Terrance Tiessen
Address 10 College Crescent, Otterburne, MB, R0A 1G0
Email terrance.tiessen@prov.ca

Terrance Tiessen

Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics

Ateneo de Manila University (PH)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto (ON)


Westminster Theologicla Seminary (PA)

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

Wheaton College Graduate School (IL)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Waterloo Lutheran University [now Wilfred Laurier University] (ON)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

London College of Bible and Missions [now Tyndale University College] (ON)

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)


Teaching Fields

  • Systematic Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Ethics

Professional Experience

  • 2006 – Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty Emeritus
  • 1989 – 2006: Providence College and Seminary, Faculty
  • 1986 – 1989: Ontario Bible College, Vice-President Academic and Student Affairs
  • 1975 – 1986: Asian Theological Seminary, Faculty
  • 1973 – 1974: FEBIAS College of Bible, Faculty
  • 1970 – 1986: SEND International, Missionary in Philippines
  • 1968 – 1969: Marimont Baptist Church, Assistant Pastor
  • 1967 – 1968: London College of Bible and Missions, Faculty

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Evangelical Theological Association
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Associate, Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance

Book Publications

Dictionary Articles

Journal Articles

  • “The Salvation of the Unevangelized in the Light of God’s Covenants,” Evangelical Review of Theology 36/3 (July 2012):231-49. Helm, Paul and Terrance L. Tiessen.
  • “Does Calvinism Have Room for Middle Knowledge?,” Westminster Theological Journal 71/2 (Fall 2009): 437-54.
  • “Stricken by God?: A Review Article,” in Theodidaktos 4/1 (April 2009): 3-16.
  • “Salvation and the Religions: An Accessibilist Perspective,” Mission Focus: Annual Review Vol. 15 (2007): 5-26.
  • “Why Calvinists Should Believe in Divine Middle Knowledge, Although They Reject Molinism,” Westminster Theological Journal 69 (2007): 345-66.
  • Tiessen and James M. Hamilton. “Who Can Be Saved? Critical Dialogue Over a Recent Review. Response to James M. Hamilton Jr. Rejoinder to Terrance Tiessen.” Trinity Journal 28/2 (Fall 2007): 291-94.
  • “Response to Clark Pinnock [“Acts 4:12: No Other Name Under Heaven”],” The Canadian Evangelical Review 28 (Autumn 2004): 17-20.
  • “God, Time and Knowledge: What Does God Know and When Does God Know It?” Proceedings, Currents in Biblical and Theological Dialogue 2 (2003): 98-121. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 141-63.)
  • “God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions,” Evangelical Review of Theology 27/3 (July 2003): 247-67. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 165-91.)
  • “Proclaiming Jesus Christ as the One Universal Savior and Lord in a World of Religious and Secular Pluralism [WEF working group report],” Evangelical Review of Theology 21 (Jan 1997): 15–18.
  • “Divine Justice and Universal Grace: A Calvinistic Proposal,” Evangelical Review of Theology 21/1 (Jan 1997): 63–83. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 71-96.)
  • “Peut-on definir une ethique universelle a partir de l’Ecriture?,” Hokhma: Revue de reflexion theologique 63 (1996): 19–44.
  • “Irenaeus and Modern Responses to the Challenge of Religious Pluralism,” ATA Journal 4/2 (July 1996): 30–51. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 49-69.)
  • “Can the Unevangelized Be Saved?: A Review Article,” Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993): 77–91.
  • “Christian Theology in the Third World: A Look at the Issues,” Didaskalia 4/2 (Fall 1993)
  • “Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 36/2 (June 1993): 189–207. (Also in Didaskalia 18/1 [Winter 2007]: 5-29.)
  • “To Eat or Not to Eat?” Journal for Case Teaching 3 (Fall 1991):143–148.
  • “Irenaeus on Salvation and the Millennium,” Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):2–5.
  • “The Optimistic Activism of Postmillennial Eschatology,” Didaskalia 3/1 (Oct 1991):6–23.
  • “The Biblical Basis of Relief and Development,” Evangelical Thrust, June 1979, 10–14; July 1979, 22–24; August 1979; September 1979, 13–15; October 1979, 22–23. (Serialized publication of a paper delivered at the Consultation on Relief and Development, sponsored by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, April 9, 1979.)

Presented or Distributed Manuscripts

  • “God’s Covenants: A Ground for Hopefulness Regarding the Unevangelized.” a paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society Meetings in San Francisco, November 16, 2011.
  • “Is God’s Knowledge of Counterfactuals Necessary, Middle or Free?: A Calvinistic Proposal,” at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, Penna., November 17, 2005.
  • “God’s Work of Grace in the Context of the Religions: A Reformed Proposal.” Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Toronto, Nov 20, 2002.
  • “Can God be Responsive but Risk Free?” Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Nashville, Tennessee, Nov 16, 2000.
  • “The Universal Salvific Work of the Holy Spirit: Reducing the Scandal of Calvinism.” Read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Jackson, Mississippi, Nov. 22, 1996.
  • “Providence and Prayer: A Critique of Ten Models,” presented to the Christian Doctrine Group, The Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge, UK, July 4, 1996 (41 pgs.).
  • “The Salvation of the Unevangelized: A Position Paper,” distributed to members of the International Council of SEND International, January, 1996 (32 pgs.).
  • “Irenaeus on the Salvation of the Unevangelized,” a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, D.C., November 19, 1993.
  • “Toward a Hermeneutic for Discerning Universal Moral Absolutes and Applying Them in Contemporary Contexts,” a paper read at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 15, 1990.
  • “Dealing with the Moral and Legal Problems in Marriage Breakdowns: A Draft Paper for the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches Commission on Theology.” October 4, 1985 (4 pgs.).
  • “Evangelical Perspectives on the Law of God,” four lectures in Ethics, presented at the Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, February, 1985.
  • “Divorce, Remarriage and Missionary Service: A Study Paper for SEND International Council,” February, 1984. (20 pgs.)

Book Reviews

Reviews have been published in the following journals:

  • Canadian Theological Society Newsletter
  • Didaskalia
  • Evangelical Review of Theology
  • Reformed Review
  • Themelios
  • Westminster Theological Journal

Guest Lecturing and Research Relationships

  • Researcher, Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK, May, 2005
  • Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, June, 2001
  • Research Fellow at Yale University Divinity School, Jan – April, 2001
  • Senior Mission Scholar, Overseas Ministry Studies Center, Jan – April, 2001
  • Visiting lecturer, Associated Canadian Theological Schools, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, March, 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, 1995-96
  • Visiting lecturer, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, Netherlands, November, 1995
  • Visiting lecturer, Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Vancouver, June, 1988
  • Winter Academic Lectureship, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, Feb., 1985