John Drane has spent much of his adult life wrestling with the challenge of being a Christian in a rapidly changing culture, and has written many books on missional topics, including The McDonaldization of the Church (Darton Longman & Todd 2000),Do Christians know how to be Spiritual? (Darton Longman & Todd 2005), and After McDonaldization: Mission, Ministry & Christian discipleship in an age of uncertainty (Darton Longman & Todd 2008) – as well as three best-selling books on the Bible which have been translated into more than sixty languages:Introducing the Old Testament 3rd ed (Oxford: Lion Hudson 2011), Introducing the New Testament 3rd ed (Oxford: Lion Hudson 2010), and Introducing the Bible 2nd ed (Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2011).
For more than twenty years he has played a leading role in ecumenical thinking and action on mission, and is co-chair of the Mission Theology Advisory Group of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England and of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, as well as being a member of the UK and Scottish boards of the Fresh Expressions mission shaped ministry course. His pastoral experience includes involvement in the care of children and parents at the time of the school massacre in Dunblane in March 1996, at which time he was teaching Religious Studies in the University of Stirling. Since then he has taught at the University of Aberdeen, and is currently affiliate professor of New Testament and Practical Theology in Fuller Seminary, California. He has an extensive ministry among churches of many different traditions, and has taught at theological colleges and seminaries around the world.