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Core Faculty

Dr. Barry H. Howson

Academic Dean-Seminary

Theology & Church History, Barry graduated with a Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary, Toronto in 1984, and in 2000 with his PhD in Church History at McGill University. He has been a professor at Heritage since 2001, primarily teaching in the areas of theology, NT Bible, worldviews/apologetics and Church history. Since 1980 he has been involved in the local church as a youth pastor and lead pastor, as well as an interim pastor, helping churches in transition. He is currently the teaching pastor a Heritage Fellowship Baptist Church in Ancaster, Ontario. He is married to Sharon, and has two daughters, Natalie and Shawna.


  • B.A., University of Waterloo
  • M.Div., Central Baptist Seminary
  • M.A., McGill University
  • Ph.D., McGill University

Dr. David Barker

David is Professor of Biblical Studies at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. He presently teaches Old Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, and the Book of Psalms. He has taught at Heritage since 1978. He has served as Academic Dean, Vice-President of Academics, and Interim President over the years. His specialty is in Old Testament, particularly the Psalms and Wisdom Books. He has pastored several churches including Summerside Community Church (formerly Westminster Hope Baptist Church) and Stoney Creek Baptist Church (formerly Central Baptist Church) both in London, Ontario. He has also served as an Associate Pastor at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener. He has ministered in several churches as an interim pastor and is busy most Sundays speaking in churches across the province. David is married to Lorraine, and they have five married children and fourteen grandchildren.


  • B.Sc., University of Guelph
  • M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary

Dr. Stanley Fowler

Stan is Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies. He retired from his full-time faculty role in 2018, but still teaches one course each fall and winter. He formerly served as a pastor at churches in Bloomington, Indiana and Toronto, and he has been teaching theology since 1980. He is the author of two books on baptismal theology: More Than a Symbol and Rethinking Baptism: Some Baptist Reflections. He connects theology to the life of the church by serving as an elder at Grandview Baptist Church in Kitchener. He and his wife, Donna, have four adult children and six grandchildren.


  • B.S., Purdue University
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Th.D., University of Toronto

Click here for a listing of Dr. Fowler’s publications and presentations.

Dr. Rick Reed

Professor of Homiletics & Pastoral Studies, Dr. Rick Reed joined Heritage College & Seminary on January 1, 2013 as President after serving for fourteen years as Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Bible Church in Ottawa. Prior to this Dr. Reed pastored in California at the Berean Bible Fellowship church in Atascadero and The Valley Church in Cupertino. He has also been a plenary and seminar presenter for Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism, guest professor at Nassa Theological College in Mwanza, Tanzania and an adjunct professor for Heritage Seminary. Dr. Reed is a long-time, regular contributor to a weekly column in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Ask the Religion Experts”. Dr. Reed’s rich pastoral experience, teaching and writing experiences bring together a wonderful blend of academy, church and missions.


  • BA, Biola University
  • ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Wayne Baxter

Professor of New Testament and Greek, Wayne has been serving at Heritage since 2012. Previously he spent ten years in pastoral ministry, serving in Christian & Missionary Alliance churches in Windsor and Ottawa, and a CBOQ church in Mississauga. He earned his Ph.D. at McMaster University in the Department of Religious Studies, majoring in Early Christianity with a minor in Early Judaism. Wayne has also taught part-time at Wilfrid Laurier University, King’s University College (UWO), and McMaster University. He is married to Lucille and they have three sons, Ethan, Micah, and Jared.


  • B.Sc., The University of Western Ontario
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D., McMaster University

Dr. Ian Vaillancourt

Old Testament Studies

Dr. Ian J. Vaillancourt serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary. He earned a B.Th. from Tyndale College, an M.T.S. from Tyndale Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is also an ordained pastor in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists in Canada and served in senior/teaching pastoral roles for 14 years before transitioning to serve Christ in the classroom full-time. God has given him a passion to exalt Christ from the Old Testament, whether in the classroom, the pulpit, or in print. Dr. Vaillancourt has published articles and book reviews in several academic journals, including The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Westminster Theological Journal, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, and The Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. His first monograph, on the vision of the Messiah from Psalms 110 and 118, is set to be released in the Sheffield Phoenix Press Hebrew Bible Monographs series in late 2019 or early 2020. Ian is married to Natalie and they have two children: Caleb and Emily.


  • B.Th. – Tyndale University College
  • M.T.S. – Tyndale Seminary
  • Ph.D. – University of St. Michael’s College

Program Directors

David Robinson

Director of the Graduate Certificate for Biblical Care and Counselling

David Robinson has been pastor of Grace Bible Church in Cambridge Ontario for the past 24 years. Over the years he has taught Pastoral Counselling in various settings including Heritage Seminary and Carey International Pastoral Training. David also serves on the board of the Canadian Biblical Counselling Coalition. He is married and has three children.

Dr. Linda Reed

Director of the Graduate Certificate for Women in Ministry

Dr. Linda Reed directs the Graduate Certificate for Women in Ministry (GCWIM) program and teaches academic courses to equip women to serve, teach, write curriculum, and reach their communities. Linda has served in three churches alongside her husband, Rick, as a young adult mentor, women’s Bible teacher and ministry leader. Having focused her master’s degree on linguistics, Linda also teaches English as a Second Language (TESOL) courses. The Word of God is her life: Psalm 18:30 is inscribed in her wedding ring. She finds joy in her family and being “still” with God.

Degrees and Studies:

  • B.A. Biola University
  • M.A. The University of Texas at Arlington in conjunction with Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • M.A. courses in Biblical studies at Dallas Seminary, Western Seminary, and Heritage Seminary
  • Ed.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bob Parks

Director of the Graduate Certicate in Biblical Preaching

Bob serves as Director of the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Preaching program and as Seminary Chaplain and Adjunct Professor at Heritage. He has been in pastoral ministry for the past 50 years, serving churches in the US in Michigan, California and Colorado and in Canada in New Brunswick and most recently at Benton Street Baptist Church in Kitchener, Ontario. Bob is married to Judy and they have seven adult children and twenty-three grandchildren.


Diploma in Old Testament, Denver Seminary

Adjunct Faculty

Joel Barker

Old Testament and Hebrew


  • B.A. – Huron University College
  • M.A. – McMaster Divinity College
  • Ph.D. – McMaster Divinity College

Tony Costa

Apologetics Studies


  • B.A. – University of Toronto
  • M.A. – University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. – Radboud University Nijmegen

Amal Gendi

Intercultural Studies


  • B.Sc. – Assiut University
  • M.T.S. – Tyndale Seminary

Jon Korkidakis

Biblical Studies, Spiritual Formation Studies


  • M.Div. – Heritage Theological Seminary
  • D.Min. – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Greg Patus

Ministry Preparation Studies


  • B.A. – Brock University

Jonathan Stairs

Homiletics Studies


  • B.A. – Moody Bible Institute,
  • M.Div. – Bethel Seminary
  • D.Min. – Liberty University

Douglas Thomson

Music and Worship Studies


  • L.T.C.L., Trinity College, England
  • A.Mus., Western Conservatory of Music
  • B.A.Music, University of
    Western Ontario
  • M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary
  • D.W.S., Robert E. Weber Institute for Worship Studies

Steve West

Theology Studies, Biblical Studies, and Apologetics Studies


  • B.A., Trent University
  • Th.M., Toronto Baptist Seminary
  • Ph.D., Northwest University

Byron Wheaton

Spiritual Formation Studies


  • B.A., University of Western Ontario
  • M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.Th., Westminster
    Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Wilfred Laurier University
  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary