Teaching and Pastoral

Jonathan James

Lecturer in Missions; Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Field Education

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

Role at SMBC:

Jonathan is part of the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission and lectures in missions units. He and his wife, Barb, also lead a college fellowship group.

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.

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.


  • 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


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.

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