Trinity Western Seminary

Who We Are

Trinity Western Seminary is a founding member of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS Seminaries), the third largest theological enterprise in Canada.

As the seminary for Trinity Western University, our mission is to equip and resource godly leaders for Christian service in the church and the world.

Although non-denominational in ethos, TWS maintains a special relationship with the Evangelical Free Church community (EFCC and EFCA) and serves the Evangelical Free Church of Canada as its national ministry training centre.

Our Faculty

TWS faculty members are Trinity Western University faculty and teach in the areas of Biblical Studies, Apologetics, Marriage & Family Therapy and Pastoral Theology. Additionally, the faculty of the ACTS seminary partners (NBS, CBS, MBBS) serve as part of our instructional team.

Dr. John Auxier is Associate Dean of TWS & Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to teaching in the M.Div. and MFT programs and providing seminary administration for TWU, John serves on three program committees and works with clergy couples in therapy. He has interdisciplinary research interests in theology and popular culture, the integration of psychology & Christianity, and forgiveness. John is on the steering committee for the Evangelical Theological Society’s  “Theology for Pastoral Care & Counselling” section, and a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Washington State and Clinical Fellow of AAMFT. He enjoys songwriting, spending time with his lovely wife Doris (also a TWU faculty member), and reading graphic novels.


Estera Boldut, BSW, MA-MFT, Assistant Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, is the Clinical Coordinator for the MA-MFT program, supervising our counseling students. Originally from Romania, where her Christian family faced persecution under Communism, Estera founded several orphanages and helped find homes for children through adoption. She has expertise in adoptions, helping families with developmental disability issues, and professional supervision. In addition to her work for TWS she is on staff at a local Christian school as a family therapist, and currently completing her doctorate in psychology. Estera enjoys camping, hiking, and running with her husband and daughter. She is a registered Social Worker and Associate Member of AAMFT.


Noted Christian apologist and Professor of Apologetics, Dr. Paul Chamberlain, chairs the MA in Christian Studies (MACS) program and teaches the apologetic track within ACTS degrees. Paul also directs the ACTS Institute of Apologetics and is a key leader in the Apologetics Canada movement. He is completing his fifth book this year, with Baker publishers, on the subject of practical Christian responses to family members drifting towards atheism, and is a nationally sought-after speaker on bioethical issues such as physician-assisted suicide. Paul loves to ride his motorcycle and spend time with his wife RV-ing in his spare time.


Dr. Rob Hiebert, TWS Professor of Old Testament, directs TWU”s renowned John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint (LXX) Studies, specializing in research on the Greek bible used by Jesus. Rob teaches in the M.Div. program and chairs the Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) degree program and co-editor of the New English version of the LXX and scores of scholarly articles. A recognized leader internationally in his field, Rob regularly presents papers at venues such as Oxford University and the Society of Biblical Literature, he is also a fellow of the TWU Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. In his spare time Rob enjoys basketball, salmon fishing and spending time with his family.


Dr. Ian Verseveldt, is Associate Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, and chairs the MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (MA-MFT) program.  Ian’s area of practice is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) an evidenced-based therapy approach very compatible with Biblical values, and his research interests are in Attachment theory, Marriage and Christian Spirituality. Ian speaks Spanish and regularly travels to Latin America to train pastors and Christian counselors. He is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Fellow of AAMFT. He enjoys the outdoors with his family, camping, kayaking and swimming.


Our Financial Aid

Trinity Western Seminary financial aid is available to students from all denominations to help with the cost of seminary studies. Additionally, several endowed amounts specifically earmarked for helping Evangelical Free Church-affiliated students and pastors seeking professional development. As a member of ACTS Seminaries, TWS students are also eligible to receive financial aid from ACTS. We encourage all TWS students to apply for both TWS and ACTS financial aid.

For all TWS Financial Aid:

TWS Financial Aid brochure  

Note: Forms for part-time and full-time Evangelical Free Church student awards need to be completed and returned to the TWS office. For further information, please contact Susan Mattam at or 604-888-7511 ext. 3830.

Small Church Sabbatical Study Grant  
Evangelical Free D.Min. Award  
Evangelical Free Church Pastor Grant  
Free Church Member Tuition Subsidy  
Fosmark Matching Grant  


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