Office of the Chancellor

Dr. John H. Wilkinson,

Chancellor, Tyndale University

Dr. John Wilkinson, Chancellor, Tyndale University

John is currently the Executive Coach and Strategist of Toronto Youth For Christ (Youth Unlimited) as well as for the Eastern Region of YFC Canada. Prior to these roles, he was the ED of the Toronto Chapter having already served in several executive roles with YFC Canada for several decades.

John’s 25 years of service and teaching at Tyndale saw him establish a camp administration major as well as a youth ministry major (OBC) and then he created the first graduate program in youth ministry in North America at the seminary (OTS). He also served as the VP of Strategic Planning and as the VP and Academic Dean of the University. In 2012, Tyndale awarded John the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Prior to his educational involvements at Tyndale and his YFC initiatives, he was the first General Director of two very influential summer children’s camps in Ontario: Canadian Keswick Youth Camp and Muskoka Woods Sports Resort.

He completed a B.A.(honors) in sociology and psychology at the University of Winnipeg; a M.A. in school psychology at the University of Toronto; and then an Ed.D. in educational psychology at the same university. He has also done special course work in education at Harvard University.

He is happily married to his wife Trish of 44 years and together they have two sons, Matthew and Mark. Trish and John are blessed by two wonderful daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren who enrich their lives immeasurably.

Current Chancellor Initiatives

  • Honorary and symbolic head of Tyndale University
  • Conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates at Convocation ceremonies
  • Resource to President and Chairperson for the Board of Governors
  • Chancellor Entrepreneurial Award to Tyndale Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Chancellor's Reception at Christmas in the Chapel