Chapel Preacher

Malcolm Sinclair

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair has been the Preacher at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto since 1988.

He is well traveled, within and beyond Canada, as guest preacher and workshop leader. He writes poetry, sings Scottish songs, is Padre to the 78th Fraser Highlanders, (York Garrison), and is the Minister of The Clan Sinclair International. He was awarded with the “Distinguished Alumni” honour from Emmanuel College in 2014. Imagination in preaching is one of Malcolm’s central tenets.

Andrew Stirling

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling is the Senior Minister of Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church in Toronto (18 years). Andrew was born in the United Kingdom and is a Canadian Citizen. He received his education in England, Bermuda, Canada and South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

In 2008, Wycliffe College, Toronto, recognized his contribution to preaching with an honorary Doctor of Divinity. In 2016, Dr. Stirling was appointed a Fellow of Acadia Divinity College for his contributions in theological education.

Andrew has written two books: What’s Good About The Good News? and The Christian Imperative (both by Lancelot Press), is the Editor of The Trinity: An Essential For Faith In Our Time (Evangel Publishing House) with a Forward by Wolfhart Pannenberg and has written over 50 theological and devotional articles. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School (with courses at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School) and was a founding faculty member of Augustine College in Ottawa. He has taught Church History at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto; Systematic Theology at Tyndale University Seminary, Toronto and Homiletics at Emmanuel and Wycliffe colleges of the Toronto School of Theology.

Andrew’s theological interests are: Evangelism, Church/State Relations, Inter faith dialogue, Missions and Homiletics. He is married to Marial. Andrew loves playing the guitar, golfing, auto racing (He is an IndyCar Chaplain) and supporting Manchester United football club and the Montreal Canadiens.

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Keynote Speaker


John Bell

John Bell was born in, resides in, and belongs to Scotland. He is a liturgical composer who writes co-operatively with colleagues in Glasgow; he has a deep interest in music from non-European cultures and a passion for song of the Assembly.

Though his primary vocation is as a preacher and teacher, he spends over half his time working in the areas of music and liturgy, both at conferences and in small parishes, and his work takes him frequently into Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

With his colleagues, he has produced over 15 collections of songs and octavos, and a wide range of liturgical materials, particularly for use by lay people, and he oversaw the production of a substantial hymnal for the Church of Scotland which, in North America, goes by the title Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise. (Canterbury Press).

He has also authored a number of collections of sermons and meditations, is an occasional broadcaster on radio and television, and manages to survive without the benefit of a wife, car, cell phone, camera, or ipod.


The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence

Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds degrees from Yale College and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.).  Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, Anna served as an associate pastor for youth and young adults at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.  Her books include Preaching as Testimony andInscribing the Word, as well as two forthcoming books:‘A’ is for Alabaster: A Preacher’s Alphabet, and Come Back When You’ve Found Something True: New Ways to Read Scripture, based on her 2012 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School.  She is a frequent teacher and lecturer in this country and abroad.

Anna and her husband, the Rev. David Carter Florence, have two grown sons.  They also have two dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens, and way too much knitting yarn.

Robert Franklin

The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin

The Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, Jr. is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University (Atlanta) and Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution. In 2014, he served as Senior Advisor for Community and Diversity, Emory University (Atlanta).  In 2013, he was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College where he served as the tenth president of the nation’s largest private, four-year liberal arts college for men from 2007 through 2012.

Franklin holds ordination in two Christian denominations:  the American Baptist Churches USA and the Church of God in Christ.  Franklin earned the master of divinity degree Christian social ethics and pastoral care in 1978 at the Harvard Divinity School, where he also served as assistant director of Ministry Education.

Franklin is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990). He has co-authored (Don S. Browning, et. al.) a volume titled, From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (2001). He also penned the foreword to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, Letter from Birmingham Jail, reprinted by Trinity Forum in 2012.

Franklin is married to Cheryl Goffney Franklin,M.D., and is the father of three children: Imani Renee Franklin, Robert M. Franklin, III and Julian Michael DeShazier.

Anna Robbins

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins

The Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins is the Director of Doctoral Studies, overseeing the Acadia Doctor of Ministry program, and Academic Dean of Acadia Divinity College. Dr. Robbins also serves as Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics.

Anna grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, spent several years in Ottawa at Carleton University and then moved back to the Maritimes where she achieved her Master of Religious Education (1993) and Master of Arts in Theology (1997) at Acadia University. She served in outreach, youth, Christian education, and interim pastoral ministries at Central in Saint John and at Aylesford, Clementsvale and Digby, Nova Scotia. In 1997, Anna moved to Wales where she completed her Ph.D. at Aberystwyth University.

Between 2000 and 2012, she served on the faculty of the London School of Theology in the U.K. She taught Theology and Contemporary Culture and acted as a theological consultant to various organizations including: Theos (a public theology think tank), Christians in Politics, Tearfund, and the Evangelical Alliance. She served on the council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and was a British delegate to the Baptist World Alliance.

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Workshop Leader


The Rev. Dr. Emily Rodgers Bisset

The Rev. Dr. Emily Bisset (Th.D. in homiletics) is minister of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Toronto. Calvin worships and serves in ecumenical shared ministry with Deer Park United Church.

Emily is a preacher and teacher, as well as being married to a preacher and sharing the joys and challenges of parenting a young child. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2000, she has been a minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada since 2007. She provides leadership and writes resource material for the national church, works with students preparing for ministry, and enjoys the challenge and inspiration of ecumenical ministry.

Stephen Farris

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris

Dr. Farris received his Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, followed by his PhD from Cambridge University, England. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Kingston in 1981 and served as Minister for five years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Amherstview, Ontario.

