The Reverend John Ralph Butler and Elisabeth Letitia Baker Butler Chair of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation
Associate or Full Professor
Thanks to a generous donation from the Rev. Ralph Hibbert Raymond Butler, together with his wife, Mrs. Wanda Butler, and The Rev. E. Laura Butler, Vancouver School of Theology is pleased to invite candidates at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to fill the position of the Reverend John Ralph Butler and Elisabeth Letitia Baker Butler Chair of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation. The position will start July 1, 2023.
This appointment is one of two endowed chairs in Homiletics in Canada and one of a very few such endowments in the world. The donors want to honour their parents with this gift. The chief purpose of the gift is to strengthen the preaching ministry of the Church and to equip people to proclaim the gospel with vigour and clarity.
Vancouver School of Theology is an ecumenical school of the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada, dedicated to the preparation of Christian leaders for ministry in a changing church in diverse religious, cultural, and secular contexts. We seek to foster an environment of theological enquiry that is thoughtful, engaged and generous.
Candidates will have a PhD/ThD in Homiletics with a focus in biblical interpretation understood in a broad sense as linked with biblical, theological, and/or pastoral studies. We seek an established scholar committed to teaching in a diverse ecumenical context and who can furnish a record of scholarly research, conference participation, and has an established profile of publication. Preference will be given to applicants from the United or Anglican Churches of Canada or their global analogues, as well as candidates who will add to the to ethnic, racial, and gender/sexual diversity of the faculty. In accordance with Canadian law, priority will be given to Canadian applicants.
- A commitment to the enterprise of theological education and leadership consistent with the School’s Mission Statement (https://vst.edu/about/vision-mission-values/)
- Commitment to theological education in the service of the local and global church and the society at large, to shaping leaders for the church’s mission and ministry, to the spiritual formation of students, and to supporting pastoral and other leadership positions.
- Disposition to work collegially in a diverse seminary community.
- Commitment to educating, affirming, and supporting all offices and ministries of the church.
- Commitment to partnership with First Nations communities to support theological education in aboriginal contexts.
- Offer core and elective courses in the Master of Divinity, Pastoral and Public Leadership, Master of Arts in Theological Studies and ThM programs, as well as leadership and support in the training of Indigenous leaders in programs directed by the VST’s Indigenous Studies Program.
- Proven record or demonstrable promise of teaching homiletics in a seminary context.
- Teaching in the Candidate’s secondary area of expertise (Biblical; Theological: Pastoral; Historical)
- Sensitivity to ecumenical and intercultural issues, to the contemporary world and its pressures and challenges, and to various theological and ecclesial paradigms, traditional and emerging.
- Commitment to preaching as an integrative focus of theological education.
- Associate or Full Professorial Rank.
- Proven record of publication, with ongoing research plans.
- M.Div. (or equivalent) and significant experience in congregational leadership.
Please submit applications (CV, a cover letter and three letters of reference that the candidate solicits and has sent directly to VST) electronically to email@example.com by November 1, 2022. Successful candidates will be invited to an on-campus interview early in 2023.