Northwest Announces New President


Northwest Seminary and College is pleased to announce that Dr. Barton Priebe will become its ninth president, effective August 1, 2022.


Barton is well-prepared to take on this new role, with over 20 years experience in pastoral ministry, a Doctor of Ministry from ACTS Seminaries completed in 2020, a Master of Arts in Christian Studies also from ACTS, and a Bachelor of Arts in Missions from Columbia Bible College. He is an inspiring preacher and teacher, dedicated to applying the truths of scripture to life, faith, and culture. He is the author of Adopted by God: Discover the Life-Transforming Joy of a Neglected Truth (2021), and The Problem with Christianity: Six Unsettling Questions You Have Asked (2015). He is also a contributing author to Everyday Apologetics: Answering Common Objections to the Christian Faith (2020).


Barton has served as Lead Pastor at two Fellowship churches—Central Baptist Church in Victoria, BC, and Dunbar Heights Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC—where he built a strong record of leadership, discipleship, and church growth. He is passionate about leadership development, and was among the first Fellowship Pacific pastors to embrace Northwest’s mentored, in-context competency-based model of theological education.


Barton has also been deeply involved in leadership within Northwest’s home denomination, Fellowship Pacific. He has served for 5 years as a member of the Fellowship Pacific Board, and currently chairs a committee focused on the theological and ethical identity of Fellowship Pacific.


Northwest’s Board formed a Search Committee in 2021 led by Rev. Paul Park, and executed an extensive Canada-wide search for a new President. Dr. Priebe’s name was identified repeatedly by many church, school, and denominational leaders, and he was quickly identified as a leading candidate. After extensive interviews, the Board of Governors and faculty unanimously confirmed and approved his appointment. “As we concluded our search for a President at Northwest,” says Northwest Board Chair, Dennis Wasyliw, “we couldn't have been more pleased that our strongest candidate was Dr. Barton Priebe. He has always been strongly committed to our fellowship in BC and has a real sense that God has been preparing him for this role.


Barton’s appointment was publicly announced on April 28th at the Fellowship Pacific annual conference in Abbotsford, BC, where he commented, “I have always had the sense that my life would have two parts to it: first, to serve on the frontlines of Christian leadership as a Lead Pastor and, second, to move full-time into a role that would train up the next generation of Christian leaders and pastorsI want to see leaders and pastors who are marked by godly character, deep theological understanding, and the skills needed to work out the gospel within their given context. Northwest is already doing innovative work to accomplish this through its competency-based theological education and traditional course-based programs. I look forward to joining what God is doing at Northwest and ACTS Seminaries, as well as among our Fellowship Baptist churches and beyond to God's wider Kingdom.”


Northwest Seminary and College is the official theological education and leadership development agency of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of British Columbia, the Yukon, and Territories (Fellowship Pacific), and Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba (Fellowship Prairies). Since its inception in 1934, Northwest exists to prepare effective pastoral and lay ministry leaders in context for service to churches and agencies in the Fellowship denomination and beyond.


Northwest is also a founding member of the ACTS Seminaries consortium, a partnership of four Canadian seminaries working together as Trinity Western University's graduate school of theology to form and equip men and women to serve God in the church and the world.


Dennis Wasyliw, Northwest Seminary and College

Chairman, Board of Governors

[email protected]


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