Dr. Harry G. Gardner
Past President Dr. Harry G. Gardner continues to serve the mission of the College as Consultant to the President, Development. In this role, he works with President Anna Robbins to build healthy relationships with churches and individuals who support the work of the College in various ways.
Dr. Gardner is a native of the south shore of Nova Scotia, graduating from Dalhousie University (BA 1974), Acadia Divinity College (MDiv 1977) and from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (DMin 1993). He has served as the minister of the Burlington-Victoria Harbour, Wilmot, and Liverpool-Brooklyn United Baptist Churches.
In 1986, he began work with the Home Mission Board of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and in 1989, became the Director of Home Missions and Church Planting. He served for eleven years as the Convention’s Executive Minister prior to coming to Acadia. In this role he was a member of the Boards of Acadia Divinity College, Crandall University (formerly Atlantic Baptist University) and Canadian Baptist Ministries. He has a keen interest in addressing issues of racism, integral mission as well as international relief and development.
In 2007, he was the President of the North American Baptist Fellowship, and between 2010 and 2015, he was one of twelve Vice Presidents of the Baptist World Alliance. He currently serves the BWA’s Commissions of Theological Education and Transformational Leadership. His international ministry experience has included leadership for pastoral conferences, preaching and teaching.
He served a six-year term (2012-2018) on the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. In 2016, he was elected as the Board Chair for a two-year term.
Dr. Gardner served as President of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology of Acadia University between January 2008 and June 2019. During this time, he also occupied the Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Chair of Church Leadership teaching in the areas of pastoral ministry, leadership, and spiritual formation.
He and his wife, Gail, reside in Kentville. Their family includes two married children and four grandchildren. Personal interests include fun times with the grandchildren, travel, and music.