As part of his one-week intensive Christian Ethics course, Dr. David Williams is opening up a class with guest lecturer Dr. Simon Sheh to anyone in church leadership.

We are all painfully aware of the personal, relational and ministry losses suffered because of moral failure. Public scandals involving Christian leaders have become all too familiar in our sexualized culture. Dr. Sheh’s session will equip church leaders to offer healing, to develop safeguards, and to be personally strengthened and encouraged.

This afternoon session will be invaluable for anyone in church leadership. You are welcome to attend and bring others from your leadership, whether or not you are a Taylor student. You do not need to pre-register, and there is no cost to attend.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Taylor Seminary, 11525 - 23 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Phone: 780-431-5200  |
Cost: FREE to attend this class (Please call or click here if you wish to inquire about enrolling in the course, either for audit or credit.)


Dr. Simon Sheh will be speaking at Taylor May 3, 2012ABOUT DR. SHEH

Dr. Simon Sheh is an experienced Registered Psychologist, author, and popular conference, seminar, and retreat speaker based in Edmonton. He specializes in the treatment of sexual and pornography addiction, Recovery from extra-marital affairs, relationship and marital therapy, and Christian counselling. Numerous churches and denominations have welcomed him to address their leaders on this topic. Dr. Sheh holds a doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.



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“In too many Christian books about sexual purity, (our) sexual wiring is too often demonized and vilified. Dr. Sheh, on the other hand, brings balance to this important topic. Along with that balance, he also brings some new strategies for dealing with sexual purity that is both psycho-logically and scripturally sound.
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You Are Invited to Join Us

Grad2012The Board of Trustees, President, Faculty and Class of 2012 cordially invite you to attend the 32nd Taylor Seminary Graduation Ceremony.

This event will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at West Meadows Baptist Church, located at 9333 - 199 Street NW, Edmonton AB (click here for a printable map). The ceremony will begin at 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:15 PM).

The featured speaker at the service will be Dr. Syd Page, who is retiring from teaching after more than 30 years of service with Taylor Seminary. This year's valedictorian is Nick Thiessen (MDiv), who is one of the youngest graduates in Taylor Seminary's history.

The Taylor Seminary Class of 2012 has chosen as its theme "For His Name's Sake." This theme will be explored during the Grad Banquet, which will take place the evening before (April 28th), also at West Meadows Baptist Church.

Tickets for the Grad Banquet must be purchased in advance, either by purchasing tickets online by clicking here, or through the Taylor General Office ($25 each); call 780-431-5200.

PT 540 Spiritual Formation

Taylor Seminary is pleased to offer this core course, taught by Dr. Allan Effa; for the first time, it will be offered in a retreat-style in May, 2012. We will explore the nature of spiritual formation, learn and practice some of the historical disciplines of Christian spirituality, and have time to reflect on our own journeys toward transformation.

The course will take place at beautiful Gull Lake Centre in Lacombe (approximately 120 km south of Edmonton). It will begin on Sunday, May 6, at 6:00 PM and conclude on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 PM.

Although it will be an intensive week of learning, time will be set aside for group discussions, personal reflection and there will be opportunities to meet with a spiritual director.

As a service to the larger church we are opening the doors to people who may have never taken a seminary course before.  Students may take the course for graduate credit, undergraduate credit (through Taylor College) or as an auditor. Course fees are shown below.

Click here for a detailed course syllabus. 

For more information or to begin the registration process, call Enrolment Services.
Contact Rick Heavenor:; call 780-431-5215 or (cell) 780-995-5246.


Course Summary
PT 540 Spiritual Formation is an exploration of the five classical streams of spirituality from a biblical and historical perspective, with emphasis on practical application. Offered for the first time in a retreat format.
Three credits.

Academic Credit
Seminary: This course is part of the core curriculum at Taylor Seminary, and is also transferrable to other institutions.

College: Undergraduate credit is available through Taylor College, transferable to the University of Alberta as course REL 262 Christian Spirituality. (Contact Enrolment Services for details.)

Audit: For those interested in auditing the course (no credit granted), tuition is charged at 50% of regular rates. Please note that accommodation and food costs are not discounted for auditors.

Course Outline

  • The Nature of Spiritual Formation
  • Disciplines and Spiritual Formation
  • Community and Spiritual Formation
  • The Contemplative Life
  • The Virtuous Life
  • The Charismatic Life
  • The Compassionate Life
  • The Evangelical Life
  • Developing a Rule of Life

Important Dates to Remember
Course: May 6 - 10, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2012*

*Late registrations may be considered, but this course is expected to be full. Please contact Enrolment Services right away.

This course is being offered at Gull Lake Centre (see driving directions below), and not at the Taylor campus.

Remember, this is not a seminar or workshop, but is an accredited post-secondary course. Registrants must contact Enrolment Services  at 780-431-5215 (cell: 780-995-5246) in order to become Taylor students BEFORE making plans to attend. Please allow time for the application/registration process.

Taylor Seminary’s tuition rate is $285/credit hour or $855 total (this is a 3-credit course). Students who wish to take this as a Taylor College course, the cost is $175/credit hour ($525 total). This is a University of Alberta transferable course called REL 262 Christian Spirituality.

Students who “Audit” the course pay half the above tuition price. In addition, Taylor offers an incentive for a new student’s first course (ask for details).

In addition to tuition, there will be a surcharge of $300.00 for room and board at the centre. Note: Those desiring a single occupancy room must pay an additional $50.00.  

To get to Gull Lake Centre from Edmonton:
If south-bound on HWY 2, turn WEST on HWY #53 (Rimbey Exit) & drive 20 kms to Junction 792 (Lincoln Road). There is a school and gas station on this corner. Turn SOUTH (left) & drive for about 19 kms to McLaurin Lane. Turn Right and follow the signs.

Taylor is pleased to announce that several new people have joined our staff recently, replacing others who have left.

Su Jin Chong is the new Taylor Registrar, joining us on a part-time basis. Su Jin can be reached at

Dr. Keir Hammer has accepted a part-time position as White Cross co-ordinator, and will be responsible to oversee the Canadian operations of this long-established relief organization. You can be in touch with Keir at

Leslie Mahr has been appointed as the new director of the Conservatory of Music at Taylor. A violin and viola instructor at the Conservatory, and a substitute player with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Leslie also brings a wealth of administrative experience, having worked with other music organizations in the past. Leslie can be reached at

Alex Muz is now serving Taylor with building maintenance and custodial responsibilities, including taking care of the many rental clients that use our facilities or live in residence. Alex is no stranger to Taylor, as he is married to long-time Taylor office manager Lori Muz.

These are all part-time positions, which helps Taylor financially, yet the contributions being made by these new staff are already significantly helpful. Welcome aboard!