Grenz Returns to Carey
Stan's reappointment at Carey came on the heels of his realization–triggered
by a constellation of developments that converged in late February-early
March, 2003–that God was not releasing him and his wife (Edna) to move
to Waco, but that they were to remain in Vancouver, even if so doing meant
giving up the post at Baylor.
The chair in theology at the College that Stan fills is named in honour
of the nineteenth century Baptist leader, Alexander McDonald, whose work
as an evangelist and church planter in the Red River valley of Manitoba
gained for him the nickname “Pioneer” and marks a crucial milestone in
the genesis of the Baptist witness in Western Canada. In keeping with
the legacy of Pioneer McDonald, Stan's primary role at Carey is to assist
the College in fulfilling its mandate within the Baptist Union of Western
Canada by serving “as the denominational theologian and consultant,” to
cite the description penned by Carey's President, Dr. Brian Stelck. Within
this wider responsibility, Stan will be teaching modular courses in the
various academic programs of the College, as well as continuing his writing
and speaking ministries.
Twelve years of experience on the Carey faculty (1990-2002)
has made for a smooth transition back to the College. As Stan mused at
the meeting of the Carey Board of Administration in late May, “Returning
to Carey is like coming home.” For Edna, the decision to remain in Vancouver
has meant that she has been able to continue her position as Minister
of Worship at First Baptist Church.