Curriculum Vitae

Stephen J. Bedard

stephenbedard@hotmail.com

Education

2017 (expected) Doctor of Ministry, Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville NS.

2007 Master of Arts (Christian Studies), Major in Biblical Studies, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton ON.

Thesis – “Finding a New Land: From Canaan to the Resurrection” supervised by Dr. Stanley E. Porter.

2001 Master of Theology, Major in New Testament Studies, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton ON.

Thesis – “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament” supervised by Dr. Michael Knowles.

1999 Master of Divinity, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton ON.

1993 Bachelor of Business Administration, Brock University, St. Catharines ON.

Other Education

2015 Intermediate Ethics (Royal Canadian Chaplain Service)

2013-2014 Basic Occupational Qualification (Royal Canadian Chaplain Service)

2012 Basic Military Officer Qualification (Royal Canadian Chaplain Service)

2007-2009 Arrow Leadership Program

2002 & 2005 Billy Graham School of Evangelism

Research Interests

Apologetics, New Testament, Historical Jesus, Jesus Myth, Sectarian Groups, Disabilities, Social Media.

Languages

Reading ability in Hebrew and Greek.

Work Experience

2016-Present Pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church, St. Catharines ON

2013-2014 Associate Editor at Faith Today Magazine

2012-2016 Chaplain with Canadian Forces Reserves (Lorne Scots Regiment)

2011-Present Adjunct Instructor at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

2010-Present Sessional Lecturer at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

2003-2012 Pastor of Woodford Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Meaford ON

2001-2003 Associate Pastor of Mount Hamilton Baptist Church, Hamilton ON

1998-2001 Youth Pastor of Queensway Baptist Church, Brantford ON

Ordained with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec – May 27, 2001

Teaching Experience

Nov – Jan 2016-17 BSTH 3423 B1 – Revelation at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

July – Aug 2016 BSTH 3473 B1 – Paul: Apostle and Theologian at Tyndale University, College, Toronto ON

Nov – Jan 2015-16 BSTH 3963 B1 – Christian Ethics at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

Sept – Dec 2015 BI110AA – Bible Foundations at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener, ON

Sept – Dec 2015 GP281AA – Apologetics at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener, ON

July – Aug 2015 BSTH 3343 B1 – Romans at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

May 2015 BN222BA – Synoptic Studies: Parables of Jesus at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Jan – Apr 2015 BN112A – New Testament II at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Sept – Dec 2014 BN111AA – New Testament I at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Sept – Dec 2014 BN223BA – Luke-Acts: Acts at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Sept – Oct 2014 BI210BE – Interpretation and Application of the Biblical Text at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Jan – Apr 2014 GP381AA – Apologetics at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Jan – Apr 2014 BN112A – New Testament II at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Sept – Dec 2013 BN111AA – New Testament I at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

July – August 2013 RLGS 3403 B1 – Text & Interpretation: Ephesians, Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

Jan. – Apr. 2013 BN112A – New Testament II at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

Sept. 14 – Dec. 7 2012 BN111AA – New Testament I at Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener ON

July 7 – Aug. 4 2011 RLGS 3303 B1 – Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

July 8 – Aug. 5 2010 RLGS 3463 B1 – Text & Interpretation: 1 Corinthians at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

Mar. 29 2010 “Biblical Studies for Preaching” as a guest lecturer for the course “Preaching” taught by Dr. Daniel Wong at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

Oct. 22 2008 “Preaching to Youth” as a guest lecturer for the course “Preaching” taught by Dr. Daniel Wong at Tyndale University College, Toronto ON

Lay-Teaching and Workshop Experience

May 2015 “Productive Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses” and “Responding to the Jesus Myth” at the Apologetics Canada Conference, Barrie ON

Feb 2015 “Apologetics and Missions” at Heritage College and Seminary, Cambridge ON

Oct-Nov 2014 “Sects Education” at North Burlington Baptist Church, Burlington ON

Oct 2014 “Evangelism for this Generation” at Glen Acres Baptist Church, Waterloo ON

May 2014 “Special Needs and the Family” at Christian Horizons Conference at Harvest Bible Chapel, Oakville ON

May 2013 “World View and Apologetics” at Walmer Road Baptist Church, Toronto ON

Nov 2012 Panel Discussion Group at Faith Seeking Understanding Apologetics Conference at First Baptist Church, Fort Erie ON

Oct. 2011 “Becoming a Confident Christian” Retreat at Camp Iawah, Godfrey ON

June 2011 “Ministry to Special Needs Families” at the CBOQ Assembly, Toronto ON

Apr 2011 “An Apologetic Church” for the Owen Sound Association of Baptist Churches, Hanover ON

