervising work on the doctrine of God, the divine processions and their soteriological implications, and the relationship between patristic, mediaeval and Reformed theology.

I hold an MA in History from the University of Cambridge (Homerton College) (2002-2005), and a BA in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Oak Hill Theological College (2015-2018). Most of my working life has been spent in Christian ministry, most recently as a pastor in East London and before that working in student ministry for the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). I came to Union in 2020 to begin my doctoral studies, under the supervision of Prof Michael McClenahan, which I completed in November 2023, submitting a thesis entitled ‘The Communication of the Divine Essence in Eternal Generation: A Dogmatic Defence’.

I’m convinced that the need for good theology is as urgent as ever, especially as we live in a secular culture increasingly blind to divine things. At its best, theology lifts our eyes to behold what Augustine called ‘that truth which is unchangeably alive’, namely the Triune God himself. Therefore, I’m excited to teach modules at all levels that deepen and enrich students knowledge of that living truth. The undergraduate programme, in particular, offers a unique opportunity for students to obtain an academically rigorous degree in a confessionally orthodox setting.