Dr. Stephen McMullin

Academic Dean
Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Associate Professor of Evangelism and Mission
Director of ADC - New Brunswick
Director of Simpson Lectures

Email: stephen.mcmullin@acadiau.ca

Rev. Dr. Steve McMullin grew up in Woodstock, NB and is a graduate of Atlantic Baptist College, Acadia University (B.A. Honours), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and the University of New Brunswick (Ph.D.—Sociology).  His Ph.D. dissertation about congregational decline focused on ways that churches are affected by and respond to the secularization of society.  His research interests focus on ways to bring renewal and meaningful change to established congregations, ways to present the gospel in culturally informed and effective ways in an increasingly secular social environment, and ways that congregations can address and respond to domestic violence.

He has written articles for both scholarly and popular journals and has presented numerous papers at academic conferences.  Recent peer-reviewed articles have been published in Implicit Religion, Review of Religious Research, Review of the Social Scientific Study of Religion, and the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling.  His research on church decline has been highlighted in several publications including Christianity Today and The Huffington Post.  He served as the program chair for the 2011 annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Milwaukee.  In keeping with his focus on congregational renewal, his current sociological research focuses on the effects of digital media in congregations.  In his sociological research at seminaries in Canada and the United States, he has studied how best to prepare church leaders to respond effectively to victims of domestic violence.  He is a member of the Religion and Violence Research Team at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at UNB.

Dr. McMullin has experience in rural, small town, and urban ministries, having served as pastor of the Waterville and Victoria Baptist Churches (1980 – 1988), the Woodstock Baptist Church (1988 – 1997), and Main Street Baptist Church (now RiverCross Church) in Saint John (1997 – 2007).  His ministries have emphasized evangelism and mission as well as the importance of community.  He served for many years as a faculty member for the Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism.  His leadership in the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches has included two terms as a member of the Convention Council, and he has twice been a plenary speaker at the annual Convention Assembly.

He is married to Rosalie, who is a deacon at RiverCross church and an instructor in the Engineering Technologies department at the Saint John campus of the New Brunswick Community College.  They have two grown children, Nancy and Kevin.

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B.A. (Hons.) (Acadia University)
M.A.T.S. (Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary)
Ph.D. (University of New Brunswick)