The Rev. Dr Kevin Giles (M.A., B.D. MTh, Th.D) was in Anglican parish ministry for almost forty years before he relinquished his final placement at St Michaels, North Carlton in 2006. He has studied at Moore College Sydney, Durham University England, and Tubingen University in Germany. He has published widely. His books include: Created Woman (Acorn, 1985); Patterns of Ministry Among the First Christians (Collins-Dove, 1989); What on Earth is the Church? (IVP, USA, SPCK, England, 1995); Count Me In: A Confirmation Workbook (Acorn, 1992); Making Good Churches Better (Acorn 2001); The Trinity and Subordinationism (InterVarsity, 2002); Jesus and the Father: Modern Evangelicals Reinvent the Doctrine of the Trinity (Zondervan, 2006); Better Together: Equality in Christ (Acorn 2010); and The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology (InterVarsity, 2012). In addition he has had published more than fifty scholarly articles. He is a contributor to the IVP dictionaries, Jesus and the Gospels and The Later New Testament and Its Developments and the Zondervan Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Research interests: the church, conflict in the church, ministry in the Bible and the modern world, the ministry of women in the apostolic age and today, and the Trinity.
He has lectured part time at a number of Theological Seminaries and Bible Colleges in Australia and as a visiting lecturer overseas. Kevin is married to Lynley, an experienced marriage counsellor.
He is married to Lynley, a marriage educator and counselor. They have four grown up children and nine grandchildren.
Why Kevin is passionate about writing …
I never dreamt that one day I would be known for my published writings. It all began when my Bishop, Clive Kerle, asked me to prepare a paper on women in the Bible for the 1974 Armidale Diocesan Synod. Until that time I had thought that men should lead in the home and the church. On carefully studying the Bible, beginning with Genesis chapter 1 and in the New Testament with the Gospels, coming last to 1 Timothy chapter 2, I concluded that the God-given ideal was the co-equality of the indelibly differentiated sexes and that 1 Timothy 2:11-14 was an aberrant text that had to be explained in the specific historical context it addressed. This lecture was widely disseminated and I was soon after invited to write an article on ‘Jesus and Women’ that was published in Interchange. This upset many powerful men and I found myself under attack. In defence I took up my pen again and so my writing career began. These days I find wring a very creative exercise and love the stimulation it brings. Most of what I have written in the first instance is an attempt to answer for myself a question that troubles and perplexes me.