Fr Dr Jacob Joseph

Lecturer in Theology and Mission

BA, BD, MA, MTh, PhD


Fr Dr Jacob Joseph lectures in Missiology and Systematic Theology. He was awarded the University Medal for his Ph.D. thesis titled “The Christ Who Embraces: An Orthodox Theology of Margins in India (Christology of St. Severus and Social Margins).” He 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 taking up his current priestly vocation in the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Australia. His research interests include Orthodox Mission Theology, Patristic and Contextual Theology, Syriac Theology and History, Indian Theology, and Mission History. 


  • 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

(2021) “Orthodox and Contextual Theology: A Liturgical-Missional Reading.” In Quilling Our Vision, Weaving Our Stories: A Festschrift to Dr. Rini Ralte, Vinod Victor ed. (Noida, Delhi: ISPCK), pp.  149-161 . ISBN: 9789390569618.

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

(2019) “Youth, Spirituality, Orthodox Faith and Public Square.” HekamthoSyrian Orthodox Theological Journal 4, no.1 (July), pp. 17-24.  ISSN 2325 – 4426.

(2017) “Church Amidst Diversity: The Liturgy, Exclusion, and the Embrace.” HekamthoSyrian Orthodox Theological Journal 2, no. 2 (March), pp. 77-87. ISSN 2325 – 4426.