Dr. Donald Macleod

Title & Contact Info

Research Professor of Church History

 Email: adonaldmacleod [at] gmail.com

Academic Credentials

BA (Hon), McGill University, 1959
AM, Harvard University, 1960
BD, Westminster Seminary, 1963
DD, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1988
DD, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2011

Areas of Specialization

Canadian Church History, contemporary cultural trends, history of missions, twentieth century evangelicalism


Donald Macleod, son and grandson of missionaries to China, brings to his position a broad range of experience as a Christian leader and scholar. An ordained minister, Rev. Macleod served a seven-point charge in rural Nova Scotia, as senior pastor of Newton Presbyterian Church in Boston, as pioneering pastor of Bridlewood Presbyterian Chruch, as associate pastor of Toronto's Knox Presbyterian Church and most recently as pastor at St. Andrew's Church, Trenton. He has served as Vice-President and President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and as General Director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Canada.

Dr. Macleod has taught and written widely. His widely reviewed book, W. Stanford Reid: An Evangelical Calvinist In the Academy (McGill Queens University Press, 2004, received the prestigious Donald Grant Creighton Award from the Ontario Historical Society. His biography of C. Stacey Woods titled, C. Stacey Woods and the Evangelical Rediscovery of the University (InterVarsity Press, 2007) traces the life and times of a man who brought IVCF from Canada to the US and was for a quarter of a century general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). His A Kirk Disrupted: Charles Cowan MP and the Formation of the Free Church of Scotland, was launched in November 2013 in Scotland and has since received the T. Melville Bailey Prize for academic church history (as did his Reid biography). More recently he contributed a chapter in China’s Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom. The book addresses the need for theological training and discrimination in “the next Christendom.”

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