Seminary Welcomes New Dean of Academic Life

Linda Cannell

North Park Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Linda Cannell to the position of Dean of Academic Life. Dr. Cannell begins her work officially on the 18th of August at the Seminary faculty retreat.

Dr. Cannell comes to North Park from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she served as the Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Professor of Educational Ministries. Before her time at Gordon-Conwell Dr. Cannell was Professor of Educational Ministries for 17 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. From 2000-2006 she was the Director of the PhD in Educational Studies program at Trinity.

In addition to her teaching and administrative work, Dr. Cannell has served local churches throughout her career. She has prepared and conducted workshops in literally hundreds of local churches in Canada and the United States. She has consulted with congregations, theological schools and denominations regarding educational ministries. Dr. Cannell has also served as a curriculum writer for both children and adults for David C. Cook Publishing. She has been widely involved in the development of theological education opportunities for persons in the two-thirds world. She has done this work as the Director of the Ward Consultation and through her own nonprofit ministry the CanDoSpirit Network that seeks “to connect the learning community around the world.”

Dr. Cannell has also served the Association of Theological Schools in several capacities, most recently as a member of the board of ATS. Dr. Cannell is an invocative and creative educator committed to the preparation of persons for ministry in the church at all levels.

Dr. John E. Phelan, president and dean of North Park Theological Seminary says, “We are thrilled that Linda Cannell is joining our administrative team at North Park. She has taught for us over the years and been a friend to many of us. I have long thought North Park was the perfect place for her. She will help us develop a cutting edge program for the education of persons for ministry. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion are infectious. The faculty is eager for her to join us.”

Dr. Cannell has published widely in professional journals and especially for the church. Her degrees are from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from which she holds a Master of Religious Education and a Doctor of Education.