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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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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 . . .


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Posted on July 6, 2017 by Shannon

VST welcomed Professor Martin Rumscheidt as guest speaker for our annual summer lecture series on Monday, July 3rd. Professor Rumscheidt has been part of our summer school faculty this year, teaching a course entitled “Government Oppression and Ecclesial Resistance”. “When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance Becomes Duty”, Theology Is Not Exempt. Ladies and Gentlemen, I . . .


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VST announces partnership with Sauder School for Executive Leadership

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Shannon

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the formation of a unique pilot project with the Sauder School for Executive Leadership at the University of British Columbia. VST students will engage on a course of study to receive a Certificate in Effective Leadership from Sauder which will complement their VST educational experience. Principal . . .


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VST announces major scholarship funding

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Shannon

The Vancouver School of Theology is delighted to announce the establishment of the ‘Chancellors’ Scholarship’. Each recipient will be distinguished as a ‘VST Chancellor’s Scholar’. This award, the largest offered by VST to date, is established to assist two final year students who have demonstrated great promise for ministry to complete their studies in a . . .


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Principal’s 2017 Address to Convocation

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Welcome to the 46th annual convocation of the Vancouver School of Theology. Chancellor Clarke, Chair of the Board, Michael Francis, distinguished guests, faculty, alumni, graduates and friends, what a pleasure to report to you on this happy occasion. Thank you to Christ Church Cathedral, especially to Dean Peter Elliott, The Rev. Marnie Peterson and Rupert . . .


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