The Reverend Dr. Stephen C. Farris
Dr. Farris received a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Theology
from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, followed by a PhD from Cambridge University, England. He was
ordained by the Presbytery of Kingston in 1981 and served as Minister for five years at Trinity Presbyterian
Church in Amherstview, Ontario. He then served as Professor of Preaching and Worship at Knox College and in
recent years as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and Professor of Homiletics (Preaching) at Vancouver School of
Theology. He retired from that position in 2016.
In recent months, however, Dr. Farris took on a short term appointment as Guest Minister at Grace Presbyterian
Church, Calgary. Stephen has also taken up many other roles, including as Moderator of the 140th General
Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, President of the Academy of Homiletics, the international
society of teachers of preaching, and as member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed
Churches. Dr. Farris recently completed a book on the art of storytelling in preaching and teaching. He had
previously authored several books and many articles, resources and other writings, including a murder mystery
short story. He is married to Patty, a retired school principal. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Some
members of St. Mark's may recall that Stephen’s mother, Muriel Farris, was an elder of the congregation for a
number of years.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris will serve as Guest Minister at St. Mark's until the end of June 2018.