Queen Victoria and General Gordon: Heroes in the Age of Empires

Queen Victoria and Major-General Charles George Gordon were two prominent historical figures during the British empire’s late-nineteenth century. Often, the two were considered heroic figures in the age of empires – a period coinciding with the New Imperialism.

The link with empire and the role both Queen Victoria and General Gordon played in the imagination and discourse playing the age of empires will be the focus of this year’s Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies Annual Lecture happening online Friday, October 29 starting at 7:30pm.

This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Gordon L. Heath. Dr. Heath serves as Professor of Christian History at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, and is also the Director of the Canadian Baptist Archives.

People are welcome to take part in this special livestream lecture event online and will be able to participate in a special question-and-answer period that will take place following Dr. Heath’s presentation. The lecture will also be free to attend online.

To register for this year’s Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies Lecture, please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/AFC2021.

Heritage Theological Seminary Launches Heritage for Canada and the Nations

Approximately twenty years ago, the leadership of Heritage College & Seminary had the opportunity to purchase a piece of land beside its current campus in Cambridge, Ontario. The thought was that this land could be used in the future to serve what they hoped would be a growing number of students attending the school.

Today, Heritage Theological Seminary continues to grow as God sends more men and women to learn God’s Word and be equipped to serve His Church and Christ’s mission in the world. As a result, the time to expand the campus has come.

“Our Professor of Church History, Dr. Michael Haykin, often says that ‘We cannot not have Heritage Theological Seminary,’ because of how Heritage is uniquely positioned to serve the Church in Canada,” says Godfrey Thorogood, Director of Ministry Partners and Internships at Heritage College & Seminary. “Out of a heart to continue our mission and serve the mission of Christ and His Church more, Heritage now looks to expand and grow our ministry to train and equip more men and women for life and ministry.”

On Friday, October 1, during a special outdoor ceremony and livestream event, Heritage officially launched Heritage for Canada & the Nations – a capital campaign that will help Heritage train and support ministry leaders who send people out to share the gospel in Canada and throughout the nations.

During this special event, members of the leadership at Heritage shared information about how the school plans to enlarge its campus, extend training opportunities, and expand its impact from coast to coast to coast and around the world.

At the heart of this fundraising initiative is the construction of a new building that will serve as the home of Heritage Theological Seminary. Located next to the current campus grounds, this new building will serve to both provide the necessary space for teaching and equipping the growing number of seminary students while raising the profile of the seminary. The building will include connected classrooms that will be able to be used for in-person and live, online instruction. It will also provide students with inviting spaces to study or gather, an auditorium for conferences and banquets, and faculty offices.

The new building will also be home to a new initiative from Heritage called the Global Outreach Centre. Out of Heritage’s desire to spread the gospel throughout Canada and the nations, the Global Outreach Centre will strive to act as a catalyst to encourage students to participate in local and global missions while assisting local churches in raising their engagement in missions.

Funds raised from this campaign will also go toward extending the program offerings at Heritage Theological Seminary, provide more distance learning and online degree options, as well as increase scholarship opportunities to support current and future students.

Heritage will also be utilizing this project to extend the impact of the school to provide more resources for the church in Canada. Whether it be the development of a new ministry placement department or the launching of Heritage Seminary Press, the heart of Heritage is to serve the pastors, ministry leaders, and their churches as they strive to faithfully serve Christ in their context.

“We are asking the Lord to continue to use Heritage Theological Seminary to strengthen the Church in Canada and spread the gospel of Christ to the nations,” says Dr. Rick Reed, President of Heritage College & Seminary. “This new building will provide both a home for the seminary and a hub for ministry in Canada and beyond.”

This new campaign aspires to raise a total of $14,000,000 in funds that will go towards these and various projects that will aid in Heritage’s mission to prepare more men and women for to serve Canada and the nations.

For more information on Heritage for Canada & the Nations, please visit heritageforcanada.ca.

