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Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Professor of Church Leadership

President and Dean of Theology

Dean of Chapel

 

B.A. (Dalhousie University)
M.Div. (Acadia University)
D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Dr. Harry G. Gardner, a native of the south shore of  Nova Scotia, graduated from Dalhousie University (B.A. 1974), Acadia Divinity College (M.Div. 1977) and from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (D.Min. 1993). He has served as the minister of the Burlington-Victoria Harbour, Wilmot, and Liverpool-Brooklyn United Baptist Churches.

In 1986 he began work with the Home Mission Board of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (formerly Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches) and in 1989, became the Director of Home Missions and Church Planting. He served for eleven years as the Convention’s Executive Minister prior to coming to Acadia. In this role he was a member of the Boards of Acadia Divinity College and Crandall University (formerly Atlantic Baptist University). He has had a keen interest in addressing issues of racism, promoting integral mission as well as international relief and development.

In 2007, he was the President of the North American Baptist Fellowship, and between 2010 and 2015, he was one of twelve Vice Presidents of the Baptist World Alliance. He has served as President of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology of Acadia University since January 2008.

He and his wife, Gail, reside in Kentville. Their family includes two married children and four grandchildren. Personal interests include fun times with the grandchildren, travel, and music.

Dr. Gardner sits in the Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Chair of Church Leadership and teaches in the area of pastoral ministry, leadership, and spiritual disciplines.