Douglas Tiffin, D.Min.

Douglas Tiffin

Contact Info

Phone: (972) 708-7338
Office: Pike 111B

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About Doug

Having earned undergraduate degrees in both Economics and Religious Studies, Doug attended Dallas Theological Seminary to complete his Masters in Church Ministry. Upon graduation, he returned to Canada, where he grew up, to serve as pastor of a church plant in Ontario. Doug remained there for thirteen years, shepherding a growing church body and also helping to plant a daughter church. Following this ministry, he became the senior pastor of Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg, where he served for seven years. During this time, Doug also became heavily involved in various other ministries including a counseling center, a senior housing ministry, and the school affiliated with his church.

Having become interested in moving south, Doug then accepted a position as senior pastor at Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose, California. After serving there for four years, he moved back to Dallas to work with RSI, a company involved in fundraising for churches and parishes. Three years later, when offered a position at GIAL, Doug became the school’s Director of Development. After only two years, he began assuming additional responsibilities, eventually transitioning into his current role. An experienced leader, Doug continues to skillfully serve the GIAL family as Dean of Academics.

Other Interesting Facts

Doug loves traveling. He has visited Israel, Mexico, Grenada, the Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, England, most of the 50 US states, and 10 Canadian provinces.

His favorite travel experience was a water safari at low tide in the Indian Ocean near Malindi, Kenya. As they walked through the shallow waters, the guide identified a variety of marine life that the untrained eye would seldom see.

He also enjoys home renovation, having built five houses and renovated four others.

Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Ministry (DMin), 1988, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, Major: Church and Proclamation.

Master of Theology (ThM), 1980, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX, Major: Church Ministries.

Bachelor of Arts (BA), 1976, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, Economics emphasis.

Educational / Teaching Experience

Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX – 2010 to present

  • Responsible for accreditation issues, curriculum assessment, and faculty for this small SACSCOC accredited school.
  • Helped to complete the reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010.
  • Led in successful substantive level change accreditation in 2014.
  • Completed substantive change application for expansion of distance education offerings in 2015
  • Currently leading efforts for 5th year accreditation review

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics – 2015 to present.

Adjunct Professor, University of Phoenix – 2008 to present.

  • Taught World Religions over 40 times – an online Associates level course.

 Adjunct Professor, Dallas Christian College – 2016

  • Teaching freshman level World Religions

Guest Lecturer, Festival of Learning, Nairobi, Kenya – 2002, 2004, 2010.

  • Taught up to 100 local pastors on leadership, public speaking and theology.

Adjunct Faculty, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Toronto, ON, Canada – 1983 to1992.

  • Taught Public Speaking (undergraduate) and Homiletics (graduate) courses.

 Work and Leadership Experience:

Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX – 2008 to present.

  • Leadership of faculty
  • Responsible for accreditation and assessment issues for SACSCOC
  • Oversight of Development Department 2008 to 2010.

Executive Consultant, RSI, Dallas, TX – 2005 to 2008.

  • Directed fundraising efforts for over 40 churches and parishes of all sizes throughout North America. Involved training groups of volunteer adults for the successful implementation of a proven program to their unique situation.

Senior Pastor, Crossroads Bible Church, San Jose, CA – 2001 to 2005.

  • Led this large but declining urban church in reassessment and revisioning.
  • Expanded programming to include recovery/support programs.
  • Led in renovation and rebuilding of facilities.
  • Oversight of senior staff of 7 and a 2.1 million dollar budget.

Senior Pastor and President, Grant Memorial Baptist Church, Winnipeg, MB, Canada – 1993 to 2001.

  • Led successful transition from previous pastor of 19 years and recovery from crippling debt.
  • Increased average weekend attendance from 1,150 to 1,750.
  • Managed total budget of $5M and 70 staff (including school) of this second largest Baptist church in Canada.
  • President, Linden Christian School (K-12, growth from 200 to 700 students).
  • President, Lindenholm Seniors Housing (144 units).
  • President, Winnipeg Christian Counseling Group.