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Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris Elected PCC Moderator

Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris Elected PCC 140th General Assembly Moderator

by St. Andrew's Hall
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stephen-ferrisDean of St. Andrew’s Hall to Become Moderator of Presbyterian General Assembly

As a result of a national vote among elders and ministers of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, Vancouver, Dr. Stephen Farris, has been elected as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of the Church.


Stephen was educated at the University of Toronto, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Cambridge University, England, from which he received the PhD. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Kingston in 1981 and served for five years as minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Amherstview, ON. He has taught Homiletics, the art and craft of preaching well, since 1986, first at Knox College, Toronto, and since 2003 on the faculty of Vancouver School of Theology (VST.) Since that time, he has served as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian College on the campus of UBC. He is the authour of three books, numerous academic and popular articles and a murder mystery short story. He has served as President of the Academy of Homiletics, the international society of teachers of preaching, and on the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. In that role, he helped negotiate the repudiation of apartheid by the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa. Stephen has preached and taught throughout Canada and in several foreign countries. He is married to Patty, a school principal in New Westminster, BC and has two sons, two daughters in law and two grandchildren.

On the Election of Dr. Farris
“What a wonderful choice the PCC has made in the election of The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly. His wit, wisdom, depth of learning and his love for God and people are important gifts to the church. The members of the Vancouver School of Theology family know what an outstanding, compassionate and kind leader that Stephen is and know these same qualities will resound to the benefit to the PCC. VST is so pleased at this news and we offer our prayers and support for Stephen and Patty in the year to come. Congratulations!”
– Richard Topping, Principal of VST

“Stephen has led St. Andrew’s Hall for the past 11 years, during which time he developed its bold vision, built up strong financial resources, secured excellent faculty and encouraged students from across the country to prepare for their calling to the Church with us. He is a natural and gifted leader and the denomination has chosen a Moderator who will serve with discernment and distinction.”
– David Jennings, Convener of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall

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