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Posted on May 19, 2015 by hunter

Ronald retired Dec. 31, 2012 as a priest of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and its Executive Archdeacon.  He studied at UBC 1965-68, earning a B.A. in English literature and history.  Seminary training, earning the equivalent of an MDiv., was at the Episcopal Theological College, Cambridge, Mass. from 1968-1971. This included courses each year at Harvard University and Weston Jesuit College.  Field placements were two years in a low-income parish, and one year at Mass. General Hospital.  One summer was spent doing formal Clinical Pastoral training at Trinity Hospital, Minot, ND, and another doing Biblical and archeological studies in Jerusalem and the region. Prior to becoming executive archdeacon, Ronald was a parish priest for 30 years, including St. Augustine’s, Marpole and St. Philip’s, Dunbar in Vancouver.  He served in many different leadership and service roles, and participated in a considerable number of continuing educational courses and activities.

Those relevant to this current role as a Foundation Director were:  Royal Canadian Navy officer training (Reserve), which included supply officer training at CFB Borden, Ontario summer 1968 in supply, administration and logistics; Banff Centre for Management – Planned Giving for Canadian Fundraising Professionals (1998) while chairing the Planned Giving Unit of the Diocese; chaired the Financial Development Committee of the Diocese 1988-91 and chaired the Anglican Initiatives Fund Steering Committee; nine years serving on the diocesan Administration and Finance Committee, including the budget sub-committee; nine years as a member of the national Anglican Pension Committee; served as an administrator of the Naval Officers Association of Canada’s Endowment Fund, helping to revive it from dormancy beginning in 1999; President of Camp Artaban Society 1982-87; President of Naval Officers Association of Canada 2005-07; other volunteer leadership roles that involved responsibility for funds. More recently was Chair of the Board of Governors of VST, having served on the Board prior to that, and continue on the Property Development Team of the School.


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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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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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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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Vancouver School of Theology announces recipients of 2017 Honorary Doctorates

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Shannon

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