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Kevin O'Coin

Admissions as Transformation Process: Expanding the Role of Seminary Admissions Personnel in Prospective Students' Enrolment Discernment Process
Kevin is the Associate Director of Enrolment with ACTS Seminaires. He has a passion for spiritual formation and in his spare time loves to bike, run and spend time outdoors with his family.

This project proposes that Christian higher education institutions should shift their marketing approach toward facilitating caring, spiritual formation conversations that help prospective students discern their enrolment in seminary. The primary question is whether incorporating recognized spiritual care practices into these conversations increases the likelihood that research participants describe the conversations as being helpful in determining enrolment in seminary. The results show a marked increase among the experimental group in overall satisfaction with their enrolment discernment conversation experience in general.

Kenneth Goh

Association of Emotional Intelligence and Small Group Leader Job Satisfaction
Kenneth Goh, Senior Pastor, Educator, lecturer and life skill consultant with a Master's Degree in Theology and Education. He is a certified Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, DISC Behavioural Analyst and EQ Consultant with Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network.

The purpose of this project is to investigate the correlation or influence of Emotional Intelligence (EI), or the lack thereof, has on the job satisfaction of small group leaders who serve in Chinese churches and whose effectiveness may be reduced due to a lack of essential life skills leadership training in EI. The results yielded from this study bring significant value to the planning, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating of church leadership programs, especially in small group ministry.

Rob Dyck

Christian Millennials and Their Spiritual Formation: Utilizing Expository Preaching to Impact British Columbian Mennonite Brethren Millennials
Rob Dyck is the Lead Pastor at Westwood Church in Prince George, BC and has served in pastoral ministry for twenty eight years. In pastoral ministry, he finds great joy in utilizing preaching as one transformative tool in the discipleship process. Together with his wife Leanne, a clinical counsellor, he enjoys spending time with his three young adult children and new son in law, competitive curling, coaching his son volleyball, camping, running, and driving highway semis when he has the opportunity.

This research project argues that expository preaching which is shaped around insightful biblical exegesis and applied with relevance, and which always points the listener to Jesus, while being embodied by authentic messengers, will contribute to the spiritual formation of British Columbian Mennonite Brethren (BCMB) Christian millennials. The results reveal that while only slightly more than half of the survey participants indicate that a sermon is a primary source of their spiritual formation, key aspects of sermon communication that contribute to their spiritual formation include exegetical depth, the centrality of Jesus, unapologetic engagement with culturally and morally divisive issues, and authenticity demonstrated by the preacher.

Victor Chan

Coaching Emerging Leaders in Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches in Canada
Victor Chan is the Senior Pastor at Toronto Swatow Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario and has served in pastoral ministry for 25 years. In pastoral ministry, he has a passion through asking thought-provoking questions to empower Christians to think deeper with personal reflection in Bible study.

This research project studies how the three core factors of coaching, namely, empowering others, active listening and asking thought-provoking questions, would affect the effectiveness of coaching to develop emerging leaders in the multicultural setting of Chinese Alliance churches in Canada (hereafter called CAC). The results of the qualitative analysis of participants’ responses suggested a positive evaluation of these three factors. The research findings revealed not only the strength of asking a series of questions but also some challenges in coaching emerging Chinese leaders. To unpack these challenges, the situations of people of diverse cultures in CAC, namely, high versus low power distance, individualism versus collectivism, and postmodernism versus modernism, become the foci of studying the implications of the research findings as they apply to coach emerging leaders in CAC. The research findings support the notion that coaching is a useful leadership development tool, worthy of being promoted for the development of emerging leaders in CAC.

Barton Priebe

Belonging to God's Family: Measuring the Effect of Sermons on Paul's Doctrine of Adoption in the Lives of Believers
Barton Priebe completed his Doctor of Ministry from ACTS Seminaries in 2020 and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Studies also from ACTS and a Bachelor of Arts in Missions from Columbia Bible College. Dr. Priebe was appointed President of Northwest Seminary and College in 2022.

