Mackey, Lloyd

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Lloyd Mackey is a retired journalist and founding editor of "BC Christian News", which circulated for almost 30 years until 2011 in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Born and raised in Victoria. After an early start toward a pastoral vocation, Lloyd transitioned to journalism. He was a reporter for and, later, editor of "The Chilliwack Progress". Lloyd was a member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery from 1998 to 2013, writing for several Christian publications and websites on stories relating to what he calls the faith-political interface. He wrote several books in that genre about, among others, Preston Manning, and Stephen Harper, as well as producing a weekly column of faith-based analysis of the Ottawa scene, known most of the time as OttawaWatch.

Lloyd earned an MBA from Simon Fraser University in 1984 and, in 2015, was awarded a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. From of his DMin thesis emerged the Online Encyclopedia of Canadian Christian Leaders which, after a year of setup, was rolled over into Faith in Canada 150, a Canadian sesquicentennial project of Cardus, a Christian think tank.

Over the course of his 50-year journalism career, Lloyd freelanced for the "Presbyterian Record, Canadian Baptist, United Church Observer, Decision Magazine, Mennonite Brethren Herald, ChristianWeek, Western Report, Faith Today, National Post, Vancouver Sun and Christianity Today.

Lloyd was a sessional instructor at Trinity Western University (TWU) after completing his MBA. In the 1980s, he taught Micro and Macro Economics for the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB). TWU contracted with ICB to provide professional development programs emerging chartered bank leaders. Later, he taught in the TWU media and communication program. He developed the original curriculum for Introduction to Journalism and taught a senior class for communication students intending to transition into journalism careers.

During the early 2000s, while in Ottawa, Lloyd served on the Mel Smith Committee, a group that arranged the former Mel Smith lecture at Trinity Western. Smith was a long time distinguished constitutional and administrative law director for the British Columbia government. Lloyd’s involvement in the committee grew out of his long-time links with Smith, going back to when they were both Christian young people at Oaklands Gospel Hall (later Oaklands Chapel) in Victoria. Lloyd delivered the Mel Smith lecture in 2011. The title was: "The Role of a Christian Press in a Pluralistic Society". While in Ottawa, Lloyd periodically participated in panels and guest lectures at Trinity Western’s Laurentian Leadership Centre.

Lloyd is married to Edna who was administrative assistant for 15 years, to Dr. Maurice Vellacott, a member of parliament for one of the Saskatoon ridings. During their time at Trinity Western, Edna was executive assistant to Dr. Guy Saffold, executive vice-president of Trinity Western.

In retirement, Lloyd has been involved in several free-lance or voluntary projects. He co-edited "The Church in Surrey and White Rock: The Untold Story", spearheaded by Dr. John H. Redekop, Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor emeritus who has also taught at Trinity Western.

Lloyd provides “chaplaincy support” for the Multifaith Centre at Simon Fraser University, focusing on the Surrey campus.


Ottawa, Ontario
Langley, BC

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Lloyd Mackey published the following books:

Bell, Roy D., Mackey, Lloyd (ed.). (1987). “Biblical Models of Handling Conflict”. Welch Pub. Co.,
Mackey, L. (1995). “These Evangelical Churches of Ours”. Wood Lake Books.
Mackey, L. (1997). "Like Father, Like Son: Ernest Manning and Preston Manning". ECW Press.
Mackey, L. (2005). "More Faithful than We Think". BayRidge Books.
Mackey, L. (2005). "The Pilgrimage of Stephen Harper". ECW Press.
Mackey, L. (2006). "Stephen Harper: a Case for Collaborative Governance". ECW Press.
John H. Redekop, Mackey, Lloyd, and Bramble Neil. (Eds.). (2018). “The Church in Surrey and White Rock: The Untold Story”. The SWR Publishing Company.

-1975: Dick Beamish Trophy, the top award of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation, for a story about the effect of federal milk quotas on the economics of dairy farming in B.C. The story appeared in The Chilliwack Progress.
-1975: Best News Story in a Newspaper Award from the Media Club of Canada (B.C. Branch) for an interview with the survivors of a truck-train crash at a freeway level crossing. The story, which appeared in The Chilliwack Progress, helped trigger the building of an overpass for the rail line.
-1998: First place, Historical/Biographical, Canadian Christian Writing Awards, sponsored by Faith Today Magazine, for Like Father, Like Son: Ernest Manning and Preston Manning (ECW Press).
-2005: First place, interview category, Fellowship for Christian Newspapers (affiliated with Evangelical Press) for an interview with Tony Campolo, published in ChristianCurrent Ottawa, May, 2004. This was in competition with Christian community newspapers from across North America.
-2006: Lloyd was the joint recipient of the Leslie K. Tarr Award from The Word Guild, along with the late Bob Harvey.

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March 2022, tk; updated November 2022, tk




Authority record adapted from biography provided by Lloyd Mackey.

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