Click here to watch a video about Heritage for Canada & the Nations on Heritage’s YouTube channel.

Stay up-to-date on the Heritage for Canada campaign and on the progress of the Heritage Theological Seminary building by filling out our contact form. Click here to find the form. 

Heritage Preaching Lectures 2021 Welcomes Darrell Johnson

Click here to register for this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures with Darrell Johnson. 

Each year, Heritage Theological Seminary invites pastors and ministry leaders to the Heritage Preaching Lectures to take part in the opportunity to learn from recognized, pastoral scholars and grow in their abilities to preach and teach God’s Word to their local congregations.

For this year’s event, Heritage is excited to announce that pastor and scholar Darrell Johnson will be joining us online from British Columbia to be the guest lecturer for the annual Heritage Preaching Lectures being held on Thursday, October 14th.

Once again, the Heritage Preaching Lectures will be broadcasted in churches, homes, and offices across the country as the event will be live streamed online for participants.

Darrell Johnson has been preaching Jesus Christ and His Gospel for over 50 years. He has served a number of Presbyterian congregations in California, Union Church of Manila in the Philippines, and the historic First Baptist Church in the heart of Vancouver, Canada. He has taught preaching for Fuller Theological Seminary, Carey Theological College in Vancouver, and Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored eight books, including The Glory of Preaching and Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through Revelation.

He is currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence for The Way Church and Canadian Church Leaders Network, and still serves Regent College part-time as Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Rick Reed, President of Heritage College & Seminary, says that he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Johnson at this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures. He says that Dr. Johnson’s book The Glory of Preaching is one of the most helpful preaching texts he has ever read and, as a result, encourages preachers of God’s Word to join this special online event.

“Dr. Johnson combines practical sermon advice with a biblically-rich theology of preaching,” says Dr. Reed. “If you want to be stretched and strengthened as a preacher, carve out the time to join us for this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures.”

Dr. Barry Howson, Dean of Seminary at Heritage, sees Johnson’s experience as a preacher, in particular serving as a pastor within a Canadian context, makes the chance to learn from him that much more important for pastors today.

“We need to hear from men like him so that we can grow in our preaching of the word which is so necessary for the well-being of the church,” says Dr. Howson. “He understands our cultural context, and therefore, how to preach the Word in it and to it.”

To learn more about this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures and to register for this online event, please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/HPL.

A Message from President Dr. Rick Reed

As I write this note, the Heritage campus is quiet.  Thankfully, that’s about to change.

On Labour Day, September 6th, we will welcome the new and returning college students moving into our residence halls.  I’m looking forward to meeting these new students and their families as they arrive on campus.  I’m also anticipating the Service of Dedication we will hold outdoors on Monday afternoon; it will be a time to commit ourselves to the Lord for the new school year.

I understand this new school year comes with many COVID complications.  I also realize Christians differ on how to best respond to the regulations issued by our government and public health officials.

At Heritage College and Seminary, our desire is to lead with love and act with integrity.  We are seeking to obey the biblical command to “be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).  At the same time, we are seeking to respect the different viewpoints and convictions held by Christians (Romans 14:1-23).  It’s our desire to treat one another “in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Our deep desire is to make this year about Christ rather than COVID.  We want to elevate the unity we have in Christ Jesus above the secondary matters that can divide us. We want our campus to be a safe and healthy place, both physically and spiritually.

To this end, Heritage will follow the new regulations issued this week for all post-secondary schools.  While vaccine passports are not required to attend Heritage, students who are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose this information, will need to take rapid antigen tests provided on campus.  We will endeavour to make the process as easy and private as possible.  If you have concerns, please know that our team will listen to them and respond in a way that speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

I would ask you to join our faculty, staff, and student leaders in praying for a year of great spiritual growth and ministry preparation.  More than ever, we need to raise up godly spiritual leaders for Christ, His Church and His global mission.


