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Rev. Gordon T. Smith, PhD

Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology
Phone number
(403) 410-2941
Email Address


I joined the faculty of Ambrose when I arrived as president in the fall of 2012 – after nine years as the executive director of reSource Leadership International. Prior to that, I was the Academic Dean of Regent College, Vancouver, where I have continued to teach over the years. My areas of particular interest are the nature of conversion and religious experience, spiritual discernment and effective decision-making, the sacraments and the question of calling and vocation. I am married to Joella; we have two adult sons and six grandchildren.


PhD (Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University)
MDiv (Ambrose Seminary)
BA (University of Regina)

Select Publications

Teach Us to Pray (IVP, 2018)
Institutional Intelligence (IVP, 2017)
Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Sacramental (IVP, 2017)
Consider Your Calling (IVP, 2016)
Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (InterVarsity Press, 2014)
Spiritual Direction: A Guide to the Ministry of Giving and Receiving Direction (InterVarsity Press, 2014)
Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential (InterVarsity Press, 2011)
Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, with Glen Scorgie as Chief Editor (Zondervan, 2011)
Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation (Baker, 2010)
A Holy Meal: The Lord's Supper in the Life of the Church (Baker Publishing House, 2005)
On the Way: A Guide to Christian Spirituality (Regent College Publishing, 2005)
The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit (InterVarsity Press, 2003)
Alone with the Lord: A Personal Guide to a Day of Prayer (Regent College Publishing, 2003)
Beginning Well: Christian Conversion and Authentic Transformation (InterVarsity Press, 2001)
Listening to God in Times of Choice: Living Between How It Is and How It Ought to Be (InterVarsity Press, 1997)