Rev. Dr Maja Whitaker (Ngāi Tahu) Lecturer, Practical Theology, School of Theology

  • BSc, PhD (Theology)

Maja is responsible for overseeing our growing relationships with partner churches, crafting and delivering a formational experience for our undergraduate theology students, supervising postgraduate research, and contributing to the leadership team of the School of Theology. Her research interests include the theology of the body, theological anthropology, disability theology, and eschatology. She is exploring what the Christian tradition can offer to critique and inform modern cultural ideologies about human flourishing and the body.

Maja is a pastor in the Equippers Church network and she is passionate about equipping people for life in Jesus Christ. She is married to Dave and they have four daughters from preschool to high school age. Maja loves to spend her downtime in the garden, with a good book, or in the kitchen baking with one of her girls. She blogs on the topics of spiritual formation, parenting, and pastoral theology at

Selected publications

Whitaker, Maja. "The Wounds of the Risen Christ: Evidence for the Retention of Disabling Conditions in the Resurrection Body." Journal of Disability & Religion (2021): 1-14.

Whitaker MI (2019) “Perfected Yet Still Disabled? Continuity of Embodied Identity in Resurrection Life.” Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice 26 (2).

King MR, Whitaker MI, Jones DG (2014) “I see dead people: Insights from the humanities into the nature of plastinated cadavers.” Journal of Medical Humanities 35(4):361-376

Jones DG, Whitaker MI (2012) “Anatomy’s Use of Unclaimed Bodies: Reasons Against Continued Dependence on an Ethically Dubious Practice.” Clinical Anatomy 25:246-254.

King M, Whitaker M, Jones DG. (2011) “Speculative ethics: Valid enterprise or tragic cul-de-sac?” In Rudnick A (ed) Bioethics in the 21st century InTech, p. 139-158

Jones DG, Whitaker MI. (2009) Speaking for the dead: The human body in biology and medicine, second edition. Aldershot: Ashgate.