About Regent Exchange
Regent Exchange: Churches for the Common Good is a fresh expression of Regent College's longstanding commitment to integrative theology that embraces all of life. Rooted in God's story, we walk with churches in Cascadia connecting faith with all of life and contributing to the common good.
Regent Exchange is a church partnership and educational research initiative and consists of three areas of focus:
CHURCH LEARNING JOURNEY
The Church Learning Journey is at the centre of Regent Exchange. We assemble small cohorts of churches and journey together as they learn and discern how God might be calling them to serve the common good. Churches are then supported through resources and grant funding to initiate a new ministry project. We have chosen to focus on churches in the region commonly known as Cascadia, which includes the lower mainland of British Columbia (the Vancouver metropolitan area and Fraser Valley), and Western Washington state. Find more information about the Church Learning Journey here.
Regent Exchange is committed to curating and developing resources on the topic of vocation and calling, with a particular focus on developing resources which address the corporate calling of the church. Find a short list of curated Resources here.
Regent Exchange is pleased to share with you this special issue of Regent World: Vocation Reimagined: Being the Church in a Time of Uncertainty featuring the stories of individuals and churches who are creatively living out their calling as the people of God and contributing to the common good in a diversity of places and spaces.
Regent Exchange's core research question is: How do churches in Cascadia discern and experience (understand and incarnate) their vocation in the communities where they live and work? Put another way, Regent Exchange is deeply interested in the learning process of churches, and how a church discovers its corporate calling to contribute to the common good.
Director of Regent Exchange
Associate Professor of Education and Culture, Regent College (BA, MA, PhD)
Rhonda serves on faculty at Regent College and is deeply committed to Regent’s vision of connecting the academy, the church, and the world. She comments, “Regent Exchange is a wonderful expression of Regent’s long commitment to integrative theology that embraces all of life… Our deepest hope for the project is that it will involve a fruitful exchange of ideas between Regent and the churches involved, and that it will serve those churches well as they explore what it means to serve the common good in their particular contexts.”
Church and Alumni Engagement Officer (BA, MATS, ThM)
Previously having worked in broadcasting, pastoral ministry, and even as a pretzel maker, Conor now serves as the Church and Alumni Engagement Officer at Regent College. He is passionate about helping people find their place in the ‘big story’. He loves walking with others as they explore the deep questions that inspire them and ‘make them tick.’
Conor completed his MATS in Old Testament at Regent College in 2019, and went on to complete a ThM in 2021. Prior to these studies, he served as a pastor at the South Burnaby Church of Christ from 2011-2017, first as a Youth Minister and then as an Associate Minister. He continues to serve as a regular member and explore the vocation of lay ministry. He has also taught at, directed for, and served on the board of Spruston Road Bible Camp - a parachurch organization near Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island.
Program Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
Claudia comes to Regent Exchange with a wealth of administrative and organizational experience. Previously working for a government organization for nearly a decade, she has also served in various projects and initiatives in both the creative field and non-profit sector.
Claudia is currently studying at Regent College, working towards the completion of a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies.
Manager, Regent College Bookstore (BA, MDiv)
Kim has a long history with Regent College, both as an MDiv student as well as many years helping to the manage Regent Bookstore. He is deeply dedicated to the local church, having served in both pastoral ministry and lay leadership roles in church plant and established church contexts. Kim is particularly interested in questions of discernment around the church’s vocation. He is grateful for this opportunity to bring his church experience to Regent Exchange, helping churches to more fully develop their discernment skills and actively live out their calling in their neighbourhoods.
Chief of Staff, Vancouver Chinatown Foundation
After finishing her MCS at Regent College in 2006, Christina served as the Associate Pastor at University Chapel on the UBC campus from 2008 to 2016. She comments, "Regent has always been for the church, and because of Regent Exchange, we now have the opportunity to journey together even more closely than we have in the past. I'm excited for both how churches will learn and grow, and for how Regent will learn and grow through this initiative." Christina previously served as the Associate Director of Advancement at Regent College and now works with the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Regent College
Mark Glanville is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and an Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) scholar. Prior to coming to Regent, Mark pastored for 14 years in both Vancouver, Canada and Australia. Mark has been bi-vocational, combining reflective missional pastoring with biblical scholarship. His recent publications include Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics (co-written with Luke J. Glanville) and Freed to be God’s Family: The Book of Exodus. Mark is also a trained jazz pianist and is married to Erin with two children.
Lead Pastor, Faith Community Christian Church
Ted has been a pastor in Vancouver since 1993, and planted Faith Community Christian Church in 2007. He has mentored many pastors (including interns from Regent College) over the past few decades, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Carey Theological Seminary. His commitment to collaboration within the Christian community has led him to various ministry initiatives in Metro Vancouver such as facilitating two ministry fellowships and participating in the Steering Committee of Regent Exchange. Ted’s interests include spiritual theology, cultural exegesis, church history, intercultural dynamics, and missional engagement. Ted and his wife, Eudora, have three young adult children.
Professor of New Testament
Dr. George Guthrie is Professor of New Testament at Regent College and a highly sought-after lecturer, who has taught across North America, as well as in East Asia, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, and Israel. Before coming to Regent in 2018, he taught for twenty-eight years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he served as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible and Fellow in the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies.