Director’s Welcome

Alan Hayes

Please note, Dr. Alan Hayes is on sabbatical January 1 - June 30, 2015.

I'm glad that you've found your way to the Toronto School of Theology (TST) website! If you're already a member of the TST community, you've found a great resource for essential information, forms, and contacts for your life and work here. If you're a visitor, you've found a good introduction to who we are and what we do.

We're a consortium of theological schools that have joined in the administration of several post-baccalaureate degree programs and in promoting theological scholarship and publication. We concentrate on Christian theology, and each of our member schools has a Christian denominational connection. But one of our colleges has a Jewish studies program, and we've been in conversations with a new rabbinical yeshiva and with the Canadian Council of Imams towards developing partnerships with them.

We have over 1500 students and over 400 regular and adjunct faculty members, depending on how you count. Our students range in age from their early 20s to their 80s. They represent about sixty different countries. They come for different reasons: perhaps to train for a professional career, or to research specific academic interests, or to respond to their desire for God, or some combination of these.

We work within the context of the University of Toronto. We're formally committed, through a memorandum of agreement, to meeting the University's academic standards. Our students have full access to the University's library system, one of the four or five largest academic libraries in North America. Many of our TST faculty members hold appointments or status positions at the University, and vice versa, and we have a number of more informal involvements besides.

Like many good things, such as Canada and the University of Toronto, the TST operates as a federation. For most purposes we operate in a decentralized way, and each of our member and affiliate schools has its own ethos and its own teaching strengths. We like this arrangement, because it ensures a lively interchange of distinct points of view. But we share teaching resources, we work together in our planning and operations, and we're committed to a common core of academic policies and procedures.

Please explore our website. If you have questions we haven't answered, or if you'd like a clarification of anything here that leaves you a little puzzled, while I am on sabbatical, please write to Jerry Skira, Interim Director at

Alan L. Hayes

On behalf of:

Emmanuel College – United Church of Canada
Knox College – Presbyterian Church in Canada
Regis College – Roman Catholic, Jesuit
St. Augustine’s Seminary – Roman Catholic, Diocesan
St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology – Roman Catholic, Basilian
Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity – Anglican Church of Canada
Wycliffe College – Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical

Conrad Grebel University College – Mennonite
Huron University College - Anglican Church of Canada
Institute for Christian Studies – Christian Reformed
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary – Evangelical Lutheran

Canadian Association for Spritual Care (CASC)
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre

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