Teaching and Research


As a graduate student, I worked as a TA and Research Assistant in Colonial and Revolutionary American History and Church History.

Since ordination as an Anglican minister in 1997, I have periodically taught courses in the field of Anglican Studies. I have also served as a seminary chaplain, mentoring Anglican students.

My teaching has included establishing and teaching graduate-level courses in “Anglican History” (HIST 615) and “Anglican Spirituality” (SPIR 652) at Regent College, Vancouver, where I also served as Assistant Chaplain to Anglican students. I have given occasional lectures on Anglican evangelicalism at the Vancouver School of Theology and led a seminar on seminary education at Wycliffe College, Toronto.

I remain available to teach courses and give lectures.


Massachusetts minister John Wise (1652-1725) was a major contributor to early eighteenth-century debates about New England Congregationalist church polity and the key opponent of plans to introduce greater centralization in ecclesiastical structures.

According to  Professor Jonathan Chu in his “Editorial,” my recent article, “Beyond the ‘Democrat’/’Conservative’ Dichotomy: John Wise Reconsidered,” New England Quarterly (September 2015),  88:3, 483–508, “recasts our understanding of John Wise through an intensive analytical exegesis drawn from a wide range of sources that compels us to reconsider his defense of the congregational polity.”

The full article is available in pdf. format below.


My 2008 dissertation from Simon Fraser University was entitled:  “‘Conservative Revolutionaries’ – A Study of the Religious and Political Thought of John Wise, Jonathan Mayhew, Andrew Eliot and Charles Chauncy.”

The dissertation is available in pdf. format here. The “Abstract” describes its major themes as follows:

The careers of Massachusetts Congregationalist pastors John Wise (1652-1725), Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766), Andrew Eliot (1718-1778) and Charles Chauncy (1705-1787) extended over a crucial period of religious and socio-political change between 1680, just 47 years after the first settlement of Massachusetts, and 1787, only four years after American independence. Detailed study of the four New England ministers thus provides a unique opportunity for consideration of important historical issues, including: 1), causal connections between religious thought and activity and the origins of the American Revolution; 2), 18th century meanings and understandings of the key concept of liberty; and 3), the extent to which allegedly more liberal theological thinkers directly influenced revolutionary ideology in 18th century New England.

My 1994 MA thesis at the University of British Columbia was entitled “Augustine’s War Thought: A Critical Reinterpretation.” It is available here.