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Seminary Faculty

Core Faculty

Dr. Barry Howson

Academic Dean – Seminary

Barry Howson


Theology & Church History, Barry graduated with a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto in 1984, and in 2000 with his PhD in Church History at McGill University. He has been a professor at Heritage since 2001, primarily teaching in the areas of theology, NT Bible, worldviews/apologetics and Church history. Since 1980 he has been involved in the local church as a youth pastor and lead pastor, as well as an interim pastor, helping churches in transition. He is currently the teaching pastor a Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church in Ancaster, Ontario. He is married to Sharon, and has two daughters, Natalie and Shawna.

Dr. David Barker

Director of Assessment

Dave Barker


David is Professor of Biblical Studies at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. He presently teaches Old Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, and the Book of Psalms. He has taught at Heritage since 1978. He has served as Academic Dean, Vice-President of Academics, and Interim President over the years. His specialty is in Old Testament, particularly the Psalms and Wisdom Books. He has pastored several churches including Summerside Community Church (formerly Westminster Hope Baptist Church) and Stoney Creek Baptist Church (formerly Central Baptist Church) both in London, Ontario. He has also served as an Associate Pastor at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener. He has ministered in several churches as an interim pastor and is busy most Sundays speaking in churches across the province. David is married to Lorraine, and they have five married children and fourteen grandchildren.

Dr. Stanley Fowler

Professor Emeritus, Theology Studies

Stan Fowler


Stan is Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies. He retired from his full-time faculty role in 2018, but still teaches one course each fall and winter. He formerly served as a pastor at churches in Bloomington, Indiana and Toronto, and he has been teaching theology since 1980. He is the author of two books on baptismal theology: More Than a Symbol and Rethinking Baptism: Some Baptist Reflections. He connects theology to the life of the church by serving as an elder at Grandview Baptist Church in Kitchener. He and his wife, Donna, have four adult children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Rick Reed

Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Studies and President of Heritage

Rick Reed


Professor of Homiletics & Pastoral Studies, Dr. Rick Reed joined Heritage College & Seminary on January 1, 2013 as President after serving for fourteen years as Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa. Prior to this Dr. Reed pastored in California at the Berean Bible Fellowship church in Atascadero and The Valley Church in Cupertino. He has also been a plenary and seminar presenter for Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism, guest professor at Nassa Theological College in Mwanza, Tanzania and an adjunct professor for Heritage Seminary. Dr. Reed is a long-time, regular contributor to a weekly column in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Ask the Religion Experts”. Dr. Reed’s rich pastoral experience, teaching and writing experiences bring together a wonderful blend of academy, church and missions.

Dr. Wayne Baxter

Professor of New Testament and Greek

Wayne Baxter


Professor of New Testament and Greek, Wayne has been serving at Heritage since 2012. Previously he spent ten years in pastoral ministry, serving in Christian & Missionary Alliance churches in Windsor and Ottawa, and a CBOQ church in Mississauga. He earned his Ph.D. at McMaster University in the Department of Religious Studies, majoring in Early Christianity with a minor in Early Judaism. Wayne has also taught part-time at Wilfrid Laurier University, King’s University College (UWO), and McMaster University. He is married to Lucille and they have three sons, Ethan, Micah, and Jared.

Frank Vander Meulen

Director of Intercultural Studies

Frank Vander Meulen


Frank & Eleanor served nineteen years with Ethnos Canada, in Panama and then in administration and leadership in the Canadian office. In 2011 they ventured out by faith again and moved to Cambridge where Frank studied full time at Heritage. After graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2014, Frank was invited to join the faculty to teach missions and intercultural studies.

Frank’s heart for ministry at Heritage is four-fold: 1) To help all students catch the vision for how their life and ministry fits in with the Lord’s eternal and global mission; 2) To equip students in the Intercultural Studies program for cross-cultural gospel ministry; 3) To encourage all students in their personal relationship with the Lord; 4) To enable Heritage to bless the many Canadian churches and mission agencies with whom we labour together in God’s mission.

Frank has been happily married to Eleanor since 1991 (which is when they married!) and they have three children, Jared (& Sara), Scott, and Sophia. Their favourite family memories are of camping and cross-country road trips.

Dr. Ian Vaillancourt

Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Studies

Ian Vaillancourt


Dr. Ian J. Vaillancourt serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary. He earned a B.Th. from Tyndale College, an M.T.S. from Tyndale Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is also an ordained pastor in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists in Canada and served in senior/teaching pastoral roles for 14 years before transitioning to serve Christ in the classroom full-time. God has given him a passion to exalt Christ from the Old Testament, whether in the classroom, the pulpit, or in print. Dr. Vaillancourt has published articles and book reviews in several academic journals, including The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Westminster Theological Journal, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, and The Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. His first monograph, on the vision of the Messiah from Psalms 110 and 118, is set to be released in the Sheffield Phoenix Press Hebrew Bible Monographs series in late 2019 or early 2020. Ian is married to Natalie and they have two children: Caleb and Emily.

Nancy Wahl

Psychology and Counselling Studies, Director of Counselling Services for Student Services

Nancy Wahl


Adjunct Faculty

Joel Barker

Old Testament and Hebrew


Tony Costa

Apologetics Studies


Amal Gendi

Intercultural Studies


Jon Korkidakis

Biblical Studies, Spiritual Formation Studies


Greg Patus

Ministry Preparation Studies


Jonathan Stairs

Homiletics Studies


Douglas Thomson

Music and Worship Studies


Steve West

Theology Studies, Biblical Studies, and Apologetics Studies


Byron Wheaton

Spiritual Formation Studies