Dr. Rick Reed

Heritage Preaching Lectures 2021

The Heritage Preaching Lectures is an event that seeks to equip and encourage pastors and other ministry leaders with the tools need to sharpen their skills to serve their churches and congregations.

Join us online for this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures as we are excited to welcome Darrell Johnson. The theme of this year’s event will be Bring Them Into the Room Where It Happens.

Scroll below for information on the Pastors’ Wives & Women in Ministry Post-Conference Event. 


Details and Registration

Date and Time

Thursday, October 14th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Registration Cost

General Admission – $30.00

Heritage Partner Churches – $30.00

Sessions – Bring Them Into the Room Where It Happens

First Session – Lecture – “A Vision for Expository Preaching”

Second Session – Sermon – John 2:1-11 “Beholding Glory”

Third Session – Lecture – “Helping People Enter and Make Their Way in the Room: The Mechanics of Expository Preaching”

About Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson has been preaching Jesus Christ and His Gospel for over 50 years. He has served a number of Presbyterian congregations in California, Union Church of Manila in the Philippines, and the historic First Baptist Church in the heart of Vancouver, Canada. He has taught preaching for Fuller Theological Seminary, Carey Theological College in Vancouver, and Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored eight books, including The Glory of Preaching and Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey Through Revelation.

He is currently serving as Scholar-in-Residence for The Way Church and Canadian Church Leaders Network, and still serves Regent College part-time as Teaching Fellow.

He and his wife Sharon have been married 49 years. Together they have raised four children adopted from four different countries of the world, and now enjoy loving 11 active grandchildren!


Pastors’ Wives & Women in Ministry Post-Conference Event

Over the years, Heritage has sponsored days away for those who serve in ministry, both as wives of pastors or women serving in ministry. This year, we’d like to share new resources for pastors’ wives and new options for women serving in ministry.

All women in ministry & pastors’ wives are invited to a Zoom Chat on October 14, at 7:00 p.m.  Two breakout sessions will be offered:

  • Wendy McCready, author and blogger at smalltownpastorswives will share with the pastors’ wives.
  • Linda Seabrook, who serves in Women’s Ministry at Redemption (formerly Harvest London) will lead a breakout session for women serving in ministry.

This event is free for pastors’ wives and women serving in ministry to attend.


Join us in Praying for Dr. Stan Fowler

As you may have heard by now, Dr. Stan Fowler suffered a stroke while on he and his wife, Donna, were vacationing in Virginia. He was rushed to the ICU unit of the University of Virginia Health Centre. The Fowler’s four children traveled to be with their parents to provide support and care.

The stroke was severe and complicated by bleeding that occurred after the stroke. Stan has been receiving excellent care but remains in serious condition.

Stan and Donna are deeply loved and respected by all of us at Heritage.  Our hearts are heavy for them at this difficult time. Stan has been such a vital part of the seminary for decades. I love the phrase Stan uses to describe the faculty at Heritage: “Scholars in service of the Church.” It’s a phrase that fits him perfectly. For decades, Stan has faithfully and effectively served the Church as a pastor and as a professor of theology. I regularly hear from his former students who express gratitude for his shaping influence on their lives.

We would invite you to join all of us in praying for Stan, Donna, and their family. We remain hopeful and confident that the Lord is overseeing all that Stan is going through.

If you would like the most current information on Dr. Fowler’s condition, please visit their family’s Facebook page. We will also post occasional updates on the Heritage Facebook page.


Rick Reed

President, Heritage College & Seminary

Fostering a Community of Growth and Grace

For Jake and Roseanne Tomc, the opportunity to move to Heritage and begin their new role as Residence Directors is an answer to prayer.

After Jake officially graduated with his Master of Divinity from Heritage Theological Seminary this spring, they began praying about an opportunity to serve God’s people together and use their passion for higher education in a way that edified the church. With their experience serving together at Maple Avenue Baptist Church while Jake was an intern, and Roseanne’s experience working with students—it became clear that serving as Residence Directors fit both of their hearts for ministry.

