Dr. Steve West Named Provost of Heritage College & Seminary
Pastor, author, and professor Dr. Steve West has been named Provost of Heritage College & Seminary.
Dr. West has been a long-recognized faculty member at Heritage. For many years, he has faithfully taught and mentored students from the college and seminary, teaching courses in theology, philosophy, ethics, and apologetics. In addition to teaching at Heritage, West has had an international ministry, preaching, lecturing, and teaching courses in multiple countries on five continents around the world.
While academic teaching has been a significant part of his ministry, West has served his entire adult life as a pastor in the local church. Recently he has pastored at Crestwicke Baptist Church in Guelph, Ontario, and now is at Madoc Baptist Church, where he will continue to serve as Lead Pastor.
In addition, he is also the author of several books and contributed to several publications, including a forthcoming commentary on the book of Numbers co-authored by Heritage College’s Professor of Biblical Studies, Dr. Joel Barker.
When approached about the opportunity to serve in this role, West says that he was attracted to the opportunity to play a role in helping Heritage continue to equip the church for serving the Lord in the current cultural context.
“I’ve always been very thankful for the environment at Heritage, and I am looking forward to working closely with the staff, faculty, students, church leaders, and pastors to help make sure that our courses and degree programs stay innovative, relevant, biblically-grounded, and theologically-sound,” says West. “It’s a great privilege to be part of the Lord’s work on campus, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to shape the architecture and design of our educational offerings as we move into the future.”
In this new role as Provost, Dr. West will provide leadership and oversight surrounding the academics for the college and seminary at Heritage. He will work alongside Dr. Barry Howson, who will serve Heritage as Academic Dean of the College and Seminary. Dr. West will also sit on the President’s Cabinet, providing insight and direction to the ongoing vision and operations of Heritage.
In a statement from the President’s Cabinet of Heritage, the leaders of the school share their excitement about the addition of Dr. West into this new position.
“At the centre of all we do at Heritage is a desire to train our students to lead and serve well in the local church. Throughout his ministry as a pastor and professor, Dr. Steve West has shown that he shares this passion for equipping men and women for life and ministry. His experience leading in the local church, coupled with his desire to help strengthen the academic programs and faculty at Heritage, will be an asset for the health and growth of our college and seminary.”