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Al Thiessen

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

I teach in the area of pastoral and vocational ministry including the MDiv program. I also direct the Doctor of Ministry program. Pastoral experience consists of conventional church ministry as lead pastor, church planter and associate in both Baptist and Evangelical Free Church contexts. I began teaching as a co-presenter at the seminary in 1999 with my spouse, became an intentional adjunct in 2007 and eventually began teaching full time at Providence in 2015 following many years of pastoral ministry. Ministry interests include mentoring, bi-vocational ministry and missional expressions of church life. Recreational interests include camping, hiking, cycling and reading about the great conquests of history.

  • IN5102 Theology and Practice of Christian Spirituality and Formation
  • PS7511 Applied Focus Practicum I
  • PS7512 Applied Focus Practicum II
  • PS6101 Pastoral Theology

Providence Theological Seminary (MB)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)


Providence Theological Seminary (MB)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)


Providence College (MB)

Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.)


Okanagan Bible College (BC)

Diploma, English Bible



  • Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty (since 2007)


  • Journey Church (EFCC), Church Planting Pastor (2007-2015)
  • Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, Senior Pastor (2001-2007)
  • Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Pastor of Congregational Care (1997-2001)
  • Taber Evangelical Free Church, Senior Pastor (1992-1997)
  • West Edmonton Evangelical Free Church, Church Planting Pastor (1985-1992)
  • Lorette Evangelical Free Church, Church Planting Pastor (1979-1985)