Current Teaching Faculty
The Associate Faculty of St Stephen’s College is a diverse group of highly competent professionals and academics who are engaged – along with the resident Faculty – in the task of guiding the teaching and learning enterprise of the College during this academic year.
Markus Alexander, MA, CAGS, PhD Candidate is an innovator in the field of Expressive Arts Therapy. Since 1985, beginning in New York, he has paved the way for a new approach to arts and healing, using dance, theatre, painting, music and poetry in a profoundly contemplative way. Now living in Alberta, Canada, he is the director of World Arts Organization, and artistic director of Moving Legend Dance Theatre Company. He has conducted workshops in Europe, the Middle East and North and South America, most recently in Malta, Lapland and Peru. He is currently senior faculty at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Markus’ current focus is exploring the power of subtlety through performance art. “Through subtlety, the arts lead us into realms of profound nurture.” Markus has been associate faculty at St Stephen’s College since 2008.
Philip Behman is currently the coordinator of Spiritual Care Services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary where he has worked for 15 years. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at St Stephen’s College in 1999, focusing on the area of Palliative Care and Ethics. He has continued his relationship with St Stephen’s over the years acting as mentor and supervisor to several graduate students. Philip is an ordained Anglican Priest and certified Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education.
Joyce E. Bellous, PhD is Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary, Edmonton. She holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Education and a MA Policy Studies, with a focus on Multicultural Education from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in Philosophy of Education from the University of Alberta. Joyce taught for 16 years at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario before relocating to Edmonton several years ago. She is a transformational educator consultant, coach, and noted scholar with seven books either written or edited and numerous lay and professional papers and presentations. Her research is in the area of human spirituality and she teaches Ethics, Leadership, Christian education and cultural studies. Her most recent teaching and research is in the development of human resiliency.
Zoe Bernatsky, S.T.D, is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Newman Theological College, Edmonton. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Theological Studies, and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. Zoe is a member of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, a community of women religious in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. She has extensive experience in nursing, health care administration, chaplaincy, and spiritual direction.
Dale has taught various courses at St Stephen’s since 1994, and at Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Dale holds a MA degree in Religion, and a MTS degree. Dale is currently completing his PhD. He is interested in medical ethics and interfaith dialogue.
Rev. William Cantelon, MDiv, is a United Church Minister, and is interested in historical Jesus research. He has been teaching courses in Christian Scriptures at St. Stephen’s College for many years.
|Carr, John C.
Carr, John C.
John C. Carr, PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University; Evanston, ILL; former AAPC Diplomate; former CASC/ACSS Teaching Supervisor in CPE and PCE; Retired member of AAMFT (former Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor); Chartered Psychologist (Alberta # 1035). He is (mostly) retired after five decades of professional practice as a parish minister, pastoral psychotherapist, and clinical pastoral educator. John teaches therapy theory courses and has a longstanding interest in research methodology, professional formation, and crosscultural theory and practice. He has taught therapy theory and research methodology at the Mar Thoma Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, S. India. Contact: email@example.com
Philip Carverhill, PhD, is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and former music therapist in independent practice in Saskatoon. He is an invited member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement and facilitates a number of grief support groups. Phil has taught at St Stephen's College for 10 years and also in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His counselling and assessment practice also focuses on artists, musicians and the religious.
Margaret B Clark, DMin, is an Instructor in Practical Theology at St Stephen’s College. She is a CASC/ACSS certified Specialist in Spiritual Care and a Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Margaret studied Theology at both Newman Theological College (MDiv eq) and St Stephen’s College (DMin) in Edmonton, and has trained in spiritual direction through studies at Creighton University (MChSp) in Omaha, Nebraska. Margaret enjoys opportunities to serve others through teaching, spiritual care, CPE Supervision, and spiritual direction.
Heather Dawson, MA, RCAT, has been an art maker, an art therapist and an explorer of the uniqueness and the mystery of human beings for over thirty years. She trained as an art therapist, a body centered psychotherapist (the Hakomi Method) and has a Master's degree in expressive arts therapy and psychology. Her teachers are among the pioneers in each of these fields. Heather has taught at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and has been in private practice since 1994; she is also an instructor in the MPS Art Therapy Specialization program at St Stephen’s College, and is a core faculty instructor in the expressive arts training program in Vancouver. She continues to facilitate individual and group supervision for graduate therapists and has traveled throughout Canada and to Europe and Northern Ireland as a workshop facilitator.
Janice Dicks is past Chair of the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality program at St Stephen’s College. She holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and works as a Registered Psychologist. She holds a clinical focus in the treatment of trauma and a research focus in compassion focused therapy.
