Draw on the riches of the Reformed tradition while pursuing your theological education at one of Canada’s top seminaries.
The Reformed House of Studies (RHS) at Wycliffe College leverages the quality seminary offerings of Wycliffe College while engaging with the Reformed tradition to prepare students for Christian ministry through biblical and theological education, practical training, cohort learning, and extracurricular learning opportunities. Faculty and staff from evangelical Reformed and Presbyterian traditions serve as advisors and mentors for students of the RHS.
Delve into our RHS courses as part of your Wycliffe MTS or MDiv.
Program options: MTS or MDiv concentration
Prerequisite degree(s): Bachelor's degree (any discipline), with a minimum CGPA of 2.7/70%
Complete in: 2-8 years, based on program of choice
How to register: Apply for an MDiv or MTS to take Reformed Studies as a concentration, or apply as an Occasional Student to take individual courses.
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2023-24 Courses by RHS Faculty
Reformed Worship and Polity (Intensive) with Chad Van Dixhoorn
May 29 - June 2, 2023
Reformed Worship and Polity is a lecture and discussion based intensive course. Students examine key biblical passages and their interpretations in the Reformed tradition as they bear on liturgy, ecclesiology and church governance. Students will also read classic writings that illustrate the development of Reformed understandings of worship and polity. Upon completion of the course students will be better equipped to engage in the tasks of pastoral care, team leadership and the construction of a Reformed worship service.
Confessional Theology in the Reformed Tradition with Michael Haykin
After looking at the roots of confessionalism in the creedal statements of late antiquity, this course focuses on the historical, cultural, and theological context of the Reformed confessions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The confessional documents that are the focus of primary attention are the Thirty-Nine Articles, the Irish Articles, the Three Forms of Unity, the Westminster Standards, and the First and Second London Baptist Confessions. The reception history of these confessions is also considered as well as their significance for confessional communities today.
Expository Preaching (Intensive) with Bryan Chapell
February 19-23, 2024
This course explores the rationale and methods for Christ-centered preaching. Students will first concentrate on key components of expository messages and then focus on how to ensure such sermons remain true to the redemptive message of all of Scripture by considering principles in biblical theology as they apply to various texts and genres of Scripture. In addition, we will explore how the gospel of grace revealed throughout Scripture motivates and empowers the Christian life. Prerequisite: Basics of Preaching (or equivalent)
History of Christianity with Michael Haykin
From the subapostolic age to the "Triumph of Orthodoxy" in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. Geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam.
Michael Haykin - Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin, (ThD, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto), FRHistS, is the Reformed House of Studies' Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe College. He is chair and professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, which is based at Southern Seminary. Dr. Haykin is also on the core faculty of Heritage Seminary, Cambridge, Ontario, where he is the professor of church history, and leads the Canadian office of the Andrew Fuller Center. He has written widely on Christianity in Late Antiquity and 18th-century British Dissent.
Rev. Dr. Bryan Chapell (PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is Pastor Emeritus of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church and President Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary. He now leads the Administrative Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America. His preaching and teaching are broadcast in many nations through Unlimited Grace Media, and are also available at unlimitedgrace.com. He is the author of many books, including The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach and Christ-centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages. He and his wife, Kathy, have four adult children, and a growing number of grandchildren.
Chad Van Dixhoorn
Rev. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge University) is professor of church history and director of the Craig Center for the study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as an honorary research fellow at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Dr. Van Dixhoorn has held a number of additional teaching positions and has also served as associate pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and also at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years. He is happily married to Emily Van Dixhoorn and they have five children and two dogs.
Dr. Jessica Joustra (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University. She also serves as the director of the Albert M. Wolters Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University and an associate researcher at the Neo-Calvinist Research Institute at the Theological University of Kampen in the Netherlands.
Rev. Dr. Michael Allen (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Dr. Allen has been a Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He previously taught at Knox Theological Seminary for five years, where he held the Kennedy Chair of Systematic Theology. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as Theologian-in-Residence at NewCity Orlando PCA. Dr. Allen and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Jackson and Will.
Rev. Dr. Lyndon Jost (PhD, Wycliffe College and University of Toronto) is Assistant Pastor of Christ Church Toronto (PCA) and serves as the Director of the Reformed House of Studies. Previously he served for seven years as a pastor at Grace Toronto Church and before that worked with children and youth for a decade in urban and rural contexts in Canada and internationally. Lyndon is an adjunct faculty member at Ryle Seminary in Ottawa and Redeemer University in Ancaster, ON. He and his wife, Lami, together with their four children live on the east side of Toronto.
“The establishment of a Reformed House at Wycliffe College is a most encouraging development. Wycliffe has long had a reputation for academic excellence in the Anglican tradition and to see that now broadened into the Reformed world is great news. I hope the House proves a significant source of spiritual and intellectual vitality for the Reformed churches in Canada.”
- Carl Trueman