Runner Academy


Applications for the 2019 Runner Academy are now open. A limited number of spaces are available to qualifying students and young professionals between the ages of 19 and 39 in this heavily subsidized program. You may be asked for an interview, and will be notified of your acceptance by April 5, 2019. To apply and view application deadlines, Click Here.


The H. Evan Runner International Academy for Cultural Leadership is a two-week summer residential training program, beginning in 2019, hosted by the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and co-sponsored by truthXchange and the Center for Cultural Leadership. The Runner Academy seeks to equip the next generation of Christian cultural leaders to understand their own lives and cultural moment through the lens of God’s eternal Word. Delegates will learn about the implications of that Word for every aspect of life, and their calling as God’s people to create and cultivate true, godly culture in the public space.

 The Academy seeks to do this by providing comprehensive biblical/cultural worldview training in the survey of Western heritage, the relationship of Christ to culture, the relevance of scriptural law and biblical principles, the nature of being human in terms of the gospel, and the true art of freedom.

 In the face of radical secularism, resurgent Islam and proliferating pagan spirituality, our rich Christian heritage, the wisdom that helped give shape to the Western world, is at risk of being lost – discarded by a prevailing anti-Christian ideology, and abandoned by many Christians – as outdated, oppressive, irrelevant.

At the Academy, we are seeking to unveil the state of the nation and offer the tools to retrieve these lost riches of Christian wisdom, to understand the truth, freedom, and beauty of the full scope of the gospel of Jesus, and to provide an environment that stimulates creative discussion for engaging with and shaping culture to the glory of God.


The Runner Academy is hosted at the Ezra Institute’s Centre for Reformational Culture in Grimsby, Ontario.

Situated on 25 beautiful acres of landscaped and forested land on the Niagara Peninsula with fabulous views of Lake Ontario, and the Toronto skyline in the distance, the Centre is the heart and hub of all the activities and programs of the EICC.

This multi-use facility provides the student and visiting leader with everything from a stunning 20,000 volume wood-panelled library and inspiring lecture theatre, to a tennis court, cafeteria, concert/dining hall, and media room. As a place of refreshment, reflection, teaching and training, the EICC Centre is a location in which to be transformed by the renewing of one’s mind.


The inaugural Runner Academy will be offered July 14-27, 2019.

The two weeks of the Runner Academy are arranged to provide a solid intellectual foundation, as well as a coherent, real-world application of a biblical worldview.

The first week is a thorough introduction to Christian philosophy and theology, with emphasis on the authority of God’s Word not only for personal life but also for public life, law and culture.

The second week surveys where we are in the West – our cultural legacy and inheritance, and illustrates how the cultural issues introduced in Week 1 are being played out around us, as well as the role we ourselves have to play as Christian professionals. The content of lectures this week focuses on issues of life, liberty, lordship, sexuality, and the rising religious perspectives in the West, particularly secularism and Islam.

In addition to lecture content provided by faculty, time will be reserved each day for reflection and discussion of application and tactics related to the curriculum.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops specific to their occupation.

Students will also have the option to apply to their university or seminary to receive credit towards their degree for participation in the Runner Academy. For these students, a written essay is required, to be submitted within three weeks of the conclusion of the program. The EICC will provide suggested essay topics, reading lists and writing guidelines, as well as all necessary curriculum descriptions for the student to submit to their university.


 Runner Academy faculty members are men and women with a reputation for godliness and academic excellence, as well as insight and experience in the work of cultural transformation. They are pastors and theologians, physicians and educators, authors, media personalities, lawyers, and front-line ministry leaders.


Delegates at the Runner Academy are students and young professionals in fields such as theology, medicine, law, education, and the fine arts. It is in these areas that cultural conflict is most vividly brought to light.

By providing training in a thoroughly biblical worldview, the Runner Academy will help to prepare the next generation of Christian leaders to formulate, articulate and credibly defend a truly scriptural view of life as the sole source of truth, freedom and beauty, shaping the future to the glory of God.


For more information about the 2019 Runner Academy please email

"The most fundamental and urgent battle of our timeā€¦is a struggle for the religious direction of human society in its totality. The battle of our time is to determine which spirit is to possess our hearts and give direction to our civilization."

—H. Evan Runner