On behalf of the Committee to Advise the Moderator, I am pleased to announce that the name of the Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Farris, Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver, will be placed as the sole nominee to be Moderator of the 2014 General Assembly, which begins May 30, 2014, in Waterloo, Ontario.
THE REV. DR. STEPHEN C. FARRIS (B.A., D.Min., Th.M., Ph.D.)
Stephen Farris has been for the past ten years the Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian theological college at University of British Columbia, and the Professor of Homiletics (Preaching) with Vancouver School of Theology. For seventeen years previously he was Professor of Preaching and Worship at Knox College, Toronto. His present passion is developing and leading a new style of educating effective leaders of the coming church. Under his leadership, St. Andrew’s Hall has greatly expanded the Elder’s Institute for encouraging excellence in our elders and lay leaders and materially increased the number of students graduating for ordained ministry. Earlier, while minister of Trinity Church, Amherstview, Ontario, the congregation grew and became self-supporting. That time as a congregational minister instilled a love of local churches. Stephen has served as interim moderator for twelve congregations and was moderator of the Presbytery of Pickering. He continues to preach regularly in congregations across Canada.
Stephen was raised in a very Presbyterian home, the son of the Rev. Dr. Allan and Muriel Farris, and came to his own faith as a teen at the Scott Mission camp. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, and Cambridge University (Ph.D.). He has spoken widely in Canada and internationally, and has written books and articles aimed at helping ministers and elders understand and preach the Word of God more effectively.
Stephen has served on many local, national and international bodies including the Board of the Scott Mission and the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. He helped negotiate the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa. He is a former president of the international Academy of Homiletics.
Stephen is married to Patricia, a school principal, and has two sons, Allan (a minister in Sarnia, Ontario) and Daniel, and two wonderful grandchildren.