Since then he has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches where he was charged with negotiating the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa and its readmission to the Alliance. He was the Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. And until 2016 served as the Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and as a Professor of Homiletics and New Testament at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Dr. Farris is the author of several books and has contributed to many other books, articles and resources. He has lectured and preached across North America and around the world.

Scott Hoezee

The Rev. Scott Hoezee

The Rev. Scott Hoezee is a 1990 graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary. He served two congregations as pastor: Second CRC in Fremont, MI, and Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2005 he began working at Calvin Theological Seminary as a member of the faculty and as the first Director of the Seminary’s Center for Excellence in Preaching. Rev. Hoezee has written several books, including The Riddle of Grace, Remember Creation, Proclaim the Wonder, and most recently Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter. He also co-hosts the Groundwork radio program along with Rev. David Bast and is a regular contributor to the blog “The Twelve.” Along with his wife, Rosemary, he has two adult children.

Morar Murray-Hayes

The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes

The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes has been ministering at Maple Grove United Church in Oakville for 28 years after seven years of teaching at two theological colleges.

Morar has been described as a courageous preacher, challenging herself and taking risks in preaching to ensure that she remains fresh over the years. She publishes weekly articles based on her sermons in an online community news e-zine.

Judy Paulson

The Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen

The Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen lived her early childhood years in northwest India, where her parents served as Anglican missionaries. She initially trained and worked as a Speech Language Pathologist, until her life took a decided and unexpected turn. She was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada in 1998, and served for 16 years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Toronto. She now serves as the Professor of Evangelism and Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College. Judy is married to Pat, a retired audiologist, and together they have three children and three grandchildren. She loves travelling and kayaking, and also enjoys playing the fiddle (which she does badly!)

Gail Reccuitti

The Rev. Dr. Gail Ricciutti

Gail Anderson Ricciuti is Professor Emerita of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York, where she taught Courses in Preaching, Worship, and church administration for more than two decades.  An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), she served as a parish pastor for 25 years prior to her teaching career  (23 of those pioneering co-pastoral models with her husband Anthony), with congregations in Massillon, Ohio; Byron, New York; and, from 1983 to 1998, the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

A native of Longview, Washington, Rev. Ricciuti earned degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Princeton Theological Seminary and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Keuka College.  She is co-author of the two-volume Birthings and Blessings: Liberating Worship Services for the Inclusive Church, and is currently collaborating on a book exploring what preachers might learn from artists.  She has been a frequent contributor to Lectionary Homiletics and has also written for Feasting on the Word and Feasting on the Gospels.

John Rottman

The Rev. Dr. John Rottman

The Rev. Dr. John Rottman serves as Professor of Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John earned his Th.D. from Emmanuel College studying Homiletics under the tutelage of Paul Scott Wilson. At the time of his appointment to the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary he said, “After preaching for nearly twenty years and teaching homiletics part-time for ten, I have learned some things about preaching, even as I continue to struggle. As preachers we are vulnerable in the pulpit… and I am reminded of this every time I preach and especially when I preach one of my own sermons to a preaching class. As a teacher of preaching I welcome the challenge of learning with my students as we together invite God to shape us as preachers and disciples of Jesus.” In 2014 John brought some of his students from Calvin to attend the LRPF. It will be a joy to welcome him back.

John is married to Marilyn and they have three children.

Victor Shepherd

The Rev. Dr. Victor Shepherd

The author of twelve books and hundreds of articles (both scholarly and professional), Victor Shepherd is Professor of Theology at Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, Adjunct Professor of Theology and Church History, Trinity College, University of Toronto, and Professor Ordinarius, University of Oxford, U.K.

Prior to joining the Tyndale faculty in 1993 Dr. Shepherd was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Church History, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, and the Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently he is also appointed to the Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College, University of Toronto. A frequent lecturer, he has addressed learned societies both in Canada and abroad, including the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, the North American Calvin Studies Society, and the American Psychiatric Association. He was the first occupant of Canada’s only Chair of Wesley Studies (Tyndale University College & Seminary).

Dr. Shepherd earned his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, in 1978. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., in recognition of his contribution to Wesley studies.

An ordained minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Dr. Shepherd has served five pastorates in New Brunswick and Ontario. He is regularly solicited as a speaker for both church and community organizations in light of his extensive pastoral experience. A long-time advocate for the mentally ill and the underhoused, he has served on the board of Pathway Community Developments (affordable housing) and has chaired the Peel Mental Health Housing Coalition. Currently he is a member of Toronto’s Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities

He belongs to several professional societies, including the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, the Canadian Society of Presbyterian History, and The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Dr. Shepherd is married to Maureen McGuigan, a retired French Immersion teacher. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Mississauga, Ontario.

Patricia Dutcher Walls

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls

Dr. Dutcher-Walls is Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Vancouver School of Theology, an inter-denominational graduate school that prepares students for ministerial leadership in Canada. She holds a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament/Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. She has published several books and a number of articles in scholarly and religious journals. 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 and preaching, she regularly appears as a guest preacher in Presbyterian, Anglican and United congregations, and has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, and continuing education courses. She is married to a Lutheran pastor and has two grown children.

Paul Scott Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson

The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology, where he teaches at the basic and doctoral levels.

Paul is the son of a minister, ordained in the United Church of Canada. He has served several churches in both full-time and interim capacity and has a long involvement with youth ministry. Paul is a past president of the Academy of Homiletics, and the author of numerous books. He lectures and preaches widely throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada.

Paul is married to Deanna, who is also an ordained minister. They have three grown children.

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