Dr Woodhouse is a distinguished theologian and Bible expositor whose gifts are widely recognized. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales, and then worked as a geologist for two years before entering Moore College to study theology. He later earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Victoria University of Manchester. For nearly thirty years he has lectured at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, where he has been Principal since 2002. Prior to his position as Principal, he also pastored Christ Church St Ives (Anglican) for more than 10 years.


While his academic focus is on the Old Testament, he has published a commentary on Colossians and Philemon with Christian Focus Publications. Other works by Woodhouse include commentaries on 1 and 2 Samuel, as well as numerous published articles on both the Old and New Testaments. He is also a contributor to the Reformation Study Bible.


At Moore Theoogical College’s website, you can view his published articles. You can also listen to or download any of his more than 700 sermons and lectures. For Simeon Trust, Dr. Woodhouse contributed a six part lecture series on Preaching Old Testament Narrative.

Dr. Woodhouse’s recent commentary on Colossians and Philemon was birthed from a series of sermons he preached on those books. Those sermons are available via Vimeo.com on video:


Praise for Colossians & Philemon: So Walk in Him:
“Over a period of several months at Moore College, Dr. John Woodhouse preached a series of expository sermons on Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon which were clear, insightful and wonderfully refreshing. The publication and expansion of these fine messages in the Focus on the Bible commentary series will now benefit a much wider audience. Honest readers will be challenged by the gospel of God’s gracious saving plan for the world, the place of the Lord Jesus within it, and how those who have been united with Christ are to live. May the God who is the Author of these two powerful letters use John’s rich exposition to challenge and encourage us in the twenty-first century.”

~ Peter O’Brien, author of several commentaries, including the Word Biblical Commentary on Colossians-Philemon, and Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore Theological College, Syndney


“This commentary by John Woodhouse is a rich source of biblical insight on the texts of Colossians and Philemon. This volume is a great resource for the pastor as he prepares to feed his flock, but it is equally helpful for students of the Bible who desire to understand better these magnificent letters. Maybe even more importantly, the text reflects the author’s own love for the Savior. I can gladly commend it.”

~ Bill Cook, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky