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Dr. Ross Hastings Appointed Full Professor

March 01, 2018
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"At Regent, we also know and love his deeply pastoral heart, which shows itself in a commitment to befriending, pastoring, and mentoring many of our students."

Regent College is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Ross Hastings to the rank of Full Professor. Ross currently holds the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and will continue in this post. Appointment to the rank of Full Professor is reserved for those whose contributions are considered outstanding by their peers; candidates at this level have wide recognition in their fields of interest.

Academic Dean Paul Spilsbury noted, “Ross has become increasingly well known in the academic world for his excellence in theology and for bringing together the disciplines of science and theology at a very high level. At Regent, we also know and love his deeply pastoral heart, which shows itself in a commitment to befriending, pastoring, and mentoring many of our students.

“This promotion is an expression of Regent’s deep appreciation for Ross’s service; it is also a recognition by the broader scholarly community of Ross’s many years of outstanding academic contribution.”

Dr. Hastings, a Zimbabwean Scot, holds PhDs in organometallic chemistry (Queen’s University, Kingston) and theology (University of St Andrews, Scotland). He joined the Regent faculty in 2006. Since then he has served as Chair of the MDiv concentration, directed the Pastors and Leaders Conference, and developed the ReFaithing Science project, which has been made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. He was appointed to the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair in Theology in 2016. His teaching interests include trinitarian theology, Christology, atonement theology, pastoral theology, theology and spirituality of mission, ethics, and the interface between science and theology.

His published works include Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West (IVP, 2012); Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Participation (Fortress Press, 2015); Where Do Broken Hearts Go? A Theology and Psychology of Grief (Cascade, 2016); and Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together (Cascade, 2017).

In addition to teaching theology and chemistry, Ross has served as a senior pastor in several churches, most recently at Peace Portal Alliance Church in White Rock, BC for eleven years. 

Ross lost his first wife Sharon to cancer in 2008 after 27 years of marriage. In 2011 he married Tammy Carrillo, who also lost her husband to cancer in 2008. Together they have five children. He enjoys rugby, cricket, soccer, tennis, squash, and fly-fishing, as well as a wide variety of music.

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