All posts by John S. Oakes

John Oakes is an ordained minister and historian. He is currently a Research Fellow at Wycliffe College, Toronto. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University from 2016-2022. He previously completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Divinity School following a year as a Visiting Fellow at Yale Divinity School. John has a PhD. in History from Simon Fraser University (2008). His primary area of academic interest is American colonial and revolutionary religious history. He was also educated at Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A. and M.A. in Classics), Regent College (M.C.S. in Church History and MDiv.), University of British Columbia (M.A. in History) and Vancouver School of Theology (Anglican ordination studies). He has taught at Regent College and the Vancouver School of Theology.



The primary focus of “Living Word Live!” is on the living Word of the gospel that unites us, as we work and pray for spiritual renewal, vibrant faith and dynamic mission. 

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Wishing you every blessing in Christ!

John Oakes

Latest Sermons

“A Humble Procession, ” Palm Sunday sermon on Matthew 21:1-11 as Priest-in-Charge of St. Cyprian’s, North York, April 2, 2023.


“Life or Death Decisions,” New Year’s Day Sermon on Romans 6:12-23, January 1, 2023, St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, Toronto


“Children of God,” Sermon on Romans 8:12-27, November 13, 2022, Little Trinity Anglican Church, Toronto

Homily on 2 Timothy 3:14-17, September 20, 2022, St. Paul’s Bloor St., Toronto, ON