Taylor Faculty

Dr. Joyce Bellous

JoyceBellousDr. Joyce Bellous is Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary. Dr. Bellous taught for 16 years at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario before relocating to Edmonton several years ago.

Dr. Bellous is a noted scholar with 7 books either written or edited and numerous lay and professional papers and presentations. Her background is in Christian education, church leadership, and her most recent research and publishing is in the development of human resiliency.




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Dr. Allan Effa

Allan-EffaDr. Allan Effa is the Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies at Taylor Seminary. Dr. Effa has a heart for ministry, having served churches in North America as well as in Nigeria, where he served as a professor at Mambilla Baptist Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests include mission, evangelism, anthropology, spiritual formation, and African theology. 

Dr. Effa and his wife, Karen, have two grown children, Carmyn and Corrie.

BAR - North American Baptist College, 1979
MDiv - North American Baptist Seminary, 1982
MTh - Fuller Theological Seminary, 1991
PhD - Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998

Ray and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies

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Lectures and Speaking

Brush Strokes: onWord art series 2010

Dr. Ralph Korner

Korner-smDr. Ralph Korner is Academic Dean of Taylor Seminary and is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies; he is also the Director of the E P Wahl Centre.

Dr. Korner received his PhD in 2014 from McMaster University, and holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western. He is also an alumnus of Taylor ('82, BAR) and served as Campus Pastor at Taylor University College from 2000-2001 and 2002-2006; he also served as adjunct instructor for Taylor University College in NT from 2002-2007. Ralph also has 11 years of pastoral experience at two NAB churches in Edmonton.

Ralph's PhD program was focused on early Christianity and early Judaism, and his doctoral thesis explored the early use and meaning of Ekklesia ("assembly", usually translated "church in English New Testaments).

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Lectures and Speaking

onWord Lectures 2010 Revelation 6
onWord Lectures 2010 Revelation 4
onWord Lectures 2010 Revelation 3
onWord Lectures 2010 Revelation 2
onWord Lectures 2010 Revelation 1

Dr. Carol Potratz

Carol Potratz-smDirector of Supervised Ministry

Dr. Carol Potratz has spent her life in educational and cross-cultural ministry, having served as a denominational leader, an academic and as a two-term missionary to Japan. She served ten years at Taylor (then “NABC”) as Associate Dean of Students where she developed close relationships with students who now serve in various ministry positions around the world.

Dr. Potratz was honored for her distinguished service with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Taylor Seminary in 2015

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Lectures and Speaking

75th Anniversary Party!

Dr. Randal Rauser

Randal RouserDr. Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary where he has taught since 2003. He is the author of several books including Is the Atheist my Neighbour? (Wipf and Stock, 2015), What on Earth do We Know About Heaven? (Baker, 2013), the bestseller Finding God in the Shack (Biblica, 2009), Theology in Search of Foundations (Oxford, 2009) and The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails (InterVarsity, 2012).

Randal has also published many articles in leading academic journals like Philosophia Christi and Christian Scholar's Review. He blogs at randalrauser.com and lectures widely on Christian worldview and apologetics.



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Lectures and Speaking

onWORD 2014 Breakout Session - Session 4
onWORD 2013 Breakout Session - What on Earth Do We Know About Heaven

Dr. Jerry Shepherd

Jerry ShepherdDr. Jerry Shepherd is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Taylor Seminary, where he has taught for 21 years. He has written a number of entries for biblical and theological reference works, wrote the commentary on Ecclesiastes for the revised edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary, and is currently writing a commentary on Leviticus for the Story of God Bible Commentary series.

Besides being a published author and popular speaker, in demand for pulpit supply at local churches throughout the year, Jerry blogs at http://www.TheRecapitulator.com.




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Lectures and Speaking

onWORD 2014 Breakout Session - Session 3
onWORD 2012 - Session 3

 Dr. David Williams

Dr. David WilliamsDr. David Williams is Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and President of Taylor Seminary (since 2008).

Dr. Williams earned a BA (Religious Studies) from Dallas Baptist College, then earned two degrees at Denver Seminary. He taught for 17 years at Colorado Christian University while earning two degrees from Drew University, including a PhD in Theological Ethics. It was during this time that a long collaboration and friendship began with Dr. John Franke and the late Dr. Stanley Grenz.

Dr. Williams was born in Sherman, Texas; he married Jeanne Louise (Adkins) in 1982, and they have two sons, Matthew and Andrew. The family moved to Edmonton in 2004 when David accepted a position as Academic Vice-President of Taylor University College. As a respected scholar and theologian, he is particularly interested in engaging the post-modern context, and is an outspoken advocate for social justice.


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Lectures and Speaking

onWORD 2014 Breakout Session - Session 5
onWORD 2013 Breakout Session - Sermon on the Mount

Affiliate Faculty

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).

Professor Len Thompson

Len Thompson is Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Taylor Seminary. Prof. Thompson, who is also the Director of Urban Sanctuary, is well known to the Taylor community where he has worked for many years both teaching courses in our curriculum as well as overseeing the mentoring and spiritual formation of our seminarians.

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