The Board of Regents of St. Andrew’s College is excited to announce that Richard Manley-Tannis has been invited and has agreed to take up the position of principal beginning July 1, 2018.
Manley-Tannis, who was introduced during a celebration on Dec. 7, will assume the role at the conclusion of Lorne Calvert’s second term as principal.
“I am truly honoured to be invited to join the community of St. Andrew’s College and to be able to return to Saskatchewan, where I answered my own call to ministry,” he said.
Manley-Tannis was called and commissioned as a diaconal minister in Saskatchewan Conference in 2009. He currently serves as Winnipeg Presbytery’s Minister for Evangelism, Mission and Church Development.
The search committee and the board were drawn to his optimism and hopefulness about the future of our College and of our Church, and to his view of “stewardship that allows us to dream.” He has told us of his belief “that the world in which we live and breathe is longing for a message of hope and love. Preparing people to be able to share that Good News in a changing world and from a changing church presents new opportunities to dream dreams.”
The search committee and board are confident that in discerning a call to leadership of St. Andrew’s, Richard has also begun a process that will invite us to share and realize our own dreams – in his words, “to translate the blessings of our dreams into opportunities to change lives.”
Manley-Tannis holds an undergraduate degree from Trent University, graduate degrees from Queen’s University and St. Stephen’s College, and a diploma from the Centre for Christian Studies, and is in the final stages of completing a PhD with the Taos Institute and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
In addition to ministry experience in The United Church of Canada, Manley-Tannis has professional experience in conflict resolution, transformative mediation, restorative justice, leadership development and organizational development. He is also a poet, novelist, and enthusiastic blogger.
His wife, the Reverend Shelly Manley-Tannis, will join him in Saskatoon. Along with Shelly, Richard is looking forward to discovering new places to run with their four-legged pack and to hearing the cries and songs of birds particular to the Prairies. As well, he will continue, “to embrace the geek that I am, who enjoys playing games that excite the imagination.”