My slightly odd life – as a pastor, geography professor, educator, and artist – is a reflection of my slightly odd education and interests. At the graduate level, I studied geography at the University of British Columbia, theology at Acadia Divinity College (Acadia University), and education at the University of Alberta. Education, theology, and geography may seem like a curious combination, but they actually come together brilliantly in my own (rather warped) mind: I love integrating natural sciences, theology, pastoral theology, and Christian education into opportunities to explore and appreciate God and His creation, and to be involved in His mission to restore His relationship with people, between people, and between people and His creation.
I also really enjoy the positive dialogue that can (and, I believe, should) be cultivated between science and faith. This is God’s world. My Christian faith is rooted in God’s Word. The two complement one another perfectly. I have studied at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, UK, and was a Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund’s College from May- July 2016.
I teach graduate level Christian Education courses regularly at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, ON. I have also taught at Acadia Divinity College (Wolfville, NS) and Carey Theological College (Vancouver, BC). And I have supervised a graduate thesis at Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC).
At the undergraduate level, I am creator of and professor for
- Geography 1013 and 1023 (Crandall University, Moncton, NB)
- Geography 102 and 103 (Corpus Christi College, Vancouver, BC)
- Geography 1013 and 1023 (Tyndale University College, Toronto, ON)
- Geography 100 and 101 (Briercrest College, Caronport, SK)
- I also taught Systematic Theology and was Director of Supervised Field Education at Taylor University College, Edmonton, AB
My most active research at the moment focuses on how churches can create a nurturing environment and supportive community for those interested in, studying, or working in the sciences. I am looking at what are some best practices for how can churches encourage, support, value, and be enriched by scientists. I am thankful for sabbatical time from my congregation and a Pastoral Study Project Grant from the Louisville Institute to support my research.
- I continue to be interested and read widely in the positive relationship that can exist between my Christian faith and the sciences:
- Sustainable Development and the Kingdom of God. Missio Dei Volume 4, 2014
- Lord of Lark and Lightning: Reassessing Celtic Christianity’s Environmental Ethic. The Journal of Religion and Society. July 2004.
- Sympathetic and Synthetic Faith. A Rocha Canada News 8, July 2001. Pp. 2-3
- We Live in God’s Art Gallery. A Rocha Canada News 2, January 2000. Pp. 1-2.
- I am particularly interested in action research as a practical research methodology to help pastors improve their pastoral practice:
- Transforming a Local Church Congregation through Action Research. Educational Action Research 9(2). 2001. Pp. 261-278.
- ‘Living’ education: Action research as a practical approach to congregational education. Religious Education 95(2). 2000. Pp. 152-166.
- I want to help churches and pastors be more effective in mission and ministry, more generally:
- Pastoring in Pain. Ministry Magazine: International Journal for Pastors. January 2010.
- A Handbook for Congregational Leadership. Calgary, AB: Baptist Union of Western Canada. 2001.
- Pastors’ voices on pastoral education. Christian Education Journal 3 NS(1). 1999. Pp. 91-108.
- ‘No! Not a shepherd!’ Who do pastors see themselves to be? The Clergy Journal 74(4). 1998. Pp.26-30. (Note, the picture is incorrect!)
- Guest editorial: Urban ministry in Canada. Urban Mission 15(1). 1997. Pp. 3-8. (I was guest editor for a special issue on urban ministry in the Canadian context).
- Reinventing the parish church. Urban Mission 15(1). 1997. Pp. 15-25.
- Planning with God, planning with people. Canadian Baptist. October 1996. Pp. 16-18.
- Your church in your community: A handbook for planning effective mission and ministry. Calgary, AB: Baptist Union of Western Canada. 1995.
- A bird’s eye view of the Bible: An overview from Genesis to Revelation. Calgary, AB: Baptist Union of Western Canada. 1994.
- Religious belief in the post-industrial city. Social compass: International review of sociology of religion 40(2). 1993. Pp. 217-232. (co-authored with David Ley)