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Taylor Faculty

Dr. Joyce Bellous

JoyceBellousDr. Joyce Bellous teaches in the area of Christian education and pastoral formation. Dr. Bellous taught for 16 years at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, ON before relocating to Edmonton several years ago. Dr. Bellous is a noted scholar with 7 books either written or edited and numerous lay and professional papers and presentations. Her background is in Christian education, church leadership, and her most recent research and publishing is in the development of human resiliency.

Dr. Allan Effa

Allan-EffaDr. Allan Effa is the Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary. Dr. Effa has a heart for ministry, having served churches in North America as well as in Nigeria, where he served as a professor at Mambilla Baptist Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests include mission, evangelism, anthropology, spiritual formation, and African theology. 

Dr. Effa and his wife, Karen, have two grown children, Carmyn and Corrie.

BAR - North American Baptist College, 1979
MDiv - North American Baptist Seminary, 1982
MTh - Fuller Theological Seminary, 1991
PhD - Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies
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Dr. Randal Rauser

Randal RouserDr Randal Rauser is Associate Professor of Historical Theology. He has written several books including the bestseller Finding God in the Shack (Biblica, 2009) and The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012). His most recent book is What on Earth do We Know About Heaven? (Baker, 2013). Randal has also published many articles in leading academic journals like Philosophia Christi and Christian Scholar's Review. He blogs at and lectures widely on Christian worldview and apologetics.

Dr. Jerry Shepherd

Jerry ShepherdDr. Jerry Shepherd is Associate Professor of Old Testament, and is an enthusiastic Hebrew scholar. Dr. Shepherd is a published author and popular speaker, in demand for pulpit supply at local churches throughout the year. Jerry blogs at

Professor Len Thompson

LenProfessor Len Thompson teaches in the areas of spiritual formation and discipleship. Prof. Thompson, Director of Urban Sanctuary, is well known to the Taylor community where he has worked for many years both teaching courses in our curriculum as well as overseeing the mentoring and spiritual formation of our seminarians. Along with his teaching and his work at Urban Sanctuary, he is currently completing his DMin at Gordon Conwell Seminary.

Part-time Faculty

Dr. Lyle Buyer teaches homiletics at Taylor. An alumnus of Taylor (NABC/NABDS), he earned his DMin at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Lyle is the long-serving Lead Pastor of McKernan Baptist Church near the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB.

Terry-FossenDr. Terry Fossen has a passion for pastoral leadership and development. A pastor for many years, Terry is now the Associate Regional Minister for the Alberta Baptist Association (NAB). Terry is also a former vice-president of Taylor, and has taught courses at the school for many years.




Rick Heavenor is the Admissions Counselor for Taylor Seminary, and teaches occasionally in the area of Spiritual Formation. A Taylor alum (Edmonton Baptist Seminary), he is currently working towards his DMin.

Dr. Jim Leverette teaches Pastoral Leadership; a former Academic Vice-President of Taylor Seminary (and an alumnus of Taylor/NABC), Jim presently serves as the Area Minister for the Alberta Baptist Association (NAB).

Dr. Willy Muller has been in ministry for over six decades, as a professor, pastor and/or missionary. One of the earliest graduates of Taylor (CTI), Willy is also among the longest-serving faculty members in our history. Willy takes special delight in offering guidance and counsel to those taking advantage of our Field Education courses.

Dr. Syd PageDr. Syd Page has been serving at Taylor since 1977, including 19 years as Academic Vice-President (seminary). Recently retired, Dr. Page continues to be associated with the school and teaches New Testament courses as an adjunct professor from time to time.




Dr. Joost PikkertDr. Joost Pikkert is Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies. Dr. Pikkert has worked in development, literacy and Bible translation for over 10 years in Southeast Asia, and recently returned to that region to resume his language work there. He continues to teach for Taylor on a part-time basis, including online courses and modular courses.




Dr. Marvin Roth, who has a PhD from the University of Alberta, is a psychologist, and brings a wealth of experience to the classroom when teaching in the area of counseling.

Dr. Ed Stuckey teaches Pastoral Leadership, drawing on his experience as a pastor at Ellerslie Baptist Church (1985-2008) and at Grace Bible Church in Dauphin, MB (1980-85). He served as Director of The Journey, a Graduate Centre for Christian Leadership in Edmonton, and as Interim President of Canadian Baptist Seminary, a member of the ACTS Consortium.

Dr. David-WilliamsDr. David Williams teaches Ethics. He received a Masters in Philosophy in 1992 and his PhD in 1998 from Denver University. David is president of Taylor College and Seminary and Director of the E P Wahl Centre. Originally from Texas, he and his family have lived in Edmonton for over ten years.





Tyler Williams teaches Old Testament. An alum of Taylor (NABC) in 1988, he graduated with his Masters from Regent in 1992. A long-time prof at NABC and Taylor University College, Tyler now serves as Lead Pastor at Greenfield Community Church, and continues to teach courses at The King's University in Edmonton.