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Posted on August 1, 2014 by VST

Michael Francis became involved with VST by joining the Turning Point Committee almost three years ago. The Committee was formed by the Board of Governors in order to deal with the financial realities, which were affecting the School. As a Chartered Accountant, it was hoped that Michael could bring accounting and analytical skills to the mix of disciplines assembled on the Committee. The Committee met frequently during a stressful period in the life of the School. Michael was very impressed by the dedication and competence of everyone he met at the School. He served on the Principal Search Committee which broadened his understanding of the School and its mission. When invited to join the Board of Governors he was flattered and keen to accept.

Michael’s background is business and the arts. He has chaired a variety of arts organizations and government arts agencies including The Vancouver Film Festival, The Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver City Council’s Committee on the Arts and BC Film and Media. His own artistic discipline is painting. Michael’s business activities include professional practice, venture capital investing and real estate development. He was a Director of Western International Broadcasting at the time when it was Canada’s largest private broadcaster. He Chaired the Board of Directors of BC Ferries and The BC Trade Development Corporation.  He recently completed a term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University and is Chairman Emeritus of SFU. Michael was honored by his profession in 2000 by being awarded the designation Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

In  speaking with Perspectives, Michael said “Through this wide experience I have learned some things. I know that integrity matters and that only a wonderful team can achieve wonderful things. I believe that VST is at a good time in its long life. It, too, has learned a lot. We have what it takes to achieve our goals. There is a committed Board of Governors, an outstanding Principal, a respected faculty and an effective staff. In short, a wonderful team.”


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Does Biblical Interpretation Have a Prayer?

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Shannon

by Richard Topping We do not truly appreciate either the light which the church receives from the Bible, or the darkness which enshrouds it from the same, until we recognize in both, beyond all human effort and human refusal which is also present, the over-ruling power of the Word of God itself, either to exalt . . .


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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 . . .


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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 . . .


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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 . . .


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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 . . .


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