Vancouver School of Theology

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Director Laura Duhan Kaplan


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Student Assistants

Arun Chatterjee is a second-year Masters student in Public and Pastoral Theology in the Spiritual Care program. Previously, he worked as a computer engineer. An experience of awakening and a sense of deep calling brought him to VST to study theology, and prepare to work in Spiritual Care as a multi-faith chaplain. Arun comes from a Hindu faith tradition.

Lorraine Ashdown is a student in the Masters of Divinity program and on the path to ordination in the United Church of Canada. She is currently working as a part-time Supply Minister at Squamish United Church. Lorraine is passionate about community, connection and about seeing and feeling God’s love in action.

Conference Administrator Hillary Kaplan is a Philosophy and Gender Studies student at Simon Fraser University, with a professional background in event planning and arts management. She is passionate about art, education, and community building, which has led to her involvement in organizing arts and culture festivals such as the Queer Arts Festival, Intention Gathering, and Burn in the Forest, as well as youth retreat programming at Or Shalom Synagogue.

Research Associates

Dr. Rosa Sevy (Ph.D., Sociology, UBC), formerly Iona Pacific Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Coordinator, is a licensed clinical counselor with an expertise in post-traumatic historical consciousness, whose current research explores best practices for women from different religious traditions and nations of origin to engage positively with each other.

Dr. Mark Stein (Ph.D., Linguistics, UMass Amherst) is trained in theoretical linguistics. He has specialized in pastoral care within an interfaith environment. His current research explores the complexities of Jews and Christians learning together.

VST Staff Community

Coming from diverse backgrounds and varied stories to join us in this work, our staff team creates the context for both the ministry of education and of hospitality which so defines the VST experience. In his reflection on the meaning of the human journey, Jean Vanier speaks a truth: “Life is a difficult and suffering path; it is in the companionship of courageous and caring others, that we summon the will to carry on.” These words speak directly to the daily offering of the VST staff community. With shoulders behind complicated wheels in changing times, these companions hold us. It is together, only together, that we see our work rise, our trepidation recede and our work become.

Directory

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Dr. Maryann Amor



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Instructor in Biblical Languages



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Dr. Joy Begley



VST Foundation
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Tom Berekoff



Principal's Office

Director, Advancement



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Mr. Iain Black



Board of Governors

Chancellor

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Rev. Dixie Black



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Instructor in Pastoral & Spiritual Care



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Jason Brown



Research Associates

Research Associate

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Steven Chambers



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Research Associate

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Nicola E. Hayward



Research Associates

Research Associate

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Rev. Victor Kim





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The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne



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Instructor in Indigenous Studies



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Bishop David Lehmann



Board of Governors

Anglican Church Appointee

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Emilie Ong



Principal's Office

Development Assistant



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Frances Picherack



Board of Governors

ICD.D

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David S. Robinson



Research Associates

Research Associate in Theology & Ethics

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Rev. Jessica Schaap



Board of Governors
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The Rev. Dr. Axel Schoeber



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Instructor in Church History



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Willie Si



VST Foundation
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The Right Reverend Melissa Skelton



Board of Governors

Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster

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Rev. Michelle Slater



Board of Governors Profile


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The Rev. Canon Dr. Dawna Wall



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Instructor in Worship and Liturgy



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Catalina Parra



Indigenous Studies Program

Administrative Coordinator



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Rev. Grant Rodgers



Regular Faculty

Director, Anglican Formation

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Dr. Heather F. Clarke





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Rod Thomson





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Dr. Patricia J. Vickers



Sessionals, Indigenous Studies Program

Instructor



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William R. Crockett



Affiliated Faculty

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Samaya Jardey



Sessionals, Indigenous Studies Program

Instructor



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The Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Paul



Board of Governors, Regular Faculty

Professor of Mission Theology

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Terry Anderson



Affiliated Faculty

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Michael Francis



Board of Governors, VST Foundation

Chair of the Board of Governors

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Richard G. Leggett



Affiliated Faculty

Professor Emeritus of Liturgical Studies



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Rev. Raymond C. Aldred



Regular Faculty, Indigenous Studies Program

Director of the Indigenous Studies Program

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Jim Lindenberger



Affiliated Faculty

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg OSBCn



Sessionals, Indigenous Studies Program

Instructor



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Cheryl Jourdain



Board of Governors

United Church Appointee

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Dr. Ashley Moyse





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Bud (William) Phillips



Affiliated Faculty

Emeriti



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Paula Pryce



Research Associates

Research Associate

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The Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe



Sessionals

Instructor in Church History



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Judy Hager





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Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg



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Instructor in United Church Education & Ministry



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Douglas Rae



VST Foundation

Foundation Member

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Graham McIsaac



VST Foundation

Foundation Member

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Naomi Lloyd



Library Staff

Library Coordinator and Head of Technical Services



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Rev. Julie Lees



Principal's Office

Student Recruitment Coordinator



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Shari Coltart



Accounting

Chief Financial Officer



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James Ceaser



Facilities Operations

Maintenance Supervisor



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Luis Eduardo



Facilities Operations

Housekeeping



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Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan



Regular Faculty, Inter-Religious Studies

Director of Inter-religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies

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Kelly Lee



Principal's Office

Executive Assistant



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Lucia Lima



Facilities Operations

Housekeeping Supervisor



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Hunter Mueller



Facilities Operations

I.T. Administrator



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Yanfen An



Accounting

Junior Accountant



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Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls



Regular Faculty, Dean's Office, Library Staff

Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible

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Faye Chisholm



Library Staff

Public Services



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Anita Fast





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Thu Vo



Facilities Operations

Reception/Facilities Support



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Margaret Trim



Dean's Office

Coordinator of Academic Records and Admissions



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R. Gerald Hobbs



Affiliated Faculty

Professor Emeritus of Church History and Music



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Dr. Sallie McFague



Regular Faculty

Distinguished Theologian in Residence

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Christina Ray



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Instructor in Community Ministry



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Dr. Harry O. Maier



Regular Faculty

Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies

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Mr. James H. Simpson



Board of Governors

Vice Chair, United Church Appointee

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Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart





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Rev. Dr. Richard Topping



Board of Governors, Principal's Office, Regular Faculty

Principal, Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition

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Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee



Regular Faculty

Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation

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Rev. Janet Gear



Regular Faculty

Assistant Professor of Public and Pastoral Leadership, United Church Director of Denominational Formation

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The Venerable Ron Harrison



VST Foundation

Foundation Treasurer

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Rev. Brenda Fawkes



Regular Faculty

Director, Field Education

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Ian Sheh



Principal's Office

Communications and Marketing Officer



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Dr. R. Kenneth Carty



VST Foundation

Foundation Chair

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