Dr. Robert Wilson

Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History, Emeritus,Acadia Divinity College

Ph: 902-678-1021
Email: robert.wilson@acadiau.ca

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Bob was educated at United Baptist Bible Training School (which became Atlantic Baptist College, then Atlantic Baptist University and is now Crandall University) and Gordon College in Massachusetts where he earned a Bachelor degree in history. From the University of Guelph, he holds a PhD in British history as well as the first MA degree.

At Guelph, Bob studied under W. Stanford Reid in the area of Nineteenth Century British Evangelicalism. After teaching one year at the University of Guelph, in 1971 he returned to Moncton to become Dean of Arts and Assistant Professor of History at Atlantic Baptist College. Twenty years later he resigned as Academic Dean and Professor of History but remained connected to Atlantic Baptist University as Scholar in Residence, 1996-1997. In 2006, he was honoured with the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Beginning in 1991, Bob 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. Bob retired in 2018 as the Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History. He also served on the Editorial Board of Atlantic Baptist Heritage Series and the Acadia University Senate.

Bob has been very involved in the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches (now Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) and served as its President in 1998-99. He continues as a member of the Atlantic Baptist Historical Committee and the Administrative Committee of the Acadia Centre of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies. Bob participates in the life of local churches and continues to preach and lecture on a variety of historical, devotional and practical ministry topics.

Bob is married to Myrna Secord and they have two children, Jonathan and Rachel, both of whom are now married, and three grandchildren.

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BA (Gordon College)
MA (University of Guelph)
PhD (University of Guelph)