David M. Shaw



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Theology and Religion
Department: Theology and Religion
Research Centre/Unit: Biblical Studies (New Testament)

Follower of Jesus, husband to Rebekah, father to Owen, Gianna, and Hugh, and PhD student here in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter.

Originally from Nottingham, my family moved to Perth, Australia when I was eight years old. As such my higher education began at the University of Western Australia where I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Exercise and Health Science followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education majoring in Physical and Health Education. Upon graduation, I moved to South Korea in early 2004 where I initially began teaching English as a Foreign Language. Beginning in 2006 while living in Seoul, I began to work on my Master of Divinity at Torch Trinity Graduate University majoring in Church Ministry with a majority of units devoted to both biblical studies and practical/pastoral theology which I finished in 2009.

After finishing my M.Div. I moved into full time pastoral ministry at Seoul International Baptist Church; a mid-sized Southern Baptist church focused on reaching English speaking expatriates in the greater Seoul region. My main responsibilities centred on fellowship and discipleship which included such things as developing membership curriculum, material for community group leaders, counseling, pastoral care, and occasional preaching. It was during this time that my thesis idea concerning Christian identity formation and the mission of the church in the letter of 1 Peter began to develop. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a College of Humanities International Student Doctoral Award generously provided by the university. This has enabled me to provide for my young family whilst pursuing my research on a full time basis for which I am most grateful.