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Leadership & Governance

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Our President

President Gordon T. Smith

Gordon T. Smith is President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology at Ambrose University.  He has served in this capacity since 2012.    Additionally, he is an ordained minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance.  

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

Welcome Holy Spirit:  A Theological and Experiential Introduction (IVPress, 2021)

Wisdom from Babylon:  Leadership for the Church in a Secular Age (IVPress, 2020).

Evangelical, Sacramental and Pentecostal:  Why The Church Needs to be all Three (IVPress, 2017.

Institutional Intelligence:  The Elements of an Effective Organization (IVP, 2017)

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

President's Cabinet

Provost & Vice President Academic
Pam Nordstrom

Associate Vice President Student Life
Monique Verhoef

Vice President Finance & Administration
Steve Larkin

Management Consultant
Stephanie MacTavish

Our Board of Governors

Debi Mills (Chair)
Businessperson, Stony Plain, AB

Calvin Buss (Vice Chair)
Businessperson, Vancouver, BC

Larry Koop (Secretary)
Businessperson, Sundre, AB

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

Krista Friesen
Businesswoman, Calgary AB

Kari Leoganda
Businesswoman, Vancouver BC

Ilse Li
Lay Leader, Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church, AB

Rev. Keith Taylor
President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) Canada

Lawrence Stalder 
Businessperson, Calgary, AB

Teresa Davidson
Healthcare Executive, Calgary AB

Bernie Van De Walle
District Superintendent, Canadian Midwest District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance

Rev. Scott Dickie
Lead Pastor, Peace Portal Alliance Church, Surrey BC

Dale Meister
Businessperson, Calgary, AB

Srimal Ranasinghe
Urban Planning Consultant, Calgary AB

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

  • The president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (ex officio)
  • The national director of the Church of the Nazarene Canada (ex officio)
  • One member appointed by the National Board of the Church of the Nazarene Canada
  • Six members appointed by the Board of Directors of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada
  • One Christian and Missionary Alliance District Superintendent
  • Up to five members-at-large appointed by the Board

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