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“ On days that theology classes erupt in debate, mutual challenge, and a shared passion to know how to live these things in the world around us, the joy in my heart confirms my sense of call to teach theology. ”

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Phone Number: 416-978-4509
Email Address: c.fensham@utoronto.ca

The Rev. Dr. Charles Fensham, Professor of Systematic Theology

Charles joined the Knox Faculty in 2002.

He is interested in the study of the church (ecclesiology) and its intersection with mission studies and ecology with a focus on Public Missiology. He works with advanced degree students on projects focused on ecclesiology, Missiology, the theologies of David Bosch and Jürgen Moltmann, ecological theology, the theology of Protestant spirituality and the intersection of these themes with contemporary culture.

Charles is a member of the Presbytery of East Toronto and an active member of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Toronto.

His areas of teaching are Systemic Theology and Missiology.

My publications:


Chapters in Books

  • “Imagine a Sacramental Tree Planting Conspiracy” in Living Eco Justice. Ottawa: Citizens for Public Justice, 2013. 69-75.
  • “Emerging from the Dark Age Ahead: The Canadian Church in the Third Millennium.” In Mortensen, V & Osterland, A. Walking Humbly with God: Church and Mission Engaging Plurality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. 113-134.
  • “Culture” in The Encyclopaedia of Protestantism, Volume 1. New York: Routldege. 2004, 544-547.
  • “The Lausanne Committee for Evangelism” in The Encyclopaedia of Protestantism, Volume 3. New York: Routledge. 2004, 1073-1074.
  • “Mass Media” in The Encyclopaedia of Protestantism, Volume 3. New York: Routledge. 2004, 1176-1179.

Papers and Articles

  • Fensham, C.J. “The Sacrament of the First Child of God: A Renewed Christian Eco-Imaginary.” Scriptura: International Journal of Bible, Religion and Theology in South Africa. 111 (2012:3) 323-332.
  • Fensham, C.J. “Sin and Ecology: A Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann and the School of René Girard.” Journal of Reformed Theology. 6. (2012) 234-250.
  • “Measuring the Unmeasurable: A Case Study of Learning Outcomes at Knox College, Toronto. The Toronto Journal of Theology Supplement 1: 2009, 77-89.
  • Fensham, C.J. “The Glory of God Gives Life”: Unmasking Subjugation For A Post-Colonial Missionary Ecclesiology in Canada” Toronto Journal of Theology. 22/1, 2006 pp 55-69.
  • Fensham, C.J. “An evaluation of the nature of mission and the gospel of salvation in the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue on mission,” Missionalia. 16:1 (April 1988) pp. 25-39
  • Fensham C.J. “Grounding Mission: Hermeneutics? History? Tradition?” Forum Focus: The Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries. No. 29, 2006. pp1&6.
  • Fensham, C.J. “Purpose, Meaning, Integrity: New Technologies allow us to Transcend Time and Space to Build Hybrid Communities” The Presbyterian Record June 2006, p. 36.
  • Fensham, C.J. “Sending Subliminal Messages: An Internet Hug is Better than Nothing but it has no Patch on the Real Thing” in The Presbyterian Record May 2006, p. 36.
  • Fensham, C.J. “Feeling Dazed and Confused: Our Most Intimate Experiences of Worship are being Transformed by Technology.” In The Presbyterian Record April, 2006, p.43
  • Fensham, C.J. “The Responsibility to Protect: Some Ethical Questions For The Churches To Consider: A Canadian Presbyterian Perspective.”
  • Fensham, C.J. “The brutality of the cross.” (Op Ed. Writing by Editorial Invitation) In Toronto Star, Toronto: Torstar Daily Newspaper Group, Friday April 9, 2004, A21.
  • Fensham, C.J. “Taming the Demons of Aging”, The Christian Ministry (Christian Century Foundation) (May-June 1998) pp.29-30.
  • Fensham C.J. “The Road to Intimacy”, The Christian Ministry (Christian Century Foundation) (March-April, 1995) pp.25-27.
  • Fensham, C.J. “L’Afrique du Sud au quotidian” (An interview with Jean Porret), La Vie Chretienne. No. 37 (Juillet/Aout 1988) pp.8-9.
  • Fensham, C.J. “What is Mission?” Presbyterian Life (August 1987) p.5.


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