Fonds - Lloyd Mackey fonds.

OttawaWatch 1: Darfur and the 3D strategy. OttawaWatch 2: Two nations, two schools, two premiers. OttawaWatch 3: Same-sex continuum continues. OttawaWatch 5: Hope, music under the Peace Tower. OttawaWatch 6: Tsunamis' sea change, plus border caucus. OttawaWatch 7: Those pesky little blow-ins. OttawaWatch 8: Journalism in political context. OttawaWatch 9: "Help your MP" strategy emerges. OttawaWatch 10: Around the edges at the Tory caucus. OttawaWatch 11: Golden oldies and the same-sex conundrum.
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Lloyd Mackey fonds.

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  • 2004-2016, 2022 (Creation)

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379 Microsoft Word files ; 12.4 MB
3 PDF files : 1,848 KB

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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.

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Lloyd Mackey wrote the articles for the OttawaWatch publication, which were not published. Prior to donation, Lloyd edited these articles providing a current political context. The pre-2010 articles were written in Word 2003 on Microsoft Office 7 using a PC laptop. The articles were edited in Microsoft Office 10. The articles were transferred to TWU Archives and Special Collections on a Kingston DataTraveler USB stick. On September 15, 2022. a Verbatium USB stick was donated containing of an unpublished manuscript.

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The fonds consists of articles written for the OttawaWatch publication. These articles were not published, and are described as the “faith-political interface” as observed during Lloyd Mackey years working in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery. The articles reflect the concept of biblical resolution, management, and studies in the areas of collaborative governance through Lloyd’s reporting on the activities of faith-based organizations. In addition, there is a series that contain unpublished manuscripts and personal writing.

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Author arranged articles by date the article was written. At the beginning of each article are italicized notes providing a current political context. The archivist has arranged the articles by decades and represented as series.

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Located TWU SharePoint > Digital TWU Archives > DigitalArchives > 20 Lloyd Mackey fonds

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Contact the author, Lloyd Mackey for permission to use at

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A selection of articles were chosen by Flyn Ritchie, edited and published OttawaWatch and can be found here:

Additional publications that Lloyd Mackey contributed to include: Alberta Report, BC Christian News, BC Report, Canadian Mennonite, The Chilliwack Progress, Christianity Today, ChristianWeek, Church for Vancouver, The Columbian, Decision, HillTimes, Mennonite Brethren Herald, Mennonite Reporter, Presbyterian Record, The Province. Toronto Star, United Church Observer, Vancouver Sun and the Western Report.

Lloyd Mackey spoke at the 2011 Mel Smith Lecture on The Role of a Christian Press in a Pluralistic Society.

In addition, TWU Library has the following books written or edited by Lloyd Mackey:

  • Bell, Roy D., Mackey, Lloyd (ed.). (1987). “Biblical Models of Handling Conflict”. Welch Pub. Co., Call number: BV4597.53.C58 B4587 1987
  • Mackey, L. (1995). “These Evangelical Churches of Ours”. Wood Lake Books. Call number: BR1642.C3 M33 1995
  • Mackey, L. (1997). "Like Father, Like Son: Ernest Manning and Preston Manning". ECW Press. Call number: FC601.A1 M33 1997
  • Mackey, L. (2005). "More Faithful than We Think". BayRidge Books. Call number: FC635 .M32 2005
  • Mackey, L. (2005). "The Pilgrimage of Stephen Harper". ECW Press. Call number: FC651.H37 M3267 2005
  • Mackey, L. (2006). "Stephen Harper: a Case for Collaborative Governance". ECW Press. Call number: FCFC651.H37 M3267 2006
  • John H. Redekop, Mackey, Lloyd, and Bramble Neil. (Eds.). (2018). “The Church in Surrey and White Rock: The Untold Story”. The SWR Publishing Company.

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Hyperlinks found within the articles may be broken. Researchers may be able to locate the respective content by conducting an independent internet search. Or, visit Internet Archive's Wayback Machine that archives website pages.

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