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Robert Dean



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Robert Dean, Th.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics

Dr. Dean’s work is motivated by the question of exploring what it means for the church to be a faithful community of disciples in our contemporary post-Christendom Canadian context.  Although formally trained as a systematic theologian, both his experience as a pastor and his dissertation work on the theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas, have left him convinced that theology is properly a practical discipline. As a result, his writing and interests have traversed the fields of systematic theology, theological ethics, pastoral theology, homiletics, worship and liturgy, and missional leadership – all in the interest of seeing theological reflection brought to bear on the concrete realities facing the church.

  • TS5201 Theological Foundations
  • TS6105 Theologians of the Church: Reading with the Church Fathers
  • TS6203 Themes in Theology: The Person and Work of Christ
  • TS6205 Themes in Theology: The Holy Spirit and the Last Things

Wycliffe College - University of Toronto (ON)

Doctor of Theology (Th.D.), Theology


Tyndale Seminary (ON)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Pastoral Studies


University of Western Ontario (ON)

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Intermediate-Senior


University of Western Ontario (ON)

Honours Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Kinesiology



    • Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
    • Providence Theological Seminary, Editor of Didaskalia


    • Wycliffe College - University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor of Preaching (2018)
    • Tyndale Seminary, Adjunct Professor of Theology (2016-2018)
    • Tyndale Seminary, Instructor (2011-2016)

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Canadian-American Theological Association
  • Canadian Society of Presbyterian History
  • Canadian Theological Society
  • International Bonhoeffer Society


  • Prince of Wales Prize for Modern Church History, Knox College (2017)
  • Graduating Class Valedictorian, Tyndale Seminary (2003)
  • Ross and Carol Bailey Theology Award, Tyndale Seminary (2003)
  • Hebrew Award, Tyndale Seminary (2002)


  • (forthcoming) Stanley Hauerwas with Robert J. Dean. Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections. Cascade Books.

  • 2017, Leaps of Faith: Sermons from the Edge. Foreword by Fleming Rutledge. Resource Publications.

  • 2016, For the Life of the World: Jesus Christ and the Church in the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas, Pickwick Publications.

Book Chapters

  • (forthcoming) “On the Mountain with Jesus.” The Word is Near You: Seeds of Reformation. Edited by Peter Robinson. Wycliffe Studies in Gospel, Church and Culture. Wipf and Stock.

Academic Journal Articles

  • 2018, “A Matter of Mission: Bonhoeffer, the Bible, and Ecclesial Formation.” Didaskalia, 28, 49-74.

  • 2015, “Unapologetically (A)Political: Stanley Hauerwas and the Practice of Preaching.” Didaskalia, 25, 131-160.

  • 2014, “Tolkien and the Adventure of Discipleship: Imaginative Resources for a Missional Ecclesiology.” Canadian Theological Review, 3, 2, 84-96.

Book Reviews

  • (forthcoming) Review of Victor Lee Austin, Losing Susan: Brain Disease, the Priest’s Wife, and the God Who Gives and Takes Away in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

  • 2016, Review of Fritz de Lange, Loving Later Life: An Ethics of Aging in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 68, 3, 199-201.

  • 2015, Review of Ian A. McFarland, From Nothing: A Theology of Creation in Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 67, 2, 151-152.

  • 2014, Review of Mark Thiessen Nation, Anthony G. Siegrist, and Daniel P. Umbrel, Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking in Conrad Grebel Review, 32, 2, 215-216.

  • 2012, Review of John Howard Yoder, A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology in Conrad Grebel Review, 30, 2, 211-212.

Recent Teachings at Local Churches and Other Educational Events

  • 2018, “Parsing the Grammar of Atonement.” Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, MB.

  • 2018, “Confessing Christ in Troubled Times: Bonhoeffer as a Resource for Preachers.” Tyndale Preaching Conference, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, ON.

  • 2018, “Bonhoeffer: Following Jesus in a Fragmented World [4 lectures].” Whitby Christian Assembly, Whitby, ON.

  • 2017, “Confessing Christ in Troubled Times: Bonhoeffer as a Resource for Preachers.” Preaching Day, Wycliffe College, Toronto, ON.

  • 2016, “‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’: Paul, the Kingdom and Living between the Times.” Kingdom Come: Awakening to a Gospel-Centred Life, Bayview Glen Alliance Church, Toronto, ON.

  • 2016, “Author’s Response” at Book Launch Celebration for For the Life of the World by Robert J. Dean. Good Shepherd Community Church, Scarborough, ON.

  • 2016, “Reading Faithfully: Approaching the Bible as Holy Scripture.” Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON.

  • 2015, “Trinitarian-Shaped Church and Mission.” Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON.

  • 2015, “Trinitarian Renewal: What’s Happening? Why it Matters?” Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON.

  • 2014, “Discipling Dietrich: Exploring the Radical Christian Life and Vision of Dietrich Bonhoeffer [5 lectures].” Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON.

  • 2014, “The Adventure of Discipleship.” National Conference of Congregational Christian Churches in Canada, Toronto, ON.