Dr Phil Halstead
Dr Phil Halstead lectures in Applied Theology with a focus on pastoral care, pastoral counselling, inner healing, and integrative theology. He is also a pastoral counsellor in private practice. He received his PhD in Theology from the University of Auckland in 2009 and his research focused on designing and running a series of forgiveness courses that helped adults to explore their relationships with their parents. He has published widely in the areas of forgiveness, pastoral care and counselling, and mental health.
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Auckland)
Masters of Theology (First Class Honours) (University of Auckland)
Bachelor of Theology (University of Auckland)
Memberships and Affiliations
Member of New Zealand Association of Theological Schools
Research Methods in Applied Theology
Forgiveness, Mental Health, Pastoral care & Counselling, Objects Relations Theory
Research and supervision interests include the broad areas of pastoral theology and pastoral care, and the specific areas of pastoral counselling, forgiveness, Object Relations Theory, and Mental Health
Current Research Projects
Pastoral theology and pastoral care
- “Creating Pastoral care Strategies for Churches in the 21st Century: The Organic Process of Developing the Pastoral Care Plan for St Paul’s Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand.” Pacific Journal of Baptist Research 11.1 (2016): 70-85.
- “Ecological Stories from St. Paul’s, Symonds Street,” with Angelika Halstead. Pages 215-222 in Living in the Planet Earth: Faith Communities and Ecology. Edited by Neil Darragh. Auckland: Accent Publications, 2016.
- “Introduction: The Integrative Process,” with Myk Habets and George Wieland. Pages 1-10 in Doing Integrative Theology: Word, World, and Work in Conversation. Edited by Philip Halstead and Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2015.
- “Pastoral Care and the Integrative Process.” Pages 92-109 in Doing Integrative Theology: Word, World, and Work in Conversation. Edited by Philip Halstead and Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2015.
- “Understanding Culture,” with Andrew Picard. Pages 68-91 in Doing Integrative Theology: Word, World, and Work in Conversation. Edited by Philip Halstead and Myk Habets. Auckland: Archer Press, 2015.
- “Down is Often the Way Up.” Pages 234-235 in St Paul’s Stories. Edited by Esther Grant, Jan Halstead, and Jo Batts. Auckland: St Paul’s Symonds Street, 2015.
- “Forgiving when it really hurts.” New Zealand Baptist 131.5 (2015): 19-21.
- “Welcome Home: The Plight of International Students Studying in Auckland,” with Angelika Halstead. Pages 97-105 in But is it Fair? Faith Communities and Social Justice. Edited by Neil Darragh. Auckland: Accent Publications, 2014.
- Halstead, P. J., & Hautus, M. (2013). Defending the God Beyond: The Development of the A God-scale – a New Instrument for the Assessment of People’s Perceptions, Experiences, and Activities in relationship to God – and its initial use in a Forgiveness Study. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 15(3), 160-185.
- Halstead, P. J. (2012). The Forgiveness Matters Course: A theologically and psychologically integrated approach to help churchgoing adults process their parental wounds. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 14(2), 85-110.
- Halstead, P. J. (2010). Have my parents sinned against me? Exploring the concept of sin in the pastoral context. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 12(1), 43-62.