...the magic never ends

If you ask me about myself, I will tell you that the older I get the less i know.  At times I am husband and father, grandfather and uncle.  And perhaps as we age, those titles become more important as identifiers.  For instance, my proudest moment recently was directing "Grampa Camp" with my two grandsons. We spent a week traveling around the city of Toronto with me pedaling through the heat and humidity  while they sat in the trailer behind enjoying Starbucks popcorn. Marvelous! .  While I have spent a great deal of time working in the worth of spirituality and ethics, I find more energy in shipping musical instruments to Cuba or writing a second novel or paddling through the wilderness in northern Ontario with my wife. 

And above all the noise and busyness, I see that life is not about the accumulation of many shinning achievements (How many books have you written?) but in gathering together a circle of loving , honest friends.

Below I have listed my basic life yourself. 


B.A. M.Div. M.A. Ph.D.

20 Mountalan Ave.

Toronto, ON

M4J 1H4

Work Address:

College Street United Church

454 College Street

Toronto, ON

M6G 1A1

Tel: 647-385-6661

Email: [email protected]



United Church Minister, Scholar, Professor, Ethicist, Academic Administrator, Freelance writer and Professional Speaker

Vocational Expertise:

Keynote speaker, Broadcaster, Presenter, Bible Study Leader/Presenter, Journalist - in questions of ethics and spirituality/theology,

Author/Workshop leader on Issues of Christian Stewardship

and Fundraising, Storyteller and published writer of non-fiction, fiction and drama, Tour guide and Dreamer/Visionary


Fluent in English, French and Spanish


Minister College Street United Church 2012 - present

Toronto, ON

Minister Iglesia Presbiteriana de Luyanó 2012 (Jan./Feb.)

Habana, Cuba

Minister Eglinton St. Georges United Church 2010-11

Toronto, ON

Minister Iglesia Presbiteriana de Luyanó 2010 (May /June)

Habana, Cuba

Minister Wilmot United Church 2003-2010

Fredericton, NB

Sessional St. Thomas University 2004-2010

Lecturer Fredericton, NB

Courses: Ethics, Christian Scriptures

Religious Studies

Minister All Peoples United Church 2002-2003

Sudbury, ON

Journalist CBC syndicated column 2002-2003

“Ethically Speaking,

Questions and Quandaries”

President/ Huntington University 2001-2002

Principal Sudbury, ON

Courses: Christian scriptures,

Ethics, Communication studies

Journalist Edmonton Journal 1995-2001

Edmonton, AB

Weekly column

Principal St. Stephen’s College 1994-2000

Edmonton, Alberta

Courses: Christian Scriptures,

Ethics, Theology

Adjunct to Faculty of Business



Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal, ,PQ 1983-91

Subject: Systematic Theology

Subject: Dispensationalism and Hope in the Nuclear Age

1983 Bell fellowship, McLeod fellowship

1984 Bell fellowship, McLeod fellowship,

1985 McConnell Fellowship

M.A. Université du Québec à Montreal 1980‑1983

Matière: Sciences Religeuses

Sujet: La Spiritualité Anglophone à Montréal

M.Div. Emmanuel College, Toronto, ON 1974-1977

Subject: Christian ministry

1977 ‑ Preaching Prize

B.A. Loyola College, Montreal, PQ 1971-1974 Subject: English

1973 ‑ Loyola Scholar

Other Designations:

Interim Ministry Completed: 3-day intensive (part 1 of 2) 2011

Westfield, Mass

UCC supervisor Completed: Course for 1992

Supervision of ministry interns

London, ON

CAPE Completed: Initial CAPE Unit 1976

St. Michael's Hospital,

Toronto, ON



Ethical Preference Inventory and Guide, with Thomas Maddix, Toronto: International Thomson Publishing, 1999.

Give us this Day, Lenten reflections on baking bread and discipleship, Toronto: UCC, 2002.

God Hates Religion, Toronto: United Church Publishing House, 1995.

Knowing your Ethical Preferences: A working Guide, with Tom Maddix, Toronto: ITP Nelson, 2000.

Living in the Maybe, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1998.

Sin Boldly, Edmonton: Rowan Books, 1997.

Thanks Giving, Toronto: UCPH …awaiting publication.

The Dancing Steward. Toronto: United Church Publishing House, 1993.


Taking off the Tinsel, Edmonton: Rowan Books, 1996

Regular Print Journalism:

“Violence and Teens: sometimes love is too much,” The Times Globe, Saint John, September 7, 1993.

(This is the first title in weekly column that ran for 28 months)

“Private Faith,” The Edmonton Journal, Oct. 2, 1994

(This is the first title of a weekly article I wrote for the Edmonton Journal from the fall of 1994 to summer 2001)

“The Courage to Fail,” Sudbury Sun - Fall of 2001 to 2002

(This is the first title of weekly articles)

“The Defensive Convocation” Folio, May 17, 1996

(The first in a monthly article for the University of Alberta Magazine. - carried for three years.)

“The Prime Minster’s Phone Call,” The Edmonton Journal, Sunday Reader, Nov. 2000 - Nov. 2001

(The first offering in an interactive column on morality and ethics)

“The Question of Torture,” The Daily Gleaner, Aug 2004

(An interactive column on morality and ethics called “Ask the Ethics Guy”)

Regular Audio Journalism:

“Ethically Speaking - Jack the Gambler” …Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, June 2002. – Dec. 2003

(National syndicated column on Ethics written and broadcast weekly)

United Church Videos:

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