Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

general news

VST announces appointment of Director of Indigenous Studies Program

VST announces appointment of Director of Indigenous Studies Program Tweet Share

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Shannon

The VST Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Ray Aldred as the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program.

Ray Aldred is status Cree from Treaty 8 land in Northern Alberta.  Born in Northern Alberta and raised in the country outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta, his First Pastorate was the First Nations Alliance Church of Regina, in Saskatchewan. While pastoring there Ray served as the Director of the First Nations Alliance Church of Canada from 1996-2004. There he and his wife, Elaine, worked to encourage Indigenous Churches and communities from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Cranbrook, British Columbia. Ray has also helped pastor the First Nations Community Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the same time he began working with My People International to help build capacity among Indigenous Leadership in North America. Currently Ray and Elaine reside  in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ray is the Assistant Professor of Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. Reverend Ray Aldred is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Ray is the former chair of the Aboriginal Ministries Council of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He was a member of the board for the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre and a board member of Siloam Mission in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is currently the chairperson of Indigenous Pathways, which is made of a family of three ministries: My People, Iemergence and the North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies. These ministries all work to continue to come alongside communities to build on their own capacity.

Ray and Elaine are also committed to doing ministry together as a couple. With My People they are involved in ministry to help train people to facilitate support groups for people who have suffered abuse. In the past, Elaine and Ray have coordinated Marriage Encounter to encourage couples.

Ray and Elaine have four adult children, Jenny, Raymond, Catherine, and Rueben.

 

Latest News

» VST announces Appointment of New Chancellor

» 2018 VST Honorary Doctorates

» VST receives $400K Henry Luce Foundation grant

» Reflections on the Reformation

» VST Announces Partnership with Huron University College


All News

news

VST announces Appointment of New Chancellor

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Shannon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 26, 2018 Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Iain Black as its new Chancellor, as of January 1st, 2018. Mr. Black will be officially welcomed into the position at VST’s annual Convocation, taking place on Monday, May 7th, 2018. Mr. Black brings to VST a blend of . . .


Read More

vst news

2018 VST Honorary Doctorates

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology announces recipients of 2018 Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa: DR. MARIE WILSON and THE REV. JAMES SCOTT. Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce the recipients of VST`s 2018 Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Dr. Marie Wilson and The Rev. James Scott. Both Rev. Scott and Dr. Wilson have played a . . .


Read More

vst news

VST receives $400K Henry Luce Foundation grant

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to announce that the school is the recipient of a major grant of $400,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation. This grant will be dispersed to VST over two years from the Luce Fund for Theological Education in support of the implementation of the Teaching House that Moves Around.  This . . .


Read More

vst news

Reflections on the Reformation

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Shannon

Canadian Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History, offers some important thoughts around the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  He writes “Reformation principals of a radical challenge to authorities, the questioning of established doctrines, and adherence to the Word are evident in Africa, Asia and South America.”  He makes the provocative suggestion that “Many . . .


Read More

vst news

VST Announces Partnership with Huron University College

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Shannon

Vancouver School of Theology and Huron University College announce an affiliation for theological education designed for ministry candidates in The United Church of Canada. Students in the London, Ontario area can now study locally while enrolled at Vancouver School of Theology in distance education. The VST program at Huron is a 90 credit degree. It . . .


Read More