Dr. Zylla is the Academic Dean of McMaster Divinity College and a faculty member in the area of pastoral theology. Dr. Zylla has served as Senior Pastor in three congregations over seventeen years in three regions of Canada and has been involved in theological education for over eleven years. His interests are in the theology of suffering, theology of ministry, spirituality, and pastoral care. He is married to Melodie and lives in Ancaster, Ontario.
1996-2001 Senior Pastor Sunshine Ridge Baptist Church, Surrey, B.C.
1995-1996 Field Director Urban Pastoral Education Mustard Seed Street Church, Edmonton, Alberta
1990-1995 Senior Pastor Greenfield Baptist Church, Edmonton, Alberta
1984-1989 Senior Pastor First Baptist Church, Arnprior, Ontario
Dr. Zylla is an active member of the Society of Pastoral Theology and the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology. His current research is on the topic of spiritual formation and a theology of community.
Dr. Zylla is currently doing research on communal approaches to congregational formation. He has written in this area and is currently working on a book entitled, The Spiritual Formation of the Congregation. In addition he has a research project on ministry challenges in the Canadian church and is jointly working on a book with Dr. Stanley Porter on this theme. These books are scheduled to be launched in 2013.
Virtue as Consent to Being: A Pastoral-Theological Perspective on Jonathan Edwards’s Construct of Virtue. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications with McMaster Divinity College Press.
The Roots of Sorrow: A Pastoral Theology of Suffering. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press.
zyllap [at] mcmaster [dot] ca
|D.Th.||University of South Africa|
Pretoria, South Africa
|Th.M.||Princeton Theological Seminary|
|M.Div.||North American Baptist Seminary|
Sioux Falls, SD
|B.A.Rel.||North American Baptist College|