Oct – Nov. 2009 “Pastoral Leadership” for the Lay-Pastor’s Training School affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec, Listowel ON

June 2008 “Preaching in a Postmodern World” with Dr. Daniel Wong at the CBOQ Assembly,Toronto ON

2008 “Introduction to the Bible” for the Discipleship School of Ministry

2007 “Introduction to World Religions” for the Discipleship School of Ministry

June 2006 “Responding to the Da Vinci Code, Gospel of Judas and Pagan Christ” with Dr. Stanley E. Porter at the CBOQ Assembly, London ON

2004 “Introduction to World Religions” for the Bluewater and District School Board Continuing Education Program

June 2004 “Ministry to Homosexuals” at the CBOQ Assembly, Toronto ON

2003 “Ministry to Homosexuals: Pastoral Perspective” at New Directions for Life Conference, Toronto ON

Papers Presented

March 22, 2016 “Experience as a Christian Apologetic” at the Wesleyan-Pentecostal Symposium at Tyndale University College, Toronto, Ontario

April 19, 2012 “Reading the New Testament in Context” at the Online Apologetics Conference by Athanatos Ministries

November 18, 2010 “The Gospels, Josephus and the Place of Precision in Ancient Historical Accounts” at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia

April 8, 2010 “A Nation of Heroes: From Apotheosis to the Resurrection” at International Conference : Resurrection of the Dead. Biblical Traditions in Dialogue at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Publications

Authored Books

2016 The Autistic Pastor, St. Catharines, ON: Hope’s Reason

2016 Unmasking the Jesus Myth, St. Catharines: Hope’s Reason

2014 How to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly, Cambridge: Hope’s Reason.

2014 The Watchtower and the Word, Cambridge: Hope’s Reason.

2013 Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind, Cambridge: Hope’s Reason.

2013 Genesis to Revelation: A Taste of the Entire Bible, Cambridge: Hope’s Reason.

2007 Finding a New Land: From Canaan to the Resurrection, Lulu Publishing.

2006 With Stanley E. Porter, Unmasking the Pagan Christ: A Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea, Toronto: Clements Publishing.

Chapters and Research Articles

2014 – “On the Treatment of the Supernatural by Zeba Crook” in Studies in Religion June 2014.

2012 – “A Nation of Heroes: From Apotheosis to the Resurrection” in Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue, Leuven: Peeters Publishing.

2012 – “Atheism in Canada: What is the Future?,” in Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 3:61-74.

2011 “The Johaninne Creation Account,” in American Journal of Biblical Theology 12(22).

2010 “Methodological Problems with the Jesus Myth Hypothesis,” in Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 3.1:57-66.

2010 “Exposing the Spirit of the Age: A Response to the Zeitgeist Movie,” in Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 1:147-169.

2009 “Losing Christianity: A New Testament Scholar’s Fall From Faith,” in McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 10:69-74.

2008 “Transformation and Victory: The Resurrection Message of First Corinthians 15,” in American Journal of Biblical Theology 9(44).

2008 “Hellenistic Influence on the Idea of the Resurrection Jewish Apocalyptic Literature,” in Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 5:174- 89.

2008 “Turning Water into Wine: Tom Harpur and the Re-Mythologization of the Gospels,” in McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 9:31-38

2007 “Elijah: The Proto-Apocalyptic Prophet,” in American Journal of Biblical Theology 8(32).

2006 “Paul and the Historical Jesus: A Case Study in First Corinthians,” in McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 7:9-22.

Other Publications

2017 – “Listen to the Children” – Kaleidoscope Magazine #74 – Feb.

2017 – “Pastor Launches Podcast About Mental Health” – Faith Today Jan/Feb.

2016 – “A Loving Dad Shares: Home is Where the Heart Is” – Autism Parenting Magazine Dec.

2016 – “Watered Down Faith” – Alive Now Magazine Mar.

2016 – “Understanding My Children With Autism in a New Way” – Autism Parenting Magazine Jan.

2015 – “What Letters Did Paul Really Write?” – Equipped June

2015 – “Raising Some Questions” – Equipped Mar.

2015 – “Strength in Weakness” – Alive Now Magazine Mar.

2015 – “Autism and the Church: How to Make a Difference” – Christian Week Feb.

2015 – “When Music Breaks Through” – SGN Scoops Magazine Jan.

2014 – “Where the Jesus Myth Goes Wrong” – Equipped Dec.

2014 – “From Exclusion to Welcome for Those With Disabilities” – Faith Today Sept/Oct.

2014 – “New Association Equips Church and Scholars in Quebec” – Faith Today July/Aug.

2014 – “Science Conference Bridges the Gap” – Faith Today July/Aug.

