Denis Fortin

Denis Fortin

Denis Fortin

Title: Professor of Historical Theology
Office Location: Seminary Hall N313
Phone: (269) 471-3648

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BA, Canadian Union College
MDiv, Andrews University
PhD, Universite Laval


Denis Fortin is professor of theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, and until recently served as dean (2006-2013). Since joining the Seminary faculty in 1994, Fortin has served, director of the Master of Divinity program (1999-2001), associate dean (2000-2004), and chair of the Department of Theology and Christian philosophy (2006).

Born in Quebec City, Canada, Fortin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral ministry from Canadian University College, Alberta, in 1982. He earned a Master of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University in 1986 and a Doctorate in Theology (PhD) from the Université Laval, Quebec, in 1995. His dissertation studied the developments of three Adventist denominations in Canada in the nineteenth century. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

He is involved in a number of scholarly societies among them the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Society of Church History, the Adventist Theological Society, and the Adventist Society for Religious Studies.  He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and has served on numerous committees for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Fortin has authored a number of publications on Adventist history and theology. In 2004 he published Adventism in Quebec: The Dynamics of Rural Church Growth, 1830-1910 (Andrews University Press).  He is co-editor of the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013).
Fortin is married to Kristine Knutson, director of the Student Success Center at Andrews University. Their children are Kimberly and her husband, Andrew Fish, Mark, and Erika.