Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

David Galston

Institutional Affiliation

Executive Director

Westar Institute


Ph.D., McGill University; M.Div., Vancouver School of Theology; B.A., University of Winnipeg.


David Galston is the author of three books, Archives and the Event of God (McGill-Queens Press, 2010), Embracing the Human Jesus (Polebridge Press, 2012), and God’s Human Future (Polebridge Press, 2016). He holds a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Div. from Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from McGill University. David works cooperatively with the Westar Board of Directors and academic seminars, he helps to recruit scholars, participates in conference planning, assists in defining the development and direction of the Westar Institute.

• Humanities Research Grant, McGill University, 1993• DAAD Scholarship, 1991• Graduate Prize in Religious Studies, McGill University, 1991• Amelia Elliot Prize for Graduate Studies, McGill University, 1990• George Harrison Prize for Pastoral Theology, Vancouver, 1985• Musgrave Prize for History, Vancouver, 1984• General Proficiency Scholarship, Winnipeg, 1981• Louis J. Reycraft Prize for Religious Studies, Winnipeg, 1981

Academic Appointments

• Westar Academic Director (2015-2017) and Executive Director (2017- )• Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catharines (2012-2020)• Co-founder (2000), President (2000-2007), and Academic Adviser (2007-2015) of The SnowStar Institute of Religion, Windsor, Ontario• Principal of Iona College, University of Windsor (1996-2001)• University Chaplain, McGill University (1990-1996)

Professional Service

• Executive Director of the Quest Learning Centre, United Church of Canada, (2001- )• Brock University Ecumenical Chaplain (2006-2019)• Minister in the United Church of Canada (1985-2006)