“We feel that our love for higher education will rub off on the students and that we will be able to help them succeed in reaching their own goals, while also reminding them that academic success is not where our identity lies. Our identity is found in Christ and our desire to bring God glory in our lives,” says Jake. “We are both so looking forward to getting to know the students and pouring into their lives while they are on campus.”

From their own experience as students and staff at different universities, Jake and Roseanne understand that the years students spend in a postsecondary environment are some of the most formative in a student’s life. This is especially the case at Heritage, where the students are part of a community that is seeking to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ together.

The couple explains that this is seen most practically in living in residence, where lifelong relationships are developed, and the lessons learned in the classroom are put into action. To have the opportunity to foster this type of community focused on the spiritual growth of each student is one of the reasons this new position is exciting for the Tomcs.

“Our hope and prayer is that by God’s grace we can be a model of what it looks like for justified sinners to pursue godliness in community—showing humility where we fail, pointing to Christ where we get it right, and showing what it looks like to bear one another’s burdens,” says Jake.

When Roseanne looks ahead to this new opportunity, she says that she has been praying that the students this year will grow as they both seek biblical wisdom in their studies and develop deep relationships with one another—especially after a year where God has shown people how important community truly is.

“With the isolation we have all experienced, I am asking the Lord to give students the desire to take advantage of all Heritage has to offer and truly capitalize on their time living on campus,” says Roseanne.

The impact of learning and growing in a community is one of the elements of Jake’s time at Heritage that he treasured the most. He now looks back at his time at Heritage and sees how his experience learning from professors along with his fellow students gave him a deeper love for theological education.

It is this kind of experience that he hopes to share with the students on campus as he begins his Ph.D. studies this fall at McMaster Divinity College.  He hopes that the opportunity to disciple Heritage students while continuing to learn alongside them will help foster the community and growth he still values from his time at Heritage.

“I want us to grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord together,” explains Jake. “I believe that as they pour themselves into their studies, and seek God’s glory in their work, their time at Heritage will serve to prepare them to be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ in their fields of influence.”

Please pray for Jake and Roseanne as they begin their new role at Heritage this August. As well, pray for our new and returning students as they prepare for the start of the Fall Semester this September.

How One Year Can Change Your Life for the Better

In the fall of 2019, brothers Ian and Josh Cushnie began their studies at Heritage together in the Worship Leaders Certificate program. Now, as they both look back at their time at the college, it’s clear that the decision to take one year to learn and grow at Heritage was a worthwhile one.

For Ian, the decision to come to Heritage came at a time in his life when he felt he needed some sort of change. At the time, he says that knew he wanted to study somewhere and pursue music. So, after hearing about Heritage from his friends, family and leaders at his church he decided that Heritage would be a great place to go to not only learn but also grow in his faith.

After arriving, he soon began to see how God was going to use this one year of learning in a Christian community to strengthen his walk with God.

“I was submerged fully into Christian life. Studying the Bible in and out of class, learning and growing in areas of music, and even just being with others was teaching me so much,” says Ian. “Even though I am an introvert, I am very much influenced by the people I’m around and it helps when they have only God on their mind.”

Josh says that his one year at Heritage was also excellent in how it provided him a place and community to grow within – in his faith, skills as a musician, and knowledge of worship.

“My musical abilities grew substantially, and I have a much better understanding of music theory,” says Josh. “And I feel that I finally understand why we worship.”

As a musician, Ian also says that the musical education that he received at Heritage in just one year provided him with knowledge that he now finds himself applying to different situations after graduating from the program. He sees how each lesson that he learned while at Heritage has allowed him to help his local church and has also impacted the way he lives each and every day for Christ.

For both Ian and Josh, this growth musically and spiritually was made even more incredible by the opportunity to live and grow in loving community centred on Christ. It was this experience to live and learn alongside other Christians that they say makes studying at Heritage for one year meaningful and worthwhile.

