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Alan Hayes

Bishops Frederick and Heber Wilkinson Professor of Church History

BA in Philosophy & Classics (Pomona), BD in Historical Theology (McGill)

PhD in Religious Studies (McGill)


Alan Hayes has taught church history at Wycliffe since 1975, when he completed his PhD in religious studies at McGill University, Montreal. He thoroughly enjoys both teaching and research; his specializations include Anglicanism, Canadian Christianity (among newcomers and Indigenous peoples), early Christianity, Reformation, and historiography. The historical theme which most interests him is the diversity of ways in which Christian institutions and spiritualities sometimes reflect and sometimes challenge their surrounding cultures. He has published several books and articles primarily in the history of Anglicanism in Canada.

From 2007 to 2017 Alan served as director of the Toronto School of Theology, the consortium of seven theological schools of which Wycliffe is a founding member.  He is currently on sabbatical leave, researching Indigenous and settler Christianity in Canada.  While on sabbatical, he continues to supervise doctoral students. 

Alan lives in Oakville, where he is honorary assistant priest at St. Simon's Anglican Church. He is also an honorary canon of Christ’s Church Cathedral in the diocese of Niagara. He is married to the Reverend Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, the minister of Maple Grove United Church, Oakville, and they have two grown daughters and three absurdly beautiful grandchildren. He plays the piano better than he sings, prefers summer to winter, and enjoys walking, bicycling, swimming, and travel. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Anglicanism
  • Canadian Protestantism
  • Early Christianity
  • Reformation
  • Historiography

Select Publications and Media:


  • “Anglican Deaconesses in Canada 1889−1969: Two Operational Models of a Gendered Order of Ministry,” in Thomas P. Power, ed., A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin (Wipf and Stock: 2018): 223–272
  • “Sam Blake’s Projects and Ministries: A Canadian’s Church of Ireland Vision,” for Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society 53 (fall 2015): 40–66.  
  • Anglicans in Canada: controversies and identity in historical perspective (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
  • Church and Society in Documents A.D. 100-600 (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1997)
  • Editor and Contributor, By Grace Co-workers: Building the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, 1780-1989 (Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1989)
  • Several entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography