Arthur Nelson Patrick is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Avondale College of Higher Education, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia.
After graduating from Avondale (Diploma of Theology and Teaching, 1956; Bachelor of Arts, Theology, 1957), he began intermittent graduate study while engaged in parish ministry in New Zealand (1958 to 1967). Interaction with Adventist congregations intensified his sense of need to better understand Seventh-day Adventist history and thought by further study in the United States of America.
After ministry in the State of Illinois, he completed an MA degree in Systematic Theology and a Master of Divinity degree at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, plus a Doctor of Ministry degree at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (1973).
Thereafter Patrick lectured in the Faculty of Theology at Avondale (1974-1983), concurrently directed the Ellen G. White/Seventh-day Adventist Research Centre on the Avondale campus (1976-1983), served as Registrar of the College (1984-1991) except when he was Interim Senior Pastor of the College Church (1988) and on study leave (1989).
Further study at the University of New England (MLitt, completed 1984) and the University of Newcastle (PhD, completed 1992) nurtured Patrick’s interest in Adventist Studies within the context of Australian religious history. For almost five years another passion (Clinical Pastoral Education) facilitated his role as Senior Chaplain at Sydney Adventist Hospital (Wahroonga, New South Wales), before two years as a visiting professor of Church History and Pastoral Ministry at La Sierra University in California.
Since his official retirement (1998), Patrick has volunteered for various tasks that support the mission of the church in general and Avondale College of Higher Education in particular, including the co-supervision of PhD students.