Janet M. Starks, D. Min.

VP for Academic Affairs

Helping students and Kingswood achieve academic excellence is a role that Dr. Starks takes seriously. In addition to ensuring the University’s compliance to academic standards for accreditation, she gives oversight to Kingswood’s entire curriculum and helps students navigate program options for meeting graduation requirements. She serves on the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Dr. Starks has also been instrumental in creating and overseeing the Kingswood Student Success Centre, a free tutoring and study help service for students.

Born and raised in England, Dr. Starks considers herself a British Canadian. She and her husband Rev. Richard Starks have two adult daughters who are teachers. She is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church.

For relaxation, Dr. Starks loves to travel with her family, read, and do puzzles of all kinds. She can also operate a mitre saw and swing a hammer, having helped her husband on many home renovation projects.


2008 - D.Min., Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
D.Min. Dissertation Title: “An Examination of and Recommendations for the Academic Advising Program at Bethany Bible College”
1987 - M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS
1982 - B.Sc. (Christian Education), Kingswood University, Sussex, NB

Courses Taught

  • Church History
  • Introduction to Ministry
  • Wesleyan History & Discipline


Contact Information

Phone: 506.432.4407
Fax: 506.432.4426
Email: starksj@kingswood.edu
Office Location: Academic Affairs building

Dr. Starks Posts

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    Because they said “Yes”

    Thirty-eight years ago a couple said “yes” to God’s call on their lives. Responding to this call meant leaving parents, siblings, nephews, nieces, friends and moving their four teenage children and their belongings across the Atlantic Ocean. It meant leaving the security of a university professorship and selling house, cars, furni...
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    Dr. Janet Starks to Become VP for Academic Affairs

    Kingswood University is pleased to announce Dr. Janet Starks has been selected as its new Vice President for Academic Affairs, pending board approval. Giving his wholehearted recommendation, Kingswood’s president, Dr. Stephen Lennox, said, “Dr. Starks brings a wealth of skills and experiences to this position. She knows Kingswood very well, having ...
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    A Mother’s Musings

    “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NIV). Mary remembered all the things that had happened and thought through them many times. This is what mothers do – Mary was just like many mothers. Mothers look both backwards and forwards, both remembering their children in the past and anticipating...
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    In Everything – Give Thanks

    Part of my culture is to celebrate two Thanksgivings. We celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in October; and, because my husband is American, and because I lived in the United States for fifteen years, we also celebrate American Thanksgiving. This is further reinforced by being part of the Kingswood community where we also observe two Thanksgivings. As...
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    Lest We Forget

    In the last few weeks we’ve marked anniversaries of significant World War II events. May 8 was the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day (Victory in Europe); the week at the end of May and the beginning of June marked 75 years since the evacuation of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk; and, just after...