Curriculum Vitae

Presentations and Conferences:
  • "Hail, Caesar! A Jesus Film?", a paper for the Society for the Study of Theology conference in Nottingham, April 2018.
  • "Being Christian at Work" panelist at Westbury Methodist Church, Jan, 2018.
  • "Theology for Preaching," half-day course for Bath & Wells Diocese, May, 2017.
  • "Weighing the Burdens of Peace: Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited and Bonhoeffer's prison fiction," a paper for the Society for the Study of Theology conference in Nottingham, April 2017.
  • "Which is my Neighbour? Bonhoeffer and the Tension of Mandates," a paper for the Theological Ethics seminar at Aberdeen University, April 2017.
  • "Christian Ethics," half-day course for Bath & Wells Diocese, Nov, 2016.
  • "Preaching Matthew," co-taught seminar for Gloucester Diocese, Nov, 2016.
  • "Words made flesh: Signing up for an ancient conversation," at Signs of God BSL Summer School, Aug, 2016.
  • "A Vision for Ministry and Training," as interviewed by Ian Paul at Psephizo, Dec 17, 2015.
  • "The Prince of Peace Smokes a Peace Pipe: A Church Response to the Challenge of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission," at the International Conference on Political Theology, Belgrade, Serbia, November, 2015.
  • "Who is our Neighbour? Questions of Proximity, Awareness, and Responsibility," for the Bristol Theological Colleges Symposium on the Refugee Crisis, October, 2015.
  • "Who is our Church's Neighbour? Barth, Žižek and theology for strategic or proximal neighbour-love," at the Society for the Study of Theology Conference, April, 2015.
  • "Who Makes Me Feel Like a Natural Person? Gender Trouble and the Church," a lecture given at Trinity College Bristol's Community Week, March 2015.
  • Organized Community Week at Trinity College Bristol, on the topic of 'Gender, Sexuality, and the Church,' March, 2015.
  • "Preaching Mark," a one-day seminar, with Emma Inesonfor preachers in the Bristol Diocese, Nov, 2014.
  • Plenary speaker, on "Forgiveness and Reconciliation," at the Educational Leadership Conference of the CPABC, April/May, 2014.
  • Hosted "Genesis and the Genome" event, with John Walton and Dennis Venema, at Richmond Alliance Church, March 2013. 
  • "Relative Grit: Masculinity in Flux on Film." A paper given at the American Academy of Religion annual conference, November 2011.
  • "The Ministry of Reconciliation." A five session study at The Mission, 2011.
  • "Christian Forgiveness and the Church Community." A three week sermon series preached at The Mission in Aberdeen, Scotland, Feb./March, 2011.
  • "No Country for Old Man: Barth calls the Coen Brothers," in the Barth Blog Conference at Der Evangelische Theologue, Oct. 2010.
  • "Winsome Witness: GK Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday as Narrative Apologia," at the Society for the Study of Theology Conference, Manchester, UK, April, 2010.
  • "Binding or Loosing: Forgiveness and Truth-Seeking in Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation," at the Scottish Postgraduates in Divinity Conference, Aberdeen, UK, 2010, June, 2010.
  • "This Side of Sunday: Theological Fiction in Light of GK Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday," at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts Conference on Theology, Aesthetics and Culture , St. Andrews, UK, September, 2010.
  • "Once for All and New Every Morning: Forgiveness in the Theology of Miroslav Volf and Karl Barth," at the Oxford Postgraduate Theology Conference: "The Present Moment," Oxford, UK, October, 2010.
  • "BT214: Humanity, Sin, and Salvation." A full credit course at Nipawin Bible College, January, 2009.
  • "A Theological Perspective on Gender Roles." A nine week study at Moose Jaw Alliance Church, 2008.
  • "Reconciliation in the Church." A seven week study at Moose Jaw Alliance Church, 2008.
  • "A Tale of Emptied Hells: The Philosophical Pilgrimage of G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday," at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, November, 2008.
  • Guest Preacher: St Mary Magdalene (Bristol, UK), The Mission (Aberdeen, UK), Beverly Alliance (Edmonton, AB), Warburg Alliance (AB), Briercrest Seminary Chapel (Caronport, SK), Moose Jaw Alliance (SK), Assiniboia Alliance (SK), William's Lake Alliance (BC), Heritage Alliance (Regina, SK), Spruce Grove Alliance (AB), Luseland AWANA Camp (SK) and Whitney Lake AWANA Camp (AB): 1999‑.