“The best thing you could do is just commit to one year and take each day as it comes because there will be plenty to learn and lots of fun to be had and I guarantee it will change your life for the better,” says Ian. “You are surrounded by great people, you will get to learn from awesome loving teachers, deepen your faith, and you will love God more each day in the process.”

Josh agrees with his brother after his one year at Heritage, saying that he would encourage others to take one year at Heritage and experience this community for themselves.

“I think the real question is why not choose Heritage? Heritage is a close community who truly cares for each other and wants to see those in the community grow,” says Josh.

Sharing the Light of the Gospel to the Nations

As a recent graduate from Heritage, I am currently in a season of reflection. Over my four years I have learned so much and experienced so many unique opportunities that have grown my relationship with the Lord.

One specific example began during my second year. I was helping with the ESL program. I remember being so nervous, as it was something I had never done before. Little did I know though that this day would end up being something the Lord would continually use from there on out to deepen my relationship with him and serve the nations.

Once my final year arrived, I needed to complete an internship. After much prayer, my mentor and I decided that continuing in ESL would be the perfect fit. This year stretched me far greater than I ever would have expected- especially having to navigate through COVID-19.

With COVID-19 restricting how we gather, the ESL classes begun being held over Zoom. It was a little strange when we first began switching from in person to online, but it ended up turning into a blessing for the ministry.

Being online allowed us to have multiple classes a week, which turned into the opportunity to share the gospel multiple times a week. This season of uncertainty with COVID, turned into a season of fruit and celebration.

One of my most memorable experiences was during Easter. I had the opportunity to plan an event for our students. Originally, I planned a socially distant event, as it complied with restrictions, however a few days prior, the restrictions changed and we were no longer able to continue with the event. This change in restrictions was not the end. The ESL team and I just needed to be a little more creative on ways to still present the gospel.

We ended up putting together some cards, flowers, goodie bags and printouts explaining the true meaning of Easter. With these gifts, we went to each student’s home to do a curb side drop off. To each of our students, it was a great surprise, as they felt both loved and valued by their teachers. I firmly believe God used this to strengthen the ministry.

There have been countless moments in this ministry that share the Lord at work, and I can’t praise him enough for having me be a part of them!

And so, as I move forward from my time at Heritage, I look forward to continuing to serve the Lord through ESL ministries, sharing the light of the gospel to the various nations.

To read more stories about how God has been working in and through Heritage, read our latest newsletter. Click here to read this year’s Spring & Summer Newsletter.

Dr. Ian J. Vaillancourt Honoured with the R.B.Y. Scott Award

Dr. Ian J. Vaillancourt’s 2019 monograph, The Multifaceted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118: A Canonical Exegesis, has recently been recognized by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS) as the recipient of its R.B.Y. Scott Award. This award recognizes an outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East. It is named after Robert Balgarnie Young Scott, one of Canada’s most renowned Old Testament scholars.

When Dr. Vaillancourt received the news that he had received this award, he says that he was both honoured and encouraged as he continues to serve the Lord through a writing ministry.

As he looks back on the book that began his Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Vaillancourt hopes that it influences Christians more broadly, by first convincing Psalms scholars to find Messianic hope in a Saviour to come as a prominent theme in the latter portion of the book of Psalms.

“Ultimately, I hope that Christ is exalted from this study of the Old Testament,” says Vaillancourt.

The CSBS, known for being the oldest humanities academic society in Canada, annually awards Canadian scholars who are interested in the academic study of the Bible in its literary and historical contexts. As a winner of the R.B.Y. Scott Award, Dr. Vaillancourt’s name has been added to the ranks of previous winners, who include Carmen Joy Imes, Iain Provan, John Kessler, Keith Bodner, and Mark Boda.

Dr. Vaillancourt continues to serve the Lord through his writing and publishing, and is currently working on several projects. These include books on the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and a pair of commentaries on 1 and 2 Samuel for the Pillar Old Testament Commentary series.

To learn more about Dr. Vaillancourt’s award winning scholarly monograph, please click here.