Rev Neil Elford, DMin, is past Chair of the Doctor of Ministry degree program and has served on the Doctor of Ministry program committee since 1994 at St Stephen’s College. He has taught courses on Leadership in Change and Spiritual Health and Self Psychology through St Stephen’s College. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Counseling Education Teaching Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Currently he is the Director for Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics with Providence Care, Kingston, Ontario. Prior to moving to Ontario he was involved in health care in Edmonton providing leadership and education in spiritual health (including Aboriginal Cultural Helpers), ethics, pastoral counseling, and intercultural relations.
Mona-Lee Feehan, BEd, MEd, MTh, DMin, is a graduate of St Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry program. She was made Professor Emerita at the 89th Convocation of St Stephen's College in 2013. In addition to her work with SSC, she also teaches at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta. Mona-Lee has worked in Christian marriage and relationship ministries for over 25 years and has authored several international programs preparing young couples for marriage. She has a passion for women's stories and is working towards a more inclusive understanding for all women in all denominations.
Barb Ganske, BSc (Pharm), BA, MTS, was drawn to St Stephen’s College when her first career as a pharmacist led her to question the nature of healing and its connection to spirituality. Through the MTS program, she studied the relationship between spirituality and healing, and the role of reconnecting to the natural world in the healing process.
Leslie Gardner, PhD, is on the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee at St Stephen’s College, and teaches the course ‘Inquiry, Research and Evaluation’. She has over 20 years experience in program evaluation, assisting public sector and voluntary organizations in process and outcome evaluation.
|Goa, David J
Goa, David J
David Goa is the Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. He counts the eminent philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, the scholar of religion Mircea Eliade, the historian Zenos Hawkinson, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, among the scholars who have most influenced his work. David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over 30 years at the Royal Alberta Museum. He lectures widely and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to the media. His work focuses on religious tradition and modern culture, culture and the civil life, and on public institutions in service to cultural communities and modern civil society.
Janet Greidanus has an MTS degree from St Stephen’s and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree there in 2005. Her dissertation, A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Bereaved Children, grew out of her work with bereaved children, both individually and in support groups. Janet has worked as a nurse, a hospital chaplain, and as a counsellor to university students at The King's University College. In 1999, Nick Zwaagstra and Janet founded the Expressive Arts Bereavement Support Program for Children and Teens (and their Families) at Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, a program they coordinated and facilitated together until 2006 and which is still flourishing today.
Darlynne Hildebrandt, MSW, RCAT, is an Art Therapist practicing in Edmonton. She is a Registered Focusing Trainer and Psychotherapist, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Registered Social Worker. Currently, she is the Registrar of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Nicole Imgrund, MPS, MDiv, teaches and supervises practicum students in the MPS Program. She is the Founding Director of River's Edge Counselling Centre in St Albert. In her psychotherapy practice, she works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective with adults and couples. As an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, Nicole has worked as a hospital chaplain and congregational minister. As past-president and longstanding board member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association's AB/NWT Chapter, she has devoted her efforts to promoting the counselling profession in Alberta and supporting colleagues in practice. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
Norbert Krumins, MTS, is the Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at St Stephen's College. He is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in writing and research. His background includes prison chaplaincy and social service project management. Norbert is passionate about the arts and is interested in the relationship between creativity and spirituality. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at St Stephen’s with research focussing on art making as a contemplative practice in the classroom.
Patricia MacAulay trained and taught at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and has a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. At present, she serves as school counsellor at an elementary school in Canada's Arctic where she uses arts and play based approaches to support children living with the after-effects of intergenerational trauma. Patricia has had a long and varied career that has been focused on education, social justice, and community development.
Tom Maddix, CSC, DMin, has taught spirituality for a number of years and is a retired health care executive.
Joyce Madsen was a member of the staff team for the Congregational Life Centre. She is co-author of Prisms and Wings Like Eagles, and with Clair Woodbury, brings 15 years of Canada-wide research and consulting to her courses.
Elaine Nagy, MDiv, is Teaching Chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children's Hospital and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. She has served in a variety of ministry settings including congregational ministry, hospital chaplaincy and campus ministry while working as Director of Presbyterian Formation at the Vancouver School of Theology. She has specialized education in Spiritual Direction. Elaine has mentored several theological students pursuing field education and clinical pastoral education. She is an ordained Presbyterian Minister and certified Teaching Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education.
|Olson, Joanne K.
Olson, Joanne K.
Joanne K. Olson, RN, PhD (Nursing), is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and a faith community nurse at Riverbend United Church. Joanne also holds an MSc (Public Health), and a BScN. Her clinical expertise is in community health nursing, specifically faith community or parish nursing. Her teaching/research expertise is in the areas of spirituality in nursing and health care and spiritual assessment in the context of whole person health. She also conducts research related to teaching and learning in professional education.
