I received confirmation in the mail yesterday from Toronto Baptist Seminary that I have been accepted into their Master of Theology (ThM) program. I will be doing research in the field of church history with a emphasis in Baptist studies under the supervision of Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn under this esteemed church historian! I’m sure I will be providing updates on this blog of interesting information which I discover in my research. I am leaning strongly toward researching and writing my thesis about Hercules Collins (click here for a short biographical essay by Dr. Haykin). Hercules was an early English Baptist (17th Century) who served as pastor of the Wapping church in London during the late 1600’s. I will share more about Hercules in the days ahead. Many things about him serve to make him an interesting figure to research (at least to me). But one compelling feature that we should all agree upon is that he had a cool first name!