Rev. Grant Rodgers
- B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan
- M.Div. from the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon
- Graduate of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction
- Two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
- Studied conflict resolution and mediation at Mount Royal University in Calgary
- As of Fall 2018, four classes from the UBC Sauder School of Business
Areas of teaching specialty
As Director of Anglican Formation, my focus in teaching and formation is primarily upon those who are studying and discerning toward ordained ministry in the life of the Anglican Church. A significant part of my teaching role involves integrating theological learning and pastoral and liturgical practice. I teach a number of courses relating to liturgy, sacraments, vocation, ministry, and the nature and purpose of the Anglican Church. Most of the classes I offer are conducted in the format of teaching retreats or intensives.
What I hope to do is help students be aware that we need to become willing to learn in a more comprehensive way. We learn through liturgy, through participation in relationships and community, through self-examination, through failure, through prayer; Jesus suggested we have much to learn from the birds and wild flowers, and from the poor and powerless.
What makes you passionate about teaching?
I have always loved the teaching and formational aspects of ministry, and at VST it is a pleasure to be working with students who are willing and able to explore the depths of the Anglican tradition, to confront the questions of our time, and become agents of transformation and new life in the leadership of the Church. We have some amazing students here!
What challenges do students face today that may represent new challenges with respect to changes in practices of education?
One of the challenges relates to the changed relationship between church and society. Things that once were taken for granted have come under intense scrutiny and scepticism, most people do not attend church, there is a lot of negativity toward religion in general, and the Church appears to be in confusion, chaos and decline. It is both a challenging and potentially creative time for church people, and especially for our emerging leaders, as we re-examine the meaning and purpose of Christian life, and how we might better relate to and serve the world around us.
It is not enough simply to learn the ways the Church used to do things. People studying for ministry now are dealing with very different theological and social questions and issues, in a context of rapid and continuous change. They must be aware that the Anglican Church will, God willing, have a future much longer than its past, and respond accordingly.
Another challenge has to do with creating meaningful community, traditionally a key aspect of formation, as students are typically living off campus and many, if not most, are studying on a part-time basis. Given the fragmented and individualistic nature of life in our world, it is probably all the more important to enable students to develop a meaningful and viable spirituality, and an understanding of the importance of community and their place in it, as they move forward into various forms of ministry, some of which can be quite isolating as well as stressful.
Grant is typically at VST Monday through Thursday, and coordinates Anglican Community worship (we celebrate Eucharist every Tuesday during the regular term at 12:15 in Epiphany Chapel, and we pray the daily office together Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:15 in VST 3rd floor chapel). Grant’s office is #316 in the VST main building, and can be reached at 604-822-9815 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant has served in many capacities in the three dioceses in which he has served, including General Synod delegate, advocate and facilitator of low-income housing projects, ACPO assessor, Chair of the Committee on Ordained Ministry (examining chaplains), university chaplain, Regional Dean, Archdeacon, Diocesan Council member, EfM mentor, intern supervisor, supervisor for the newly ordained, hospice chaplain, Diocesan Marriage Preparation coordinator, and chair of the Ecumenical and Multi-Faith Unit. He began ordained ministry as curate of an eight-point rural parish, and has been Rector of six parishes, from family to program size.
Grant becomes a full-time faculty member this year after serving part-time for three years. He continues to be a priest of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. He is married to Sue, a United Church minister. When Grant is not suffering from some sports-related injury from his “glory days,” he enjoys golf, hiking, cycling, reading, bird-watching, dining out, sitting by the ocean, and perhaps the occasional crime series binge on Netflix.
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