BA, Crandall University
MDiv, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
ThM, Harvard University
PhD, University of Wales
Dr. Bruce Fawcett has devoted most of his life to working with, or in support of, youth and young adults. This began as a teenager, when he worked at summer camps through Atlantic Canada, and later as he served as a youth worker during his studies at Crandall University. Following his graduation from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University, Dr. Fawcett returned to Moncton from the United States and served as a local church youth pastor for eight years.
During this time, Dr. Fawcett developed and led a program at Crandall designed to train volunteer youth workers. This was later followed by the development of a graduate-level program at Acadia Divinity College to train paid youth workers. In between, he served as youth director for the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, overseeing a network of youth groups that worked with more teenagers in Atlantic Canada than any other entity except for the public school system. In this role he provided leadership to Springforth – then eastern Canada’s largest Christian youth conference, and Tidal Impact – North America’s largest youth mission and service program.
Dr. Fawcett went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom where he studied under noted empirical theologian Leslie J. Francis. His research focused on leadership development of adolescents. Dr. Fawcett also became a tenured Associate Professor of Leadership at Acadia University and served as Academic Dean and Director of Doctoral Studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. During these and earlier years, he traveled throughout Canada and overseas teaching and lecturing, seeking to help churches become more effective in serving youth. He has authored or edited nine books and many academic articles designed to help churches and leaders understand youth and help them grow and flourish.
In 2012, Dr. Fawcett was appointed to serve as the 8th President and Vice Chancellor of Crandall University. In this role he seeks to support all students who wish to grow in all ways, including academically and spiritually, during their university experience.
Dr. Fawcett, who has and continues to serve on many community and professional boards, recently completed service as Board Chair of Christian Higher Education Canada, an association that serves 34 Christian seminaries, Bible colleges and universities across the country. He has been invited to co-edit a forthcoming volume on Christian post-secondary education in Canada, a movement which has served hundreds of thousands of students.
An active Rotarian, Dr. Fawcett enjoys travel, listening to podcasts, reading British and American espionage thrillers, the music of U2, and long walks with his wife. He and his wife Penny are the proud parents of two young adults.