Ray Pennings is a co-founder of Cardus and currently serves as its Executive Vice President, working out of the Calgary office. He has long experience in Canadian industrial relations, as well as public policy, political activism, and political affairs generally. He has headed several of Cardus' largest research projects over the years, including a monumental education survey which led to the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative in association with the University of Notre Dame. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics as well, having held senior positions on campaign teams at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. Ray did his under-graduate at McMaster University and holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from Puritan Theological Seminary.
Ray's grasp of applied public theology is evident through his writings (much of which can be found at cardus.ca) but also through his volunteer efforts. He has served on the boards of charities, universities, community groups and in his church community. His present commitments include serving on the boards of the Rosebud School of the Arts and the Civitas Society. Ray is married to Kathy and they have a university-aged son.
Industrial relations and labour negotiations;
Reformed thought and theology;
twentieth century (neo)Calvinism
B.A., History (McMaster University)
M.A., Religion (Puritan Theological Seminary)
Memberships and Affiliations
Founding President, Worldwide Christian Schools
Preaching Elder, Free Reformed Church
Chair of Board of Governors, Redeemer University College
Director of Founding Board of Paidea Center for Public Theology