Professor of Education
EducationBA, Actuarial Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney
BTh, Pastoral Studies, Alliance College of Australia, Canberra
DipEd, Mathematics Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney
MEd, Developmental Psychology, Sociology of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney
ThM, New Testament Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey
EdD, Formational Ministry in Christian Faith Communities, Asia Graduate School of Theology (Alliance), Singapore
BioPerry and his family have been serving in the Middle East since 1990. During the 1990s Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centers in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology (Beirut) during the early years of the millennium, joining the ABTS Faculty in 2007.
In addition to being a Faculty member at ABTS, Perry spends much of the year as a curriculum and faculty development consultant for theological schools across the globe, and is active in the missional theological education movement within the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE). Perry’s passion is to help ABTS and other theological schools to develop and implement multidimensional purpose-driven curricula that promote the development of missional leadership. Perry serves on the Peer Review Committee of the Christian Education Journal, the MTh/EdD/PhD in Education Programmes Committee for the Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST Alliance), and the Theological Education Programme Board for the London School of Theology.
Perry is married to ABTS professor Karen Shaw, and they have two adult children, Christopher and Phoebe. For relaxation he likes to drink coffee, play squash, and watch movies – but not at the same time.
Areas of research, writing and teachingTheological education, higher education, curriculum, teaching methodology, psychology, sociology, intercultural leadership, ethics, New Testament exegesis, and research methodology.
Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, ed. by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj (Carlisle: Langham, 2018)
Transforming Theological Education: A Practical Handbook for Integrative Learning (Carlisle: Langham, 2014; translated to French and Spanish)
The Art of Teaching (Amman: PTEE, 2004; translated to Arabic, Farsi, Armenian, and Urdu)
The Acts of the Apostles (Amman: PTEE, 2000; translated to Arabic).
You can listen to an Interview with Perry with the GlobalChurch Project, discussing Transforming Theological Education:
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“Congregational leadership for growing Arab churches: A critical-contextual and systemic study of Middle Eastern Arab Protestant churches.”
“Culture, Communication, and Research on Impact,” chapter 13 in Is It Working? Researching Context to Improve Curriculum: A Resource Book for Theological Schools, ed. By Stuart Brooking (Carlisle: Langham, 2018), 129-136.
Discussion questions in Is It Working? Researching Context to Improve Curriculum: A Resource Book for Theological Schools, ed. By Stuart Brooking (Carlisle: Langham, 2018).
“Introduction” and section introductions (with Havilah Dharamraj), in Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, ed. by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj (Carlisle: Langham, 2018), 1-7, 9-11, 185-188, 325-327.
“Innovation and Criteria: Ensuring Standards While Promoting Innovative Approaches,” chapter 3 in Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, edited by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj (Carlisle: Langham, 2018), 43-60.
“Culture, Gender, and Diversity in Advanced Theological Studies,” chapter 5 in Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, edited by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj (Carlisle: Langham, 2018), 89-108.
“Creating a Respectful Community: Lessons from the Middle East,” Faculty Focus, 1 May 2018. Posted on line at https://www.facultyfocus.com/resources/teaching-strategies-techniques/class-discussions/respectful-community-lessons-from-middle-east/.
“Student-Led Lessons Rather than Student Presentations,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 32.2 (February 2018), 3.
“Relanding Theological Education,” InSights Journal, Vol. 2.1 (November 2016), 20-26.
“Reenvisioning Rubrics: A Few Brief Suggestions,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 30.8 (October 2016), 4.
“Holistic and Transformative: Beyond a Typological Approach to Theological Education,” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 40.3 (July 2016), 205-216.
“Parenting that Reflects the Character of God,” Christian Education Journal, Series 3 Vol. 13:1 (Spring 2016), 43-58.
“Student Reciprocal Evaluations,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 30.3 (March 2016), 1,3.
“Space and Community, Engagement and Empowerment: The Missional Equipping of Children,” (with Corneliu Constantineanu), Transformation, Vol. 33.3, (2016), 208-217.
“Questions That Bring Contemporary Context to Past Personalities,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 29.5 (May 2015), 1,6.
“Culture and Learning”(363-364), “The Greek Orthodox Church” (560-561), “Will” (1383-1384), “World” (1401-1402), in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, ed. by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
“Developing Purpose Statements to Shape our Courses,” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 29.1 (January 2015), 6.
“What’s the Big Idea?” The Teaching Professor, Vol. 28.9 (November 2014), 1,6.
“‘New Treasures with the Old’: Addressing Culture and Gender Imperialism in Higher Level Theological Education,” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 38.3 (July 2014), 265-279.