Dr. David Priestley

Dr David Priestley's funeral service is by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will be streamed live for all who wish to join online Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1pm MST: https://livestream.com/zbcc

It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Dr. David Priestley, on October 17th. He taught at Taylor Seminary (then North American Baptist Divinity School) from 1982-2001 as Professor of Historical Theology. His area of focus was Systematic Theology and Historical Theology, and he taught courses in theology, ethics and church history. He was an amazing treasure of historical facts, particularly about Baptists in Canada, but was also known for his wit and keen sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by our community.

Introducing Kairos University

Walking Boldly into the Future -  

Taylor Seminary is excited to be included as a legacy partner in the launch of Kairos University, a first-of-its-kind global network with students from thirty countries spread out across six continents. Kairos University will create fresh expressions of affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful theological education, and Taylor Seminary is thrilled to be a part of this mission along with Sioux Falls Seminary (South Dakota, US), Evangelical Seminary (Pennsylvania, US), Houston Graduate School of Theology (Texas, US) and BLI School of Ministry (Pennsylvania, US).

The vision for Kairos University came to life in 2014 when the Kairos Project was first introduced. Shortly after, we began collaborating with Sioux Falls Seminary. Over the last two years, our partnership has expanded to include other like-minded schools. Together, we are leveraging the Kairos Project to offer affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful theological education around the world. The launch of Kairos University is the next step in that vision, and we are excited to walk boldly into the future.

Kairos University views theological education as a system of interconnected and interdependent parts. Through its global network, nearly 50 different partner organizations are working together to steward followers of Jesus who flourish in their vocations for the sake of the world.

As a global network of theological education, Kairos University provides a unique opportunity for students to enroll from anywhere in the world. Students deepen their roots in their local contexts by working with mentors and crafting an educational journey that encourages face-to-face interaction in their communities. In addition to being accessible from anywhere, the educational experience provided by Kairos University is intimate and personal. All around the world, students, mentors, professors, and partners of Kairos University are seeing God move in exciting ways every day.

Over the next few months as we boldly step into the future, more exciting developments will be shared. To learn more about this venture or ask questions, please email Greg Henson (ghenson@sfseminary.edu) or David Williams (david.williams@taylor-edu.ca).



Honour and Celebrate Dr. Jerry Shepherd

NEW INFORMATION: The recently announced provincial Covid restrictions which are now in place have caused us to reconsider hosting this event which was originally scheduled for September 17 from 7-9 pm. We had planned to gather to honour Dr. Jerry Shepherd and celebrate his 28 years of teaching and transition to Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Taylor Seminary. After some conversation with Dr. Shepherd and others, we have decided it is best to postpone this event until a later date when restrictions are lifted. No future date has been set at this time.

In the meantime, if you would like to write a note of appreciation to Dr. Shepherd, please email your greeting to: ralph.korner@taylor-edu.ca. Be sure to list your full name, where you are presently residing (city, country), and any professional title with which you wish to be associated (e.g. pastor). These greetings will be collected and presented to Dr. Shepherd on that evening.

Taylor End of Year Awards 2021

Each year, Taylor Seminary presents a number of scholarships and awards.  These awards are given to recognize achievement in ministry, academics and leadership. Our sincere thanks to the many individuals, churches and organizations who have faithfully and generously invested in the lives of our students in their educational journey.  The following are the award recipients for 2020-2021:



Dan Leverette Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a Master of Divinity student who demonstrates ability in and commitment to the practice of youth ministry and is preparing for full-time vocational ministry with youth.

Awarded to: Melissa Chaffee

Dewey Intercultural Studies Award

Established by former President Dr. Marvin Dewey and his late wife, Becky, this award is given annually to a second-year student who demonstrates competence in and concern for intercultural ministry.

Awarded to: Agnes Mastin

William Sturhahn Preaching Award

Made possible by the family of Dr. William Sturhahn, this award is given to a graduating student who demonstrates the greatest proficiency in preaching and is seeking placement as a pastor in Canada.

Awarded to: Kent Blanton


Alumni Association Scholarship
The Alumni Association Scholarship is awarded to a student distinguished in academics and Christian behaviour and seeking placement in full-time vocational ministry.

Awarded to: Carol Henders

Doris and Gerald Borchert Scholarship in New Testament Studies

The Doris and Gerald Borchert Scholarship in New Testament Studies is awarded to the full-time, second-year student who demonstrates the highest proficiency in New Testament studies.

Awarded to: Caley Tse

Faculty Scholarship

The Faculty Scholarship is awarded to the degree student who earned the highest grade point average during the present academic year while completing a minimum of 9 credits in each semester.

Awarded to: Caley Tse

Goltz Family Scholarship

Established by the family of former President, Dr. Walter Goltz, this award is given to full-time program students who are preparing for Christian ministry and based on academic performance.

Awarded to: 

Bonnie Coram
Georgia Haffenden
Amy Kowal
Lalo Ramkissoon
Wendy Werkman



Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship
Established by former President Dr. Joseph Sonnenberg, this award is given to students who demonstrate giftedness in the area of leadership.

Awarded to:  

Kent Blanton
Scott B.
Adam Buyer
Joshua Green
Lisa Wojna