Senior minister, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto
The Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee the senior minister of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto, Canada. For seven years before that, he served as the inaugural Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. Previously, he was senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference.
He worked at Duke Divinity School from 2008-2011, writing and teaching about theology and leadership with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and editing the now-discontinued Call & Response blog at Faith & Leadership for much of that time.
He serves as a contributing editor to Christian Century, where he was an assistant editor from 2004-2008. He is author of "Trinity: The God We Don't Know" (Abingdon, 2015), "The Gifts of the Small Church" (Abingdon, 2010), "Reading Augustine: A Guide to Confessions" (Cascade, 2006), "An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers" (Cascade, 2007) and "Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine" (Eerdmans, 2007). He has a master of divinity and doctorate from Duke University. He also is the co-author, with Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, of "Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis."
The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is designed to foster, strengthen and sustain well-grounded worship in congregations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Two streams of grants are offered: to teacher-scholars and to worshiping communities.
Grant proposal due date options include October 15, 2023, or February 15 or June 15, 2024.