Meet  Adam & Kylie Dodds

Adam and Kylie are the Senior Pastors at Elim Church Dunedin. Adam is passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ who bring about a Holy Spirit transformation in Dunedin, our nation, and the nations. Adam has a PhD in theology from the University of Otago, where he lectures on an adjunct basis, and two Masters degrees in theology (from Scotland and America). Kylie is trained as an Occupational Therapist and specialises in Paediatrics. She is currently a full-time mum to their three amazing boys. Together, they have several years experience in ministry roles in both the Church and missions work.


Adam & Kylie and the whole Church Team would like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone new to the Elim family!

Adam's Theology


Adam has been a student of theology for over a decade, completing his undergraduate Master of Theology (first class with honours) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (2002), and his Master of Letters (with distinction) also at the University of St. Andrews in conjunction with Princeton Theological Seminary in the USA (2003). In 2013, Adam completed his PhD in trinitarian theology and missiology at the University of Otago. His thesis is entitled The Mission of the Triune God: Trinitarian Missiology in the Tradition of Lesslie Newbigin.


Adam's theology has been influenced by the Evangelical, Charismatic-Pentecostal, Wesleyan-Holiness, Reformed, and Anabaptist Christian traditions. The theologians who have most influenced him include Greg Boyd, Lesslie Newbigin, Alan Torrance, Gordon Fee, John Wesley, Andrew Murray, and Karl Barth. The church leaders who have most influenced him include John Wimber, Roger Forster, Greg Boyd, Bill Hybels and Bill Johnson.


Adam first taught theology in a small Bible College in London, and has given several guest lectures at Tawangmangu Bible College in Indonesia. From 2009 to 2011, Adam taught the introductory papers to Christian theology and Christian ethics at the University of Otago. For the last two years Adam has been teaching theology and leadership through the Elim Leadership College.


Adam's research interests are broad, and include Pentecostal theology, missiology, biblical theology, Christian ethics, ecclesiology, the theology of providence in relation to prayer, revival, healing, Church history and Islam.


When he gets time (!) Adam looks forward to reading more works by T. F. Torrance, N. T. Wright, Allan Anderson, Craig Keener, Greg Boyd and Jurgen Moltmann.

Adam's Publications


Trinitarian Missiology in the Tradition of Leslie Newbigin


To see an abstract for each of the following publications, please click on their respective titles.

"The Abrahamic Faiths? Continuity and Discontinuity in Christian and Islamic Doctrine", Evangelical Quarterly Vol. 81 Issue 3 (July 2009: 230-253)

"Newbigin's Trinitarian Missiology: The Doctrine of the Trinity as Good News for Western Culture", International Review of Mission 99.1 Issue 390 (April 2010: 69-85)

Book Review of The God Who Is Triune: Revisioning the Christian Doctrine of God by Allan Coppedge(Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2007). Published on Chrisendom Theological Blog, April 2010

"Regeneration and Resistible Grace: A Synergistic Proposal", Evangelical Quarterly Vol. 83 Issue 1 (January 2011: 29-48)

"The Mission of the Spirit and the Mission of the Church: Towards a Trinitarian Missiology", Evangelical Review of Theology Vol. 35 No. 3 (July 2011: 209-226).

"The Centrality of the Church's Missionary Nature: Theological Reflections & Practical Implications", Missiology: An International Review Vol. XL No. 4 (October 2012: 393-407)

Book review of The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom by Mark Durie (Melbourne: Deror Books, 2010). Published on Chrisendom Theological Blog, August 2014.

"The Necessity of An Ecclesial Missiology", Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 47, no. 1 (May 2015: 123-140)

Book review of Islam and Christianity on the Edge: Talking Points in Christian-Muslim Relations into the 21st Century Edited by John Azumah and Peter Riddell (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2013).  Published on Acorn Press website, August 2017.

How do conceptions of Allah’s Being in Islam compare with those of God’s Being in Christianity? (Evangelical Quarterly, Volume 90 Issue 1 (January 2019: 38-60))


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Phone: 03-477 5533

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Church Address: 67 Harrow Street, Dunedin

Postal Address: P.O Box 5390, Moray Place, Dunedin