The church needs well-prepared and educated leaders.
Theology made practical, relevant, and compelling for today’s culture requires the best faculty. We must continue to provide excellent teachers who understand the needs of the church.
Over its history, ADC has established named academic chairs. Through our ‘Now, more than ever. strategic priorities the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship has been fully funded. To fully fund the remaining chairs requires an endowment of $2.5 million for each. Endowed academic chairs ensure we can continue to attract and recruit the best faculty to deliver quality instruction for students.
The Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton
Chair of Church Leadership
Rev. Dr. Abner J. Langley (Left)
Rev. Dr. Harold L. Mitton (Right)
The Chair of Church Leadership is named after two outstanding Acadia University graduates, Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton, who served their Lord with love and dedication. Both served as ministers, as Presidents of the United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces, and in leading roles with the Baptist Federation of Canada and the Canadian Baptist Overseas Mission Board. Both were involved in ministry and leadership, nationally and internationally. Both led Acadia Divinity College as Principals.
The Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain
Chair of Evangelism and Mission
Dr. Sheldon and Dr. Marjorie Fountain
The Chair of Evangelism and Mission is named in honour of the couple who generously established this endowment fund, Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain, both of whom epitomized dedication to the Acadia community and to the betterment of wider society overall. Both worked tirelessly in a range of philanthropic efforts over the course of their lives, and brought their strong faith into everything they undertook. This endowment income supports a professorship in evangelism and mission.
The Thomas B. McDormand, Charles J. Taylor and Dennis M. Veinotte
Chair of Pastoral Care and Counselling
Rev. Dr. Thomas B. McDormand (Left)
Rev. Dr. Charles J. Taylor (Middle)
Rev. Dr. Dennis M. Veinotte (Right)
The Chair of Pastoral Care and Counselling is named in honour of three exceptional Acadia University graduates, Thomas B. McDormand, Charles J. Taylor, and Dennis M. Veinotte, who were all recognized for their extraordinary pastoral care. All provided strong and effective leadership and were well respected in each area of ministry they served. All gave generously of their time to help many people from all walks of life.
The John Gladstone
Chair of Preaching and Worship
Rev. Dr. John Gladstone
The Chair of Preaching and Worship is named after John Norris Gladstone, the highly regarded Senior Minister at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario, where he served for 26 years. He was widely recognized for his vibrant and distinguished preaching and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from McMaster Divinity College in 1970.
A strong supporter of Acadia Divinity College throughout his career, he was the Gerald K. Simpson guest lecturer in 1984 and also shared the teaching of a Doctoral course in Preaching and Worship in 1994.