2014 – “Big God in a Small Town” – Faith Today May/June.

2014 – “Steady Through the Changes” – Faith Today Mar/Apr.

2013 – “Ministry to Special Needs Families” – Dialogue: The Military Journal for Those Who Are Called to Serve.

2013 – “Small Calgary Church is Big on Mission Trips” – Faith Today Nov/Dec.

2013 – “New Proof That Child Sponsorship Really Works” – Faith Today July/Aug.

2013 – “Christians Welcome Migrant Workers Through Concert” – Faith Today July/Aug.

2013 – “The Faith Today Interview: Leonard Sweet” – Faith Today July/Aug.

2013 – “Cases Challenge Limits to Free Expression” – Faith Today May/June.

2013 – “Thirty More Sermons You’d Never Hear in Church” – Faith Today May/June.

2012 – “A Pastor’s Perspective” in How to Get Apologetics into your Church 2 e-book (edited by Brian Auten).

2011 – “Can Evangelicals Embrace the Community of Christ?” – Faith Today January/February.

2010 – “What We Can Learn From Tom Harpur” – Faith Today Sep/Oct online article.

2010 – “Christianity and Other Ancient Religions” in Is Christianity True? e-book (edited by Brian Auten).

2010 – Contributor to The Road to Easter: Arrow Leaders’ Reflections for Lent.

Book Reviews

2014 “Review of Johnson: How to Talk to a Skeptic (2013),” Faith Today Jan/Feb: 73.

2013 “Review of Loftus and Rauser: God or Godless? (2013), Faith Today Sep/Oct: 74.

2011 “Review of Tripp: The Devil Wears Nada (2011),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 2.2.

2011 “Review of Bowden: Mystery Cults in the Ancient World (2011),” Studies in Religion 40(4):555-56.

2011 “ Review of Patzia: The Making of the New Testament (2011),” Studies in Religion 40(3): 398-99.

2011 “Review of Hughes: Think and Live (2011),”Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 2.1:94-95.

2011 “Review of Mitchell and Van Nuffelen: One God (2010),” Studies in Religion 40(2):252-53.

2011 “Review of Heath and Dvorak: Baptism (2011),” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 12.

2011 “Review of Bell: Love Wins (2011),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 2.1:84-87.

2011 “Review of Geisler: If God, Why Evil? (2011),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 2.1:79-81.

2011 “Review of Zacharias: Beyond Opinion (2007),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 2.1:69-70.

2010 “Review of Metaxas: Bonhoeffer (2010),”Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 1:181-83.

2010 “Review of Licona: Resurrection of Jesus (2010),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 1:179-81.

2010 “Review of Johnson: Among the Gentiles (2009),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R32-34.

2010 “Review of Klauck: The Religious Context of Early Christianity (2003), Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R29-31.

2010 “Review of Oswalt: The Bible Among the Myths (2009),” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics 1:171-73.

2010 “Review of Kostenberger: Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters (2009),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R26-28.

2010 “Review of Wardle: Cicero: On Divination Book One (2006),” Review of  Biblical Literature 05/2010.

2009 “Review of Willard: Knowing Christ Today (2009),” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 11:R4-R6.

2008 “Review of Evans: Fabricating Jesus (2006),” McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 9:R14-R16.

2008 “Review of Bauckham: Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (2006),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R56-R59.

2008 “Review of Wright: Resurrection of the Son of God (2003),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R51-R55.

2008 “Review of Bock: The Missing Gospels (2006),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R34-R35.

2007 “Review of Stuckenbruck and North: Early Jewish and Christian Monotheism (2004),” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism R7-11.

Awards

2007 Word Guild Award of Merit for Unmasking the Pagan Christ

1999 Catharine McAlpine Scholarship for Historical Theology, McMaster Divinity College

Media Appearances

2009 Unmasking the Pagan Christ Documentary with David Brady Productions (First aired April 2).

2009 Maritime Morning with Andrew Krystal on News 95.7 AM – Interview about Unmasking the Pagan Christ Documentary (April 2).

2009 Faith Journal with Robert White on Faith FM 94.1 – Interview about Unmasking the Pagan Christ Documentary (March 31).

2006 Drew Marshall Radio Show on Joy 1250 regarding Unmasking the Pagan Christ (May 20).

Volunteer Experience

2016 Planning Committee for Life to the Full Conference

2013-Present Peer Reviewer for HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

2010 Editor and Peer Reviewer for Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics

2010 Contributor to the Oxford Biblical Scholarship Online

2009-Present Blog Book Reviewer for Thomas Nelson Publishers

2008-2011 McMaster Divinity College Board of Trustees

2007-Present Peer Reviewer for American Journal of Biblical Theology

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