Hayes, Alan L.

Alan Hayes
College: Wycliffe College
Degrees: PhD (McGill)
Email: alan.hayes@utoronto.ca
Personal Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/hayes
Teaching Category:
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree
GCTS Emeritus


Alan Hayes was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, on the unceded territories of the Ohlone nation. He attended Pomona College (BA, 1967), and then studied at McGill University (BD, 1971; PhD in religious studies, 1975). With support from a Canada Council doctoral fellowship he wrote his doctoral thesis on the government office that administered church affairs in England under Henry VIII, 1535-1540. He was appointed to the faculty of Wycliffe College in 1975 where he has taught ever since. He has served in various offices of academic administration, including acting principal of Wycliffe (1998-1999) and director of the Toronto School of Theology (2007-2018). He has been active in various scholarly associations, professional organizations, and church committees, including the Council of the American Society of Church History, the Board of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, the editorial boards of Anglican and Episcopal History and Toronto Journal of Theology,  the executive of the (now defunct) Churches’ Council on Theological Education in Canada, the communications committee of the Association of Theological Schools, and the board of the Canadian Society for Church History. He is an Anglican priest and an honorary canon of Christ’s Church Cathedral in the diocese of Niagara, and serves as honorary assistant priest at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Oakville. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honour society. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, a United Church of Canada minister, and they live on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nation, under Upper Canada Treaty no. 14. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

  • Specializations

    • History of Christianity in Canada
    • Historiography
    • History of Anglicanism

    Other Teaching Areas:

    • Christianity to 843
    • Research methods
  • Publications

    • Anglicans in Canada: Controversy and Identity in Historical Perspective. University of Illinois Press (2004).
    • " 'Hold onto Your Hats': Vatican II and Aggiornamento in the Anglican Church of Canada," in Michael Attridge, Catherine E. Clifford, and Gilles Routhier, Vatican II: Expériences canadiennes / Canadian Experiences. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press (2011), 122–147.
    • "Anglican Church of Canada," in Ian S. Markham et al., The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion. Wiley-Blackwell (2013): 475-488. 
    • "Sam Blake’s Projects and Ministries: A Canadian’s Church of Ireland Vision," for Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society 53. (fall 2015): 40–66.
    • "Anglican Deaconesses in Canada 1889−1969: Two Operational Models of a Gendered Order of Ministry," for Thomas Power, ed., A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin (Wipf and Stock: 2018): 223–272.
    • “The Historiography of Indigenous–Settler Religious Relations in Canada,” Historical Papers 2019: Canadian Society of Church History, ed. Bruce L. Guenther, Scott McLaren, and Todd Webb (CSCH, 2020).   
    • “T.B.R. Westgate: Organizing and Financing Indigenous Erasure for the Anglican Church, 1920–1943,”  Toronto Journal of Theology 36 (2020): 54–74
    • “The Elusive Goal: The Commitment to Indigenous Self-Determination in the Anglican Church of Canada, 1967–2019,” Anglican and Episcopal History 89 (2020): 255–280
    • “The Evolution of Governance at the Toronto School of Theology,” upcoming in Toronto Journal of Theology, winter 2021
    • Web publications, periodically updated, include "Early Christianity to 843", found here.