Hello! I’m John Frederick, the lecturer in New Testament at Trinity College Queensland. In terms of a bio, I still really resonate with the ‘About the Author’ section of a little book I made for a class project in primary school. It reads:
“John is a second grader at Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School, he loves Nintendo, baseball cards, and spaghetti.”
Since 1986 I have expanded my pasta palate to incorporate a wider variety of excellent and diverse macaronis. And, I’ve definitely moved on from collecting sports cards. However, I can confirm that I still very much dig Nintendo. The original one from the early 1980s. Not this new sophisticated 3D rubbish. Does that make me less scholarly? Yes—yes it does. Do I repent? No—no I most certainly do not.
Before taking up my current position at Trinity I was an Assistant Professor of New Testament, Theology, and Worship at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to my arrival in Phoenix, I was an Adjunct Professor of New Testament at the Boston Campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and from 2011-2013 I was an adjunct lecturer of New Testament Greek at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. None of that is as exciting as Nintendo, I freely admit.
I am the author of Worship in the Way of Cross: Leading Worship for the Sake of Others (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and several other works, all of which are better than sliced bread. After all sliced bread is not that impressive; most things exceed its supposed metaphorical excellence. When I’m not composing bios about bread and Nintendo my research focuses on Paul in his Greco-Roman and Jewish context and the exploration of topics that focus on emotion and God. I look forward to meeting you, learning, growing, and worshipping with you, and pursuing the life of faith and the truth of the Gospel together as a part of the community in Christ here at Trinity College Queensland.