Dr. Allan Effa

Allan EffaRay and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies


Upcoming Faculty Activity

April 9 – Sunday – teach Adult Formation class on Worship at First Baptist

May 2 – Presentation to Edmonton Area CBWC Ministerial on “How Corporate Worship Saves Us”

May 9-25 – Lead students in walk of the Camino de Santiago, Spain

June 3-4 -  Retreat Speaker for Good Tree Church, Calgary, at Banff Centre (Topic: Integral Mission)

June 15 – Present paper to American Society of Professors of Mission on Missiological Implications for Taylor Seminary Arising from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Recommendations, Wheaton College

June 14-18 – Serve the American Society of Missiology as secretary at annual meetings in Wheaton

June 25 – 26 – Teach sessions at Parish Nursing Institute


Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications:

  • Peer Reviewed Article: “Celtic and Aboriginal Pathways toward a Contemporary Eco Spirituality” International Bulletin of Mission Research (October 2016)
  • Sept 22, 2016 – Presentation to Calgary CBWC Ministerial on Missional Church Conversation, Ecclesiology and the Kingdom
  • Book Review: “Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in our Time,” by Alan J. Roxburgh in Missiology: An International Review, Vol 44, no. 3 July 2016, pp.351-352.
  • June 16 – 19 – Helped facilitate the annual American Society of Missiology conference in St. Paul, MN
  • June 1, 2016 – Moderated Interfaith Panel at Strathcona Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • May 31, 2016 – Presentation to Edmonton CBWC Ministerial on Missional Church Conversation, Ecclesiology and the Kingdom
  • May 15, 2016 – Preach and lead Healing/Pentecost Service at First Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 – Preach 11 AM FBC Edmonton – “How Liturgy Forms Us”
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 – Preach 11 AM FBC Edmonton – “Believing the Impossible”
  • Saturday, November 29, 2015 – co-led intergenerational Advent retreat, First Baptist Edmonton
  • Thursday/Friday, October 22 – 23 2015, Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith, Alberta - Four lectures on “Integral Mission” (Integral Mission, an introduction; Integral Mission as Proclamation; Integral Mission as Social Justice; Integral Mission as Creation Care)
  • October 15, 2015 – Chapel Devotional at Tegler Manor, Edmonton.
  • October 2015, “Pub congregations, coffee house communities, tall-steeple churches, and sacred space: The missional church movement and architecture.” in Missiology: An International Review. Vol 43(4) October 2015, pp.373-384.
  • September 22, 2015 – Theology and Culture Series, First Baptist Edmonton. “How culture has shaped Christian theology and attitudes toward environmental stewardship.”
  • June 20, 2015 to the American Society of Missiology in Wheaton, IL: “Pub congregations, coffee house communities, tall-steeple churches, and sacred space: The missional church movement and architecture.”
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:30 AM – Preach, North Edmonton Alliance Church, Edmonton. Sermon for Mission Emphasis Sunday.
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 – Adult Formation Class, First Baptist, Edmonton: “The Spiritual Practice of Fasting.”
  • March 3, 2015 “Sharing Good News in a Secular Age” – presentation in a Theology and Culture series, First Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • Feb. 21, 2015 – Lead Lenten Retreat, First Baptist Church, Edmonton.
  • Feb. 4, 2015 – Paper presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society Canada Regional meeting at Providence Seminary: Pub Congregations, Coffee House Communities, Tall-Steeple Churches and Sacred Space: The Missional Church and Architecture

First Baptist Church (Adult Formation class):

  • Co-taught Adult Formation class on Revelation (Sept. 18, 2016)
  • Hospitality in the Way of Jesus (Jan. 25, 2016)
  • A Contemplative Theological Exploration of Baptism (Jan. 10, 2016)
  • How we are Formed by the Liturgy (Nov. 23, 2015)
  • How we are formed by the Christian Calendar (Nov. 16, 2015)
  • The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage (Oct. 18 2015)

Greenfield Community Church (Sermon):

  • How Corporate Worship Forms Us (Jan. 4, 2016)

Theology and Culture series (First Baptist Church, Edmonton)

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 PM - "How has culture shaped Christian theology and attitudes toward environmental stewardship?"  This Free Lecture/Discussion will explore Celtic and North American Aboriginal cultural themes as pathways toward a more biblical understanding and practice.

