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Jonathan James

Lecturer - Missions; Dean of Non-Residential Men

B.V.Sc. (University of Sydney), Dip.D.&M. (SMBC), B.Th. (CSU), Grad.Dip.Min. (SMBC/ACT), M.Th.(Hons) (CSU)

Prior to SMBC:

Jonathan worked as a small and then large animal veterinarian in Australia before undergoing theological and linguistic training to prepare for reaching pastoralists. He then moved with his family to East Africa for thirteen years, mostly serving as part of a church planting team among an unreached group of cattle-herders. After returning to Australia, Jonathan resumed veterinary practice part-time, while serving Canberra churches in missions education/mobilisation, before pursuing further theological studies. He has taught full-time at SMBC since moving to Sydney in 2009.


  • Missional Hermeneutics in the Light of Luke’s Interpretation of Scripture, M.Th.(Hons) thesis, Charles Sturt University, 2015.

Other Ministry:

  •  Jonathan has had the privilege of sharing God’s word with churches and other gatherings in East Africa and Australia.
  • Speaking at missions camps and other events for university students in NSW and Victoria
  • Seminars at SMBC Missions Conferences

Academic Interests:

Missions - particularly the integration of word, deed and character in our making God known to the nations, including the least-reached nomadic peoples of the world.


Jonathan is married to Barb (also a graduate of SMBC) and they are blessed with two adult children, a daughter-in-law and two young grandchildren. Besides spending time with their family, they enjoy exploring God’s creation by foot, cycle, sail and snorkel, as well as belonging to Campsie Baptist Church.

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
T +61 2 9747 4780
Sydney Missionary and Bible College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology
ACT Cricos Code Provider: 02650E
ABN: 11 000 047 950