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Scholar, Author,

Speaker, Consultant,

Problem Solver, and

Crime Fighter

Dr. John Stackhouse

Crime Fighter  John Stackhouse is neither saint nor superman and he has considerable sympathy for anyone else who struggles, as he does, to be both good and effective. He insists, however, on calling things by their proper names—whether they be excellence, virtue, and success or mediocrity, foolishness, and failure. Individuals and organizations who long for both realism and hope in their mission will find Dr. Stackhouse to be an encouraging partner in assessing what’s wrong and then putting things right.

Problem Solver   How can we think better about what we’re doing? Not content to float abstractions from the ivory tower, John Stackhouse will roll up his sleeves to get into your situation, help you see it better, understand what caused it, and devise practical and immediate improvements. Having studied organizations and leaders in Canada and the United States, he has evidence-based counsel to offer anyone who wants tomorrow to be significantly better than today.

Consultant  Professor Stackhouse has given expert advice to lawyers in several North American jurisdictions; testimony to the British Columbia Supreme Court, Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Canada Revenue Agency; confidential counsel to leaders of major congregations, charitable agencies, camps, and professional societies; and personal coaching to CEOs, physicians, industry leaders, pastors, lawyers, and politicians. His commentary has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Australian, national TV in North America and Australia, and many other media.

Speaker  Always in search of the simplest, clearest, and most vivid way to express a challenging idea, John Stackhouse engages audiences who enjoy a combination of scholarly research, striking storytelling, and unexpected humour. That’s why such a wide range of crowds have hosted him, from major teachers’ conferences to professionals on retreat, and from university scholars in China to cruise ship guests on the Mediterranean.

Author Dr. Stackhouse has written or co-written more than a dozen books and has edited a handful more—seven (so far) with the Oxford University Press. He has published dozens of academic research papers and book chapters, and hundreds of op-eds and columns in major newspapers, magazines, and websites in Canada, the United States, and Australia. His work has been reviewed or quoted in media as diverse as The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, CBC national radio, and Publisher’s Weekly. And he writes the back page column for Faith Today magazine.


Scholar John Stackhouse knows scholarship and he embraces its demands. He finished high school at 15, earned his Ph.D. in one of the world’s most challenging programs at 27, and was promoted to the rank of (full) Professor 10 years later. He has received more than a dozen research grants and has lectured at major universities on several continents. Public intellectuals offer opinions. Public scholars, like Dr. Stackhouse, offer research. (Check the footnotes.)

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John Stackhouse has a unique ability to translate the ancient wisdoms into truths that are useful in the everyday workplace. He uses humour and an entertaining speaking style to demonstrate that there's nothing new about today's problems—and that the solutions have already been found.

Bruce Annan, Media Consultant and former President, Electronic Media, Toronto Star Newspapers

Professional Experience


B.A. with First Class Honours, Queen's University, 1980

M.A. summa cum laude, Wheaton College, 1982

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1987


10 authored books

4 co-authored books

4 edited books + 1 co-edited

> 900 articles, book chapters & reviews

> 30 peer-reviewed academic papers

> 30 academic book chapters

> 3 dozen conference papers and presentations


Wheaton College: Instructor in History and Church History, 1984-86

Northwestern College: Assistant Professor of History, 1987-90

The University of Manitoba: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Religion, 1990-98

Regent College: Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology & Culture, 1998-2015

Crandall University: Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies & Dean of Faculty Development, 2015-

(a select list)

Australia: Alphacrucis University, Morling College (Macquarie University), The Scots College

Canada: Acadia University, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, University of Windsor, Vancouver School of Theology

China: Fudan University (Shanghai), Hong Kong University, Renmin University (Beijing), Wuhan University, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou)

Korea: Seoul Theological University; Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology (Seoul)

India: ACTS institute (Bangalore)

Israel: Elijah School of Wisdom (Jerusalem)

Malaysia: Dalat International School (Penang)

New Zealand: Carey Baptist College (Auckland), University of Otago (Dunedin)

United Kingdom: Bristol University, Edinburgh University, Liverpool Hope University, Tyndale House (Cambridge University)

United States: Brigham Young University, Calvin Theological Seminary, Dordt College, Harvard University, Hope College, Stanford University, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia, Wheaton College, Yale University


Expert Testimony: Canada Revenue Agency, British Columbia Supreme Court, Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Personal Consultant: CEOs of businesses and charitable organizations, pastors, professors, physicians, lawyers, teachers, and educational administrators

Institutional Consultant: universities, schools, churches, and charitable organizations in Canada, the United States, and Australia

Editorial Board Positions: Anglican Journal, Books & Culture, Canadian Evangelical Review, Christian History and Biography, Christianity Today, ChristianWeek, and Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses

Ph.D. Supervisor: McGill University and the University of British Columbia

Book & Article Refereeing: Abingdon Press, Baker Academic Press, Cambridge University Press, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Canadian Journal of Higher EducationChurch History, Eerdmans Publishing, InterVarsity Press, Journal for Mennonite Studies, Oxford University Press, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, University of Toronto Press, and Zygon.


Scholarships & Research Grants: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Association of Theological Schools, Canadian Embassy to the United States, Canadian Federation for the Humanities, et al.

Awards: Northwestern College Professor of the Year (Award for Teaching Excellence) 1989; The University of Manitoba Rh Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities, 1993; The University of Manitoba Outreach Award (for service to the community via news media), 1997; The Stephen and Ella Steeves Award for Excellence in Research, Crandall University, 2018; Canadian Church Press: thirteen awards for journalism, 1998-2012 (stopped entering after that)

Honours: Listed in Directory of American Scholars (11th ed.); listed in Canadian Who's Who  1998-  ); listed in Contemporary Authors

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