This project argues that the apostle Paul’s doctrine of adoption has been neglected in the creeds, confessions, and writings of Church history and has been overshadowed by
other soteriological metaphors such as justification and regeneration. Following a historical review of adoption, a presentation of new research on the neglect of adoption within Canadian evangelical statements of faith, and a fresh exposition of Paul’s doctrine of adoption, this researcher designed an experiment whereby Christians could encounter Paul’s doctrine of adoption in order to measure its effect in their lives.

Amy Yu

A Phenomenological Study on the Impact of Intergenerational Ministry on Adults' and Children's Spiritual Formation, Especially in Light of Language and Cultural Barriers of Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Amy Yu has served in English Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Children and Family ministry for almost thirty years. Her Bachelor's degree in Psychology has prepared her to teach in a Christian High School and served as a chaplain and counsellor for students for several years. She later obtained her Master of Divinity in Youth and Family Ministry at Tyndale Seminary and entered pastoral church ministry. Amy graduated with a Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Western Seminary. Her research study was about the impact of intergenerational ministry on adults' and children's spiritual formation. Her ten years of pastoral experience in English Ministry in a Chinese church created a new vision for cultivating faith in children and families. Currently, she is serving at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church as Charge Pastor for Children's Ministry.

虞黃美蘭牧師博士至力於英語、青年、兒童及家庭事工事奉近三十年。其中曾在基督敎中學任教及擔任宗教輔導,畢業於約克大學心理學系學士,天道神學院主修青年及家庭事工道學碩士, 及三一西方神學院 Trinity Western Seminary 敎牧學博士。虞牧師對研讀跨代事工對成人與兒童的屬靈生命成長特別有興趣。虞牧師曾為英語事工牧者十年,最近十四年致力栽培兒童及家庭工作,現任士嘉堡華人浸信會兒童事工主任。虞牧師除了是許多教會的研討會講員外, 她曾經在 2016 甦靈男人事工周研討會年上就家庭事工其中一位講員。最近她也在銳意門徒訓練教會IDMC 2019中擔任家庭門徒生活操練為研討講員。此外,她受邀在2023 在Nashville舉行的年InterGenerate大會上分享跨代牧養的研究。虞牧師對下一代及家庭事工牧養有特別負擔。與丈夫育有一子一女,喜愛室內設計及欣賞話劇。

After almost 30 years of full-time pastoral ministry at churches and Christian organizations, the researcher realizes that the age-specific model is well-liked by many Chinese immigrant churches. However, issues like generational fragmentation, disconnection between ministries, further segregation of language groups, and a lack of connection with the children are all still prevalent in the churches. Not many churches have previously explored alternatives, and it seems that the age-specific model is a convenient and a common practice in society as well. Nevertheless, the researcher is particularly interested in the impact of intergenerational ministry on children’s and adults’ faith formation.

Teresa Lam

Spiritual Autobiography: A Means of Mediating God’s Faithful Presence
Teresa Lam completed her Master Degree in Christian Studies with ACTS Seminaries in 2009 and served as a family and children pastor in a MB church in Vancouver for a few years. She returned to ACTS Seminaries in 2014 to pursue the Post-Master Certificate in Chaplaincy with ACTS Seminaries. She was inspired by her own experiences in suffering and the studies in ACTS Seminaries to embark on a new adventure - the Doctor of Ministry Research Study with ACTS in 2017. She experienced the joy and hope in Christ through truly experiencing the healing power of the Triune God in all circumstances and by sharing the ups and downs in life with others.


The goal of this project study is to explore the effectiveness of remembering, narrating, and sharing our life stories of loss and grief experiences theologically as a means to empower suffering people to discover or affirm God’s faithful presence, to receive God’s comfort and to extend this healing comfort to others.

A six-weeks curriculum was designed to teach believers how to narrate their spiritual autobiography, to reflect systematically and theologically based on Christian doctrines, theories of other disciplines and personal stories of application.

The research findings support the idea of a timeline autobiographical approach of remembering, systematic recording, and reflecting theologically, especially the loss and grief stories, and the sharing of these stories is effective in helping believers to experience God’s healing presence in their lives and, their personal ongoing spiritual transformation and participation in God’s mission.