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Head of Administration, Research Fellow

Dr David McMillan

BSc, MPhil, PhD

David McMillan, BSc, MPhil, PhD, studied at the University of Ulster, the Irish Baptist College, Queen’s University Belfast and the VU Amsterdam. David is serving as Head of Administration for IBTS during a period of staff transition. He also serves as Managing Editor of the Amsterdam Series in Baptist and Mennonite Theologies. He is also an International Consultant for the Board of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, and validated partner Link Tutor with Spurgeon’s College London.

Research Interests

"My research interests include: the nature, significance and impact of convictions in theological and ecclesial formation and praxis; the concept of Just Peacemaking as developed and promoted by Glen Stassen; Christian Social Ethics/theological ethics including the use of scripture and moral/theological imagination."


‘Flesh & Blood: Embodiment & Practical Theology’ (Guest Editor) BIAPT Conference Edition, Practical Theology Journal, Vol.16, No.3 (2023)

‘A Theological Reflection on the Notion of Convictions, and Reflecting on Convictions as the Task of Theology’ Anabaptism Today, Vol. 5, p24-33 (2023)

Convictions, Conflict, and Moral Reasoning: A Baptist Perspective with a Case Study from Northern Ireland, Summum Academic, Kampen, (2021)

‘Willem Zuurdeeg and the Concept of Convictional Theology’ Baptistic Theologies, Vol.6, No1, p72-81. (2014)

‘Building Just Peace Making Churches: Reflections from Experience in Northern Ireland.’ In, Rodney L. Petersen, Glen H. Stassen, and Timothy A. Norton, eds. Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking & 21st Century Discipleship Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, (2013)

McMillan, D. (ed.) Being the Other. Irish Peace Centres Publication, Belfast (2011)

‘McClendon/McClendonism: Methodology or Ideology?’ In "Ideologies and Convictional Theologies." The International Journal of Baptistic Theologies.  Volume 3, no. 2 (Autumn 2011)

‘Theology as Autobiography’, Practical Theology, Vol.4.1, pp.27-34 (2011)

‘Rewriting our Stories: Narrative, Identity and Forgiveness’, In 'Forgiving and Remembering in Northern Ireland'. Continuum, London, (2011)

‘Do theological studies make a tangible and practical contribution to peace on the island of Ireland? Some thoughts on the process of theological engagement.’ In, Studying Faith, Practicing Peace. Irish Peace Centres Publication, Belfast, (2010)

Convictions, Scripture and Conflict: more questions than answers. Journal of European Baptist Studies, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p32-51 (2009)

‘The Baptist Union of Ireland’, In A Tapestry of Beliefs: Christian Traditions in Northern Ireland. The Blackstaff Press, Belfast, (1998)

‘Evangelical Catholicism’, Irish Baptist Historical Society Journal, Vol.25, p31-43 (1992/93)

‘Liberty of Conscience: A Pertinent Issue’, Irish Baptist Historical Society Journal, Vol.23, p5-12 (1990/91)

Various articles in Lion and Lamb, Published by ECONI, Belfast       

Various articles published in ‘The Irish Baptist’, ‘Irish Baptist Life’ and ‘Insight’, The Magazine of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland (Formerly known as The Baptist Union of Ireland)        

Memberships & Networks

Member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT)

Other Activities

A Theological Reflection on the Notion of Convictions; Anabaptist Theology Network Conference, Birmingham, September 2022.

Willem Zuurdeeg and the concept of Convictional Theology; IBTS Centre Amsterdam Convictional Theologies Conference, November 2014.

Where wrath and mercy meet: using the Bible when making moral decisions in situations of conflict & The Sermon on the Mount and Just Peacemaking:             Papers delivered as the annual Edwin Stephen Griffiths lectures at South Wales Baptist College, March 2014.

The Painted Bird: A theological reflection on an interpretive dance performance of Jerzy Kosinki’s novel by Pavel Zuštiak and Jaroslav Viňarský.: Paper delivered at the IBTS Conference, January 2014

The Bible: influencing culture or hostage to convictions: SBL International Conference, St Andrews, Scotland, July 2013

“Baptist Identity, Help or Hindrance”: Irish Baptist Networks consultation, Belfast, June 2013.

The Filter Bubble and how we read the Bible: Post Graduate Seminar, IBTS, November 2011

Generous Relationships: Philemon: Keynote address at Baptist Union of Scotland Annual Assembly, October 2011

Just Peacemaking and the Church: Seminar papers presented at the Baptist Union of Scotland Annual Assembly, October 2011

Not seeing is Believing: Paper presented at the University of Wales Research Student Conference, May 2011

What authority does the Bible have in the 21st Century?: Centre for Contemporary Christianity, Belfast. May 2011

When ‘rights’ are wrongs: Paper presented at the IBTS Human Rights Conference, Prague, February 2011

1Peter and the ethics of peacemaking: Paper presented at the Queen’s University Institute of Theology Biblical Studies seminar, May 2010

Rewriting the Bible: The Bible and Song, Ulster’s Battle Hymn: Paper presented at the Rewriting the Bible Symposium, School of Religious Studies, Glasgow University, June 2010

Theology as Autobiography: Opening Paper at the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology, July 2010.