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I am a long time Minister, Adjunct Professor, and Student trying to be what Jesus wants me to be, but sometimes failing miserably. I have a relationship with Christ in which He has agreed to love me, forgive me, and bless me, despite my weaknesses; I agree to keep acknowledging Him as Lord.
Although I have been mostly in Canada ministering since 1986, I am a naturalized Canadian originally from Oregon, converted to Christ at age 15. I preach, teach, and help some wonderful Christian women and men in leading a church in the Northeast of Calgary (Calgary Church of Christ).
My education includes a B.S. and M.A. from Abilene Christian University, a M.Div. from Regent College, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southern Methodist University. At ABC I teach NT, hermeneutics, and Greek, although my graduate work has been in the area of Systematic Theology, having written a MA thesis on the Liberation Theology of Jürgen Moltmann and a doctoral dissertation on the Trinity in the Restoration Movement.
For over 30 years I have been married to Robin, with whom I have raised three terrific kids. In May 2011 we welcomed into the world our first grandchild!
I think I teach because I enjoy learning. I teach New Testament and Christian History, because the faith journey’s of others intrigue me. It teach Leadership, because I think that while leadership isn’t everything, without it there isn’t much of anything else. I enjoy exploring leadership and group life because I’ve experienced the beauty and healing that can happen when we do life together, as well as the darkness, when leadership is misunderstood. Some transforming moments in my life
Learning to read when I was in Grade 4; Being told I wouldn’t amount to anything when I was in Grade 5; encountering God and experiencing His love the first time in Grade 6; meeting my wife and love of my life; our children; being part of a group of people on a quest to belong; the onset of Meniere’s condition; teacher’s who treated me as colleague; a cancer scare; sitting beside a quiet stream and knowing peace; etc. What is on my mind and heart
I think a lot about what it means to be open to others, as well as how to receive the openness of others in my own life, as a kind of microcosm God’s rule on a planet with space for all 7 billion. My Thesis summary
Thesis: Hospitality, The Stranger, and Pedagogy. (Doctoral dissertation, Univ. of Alberta, 2008). An exploration of why some students experience biblical and theological education, as something that distances them from God. Elements included a historical explorations of hospitality in the Western tradition, the genealogy’s of modernist epistemological tradition, sources of the social self and identity in the West, and an examination of the work of Immanuel Levinas, and his contribution to knowing and seeing the ‘face of Other’ as prior to knowing about; how the ethical call of Other holds possible hope for a “pedagogy of hospitality,” a way of being and teaching that opens the world to faith and Other instead of closing it down. My dream now is to publish.
EdD (University of Alberta, 2008)
MCS (Regent, 1986)
BTh (Alberta Bible College, 1973)
BEd (University of Calgary, 1973)
“Alberta Bible College.” The Campbell-Stone Encyclopedia, Eerdmans, 2007.
“The History of the Restoration Movement in Canada.” The Campbell-Stone Encyclopedia, Eerdmans, 2007.
“Scotch Baptist.” The Campbell-Stone Encyclopedia, Eerdmans, 2007.
“From Tinkering to Transformation: Christian Ministry in a Secular Culture.” College Lectures. Published by The College of Churches of Christ in Canada, 1993.
Numerous articles on leadership, group life, faith formation, transformational learning, and what it means to walk in the Way of Jesus, in Evangel, Quarterly Publication of Alberta Bible College and Christian Standard.
- Wood work,
- learning about sustainable housing/living,
Activities I do to stay fit
- yard work
I am the co-founder and Artistic Director of Fire Exit Theatre. I also work with Centre Street Church as the Director of Creative Communication, with Rocky Mountain College as co-Chair of the Theatre Arts Dept. and as a freelance writer, director, performer and speaker.
My past directing credits include Waco T. 1953, God’s Favorite, Flesh & Bones, Coffee Talk and assistant director, Evelyn Strange, with Vertigo Theatre. Past writing credits include, Duty To Warn, Coffee Talk, God’s Attention Bruised Not Broken, and Past Tense and award-winning Absence. I am in the process of finishing my Theatre & Speech degree with Trinity Guild Hall (UK).
