Dr. Doug Tiffin has served GIAL since 2008 – first as the Director of Development, then as Dean of Academic Affairs, and he now serves as the second President of the school.
Prior to joining GIAL, Doug served as a Senior Pastor for 25 years in two churches in Canada and one in northern California. The church he pastored in Manitoba is the home church of Wilma Forster of Wycliffe Bible Translators. While he was the pastor there, the church supported seven Wycliffe family units – the most of any church in Canada. He also worked for three years as a fund-raising executive consultant with almost 40 churches and parishes across North America.
Doug earned a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is a native Canadian and his wife, Mary Sue, grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas. They have been married for 37 years, have two married adult children living in Texas, and two grandchildren with one more on the way.
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.
Doug encourages students to make sure they are doing something that will have long term significance. Significance is far more important than financial success or public recognition.