Currently Tutor in Theology and Ethics, Trinity College Bristol: 
  • Lecturer:
    • "Christian Doctrine in Focus: The Saving God", 2014-
    • "Introduction to Christian Ethics", 2015-
    • "Themes in Moral Theology: Reconciliation", 2015-
    • "Exploring Leadership for Ministry and Mission", 2015-
    • "Ethics of Gender & Sexuality", 2016-
    • "Ethics of Diversity (with focus on disability, race, and class)", 2017-
    • "Advanced study of Bonhoeffer", 2017-
    • Co-lecturer for "Pastoral Care", "Doctrine", "Barth", "Leadership", "Preaching", 2014-
  • Postgrad Research Supervisor:
    • Newbigin, authority and fresh expressions of ecclesiology (completed MPhil)
    • Cormac McCarthy and the book of Job (current PhD)
    • The place of lament in corporate worship (current PhD)
    • The Jewishness of Jesus, land, and the Body of Christ (current MTh/PhD)
    • Judgement in the universalism of Gregory of Nyssa (current MTh)
    • A theological-ethics of sex-robots (current MTh/PhD)
    • Bonhoeffer's on friendship among the mandates (current MTh/PhD)
  • MA Thesis Supervisor:
    • Calvin on spiritual disciplines and formation
    • Anthropology & atonement, Pannenberg & McFarland
    • Forgiveness and Barclay's Paul and the Gift 
    • Asylum seekers and the powers 
    • Rethinking God's provision of meat in Genesis 9:3 for today 
    • Images of Christ as a woman 
  • Undergraduate Course Leader, 2016-
  • Faculty Disability Advisor, 2014-2018
Past Experience:
  • Lead Pastor: Richmond Alliance Church (BC), 2012-2014.
  • Instructor: Briercrest Distance Learning (SK), 2007-2012.
    • IDS 250: "Studies in Christian Worldview" 
    • BT114: "Introduction to Christian Theology I"
  • Interim Lead Pastor: Beverly Alliance Church, 2009.
  • Lecturer: Nipawin Bible College, 2009. 
    • BT 214: "Humanity, Sin and Salvation" 
  • Teacher's Assistant: Briercrest College (SK), 2007).
    • "Literature & Composition" 
  • Lead Pastor: Selkirk Alliance Church, 2003‑06.
  • Residence Director: Canadian Bible College, 2001‑03.
    • Co-lecturer for "Peer Counseling"
  • Youth Ministry Intern: Southview Alliance Church (Calgary, AB), 1998‑99.
Memberships and Ministries:
  • Editorial Board, Grove Books Pastoral Series, 2016-
    • edited Immigration and the Church by Helen Paynter (July 2017)
  • Member: Society for the Study of Theology (UK), 2011-2012, 2015-
  • Coach (FA Level 1 Certified): Bristol Manor Farm FC U9s, 2016-
  • Parochial Church Council Member: St. Mary Magdalene Church (CofE), 2016-
  • Member: American Academy of Religion (USA), 2011-2013, 2017.
  • Member: Bristol Theological Society (UK), 2014-2016.
  • Member: Evangelical Theological Society (USA), 2011-2012.
  • Member and Secretary, Froghall Community Council (Aberdeen, UK), 2011.
  • Chapel Committee Member: Briercrest Seminary, 2006‑08.
  • Board Member: Selkirk Youth For Christ (MB), 2004‑06.
  • Coach: Men's and Women's Soccer Teams, Canadian Bible College, 2001-2003, 1999-2001.
  • Leader: Entertainment Sub‑Committee, Youth Conference Central Planning Committee, Canadian Bible College, 2000‑01.
  • Special Needs Assistant: Summer in the City (Spruce Grove, AB), July 1999.
  • Resident Assistant: Canadian Bible College, 1997‑98.
  • Youth Event Leader: Impact Team Tour Group, Canadian Bible College, 1996‑97.
  • Coach: High School Floor Hockey Team, Mennonite Educational Institute, 1993‑94, 95‑96.
Scholarships and Awards:
  • Much of what enabled me to go to school was the remarkable self-giving of fellowshippers in the Christian Community. 
  • Aberdeen University School of Divinity, History and Philosophy Bursary, 2010.
  • Aberdeen University College of Arts and Social Sciences Award, 2010.
  • Scottish Overseas Research Scholarship Award, 2010.
  • Third Place, Ministry Magazine Student Writing Contest, 2008.
  • Briercrest Seminary Valedictorian, 2008.
  • Briercrest Seminary Graduate Proficiency and Excellence Award in Research Skills, 2008.
  • Dean's Scholarship, Briercrest Seminary, 2007.
  • President's Scholarship, Briercrest Seminary, 2006.
  • High Scorer, Tri‑S United Soccer Club, 2005.
  • Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, Prairie Athletic Conference, 2003.
  • Honour Roll, Canadian Bible College Graduation, 2001.
  • Co-Athlete of the Year, Canadian Bible College, 1999-2000.
  • Stan and Vi Johnston Bursary, Canadian Bible College, 2000.
  • VV Ninan Memorial Evangelism Award, Canadian Bible College, 2000.

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