Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

general news

VST announces Appointment of New Chancellor

VST announces Appointment of New Chancellor Tweet Share

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 both public and private sector leadership over his 28-year career.  He currently serves as the President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT), a role he has held since October 2011. Under his leadership, the iconic 130-year-old organization has experienced a modern renaissance, with dramatic growth via a rediscovered relevancy for 21st century business, government & community thought leaders.

Mr. Black came to the GVBOT directly from the elected ranks of the B.C. Government, where he was elected twice into the provincial legislature as MLA, and served as cabinet minister in three different economic cabinet posts under former premier Gordon Campbell. Prior to his service in the Legislative Assembly, he spent over 15 years in the technology and new economy sectors leading increasingly complex and high-profile “turnaround” assignments across both publicly-traded and private companies.

In the community, Iain’s volunteer roles have included coaching or managing his children’s soccer and hockey teams in Coquitlam. He has also sat on a variety of charity, business and community boards, including the Chair’s Council at Science World British Columbia, and many years as a board director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Mr. Black is an Honours graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, as well as the University of Toronto—ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. He lives in Coquitlam with his wife and three children.

“VST is thrilled with the appointment of Mr. Iain Black as Chancellor of our school. His interest in the public good and outstanding leadership for our time are central values of our school.”

Richard Topping, Principal

The Vancouver School of Theology is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century. Please visit www.vst.edu for more information about VST and its graduate degree programmes.

Latest News

» 2018 VST Honorary Doctorates

» VST receives $400K Henry Luce Foundation grant

» Reflections on the Reformation

» VST Announces Partnership with Huron University College

» “When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance Becomes Duty”


All News

vst news

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 . . .


Read More

vst news

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 . . .


Read More

vst news

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 . . .


Read More

vst news

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 . . .


Read More

vst news

“When Injustice Becomes Law – Resistance Becomes Duty”

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 . . .


Read More