The Board of St. Andrew's Hall is very pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart has been appointed to serve as the Director of Ministry Leadership & Education of St. Andrew's Hall and as the Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at VST (conditional upon confirmation by the Board of VST.) Ross is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, of Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, and holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago (Presbyterian Church in the USA.) Ross has a particular passion for shaping disciples for Christ whose leadership creates "scholarly evangelists" in both pew and pulpit. Ross is the author of Gen X, Y Faith?, co-editor of Three Ways of Grace - a collection of essays on the Trinity, has published many articles and manages a blog called Creedal and Loving It: Good Theology for Regular People. He is presently minister of West Vancouver United Church and has a record of highly effective congregational ministry. Ross has taught as an adjunct lecturer at VST and is a frequent guest speaker and workshop leader in both Presbyterian and United Church events.
Ross' family roots are deep in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and he has preached in a number of Irish Presbyterian churches over the years on exchange. Ross is married to Laura (also a Pastor) and they delight in raising their three children on the North Shore of Vancouver. Alongside his calling to ministry, Ross is also an avid reader, occasional runner and a golfer who does not expect to approach par in the foreseeable future. Ross looks forward to greeting you soon at St. Andrew's Hall!
Ross is delighted to accept this new appointment and tells us that: "It's exciting to participate in the urgent and compelling vision that St. Andrew's Hall has developed for preparing servant leaders for Christ's church of the future."
Rev. Dr. Jeff Japinga, Associate Dean of the Doctor of Ministry program at McCormick said, "I really appreciate his image of 'scholarly evangelists'; there is so much richness in that to which that phrase can point us ... and those with whom we work. We are honored to have had a small piece in your scholarly and vocational formation, and send you all good wishes for this new endeavor."
Dr. Stephen Farris, Dean of St. Andrew's Hall, commented, "Ross Lockhart will play a key role in preparing leaders able to respond effectively to what God will do in a church and world beyond our capacity to anticipate. We can think of no minister who is likely to be more helpful in producing effective leaders ready to serve a church that serves the world in Christ's name."