Maxine Hancock is Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Her books include Gold from the Fire: Postcards from a Prairie Pilgrimage (Regent College Publishing, 2004); Christian Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality & Community (ed. and intro; Regent College Publishing, 2002); The Key in the Window: Marginal Notes to Bunyan’s Narratives (Regent College Publishing, 2000), Harpur vs. Hancock: Challenging Viewpoints on Faith and Ethical Issues, (Lancelot Press, 1994) and Readings in Biblical Hebrew: An Intermediate Textbook, (co-authored; Yale University Press, 1993). Earlier titles include Living on Less & Liking it More and Re-Evaluating Your Commitments. Maxine’s books have been featured by book clubs, excerpted and reprinted in periodicals and curricula, and translated into seven languages. She has received numerous awards including Canadian Church Press first place awards for Theological Reflection/Inspirational, 1993, Best Column, 1997, and Feature Article, 2001; the Leslie K. Tarr Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to Christian writing in Canada; Canada Council Grant for Creative Non-fiction; and Leading Women Award in Communications and Media.
Returning to graduate study after she and her husband, Campbell, had raised their family of four children on a family grain farm in east-central Alberta, Maxine earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Alberta where she received the Governor-General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation. She has held guest lectureships including Staley Distinguished Guest Lectureships (Tyndale College, Toronto, 1997; Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, 2002), and Distinguished Guest Lectureship in Interdisciplinary Studies at Trinity Western University (1993-95).
Maxine has spoken widely throughout Canada and internationally, and has appeared on Vision Television network as panelist in “Cross-Currents,” and “Mandate for the Millennium,” and as apologist for historic orthodoxy in “Harpur vs. Hancock.” She has also hosted several television series, including “Stories of Our Becoming” and “Hancock & Company,” and was profiled in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Man Alive” series, “Facing God in the New Millennium” (Fall 2000.)
Maxine and Campbell now live near Canning, NS.