Nazarene Theological College, Australia & New Zealand, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Wood for the position of Dean of Students at NTC Brisbane, as well as Lecturer in Theology and Church History. Joseph will be coming to Brisbane from the United Kingdom, where he has been a part of the Faculty of Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, since 2012. A native of Tennessee in the USA, Joseph moved to Manchester in September of 2006 to continue his education, having completed a BA in History and Political Science and MA in Theological Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University. His MA from NTC Manchester focused on the life and ministry of John Wesley. This interest in Wesley studies matured and developed into a desire to pursue a research degree (Ph.D.) focusing on Wesley’s ecclesiology, which he completed in 2012.

Joseph has held various roles at the college (Registrar, Lecturer, Research Supervisor, Study Abroad Coordinator, and Church Resource Coordinator), alongside ministry in the local church. Ordained as a Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene in March 2018, Joseph understands his calling to higher education in the Church is something that must always be grounded in local church ministry. Because of this, he has been involved in ministry teams in Manchester, Dewsbury, and most recently, Ashton-under-Lyne where he currently serves alongside his wife, Rev. Kat Wood who is the lead pastor of the Ashton Church of the Nazarene. Joseph and Kat met at NTC in 2006 and married in 2009. They have two young children, Evelyn (8yrs) and Miriam (4yrs).

The Wood family plan to move to Brisbane in June 2021. About the move, Joseph said, “We are honored and very excited to join the NTC Brisbane community and the Australia North and West District. We are looking forward to all that God has in store for us as we join you in mission and ministry there.”

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NTC Principal, Rev. Dr. Rob Fringer added, “Dr. Wood will be a valuable addition to the NTC community. He brings experience, passion, and expertise that will be instrumental in moving NTC toward a brighter and lasting future where we continue to embody our mission of deepening faith, expanding knowledge, and inspiring Christlike action, so that God is glorified, the church is strengthened, and the world is transformed.”

Please join us in praying for the Woods as they make preparations for this big move. Let us also remember the communities of Nazarene Theological College – Manchester and Ashton Church of the Nazarene as they farewell this wonderful family while also commissioning and sending them to serve God and the Church here on the Asia-Pacific Region.

Originally published on the NTC Brisbane Facebook Page