Our mission is to deepen your understanding of the Christian faith and life by exploring its Biblical roots, theological framework, missional thrust, ethical calling, historical development, and global context. Courses in the Old and New Testaments, church history, theology, mission, ministry, world religions, and ethics will equip you to defend and live out your faith and lay a solid foundation for further Biblical and theological studies at seminary/graduate school or compliment your calling in a wide variety of areas. Redeemer brings a rich diversity of students from different denominational backgrounds together with professors who have years of hands-on ministry experience to make Redeemer a vibrant place to study the Bible and theology in depth and in light of our current culture.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our programs will:

  • Analyze how the biblical narrative is the foundation for understanding our culture and our callings as Christians in this world.
  • Identify and articulate an understanding of the basic features of Christianity: its Scriptures, history and theology.
  • Critically appreciate the key concepts, methodologies, theoretical approaches, and assumptions in the theological disciplines of the Christian tradition.
  • Demonstrate how biblical studies and theology inform the practices of the church, various form of ministry and mission.

Religion Department Programs

Religion Department Faculty

Dr. David Beldman

Associate Professor of Religion & Theology


Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology

Ph.D. (2013), Old Testament Studies, University of Bristol; Dissertation: The Completion of... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4244
Office: 128D
David Beldman is an associate professor in the department of Religion and Theology and serves as the department chair. He earned a PhD in Old Testament Studies at the University of Bristol. He has a... Read More

Dr. Ken Herfst

Assistant Professor of Ministry

Ph.D., Universidad Panamericana, Guatemala City; M.Div., Theological College of the Canadian... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4293
Office: 128A
Married to Jackie for over 30 years, together they have five children and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Ken enjoys baking artisan bread and in addition to regular watercolour painting, he has... Read More

Dr. Jessica Joustra

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (2019), Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dissertation: Following the Way of... Read More
Office: 128B
Jessica Joustra is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Neo-Calvinist Research Institute of the Theologische Universiteit Kampen. She... Read More


Dr. Gene Haas

Professor Emeritus of Religion & Theology

D.Th. (1989), Christian Ethics, University of Toronto; Dissertation: The Concept of Equity in... Read More
Phone: 905-648-2139   Ext: 4295
Office: 128B


Dr. Steve Harris

Part Time Instructor

PhD. (2015), Christian Theology, University of Durham
Office: 219M
Steven Edward Harris is an alumnus of Redeemer (2010) and holds his PhD in Christian Theology from the University of Durham (2015). He works in systematic, historical and biblical theology. He has... Read More


Dr. Peter Schuurman

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. (2016), Religious Studies, University of Waterloo; M.Div. (2003), McMaster Divinity School;... Read More
Office: 219M
Dr. Schuurman is the Executive Director of Global Scholars Canada, an organization dedicated to identifying, sending, resourcing and networking Christian scholars in public institutions worldwide. He... Read More


Dr. Michael Wagenman

Part time instructor

PhD., University of Bristol
Office: 219M
Dr. Wagenman completed his PhD at the University of Bristol (UK) and his academic research is aimed primarily at the biblical, theological, and philosophical issue of power, primarily as it comes to... Read More