View Dr. Effa’s CURRICULUM VITAE here (PDF)

Theological Research & Writing

Joel DavidRev. Joel David
Academic Skills Facilitator
Taylor Seminary is investing in essential skills-training for our students. Students are urged to take full advantage of the following workshops, programs and mentoring offered by Prof. Joel David. We are committed to your academic success!

A variety of workshops and other resources are available each semester, including the following:

  • February 1, 2018: Academic Skills Workshop 
  • February 8 - March 8: Research and Writing Workshops (see below)



Thursday, February 1, 2018, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Classroom 2

Jump start your research & writing! The workshop will include guidance on how to take notes, format your papers to exact Taylor / SBL style, read for comprehension, plan & write effective research papers, manage your time efficiently, and more. It includes an overview of essential academic skills such as the research process, time management, reading, note-taking and writing. This introductory workshop is recommended for all students. FREE if you register right away!



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018  |  Classroom 2

An overview of the research & writing process. Reading for comprehension and research. Taking well-organized and properly documented notes of class lectures and reading. Time Management.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | Classroom 2

Choosing a topic and developing a thesis. Library and online search strategies for finding sources. Evaluating sources for credibility and relevance.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | Classroom 2

Developing a provisional outline. Understanding issues. Analyzing and interacting with source materials. Taking a position and developing good arguments.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 | Classroom 2

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use software tool that can help you collect, organize, and cite your sources in your research papers. Learn how to download, install and begin to use Zotero.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 | Classroom 2

Writing to think, to organize, and to present. Revising for accuracy, clarity, and style. Documenting and formatting according to the seminary style-guide (SBL 2nd ed.).

*This session will be offered if enough students register for the session


To register for any of the above workshops by email: joel.david@taylor-edu.ca  Include your name and the workshop you would like to attend. You can register for multiple workshops. Please register right away!

Registration Deadline: Tuesday of the week prior to the workshop you want to attend.

Cost: Free / $25

Free to Taylor students IF you register by the deadline above. After the deadline, the cost is $25.



There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

– Clarence Day


  • Planning
  • Researching
  • Writing & Revising
  • Referencing & Formatting
  • Taylor / SBL Style

FACILITATOR: Rev. Joel David, MTh, PhD (cand.)


Please contact Joel David directly to inquire. joel.david@taylor-edu.ca


Request appointments and/or register for these workshops by emailing Joel David: joel.david@taylor-edu.ca

Assisted Dying - A Discussion

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DATE: September 18, 2016
COST: Free (by invitation -- see below)

David Williams 2012b

As part of the Crucial Conversations series at the E P Wahl Centre, Taylor is hosting a discussion about the issues facing the church related to “assisted dying.” This is a way to begin assisting Christians in thinking theologically about the issues facing the church related to the new legal/medical reality in Canada.

Given the breadth and complexity of this issue, this is not a public event. Rather, we are inviting front line professionals (i.e., doctors, nurses, and chaplains) to help us get a better understanding of the issues you face in your ministry/practice related to medical assisted dying, the issues you see facing the church as our society continues to move in this direction, and how Taylor might assist you in the work to which God has called you.

We anticipate an evening of moderated discussion between colleagues and peers, with the participation of invited experts; this event will be hosted by Taylor Seminary President Dr. David Williams. If you serve in medical, personal care, chaplaincy or legal fields and your work involves end-of-life care, we invite you to request an invitation to this event using the form below. Seating is limited, and priority will be given to those most actively involved in this field at this time.