Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition • Principal of Vancouver School of Theology
Richard Topping received his BA in Religious Studies from University of Waterloo, an MA and Ph.D in Theology from St. Michael's, University of Toronto, where his thesis Director was Professor John Webster.
Richard was Minister in Muskoka, Ontario from 1993-1996; at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Quebec, where he was Assistant Minister from 1997-1999 and Senior Minister from 2000-2009. He has (co)written a number of documents for the Presbyterian Church in Canada, including a Catechism for Today (2008) and Together in Ministry (2006) and served on the Church Doctrine Committee.
Richard taught at Presbyterian College (2001-2009) Montreal in the areas of Preaching, Pastoral Theology, Introduction to Ministry and Church, Ministry and Sacraments. He supervised many students in their in-ministry year.
Richard became the Principal of Vancouver School of Theology in July of 2013. In 2013 Richard was the first VST recipient of the Just Desserts Awards of the UBC Alma Matter Society, a student initiated and directed award.
Richard continues to hold the St. Andrew’s Hall Chair in Studies in the Reformed Tradition. He teaches in the areas of Contemporary and Historical Theology. He has also lectured at Regent College in the areas of Proclamation and Reformed Theology.
Richard has published in the areas of theological hermeneutics - Revelation, Scripture and Church (Ashgate, 2007) - homiletics, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and the theologies of John Calvin and Karl Barth. He edited, with John Vissers, a collection of essays entitled Calvin @500 (Pickwick, 2011). He is also working on a book which examines the role of imagination in postmodern Christian theology.
Richard initiated a Karl Barth reading group at St. Andrew’s Hall. He is a regular preacher in the Vancouver area and lecturer across the country.
Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart
Director of Ministry Leadership & Education • Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at Vancouver School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall. Ross serves as the Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at VST as well as an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at St. Mark’s College, UBC.
Ross is a graduate of The University of Winnipeg, The University of Toronto, and McCormick Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church USA) at The University of Chicago. Ross has a particular passion for shaping missionary disciples and “scholarly evangelists” for leadership in Christ’s Church for the sake of mending God’s creation. Ross is the author of Lessons from Laodicea: Missional Leadership in a Culture of Affluence, Gen X, Y Faith? Getting Real with God, co-editor of Three Ways of Grace – a collection of essays on the Trinity, and a contributor to The Presbyterian Record as well as co-conspirator with friend Rob Fennell (Atlantic School of Theology) on the blog “Creedal and Loving It: Good Theology for Regular People”.
Ross has served congregations in the Reformed tradition from Halifax to Vancouver as well as sabbaticals with The Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He is a weekly guest preacher in local congregations and Minister in Association at St. Andrew’s/St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver. Possessing the largest “tacky religious collection” on the faculty, Ross looks forward to greeting you in person at St. Andrew's Hall.
Rev. Dr. Robert S. Paul
Professor of Mission Theology
Dean of St. Andrew's Hall
Phone: (604) 822-9721
The Rev. Dr. Robert Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wales through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. His doctoral research and writing focused on leadership development and Christian mission in the challenging context of North American culture.
Bob served as a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Washington, Oregon, and California, most recently as Pastor of Discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
Bob has taught for Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College, Carey Theological College, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. He will teach in the area of mission theology for the Vancouver School of Theology
He also has served as the President of two mission organizations, Alongside Ministries International and Medical Ambassadors International, respectively. He is currently a board member of Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center, a conference and retreat venue near Leavenworth, Washington.