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Director Laura Duhan Kaplan


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Graduate Assistant Dr. Eloecea (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller) is a retired psychologist from the United States and a student in the Master of Arts in Indigenous and Inter-Religious Studies program at VST. She is passionate about the confluence of psychology and spirituality in interfaith engagement, exploring ways in which contemplative practices enhance relationship with self and Other.

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

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Dr. Terry Neiman (Ph.D., Communication Studies, Simon Fraser University) does conflict intervention professionally, specializing in dialogue. He has been on the faculty of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Centre for Conflict Resolution (1995-present), an instructor in the Simon Fraser University School of Communication (2006-2018), and an adjunct faculty member at VST (2018). Terry has also volunteered as a facilitator in CIJA’s Jewish-Christian dialogue.

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.

Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Islamic Philosophy from the University of Tehran; and Masters in Arabic from the University of Punjab, Pakistan. Currently, he serves as Muslim Chaplain at UBC; Research scholar, Research Institute of Spirituality and Ethics (RISE), Al-Mustafa Academy Society; and Religious consultant, Al-Zahraa Islamic Center, Richmond BC. Previously he was Assistant Professor at International Islamic University Islamabad (2003-2004); Visiting Professor, Bonn University Germany (2006); Director General Research at the Council of Islamic Ideology Pakistan (2007 – 2010).

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.

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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



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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



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Research Associate

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Rev. Dr. Steven Chambers



Regular Faculty

Acting Theological Field Education Director

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Nicola E. Hayward



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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



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Anglican Church Appointee

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Primal Narayan



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Accountant



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Emilie Ong



Principal's Office

Development Assistant



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Frances Picherack



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ICD.D

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David S. Robinson



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Research Associate in Theology & Ethics

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Rev. Jessica Schaap



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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





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Julie Summers



Facilities Operations

Reception / Facilities Assistant



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Jaycelyn Tey



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Intermediate Accountant



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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





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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

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William R. Crockett



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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



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Michael Francis



Board of Governors, VST Foundation

Chair of the Board of Governors

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Richard G. Leggett



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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



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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



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Paula Pryce



Research Associates

Research Associate

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The Rev. Dr. Brian Thorpe



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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



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Foundation Member

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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



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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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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





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Christina Ray



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Instructor in Community Ministry



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Dr. Harry O. Maier





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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



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Instructor



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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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