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Leadership & Governance


Gordon T. Smith is President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology at Ambrose University.

Previously he served as Vice President and Dean of Regent College in Vancouver and more recently, he was the President of reSource Leadership International.  

He is an ordained minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance and served with the Alliance as an international worker in the Philippines. He has been the senior pastor of two congregations -- Immanuel Alliance Church (Peterborough, Ontario) and Union Church of Manila (Philippines).

He is the author of a number of publications, including:

Teach Us To Pray (IVP, 2018)
Institutional Intelligence (IVP, 2017)
Generation to Generation: Passing on the Faith to the Children of the Church (e-book) (Regent College Bookstore, 2014)
Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Directors and Directees (IVP, 2014)

Gordon is married to Joella and together they have two grown sons.



Board Chair

Ken Stankievech

Vice-President Finance


Vice-President Academic Affairs

Pam Nordstrom

Associate VP Student Life

Monique Verhoef

Dean of Arts and Science

Linda Schwartz

Dean of Theology 

Jo-Ann Badley



Kenneth Stankievech (Chair)
Businessman, Calgary, AB

Wayne Bernakevitch (Vice Chair)
Lawyer, Regina, SK

Rev. Keith Taylor (Secretary)
Senior Pastor, Beulah Alliance Church, Edmonton, AB

Lawrence Stalder
Businessman, Calgary, AB

Rev. David Hearn
President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (TCMA) in Canada

Calvin Buss
Businessman, Vancouver, BC

Rev. Ian Fitzpatrick
National Director, Church of the Nazarene in Canada, Toronto, ON

Delrose Laxton
Office Manager, Calgary, AB

Rev. Dr. Errol Rempel
District Superintendent, Canadian Pacific District of The C&MA Canada

Larry Koop
Businessman, Olds, AB

Debi Mills
Businesswoman, Stony Plain, AB

Ruth Copland-Holtz
Businesswoman, Toronto, ON



The composition of the Ambrose Board of Governors is defined in the Ambrose bylaws:

  • The presidents of the two founding denominations, The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and the Church of the Nazarene Canada (ex officio members)
  • Three members appointed by the Church of the Nazarene Canada
  • Six representatives from The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada
  • One Alliance District Superintendent
  • Three members-at-large appointed by the Board
  • The president of Ambrose University (non-voting member)

Governors are appointed to a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

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