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Rev Professor Drew Gibson


Professor of Practical Theology

Rev Professor Drew Gibson



Academic career and qualifications

BSc in Physics, BD, MTh, PhD (all QUB)

Previous positions held

Since 1979, I have been: Assistant Minister in Dundonald and Hamilton Road congregations; interim minister in Seacombe URC congregation; lecturer in PCEA Pastoral Institute, adjunct tutor in St Paul’s Theological College, Limuru and Associate Minister in Kimuri Parish (all in Kenya); Lecturer in Belfast Bible College; Associate minister in Bloomfield congregation. I came to UTC in 2006.

Teaching experience and current responsibilities 

I have taught courses in all theological disciplines to diploma level and in Practical Theology, Missiology, New Testament and Systematic Theology to degree level. As Professor of Practical Theology, I currently teach five of the seventeen courses offered by the department. I regularly supervise undergraduate Dissertations and Research Projects as well as postgraduates at both Masters and Doctoral levels.

For some years I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Areas of special interest

My three areas of special interest are grass–roots theological teaching, especially with respect to popular culture; exploring the interface between Biblical Studies and Practical Theology and developing a coherent theological approach to sport.

Recent publications 

Liverpool 20: Manchester United 10

 Ministry Today


Sport and Spirituality (Bk Review)

 Practical Theology


Mission concerns today



If These Walls Could Talk (Bk Review)

 Practical Theology 6:3


Fresh! (Bk Review)

 Practical Theology 7:1


Chapters in books

Would Calvin pass ‘Preaching 101’? in Alexander and Kirkpatrick (eds) Reflections on a Reformer. 2009

Calvin and Mission in McConvery (ed) Living in Union with Christ Today. 2011

Martin Luther and his music in Kirkpatrick, Martin Luther 500, 2017

Personal interests or hobbies

I enjoy playing extremely bad golf, cooking, reading detective novels, contributing to various online discussion forums and watching ‘undemanding’ television.  I am a season ticket holder with Ulster Rugby and try to follow the Northern Ireland football team to one away game every year. Supported by my wife and two adult daughters, I try to be the best disciple of Jesus Christ that I can be.