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Robert Dean

Adjunct Faculty

BSc (U.W.O), BEd(U.W.O.)

MDiv (Tyndale), ThD (Wycliffe, U. of T.)


A graduate of Wycliffe College, Robert previously served for seven years as a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church in Scarborough.  Over the past six years, he has taught a variety of courses as an Adjunct Professor in the theology department at Tyndale Seminary and has engaged in an itinerant preaching ministry, speaking in pulpits throughout the province.

Robert’s scholarly work is motivated by the question of what it means for the church to be a faithful community of disciples in our contemporary post-Christendom Canadian context. While formally trained as a systematic theologian, his experience as a pastor and his dissertation work with the theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas have left him deeply convinced that theology is properly a practical discipline.  As a result, his writing and interests traverse the fields of systematic theology, theological ethics, pastoral theology, homiletics, worship and liturgy, and missional leadership in the interest of seeing theological reflection brought to bear on the concrete realities facing the church.

Select Publications and Media:

Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge, foreword by Fleming Rutledge (Eugene: Resource Publications, 2017).

For the Life of the World: Jesus Christ and the Church in the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas (Eugene: Pickwick, 2016).

“Unapologetically (A)Political: Stanley Hauerwas and the Practice of Preaching,” Didaskalia 25 (Fall 2015): 131-160.

“Tolkien and the Adventure of Discipleship: Imaginative Resources for a Missional

Ecclesiology,” Canadian Theological Review, vol. 3, no. 2 (2014) 84-96.