John McNally

Assistant professor of Practical Theology

Program Director, Doctor of Ministry

B.A. (Hons.) (Queen’s University)
M.P.A. (Queen’s University)
M.Div. (Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto)
D.Min. (Acadia University)

John has enjoyed pastoral ministry for twenty years. He served in Toronto as the Interim Pastor of Walmer Road Baptist Church and then as the Senior Pastor of Donway Baptist Church. Since November 2001, John has been the Senior Pastor of Kentville United Baptist Church in Nova Scotia. Now John senses God calling him to focus more on equipping and mentoring ministry leaders for deeper discipleship, church health, and the advancement of God’s kingdom.

With his birth and early years in India, John has a cultural curiosity and appreciation of diversity. Having lived in three provinces, he realizes some joys and challenges of ministry in several Canadian contexts. John has been enriched by different denominational approaches to worship, preaching, and spirituality. Inspired by positive mentoring, John has mentored numerous pastoral students. John’s ongoing learning has been enhanced by various networks such as being on the National Advisory Group for Natural Church Development in Canada.

John has facilitated courses, classes, workshops, and retreats in such areas as spiritual gifts and calling, church health principles, spiritual formation, marriage preparation and enrichment, and practical ministry topics. John’s biblical, theological, and pastoral foundations were strengthened by the Acadia Doctor of Ministry, so he wants to encourage others on the journey. John’s thesis examined several years of their congregation putting into practice church health principles in light of Romans 12 and Trinitarian traits. John’s current research includes best practices in biblical preaching and spiritual formation.

John appreciates canoeing, camping, walking, and other ways of enjoying God’s beautiful creation with his family. John has enjoyed coaching youth soccer. John is delighted to be husband to Catherine and Dad to Rachel, Nathan, and Samuel.