SeminaryFaculty Biographies

Taylor Faculty

Dr. Joyce Bellous

JoyceBellousDr. Joyce Bellous is Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary. Dr. Bellous taught for 16 years at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario 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
Allan.Effa@Taylor-Edu.ca

 

Dr. Willy Muller

Dr. Willy Muller

Dr. Willy Muller is the Director of Field Education (Interim) at Taylor Seminary. He 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.

Dr. Muller takes special delight in offering guidance and counsel to those taking advantage of our Field Education courses.

Dr. Randal Rauser

Randal RouserDr Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of several books including What on Earth do we Know About Heaven? (Baker, 2013), the bestseller Finding God in the Shack (Biblica, 2009), Theology in Search of Foundations (Oxford, 2009) and The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012).

Randal has also published many articles in leading academic journals like Philosophia Christi and Christian Scholar's Review. He blogs at randalrauser.com and lectures widely on Christian worldview and apologetics.

 

Dr. Jerry Shepherd

Jerry ShepherdDr. Jerry Shepherd is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Taylor Seminary, where he has taught for 21 years. He has written a number of entries for biblical and theological reference works, wrote the commentary on Ecclesiastes for the revised edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary, and is currently writing a commentary on Leviticus for the Story of God Bible Commentary series.

Besides being a published author and popular speaker, in demand for pulpit supply at local churches throughout the year, Jerry blogs at http://www.TheRecapitulator.com.

Professor Len Thompson

LenProfessor Len Thompson is Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Taylor Seminary. Prof. Thompson, who is also the 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.

 Dr. David Williams

Dr. Joost PikkertDr. David Williams is Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and President of Taylor Seminary (since 2008).

Dr. Williams earned a BA (Religious Studies) from Dallas Baptist College, then earned two degrees at Denver Seminary. He taught for 17 years at Colorado Christian University while earning two degrees from Drew University, including a PhD in Theological Ethics. It was during this time that a long collaboration and friendship began with Dr. John Franke and the late Dr. Stanley Grenz.

Dr. Williams was born in Sherman, Texas; he married Jeanne Louise (Adkins) in 1982, and they have two sons, Matthew and Andrew. The family moved to Edmonton in 2004 when David accepted a position as Academic Vice-President of Taylor University College. As a respected scholar and theologian, he is particularly interested in engaging the post-modern context, and is an outspoken advocate for social justice.

 

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 HeavenorRick 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. 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. 

Tyler-Williams

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.