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Dr. Barry H. Howson

Academic Dean-Seminary

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.


  • B.A., University of Waterloo
  • M.Div., Central Baptist Seminary
  • M.A., McGill University
  • Ph.D., McGill University

Dr. David 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.


  • B.Sc., University of Guelph
  • M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary

Dr. Stanley 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.


  • B.S., Purdue University
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Th.D., University of Toronto

Click here for a listing of Dr. Fowler’s publications and presentations.

Dr. 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.


  • BA, Biola University
  • ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. 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.


  • B.Sc., The University of Western Ontario
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D., McMaster University

Dr. Ian Vaillancourt

Old Testament Studies


  • B.Th. – Tyndale University College
  • M.T.S. – Tyndale Seminary
  • Ph.D. – University of St. Michael’s College

Adjunct Faculty

Joel Barker

Old Testament and Hebrew


  • B.A. – Huron University College
  • M.A. – McMaster Divinity College
  • Ph.D. – McMaster Divinity College

Tony Costa

Apologetics Studies


  • B.A. – University of Toronto
  • M.A. – University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. – Radboud University Nijmegen

Amal Gendi

Intercultural Studies


  • B.Sc. – Assiut University
  • M.T.S. – Tyndale Seminary

Jon Korkidakis

Biblical Studies, Spiritual Formation Studies


  • M.Div. – Heritage Theological Seminary
  • D.Min. – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Greg Patus

Ministry Preparation Studies


  • B.A. – Brock University

Jonathan Stairs

Homiletics Studies


  • B.A. – Moody Bible Institute,
  • M.Div. – Bethel Seminary
  • D.Min. – Liberty University

Douglas Thomson

Music and Worship Studies


  • L.T.C.L., Trinity College, England
  • A.Mus., Western Conservatory of Music
  • B.A.Music, University of
    Western Ontario
  • M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary
  • D.W.S., Robert E. Weber Institute for Worship Studies

Steve West

Theology Studies, Biblical Studies, and Apologetics Studies


  • B.A., Trent University
  • Th.M., Toronto Baptist Seminary
  • Ph.D., Northwest University

Byron Wheaton

Spiritual Formation Studies


  • B.A., University of Western Ontario
  • M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.Th., Westminster
    Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Wilfred Laurier University
  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary