Canadian Baptist Seminary Announces New President
The Board of Regents of Canadian Baptist Seminary are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roger Helland as our next president. Roger succeeds Richard Ang, who served with distinction for four years, effective August 31, 2018. Richard and Roger are working together in a transitional relationship in July-August.
Dr. Helland is a godly leader and comes to us with impressive academic and ministry credentials. He taught at a Bible college and then pastored in three churches in the Okanagan of B.C. He has served the past 11 years as district minister of the Baptist General Conference in Alberta. He continues to teach as an adjunct professor in several Bible colleges and seminaries with a passion for spiritual and missional renewal, and a vision for devotion to prayer and to the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). He graduated from Vancouver Bible College (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), and Trinity Western University-ACTS (DMin.) and is an author of six books. He has been married to Gail for 38 years and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Pastor Curt Bruneski, Chair of the Board of Regents for CBS said, "The Board of Regents of CBS have unanimously agreed to call Roger Helland as our next President. We are encouraged by Roger’s passion and enthusiasm to see CBS move forward, along with ACTS, to provide training and development for the future leaders in the BGC and around the world. We are excited to work with Roger and the leadership coalition to move the Seminary forward in new and exciting ways.”
The National Board of the Baptist General Conference has affirmed Roger’s appointment to an initial two-year term, with opportunity for extension. Kevin Schular, Executive Director of BGC, said: “We believe Roger Helland will provide godly direction for our seminary. He and his team will develop a program to train our pastors and leaders in sound evangelical theology, spiritual disciplines and with the skills for effective ministry in the 21st century.”
Roger will continue to serve as District Minister of BGC Alberta. The district has released Roger to serve CBS for 25% of his time while continuing to pay his full salary. BGCA Board Chair, Bob Rolfe, stated: “BGCA recognizes Roger’s gifts are ideally suited for this role with CBS and his passion for teaching make him an ideal candidate to lead the seminary through this necessary transition. We anticipate that with the support of all the stakeholders Roger will be able to provide the vision and direction to revitalize the seminary and provide the BGC with a vibrant, contemporary seminary model that will prove economically viable, affordable and readily accessible to all those interested in theological enrichment…”
Please pray for Roger, his wife Gail, Canadian Baptist Seminary and the Baptist General Conference of Canada as we begin this next chapter of raising up godly leaders to reach our nation and world.