SeminaryFaculty Biographies

Taylor Faculty

Dr. Allan Effa

Allan EffaDr. Allan Effa is the Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary. His teaching and research interests include mission, evangelism, anthropology, spiritual formation, and African theology. 

Dr. Joost Pikkert

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.

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

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

Dr. 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).

Rick Heavenor teaches Spiritual Formation at Taylor. Currently in a DMin program, Rick is an alumnus of the school and heads up Taylor’s recruiting efforts.

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.

Darrell Muth is teaching Evangelism and Church Planting, drawing heavily on his experience as the founding pastor of Urban Bridge (affiliated with the PAOC). Darrell has his MA from Trinity Western.

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. Ray Seutter
is a registered psychologist with over twenty-five years of practice and experience. He has a special interest in treating depression, anxiety, burnout and post-traumatic stress disorders. A sought-after speaker and lecturer with numerous peer-reviewed publications to his credit, Ray also consults on issues such as conflict resolution, team building, and stress management, and has a special interest in helping church leaders maintain their spiritual health. He is a key member of the Wahl Centre initiative known as Healthy Pastors.

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.

Len Thompson teaches Spiritual Formation, and heads up this important area of ministry to all Taylor students. A former pastor, Len founded and continues to lead the Urban Sanctuary, also known as The Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation of Edmonton.