Vision & Values
Engaged. Dynamic. Faithful. Cross-cultural. Ethical. Bold. Creative. Impactful. Compassionate….All the things we want your ministry to be.
Knox College is a theological school of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, a federated College of the University of Toronto, and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology. As a seminary of the Reformed tradition, it has ecumenical relationships with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, The Canadian Council of Churches, as well as partnerships with various seminaries in the global community. Knox holds its accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools.
Educating women and men for faithful and creative Christian ministries and scholarship through our teaching, research and global partnerships.
In light of our identity and statement of mission, trusting in God, sustained by the Spirit, with Jesus Christ as our helper, Knox College will:
- demonstrate the following practices in the exercise of its vocation:
- Leadership that serves
- Relationships of trust and respect
- Learning as reflective practice
- Honoring a prophetic voice
- Offering hospitality
- through its Faculty,
- prepare ordained and lay congregational and pastoral leaders who will improve the quality of religious and public life through their work in communities of faith, both within Canada and globally.
- be an effective resource by making its research available to The Presbyterian Church in Canada and the broader public of Canadian society.
- individually, and through membership in the Toronto School of Theology continue a strong commitment to critical reflection and scholarly research on the Christian ministry, faith, history and tradition
- value excellence in its academic programs and centres, and focus its resources accordingly.
- be an active partner within the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto, providing a reformed voice for ecumenical and Christian theological education.
- promote effective partnerships with The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Canadian public life, and global partners as integral to the strengthening of its mission.
- live deeply into the challenges and opportunities of what it means to be a multicultural community of faith.
- through its residence, offer hospitality to students who are Presbyterian and those who are part of the diversity of the University of Toronto.
- commit itself to ongoing and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of its work and witness
The Board of Knox College is vibrant and actively engaged in the school’s life. Appointed by the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), its 18 members work to ensure the school’s governance model is representative of today’s reality and in keeping with current business practices.
The Governors are ministers, lay leaders, business people, lawyers and educators who work together to shape and plan for Knox College today and into the future. All share a passion for the mission of Knox and its role within the PCC.
The Convener of the Board is appointed by General Assembly and convenes three meetings each year in October, February and May. All Governors are appointed for 3 year terms.
The Standing Committees of the Board are: Academic, Administration, Development and Multi-Cultural Programs, Honorary Degree, Nominating, Governance and Audit. These complement the full Board and its Executive Committee.
The Committee on Theological Education (CTE)
Since 1990, this General Assembly-appointed Committee has been responsible for overseeing the work of the three Presbyterian Colleges in Canada. CTE is also responsible for the distribution of the Church’s annual grants to theological education. Members of this Committee are appointed by General Assembly with representation from across Canada.