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The 2017 Annual Conference

Knox College Toronto

Saturday September 30th

REFORMATION 500

On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation CSPH celebrates two PCC scholars whose teaching applied their understanding of the Reformation to the life and witness of the Canadian church.

Allan Farris  taught church history at Knox College after pastoral ministry in Trail. British Columbia. Visits to Geneva engaged his students as he shared his fascination with John Calvin’s theology.

Stanford Reid taught at McGill and went on to found the history department at the nascent University of Guelph. As a church planter, he established a Presbyterian congregation in a Montreal suburb. He called his ministry bivocational. He took over Allan Farris’ classes following his  untimely death in 1977. Reid’s chef d’oeuvre was a 1975 biography of John Knox which he titled The Trumpeter of God, a self-description.

In addition, papers will focus on an aspect of Presbyterian-Roman Catholic relations in the 1890’s and a fascinating paper on property rights of dissenters in 1925 lensed through the famous case of St. Luke’s Salt Springs. Pictou County, NS which went all the way to Privy Council.

PRESENTERS

Stephen Farris son and father of Rev. Allan recently retired from the Vancouver School of Theology, having previously taught at Knox College, Toronto. He was moderator of the 140th General Assembly in Waterloo. Ontario.

John Cameron, born a Pictonian, was for 24 years minister of the Kirk of St. James in Charlottetown. He was 1991 Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Don MacLeod is Research Professor of Church History, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. He wrote W. Stanford Reid, An Evangelical Calvinist in the Academy.

John Vaudry is minister of First Church, Pembroke, having served churches in Montreal and Wingham. Author several books on PCC QC clergy and sermons.

Stanford Reid taught at McGill and went on to found the history department at the nascent University of Guelph.

Allan Farris  taught church history at Knox College after pastoral ministry in Trail. British Columbia

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