Alan Hayes

Professor Emeritus, Church History

PhD in Religious Studies (McGill)BA in Philosophy & Classics (Pomona), BD in Historical Theology (McGill)


Alan Hayes has taught church history at Wycliffe since 1975, when he completed his Ph.D. in religious studies at McGill University, Montreal. He retired in 2022 but remains an adjunct faculty member with some continuing responsibilities.  His teaching and research specializations include Anglicanism, Canadian Indigenous and Euro-Canadian Christianity, early Christianity, and Historiography. The historical theme which most interests him is how Christians sometimes express their faith in their culture, sometimes challenge their culture with their faith, and sometimes cross cultural boundaries to make better sense of their faith. He lives in Oakville, where he is honourary assistant priest at St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church. He is married to the Reverend Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes.

History of Canadian Christianity, especially Anglicanism, The religious relations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples , Early Christianity, Historiography
  •  “The Evolution of Governance at the Toronto School of Theology, 1969–2014, in Toronto Journal of Theology 37, 1 (2021): 51–85  
  •  “T.B.R. Westgate: Organizing and Financing Indigenous Erasure for the Anglican Church, 1920–1943,” in Toronto Journal of Theology 36, 1 (spring 2020): 54–74
  •  “The Elusive Goal: The Commitment to Indigenous Self-Determination in the Anglican Church of Canada, 1967–2019,” in Anglican and Episcopal History 89, 3 (2020): 255–280
  • “The Historiography of Indigenous–Settler Religious Relations in Canada,” Historical Papers 2019: Canadian Society of Church History, ed. Bruce L. Guenther, Scott McLaren, and Todd Webb (CSCH, 2020).  
  • “Anglican Deaconesses in Canada 1889−1969: Two Operational Models of a Gendered Order of Ministry,” in Thomas P. Power, ed., A Flight of Parsons:The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin(Wipf and Stock: 2018): 223–272
  • “Sam Blake’s Projects and Ministries: A Canadian’s Church of Ireland Vision,” for Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society 53 (fall 2015): 40–66.  
  • Anglicans in Canada: controversies and identity in historical perspective (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
  • Church and Society in Documents A.D. 100-600 (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 1997)
  • Editor and Contributor, By Grace Co-workers: Building the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, 1780-1989 (Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1989)
  • Several entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography 
  • Several history web resources at
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