At the 58th Annual Commissioning Service on May 10, 2019, Acadia Divinity College conferred the distinction of Professor Emeritus onto Dr. Robert S. Wilson, in recognition of his exemplary service and dedication to Acadia. This honorary award was recommended to the Board of Trustees by President Harry Gardner and the Faculty of the College.
Beginning in 1991, Dr. Wilson has served as Professor of Church History and occupied many other roles at the College including Director of the Master of Arts (Theology) Program, Director of Continuing Education, Academic Dean, and in 2007, Interim President. Dr. Wilson retired in 2018 as the Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History. Prior to joining the faculty of Acadia Divinity College, Dr. Wilson was the Dean of Arts and Professor of History at Crandall University (1971-1991).
In addition to his academic and teaching career, Dr. Wilson has served as President of Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (1998-1999), on the Atlantic Baptist Historical Committee, chair of the Board of Publication, and on the denominational council. He participated in the life of local churches as deacon and Sunday school teacher and served as interim pastor in ten churches. For over fifty years, he preached and lectured on a variety of historical, devotional, and practical ministry topics. In 1999, Dr. Wilson received the Leadership Award from Atlantic Baptist University (now Crandall University), and in 2006 he was honoured by his alma mater, United Baptist Bible Training School (now Crandall University), with the Distinguished Alumni Award.