Who Am I?

With Family at Grad
“About” pages are always opportunities for self-congratulation – that’s why I hate them. But, because you’re here, that means you actually want to know something about me. So I should say something at least!

My name is Ian Clary. I’m originally from Windsor, Ontario. When I go back to visit I attend Grace Baptist Church of Essex where I interned in 2010. My church membership in Toronto is New City Baptist Church, a church that I helped plant. Currently I am a pastoral intern at Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington; this internship may lead to long-term ministry there. I am the book review editor for Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics.

As for education, I have a master of divinity from Toronto Baptist Seminary where I recently also completed a master of theology. My research for this degree was in post-Reformation history. In particular I wrote a thesis on Archbishop James Ussher, who was an Irish Puritan, and his understanding of early church christology. I am in the middle of the application process for a doctoral program at the Free University of Amsterdam, where I have proposed to write on Alexander Carson (1776-1844) as an evangelical response to the Enlightenment.

I’m married to a wonderful Welsh lass named Vicky and we live in downtown Toronto. She and I have a beautiful little boy named Jackson and a baby girl named Molly.

To find me elsewhere on the web:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ianclary
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ianhughclary
Academia.edu: http://tbs.academia.edu/IanClary


20 responses to “Who Am I?

  1. Hi Ian,

    I’m emailing you because you’ve listed The Daily Scroll in your blogroll. (THANKS!)

    I wanted to let you know that I’m now offering free advertising in my prominent 468X60 banner ad spot (see attached image), to bloggers and site owners who place a Daily Scroll button or blog post on their sites.

    Details are here (www.dailyscroll.net/advertise/free-ad).

    Hope to hear from you …


    Chris Ross
    The Daily Scroll

    • Hey Chris,
      I’d love to! My only problem is that I don’t know how to put button’s on my actual blog. I use WordPress, do you know the steps I’d have to take?


  2. Ian, Thanks for your book review at DR (on Canon…). Just last week I used my old copy to help our youth director with some questions on the OT. Glad to see the book getting fresh coverage. You might want to change your DR bio-page to link here, instead of at your old blog. (I will get after Tim if his links are inactive). May the Lord bless your church planting efforts, and raise up a fine church. Feel free to contact me if you travel down towards Albany, NY.
    Yours by divine mercy, db

  3. Mark@DR


    I just came across this comment thread and changed your blog info at DR.

    Waiting for Tim? When will you ever learn!



  4. Would you consider reviewing this new Christian book on your blog? I’d be glad to mail you a copy if you are interested in posting a review.
    TITLE: Learn to Study the Bible
    AUTHOR: Andy Deane
    ISBN: 978-1-60791-576-8

    PUBLISHER: Xulon Press
    BOOK WEBSITE: http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com

    Book Summary:
    Pastor Andy Deane’s new book teaches you forty different step-by-step Bible study methods to help you discover, apply and enjoy God’s Word. Each practical method has a handwritten example to demonstrate it and make it easy for you to follow the steps. Learn how to study the Bible with so much variety that you’ll never get into the rut that routine brings ever again. Learn to Study the Bible has more Bible study methods than any other book out there!

  5. Dave Van Kesteren

    Ian, it has been way too long. It’s great to hear how far you’ve gone with your education. Drop me a line sometime, it would be great to catch up.

  6. Vaidas

    Dear Ian,

    I have you website in my “Favorites” list. Thank you for your ministry! I know that you are very good on theology and historical theology. I would like to ask you. I noticed that the new book by Christopher A. Hall appeared “Worshiping with the Church Fathers”. DO you know any reviews of this book? What do you personally think about this book? Thank you very much.



    • Hi Vaidas, thanks for the comment! It’s good to know that at least someone out there is reading my blog–and from Lithuania, wow! I’m glad that you’re interested in the fathers, they are so important, yet so neglected in evangelical circles. Christopher Hall is great, he’s written a couple of good introductions to the fathers that I think are helpful. Although I have yet to see the worship book, based on what I know from others in that series, I would recommend it. At this point, however, I don’t think that there are any reviews of it out. I would also highly recommend the the first volume in Hughes Oliphant Old’s series on worship, it deals with the fathers in greater detail.

  7. Vaidas

    Ian, thank you very much. I didn’t hear about H. Oliphant Old before. I also contacted your seminary (Toronto Baptist Seminary) and I wanted to study there, but they don’t give scholarships for international students as far as I understood. So I applied to Truett seminary, Baylor University in TX. I was accepted. So if the good Lord allows I will start MDIv studies at Truett August, 2010. Also I am writing my thesis in Vilnius University theme “Baptist History in Lithuania 1918-1940”. Ian, are you familiar with European interwar Baptist history and doctrines?

  8. Vaidas

    Ian, is it worth to buy Everett Ferguson “Early Christians Speak” (2 volumes) and study from it about the early church? Or could you recomend some other books in order to research the early church?

    • Hi Vaidas,

      I would highly recommend anything by Everett Ferguson, including the two volumes you suggest. His book on baptism in the early church is outstanding as well. Other volumes on the early church I would recommend are: F.F. Bruce’s “The Spreading Flame” which you can often find second hand for a good price. Henry Chadwick’s “The Early Church” in the Penguin series is also stellar and shorter than Bruce. Ivor Davidson has two good volumes on the early church in the Baker series on church history which may be out of print now. For volumes of a bit deeper scholarship, I would recommend the first volume in Jaroslav Pelikan’s five volume series on historical theology. I would also say that for further studies in patristics, you need to have Johannes Quasten’s “Patrology.” Thanks for commenting!


  9. henrytrocino

    hello brother ian,

    i’m looking for brothers with kindred spirit who wouldn’t mind to have a mutual link of their blogs with my blog and blogroll. check me out at “the glory of his grace,” at henrytrocino.wordpress.com.



  10. Am I being particularly thick?! How to I ‘follow’ your blog?

  11. Ohhhh…just as I posted the comment above, I caught a glimpse of, ‘Subscribe by e-mail to this site’….
    I think I know the answer to the first question in my original comment….!

  12. Hi Ian,

    I’ve enjoyed reading some of the papers you wrote as a student at Toronto Baptist Seminary. You are a good writer, and I appreciate your ability to summarize large sections of material in a shorter format. I’m a Baptist church-planting missionary in Colombia who happens to love church history. I’m interested in the Th.M. at Toronto because it looks feasible for someone who lives overseas, and I am very interested especially in anything that Dr. Haykin could teach me. I wondered if you could shoot me an email so I could ask you a few questions about your experience there. I also understand that you’re probably very busy, so if you don’t have time don’t feel bad.


  13. Hi,

    Saw you have an interest in the Gospel Coaltion through Google search :)

    FYI prelim program for 2012 Gospel Coalition Canadian Conference now online at


    Also workshop details and speaker bios.

    Online registration to come up late January.

    For more info check the Facebook Page or West Highland website at http://westhighland.org/conferences298.php

    Kurt Davis
    2012 Gospel Coalition Organizing Committee

  14. Tom Reilly

    I presume that you have Carson’s “Baptism: its Mode and Subjects” published by Sovereign Grace Books but should you need a copy I would be happy to give it to you.

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