About

Dissertation Defense Picture 2My name is Mark Steven Francois. I have a Ph.D. in Theology (Old Testament) from the University of St. Michael’s College (registered through Wycliffe College, University of Toronto).  My primary interests are Deuteronomy, OT Ethics, Biblical Law, OT Theology, and Classical Syriac.  I am also very interested in Patristics and certain aspects of Systematic Theology (Christology, Personal Eschatology, and Ecclesiology).  My dissertation was on the relationship between the parallel curses of Deuteronomy 28 and the Loyalty Oath of Esarhaddon and was supervised by Dr. Christopher Seitz.  I am also the pastor of Calvary Gospel Church in Blind River, Ontario (Associated Gospel Churches of Canada).  I will be teaching a course on Deuteronomy at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto in the spring of 2020 and a course on Issues in Contemporary Evangelical Theology (Transgender Identity, Gender Dysphoria, Intersex Conditions, and Homosexuality) at Toronto Baptist Seminary.  I have an incredible wife named Alecia, a very creative eight-year-old daughter named Jael, and a six-year-old son named Caleb who is obsessed with Mario.

Current Projects:

-A free online grammar of Classical Syriac.

-YouTube videos on Syriac, OT textual criticism, and other topics.

-An article on the word ‘ezer in Genesis 2:18.

Some Trivia:

-I am distantly related to the Dutch theologian Harry Kuitert.

-I was born in Canada but my father is from Trinidad and my mother is from Friesland in the Netherlands.

-I spent eight months in Germany in one of the worst places to learn German.  Let’s just say: Sie können alles. Außer Hochdeutsch!  But I really enjoyed my time there!

-My favourite (Christian) podcasts are Mortification of Spin, Issues etc., the Dividing Line, 9 Marks, and Doctrine & Devotion.

-I taught Hebrew for several years at Toronto Baptist Seminary but prefer working in a church setting.

For questions, comments, corrections, and feedback on the free online grammar of Classical Syriac, feel free to send me an e-mail at classicalsyriac@hotmail.com .