Fr Dr Jacob Joseph

Lecturer in Theology and Mission

BA, BD, MA, MTh, PhD


Fr Jacob Joseph joined SAC as a lecturer in 2020, bringing a wealth of secular and theological academic experience from India. Active in research contributions and course development, he lectures in Orthodox Mission Theology, Patristic and Contextual Theology, Syriac Theology and History, Indian Theology, and Mission History. In 2020, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Divinity for a thesis titled “The Christ Who Embraces: An Orthodox Theology of Margins in India (Christology of St. Severus and Social Margins).” Fr Jacob Joseph was ordained to the Priesthood in the Syrian Orthodox Church in India in 1999. With his particular interest in mission among the socially marginalised and youth, he served in various dioceses in India, America, and New Zealand before undertaking his current priestly vocation in the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Australia.


  • BA – Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India
  • BD – Serampore University, Calcutta, India
  • MA – Kerala University, Kerala, India
  • MTh – Serampore University, Calcutta, India
  • PhD – University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia

Recent Research Outputs

(2020) “The Christ Who Embraces: An Orthodox Theology of Margins in India.” Ph.D. thesis, University of Divinity, Melbourne.