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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.



Senior Vice President & Provost

Pam Nordstrom

Associate Vice President

Monique Verhoef


Vice President Finance

Brett Huffey

Executive Director

Stephanie MacTavish


Debi Mills (Chair)
Businessperson, Stony Plain, AB

Wayne Bernakevitch (Vice Chair)
Lawyer, Regina, SK

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

Lawrence Stalder
Businessperson, Calgary, AB

Rev. David Hearn
President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Canada

Calvin Buss
Businessperson, 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
Businessperson, Olds, AB

Kenneth Stankievech
Businessperson, Calgary, AB

Ruth Copland-Holtz
Businessperson, Toronto, ON

Rev. Genghis Chan
Lead Pastor, South Edmonton Alliance Church, Edmonton, AB

Dale Meister
Businessperson, Calgary, AB

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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