Dr. Harry Gardner

President and Dean of Theology
Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Professor of Church Leadership

Ph: 1 (902) 585-2213
Email: harry.gardner@acadiau.ca
Office Number: Willett House Room 30

Dr. Harry G. Gardner, a native of the south shore of  Nova Scotia, graduated 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 and Crandall University (formerly Atlantic Baptist University). He has had a keen interest in addressing issues of racism, and promoting 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 served a six-year term (2012-2018) on the Board of Commissioners, Commission on Accrediting 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.

He has served as President of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology of Acadia University since January 2008.

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.

Dr. Gardner sits in the Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Chair of Church Leadership and teaches in the areas of pastoral ministry, leadership, and spiritual disciplines.

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BA (Dalhousie University)
MDiv (Acadia University)
DMin (Fuller Theological Seminary)