Professor of New Testament at Regent College
BSc (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), MA, MDiv (Gordon-Conwell), PhD (Cambridge)
Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Rikk Watts worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history, and sociology. He later joined a parachurch organization engaged in Christian awareness projects in public schools and in providing crisis accommodation and various rehabilitation programs for the urban poor. He was a founding member of On Being, a major Australian Christian magazine, and supported himself and his family as a professional drummer.
Rikk Watts has served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Latrobe University (Melbourne), and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne). He presently attends New Life Community Church Burnaby where he is the main speaker at a service for university-age young adults. Rikk Watts is married to Katie, a primary teacher, and they have two adult children, Steven and Rebecca. In addition to a newly acquired obsession with sailing (he recently crewed his first Vic-Maui race), he enjoys movies, good restaurants, music, reading, and going for long walks with Katie.
The following courses in New Testament will be offered as part of Regent's 2016 Summer Programs:
New Testament Foundations (May 23-June 3 with Rikk Watts)
The Epistle to the Romans in Context (May 23-June 3 with Douglas Moo)
God, the Bible, and Creation Care (June 5-18 with Rikk Watts, in France)
Philippians and the Preaching of Transformation (June 6-10 with Ross Hastings)
The Parables of Jesus (July 4-8 with Darrell Johnson)
Reclaiming the Book of Revelation (July 4-15 with Paul Spilsbury)
Jesus and His Times (July 4-17 with Mariam Kovalishyn, in Jerusalem)
Letters to Colossae: Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon (July 11-15 with J.I. Packer)
Poetic Meditations on the Teaching of Jesus (July 11-15 with Malcolm Guite)