Elie Haddad

ABTS President, Assistant Professor of Missional Ecclesiology


MTS, Theology, Tyndale Seminary (Toronto)
PhD, Missional Ecclesiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Born and raised in Lebanon, Elie Haddad immigrated to Canada towards the end of the civil war in Lebanon in 1990. He worked for 15 years in Toronto as a senior consultant in the area of Information Systems and Management.

During his work, Elie enrolled in a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto alongside his involvement with the Middle East Baptist Church in Mississauga where he served as a member of a lay pastoral team.

In 2005, Elie and his wife Mireille felt called to return to Lebanon, where - as global field staff with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) – Elie joined the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) serving as Provost until 2008 when he became President.

Areas of expertise, research, writing, teaching

Missional Ecclesiology, Ethics, Leadership


Book Chapters and Journal Articles

"Leading for Change: The View from the President's Office", in Stuart Brooking (ed.), Is It Working? Researching Context to Improve Curriculum, edited by Stuart Brooking (Langham Global Library, 2018), pp. 97-104.

"Biblical and Theological Reflections on Emigration", in Jonathan Andrews (ed.), The Church in Disorienting Times: Leading Prophetically through Adversity (Langham Global Library, 2018), pp. 33-41.

"Cultivating Leaders in the Arab World" Didaktikos Journal of Theological Education, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2018, pp. 14-16.

"Book Review: Ferenczi, Jason. Serving Communities: Governance and the Potential of Theological Schools" InSights Journal for Global Theological Education, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2016, pp. 75-78.

"Jesus Christ, King and Caliph" with Jesse Wheeler in Christian Ethics Today, Vol. 22, Issue 4, 2014, pp. 16-20.

Blog Posts

“Church Post-Pandemic: Back to Normal?”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2021.

“Pandemic and the Body of Christ: Rethinking the Local Church”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2020.

“Church as a Pioneering Community”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2020.

“Church as Priesthood”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2020.

“Reflections on Citizenship”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2019.

“Missional Church: Use and Misuse of Language”, Institute of Middle East Studies, 2019.

"Priesthood of All Believers or Priesthood of the Ordained?", Institute of Middle East Studies, 2018.

"Should Women Teach in Seminary?", Institute of Middle East Studies, 2018.

"How Heavenly Citizens Should Affect Earthly Governments", EthicsDaily.com, 2017.

"Merry Christmas from a Cynic: The Paradoxes of Our Annual Celebrations", Institute of Middle East Studies, 2016.

"Middle East Christians: Strength through Powerlessness", EthicsDaily.com, 2014.

"Why Churches Need a Theology of Prophetic Engagement", EthicsDaily.com, 2014.

"Churches in Arab Spring: Political or Prophetic Voice?", EthicsDaily.com, 2013.