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Professor Jason Byassee, a minister of the United Methodist Church (USA), holds the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at the Vancouver School of Theology. He also teaches historical theology with an eye to how the minds and lives of the saints can help renew the church’s life today. He also teachers about writing, discerning God in popular culture, technology, and theological conversation between Jews and Christians.
Jason Byassee studied at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Religion at Duke Divinity School and University.
Professor Byassee believes that all teachers teach for that moment when students’ eyes come alive, when the penny drops, and they see things they couldn’t see before. “Jesus calls his students ‘friends,’” he has written, “and ever thereafter the line between teacher and taught has been thin indeed. I’m fascinated by how creative pastors and other faith leaders have to be to grow something in this part of post-Christendom North America.”
Dr. Byassee believes that the church is going to have to take back more of its theological and catechetical training from the academy where we’ve about ruined it.
This sermon is part of our Summer Preaching Series. Find of our sermons at canadianmemorial.org
Pat Dutcher-Walls is Professor of Hebrew Scripture at the Vancouver School of Theology. In addition to teaching, she is Director of the Library and the Dean of the School, providing administrative oversight to student programs and services, the Registrar’s Office and the Diversified Education programs, and the school’s relationships with sessional lecturers, guest lecturers, and other contractual teaching staff.
Professor Dutcher-Walls, through her publications and teaching, bridges scholarship for Biblical study both in the academy and the church. A life-long Presbyterian, she was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978 and now is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. With a love of teaching, she has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, continuing education courses, and lay education courses. Recent presentations include topics such as “Biblical Narrative Spirituality,” “Prophetic Perspectives in the Old Testament,” and “Living the Ten Commandments.” She has been active in the church through preaching, social justice ministries, part-time congregational leadership, music and campus chaplaincy. She is married to a Lutheran minister and has two children, and enjoys reading science fiction and gardening.
Dr. Topping is the Principal of the Vancouver School of Theology and a big fan of Canadian Memorial and all the students that come to VST from here.
“I understand that the church in Canada has undergone decline,” says Richard, “The church that we have now is not the church that many of us baby-boomers grew up with. However, God is sending us students now who have never known Christendom and they have things to teach us.”
Richard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Michael’s University in the Toronto School of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from Wycliffe College, Toronto.
Richard taught at Presbyterian College (2001-2009) in the Montreal School of Theology at McGill University in the areas of Preaching, Pastoral Theology, Introduction to Ministry and Church, Ministry and Sacraments.
Richard holds the St. Andrew’s Hall Chair in Studies in the Reformed Tradition. He teaches in the areas of Introduction to Theology, Reformation History, Christian Spirituality and Reformed Theology of the 19th and Twentieth Century. He has also lectured at Regent College in the area of Theology and Proclamation. He has published in the areas of theological hermeneutics, homiletics, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and the theologies of John Calvin and Karl Barth.
Lonnie Delisle is a seasoned music director, performer and conductor and has enjoyed leading projects with many celebrated musicians all over the world.
Along with directing music at CMUC, he is the Music Director of the Universal Gospel Choir, Music Director of the PALS Chorus and Artistic Director of the Delisle Vocal Project. Lonnie also takes on a variety of music director, tenor soloist, keyboardist and choir/voice coaching roles for live and studio productions.
Lonnie’s formal training includes a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity Western University.
Hannes van der Merwe is a professional photographer, specializing in Fashion, Editorial, Commercial, Architectural and Travel photography.
He studied Graphic Design and Photography at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in CapeTown, South Africa. Currently he’s able to combine his love for photography and travel by photographing hotels and cruise ships all across Western Canada. Between travels he gets the chance to focus on his biggest passion: photographing people.