My first attempt at a book, “Crossroads Café ©” was listed by the Calgary Herald, as one of the top ten best selling books in Calgary. I also work with Tri-Paw Productions producing innovative videos for churches, corporations and non-profits.
I enjoy writing spoken word/beat poetry, traveling, reading plays and finding good pie. I believe art and church should sometimes make you uncomfortable.
Board Member Canadian Bible Society, 1996-2002.
Missionary: Peru, 1974-1988, Ecuador 1991-1995; Professor, Baptist Seminary, Quito, Ecuador. Bow Valley Christian Church, Calgary, Pastor of Family Ministries 1996-2001, Pastor of World Outreach (Missions) 2002- 2010. (Chair of World Outreach Policy and Finance Committee, instigator and director of Conversation Club for volunteers and new Canadians, editor of the Vantage and pastoral duties).
Organization and execution of short term mission trips. Visits to Christian workers and mission agencies in Peru, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Haiti, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Poland, and Turkey. Other travel in Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, many other Latin and Central American countries and Europe.
MTh, New College, University of Edinburgh
MDiv, Cincinnati Bible Seminary
BSc, University of Alberta
Why do I teach in the area I teach?
Hmmmm…good question. Because it is the area I am qualified to teach in. 🙂
I teach in the Professional Studies area because I love to see others develop abilities and strengths so that they are more confident in who God made them to be. That confidence enables them to serve Him more effectively and completely. Also, Professional studies courses are a natural place for student to connect the knowing, being and doing of their faith.
What have been some personally transforming moments?
The birth of our children and grandchildren.
Seeing young women (and men) I have mentored claim their unique calling and become effective servant leaders.
Leading ministry teams to work with Graceland Ministries in Poland. As leader I get to watch and participate in the ebb and flow of team dynamics as individuals interact with each other, the Polish people, and a foreign culture while at the same time being ambassadors for Christ and Canada.
Cycling the TransCanada Trail in Prince Edward Island…there is lots of time to reflect on life, live at a slower pace, and see the world through a different lens when cycling. That holiday pushed me to the extreme physically and at the same time it rejuvenated my soul.
Taking in the beauty of an ocean sunset while sitting on the rocks on Galiano Island, BC.
What is on my mind/heart?
People who struggle to find purpose in life…so many people who know Christ, as well as those who do not know him, live with no sense of ultimate purpose. For many, life is about having work that pays the bills, and finding enjoyable ways to relax when not at work. But ultimate purpose comes when we understand and accept who God made us to be, then allow our hearts to be touched by a need that is beyond ourselves, and so commit to doing what we can to make the world a better place. I am energized when I see people living out their calling.
A summary of the Thesis I wrote
My Exit project for the Master of Education was Life Guidance: Vocational Development in Christian higher education. It examines the theological concept of “calling” and then proposes ways that Christian colleges can help students discover and live out their sense of ultimate purpose.
ACC with the International Coach Federation
Christian Career Certificate (Alberta Bible College)
Bachelor of Education: Elementary ed (University of Alberta)
Master of Christian Studies (Prairie Graduate School)
Master of Education: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (University of Calgary)
- Sharing our home with others,
Activities I do to stay fit
I teach in a theological institution because I myself have learned from men and women who have taught in these places with much wisdom, sensibility, sensitivity, and integrity. Their faithfulness inspires me to be faithful in the world of theological education. My primary academic interests lie within the field of biblical studies. I am convinced that when we hold scripture in our hands we are at the same time dealing with the inspired word of God and a human work of art. It is God’s story of salvation in which we find meaning and purpose for our own personal narratives. My desire is that whether our students spend one semester or four years at ABC that they learn to engage all of life theologically (cf. Col 3:17), that they become increasingly conformed to the image of Christ (cf. Rom 8:28, 29), and that they live out their vocation as image bearers of God (cf. Genesis 1:26, 27). My studies have included undergraduate degrees in journalism (Mount Royal College) and Christian education (Alberta Bible College), as well as a master’s degree from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). I am grateful to be married to my beautiful wife Brenda, and we have equally beautiful daughter, Holly.