Ara Parker, DMin(Cand), MA, BCATR, RCAT, CCC, is Chair of the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality at St Stephen’s College. Ara holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts (General Honours) degree from York University, and the Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from Carleton University. She earned her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies concurrently through the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachussetts, and is currently enrolled in doctoral studies in art, psychotherapy and spirituality at St Stephen’s College. Ara has been a practicing art therapist in Canada and abroad working in agencies, schools, hospitals and in private practice. In addition, she has enjoyed a career in arts management and journalism with leading cultural agencies and in the media.
Tatiana Peet, MAPPC-AT, RCAT, is the past Associate Chair of Art Therapy at St Stephen’s College. Tatiana is deeply interested in the interface of the arts with healing and contemplative practices. Her current research explores the relationship between the creative arts therapies and personality development in the context of Kazimierz Dabrowki’s theory of positive disintegration. She brings a diverse background in dance, theatre, poetry, and visual art into her clinical work, and is a practicing art therapist in Edmonton.
Earle Sharam is a native Edmontonian. After a BA at the University of Alberta, he did graduate work at St Stephen’s College, San Francisco Theological Seminary and The University of Oxford, where he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. In 1996, he was appointed to the Faculty of St Stephen’s College, where he is now the Principal and Dean. He is a lay minister of The United Church of Canada, serving since 1982 in the village church in Waskatenau, Alberta and, since 2003, in Smoky Lake.
Ross Smillie holds a BSc from the University of Alberta, a MDiv from Vancouver School of Theology, and an MA from Duke University. He has been an Associate Faculty member at St Stephen’s College since 1997. While at Duke, Ross studied with Stanley Hauerwas, from whom he developed an appreciation for character ethics, narrative and social practices. Ross' academic interests are in the theological and ethical responses to environmental challenges, and the relationship between science and religion. He is the author of Practicing Reverence: An Ethic for Sustainable Earth Communities (2011) and Cracking the Cover: A Beginner's Guide to the Bible (1997).
Sonia Sobon, PhD, RPsych holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Psychology and a BSc in Human Ecology (Textiles, Clothing, and Culture). In 2006, she completed Certified Play Therapy Training. Sonia has taught at St Stephen's College since 2009 and at the University of Alberta since 2002. She is a Registered Psychologist in private practice, and weaves together her careers as a Psychologist, Adult Educator, Researcher, and Fibre Artist. She developed the course Being Through Fibre © in 1997 to utilize the medium of fibre therapeutically to facilitate personal exploration, healing, and growth. Sonia is a life-long learner, and enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise with other Adult Learners to assist them in their personal and professional development.
|St. Arnault, David
St. Arnault, David
David St Arnault holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology, and is currently a Provisional PhD student in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. His Master’s thesis was 'Fostering Resiliency: Assessing the Impact of a Juvenile Restorative Justice Program on Optimism, Self-Efficacy and Hope'. He has been a teaching assistant for the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta since 2009.
Lori Stewart, MTS, is an adult educator, spiritual director, and writer. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations exploring names, identity and power, which was the basis of her thesis research. She has been a resource leader at Naramata Centre, BC since 1994 and in Edmonton using movies for community building, and for reflection on spirituality and social justice. Lori completed the Pacific Jubilee Program for spiritual directors.
Heather Stump, RCAT, holds a Post Masters Certificate in Art Therapy from St Stephen’s College. She also holds a MSc in Family Systems Nursing, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is currently a Registered Art Therapist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Heather enjoys helping others explore their creativity and cultivate their own voice(s) - through their visual images and with their words - art therapy clients are empowered to tell and embrace their own personal histories.
John Walker is a Clinical Social Worker and Specialist in Pastoral Counselling. He has Masters degrees from the University of Calgary (Social Work) and St Stephen’s College (Theological Studies specializing in Counselling). He is interested in the multiple dimensions of health and healing, including spirituality, sexuality, community and social justice. John works in private practice with a wide range of clients including women and men in recovery from sexual exploitation. He also provides supervision to graduate students in local counselling programs.
Dawn Waring has a PhD in Hebrew Bible and has taught in both graduate and undergraduate settings for over 25 years. She has also led numerous travel study tours to the Middle East. Most recently she lived in Bethlehem for 3 months as an Ecumenical Accompanier with the World Council of Churches. Dawn is an active member of Southminster-Steinhauer United Church where she chairs adult education, participates in the music program, and is part of the Earth Charter Team.
Geoffrey Wilfong-Pritchard, DMin, teaches courses in Christian Scriptures and Narrative Theology. He has a special interest in the use of story in organizational change, and is the minister of St Andrew's United Church in Edmonton.
Clair Woodbury, PhD, is a member of the staff team for the Congregational Life Centre. He is co-author of Prisms and Wings Like Eagles, and brings 15 years of Canada-wide research and consulting to his courses. He is interested in congregational transformation, contemporary theology, writing and church history.
Nick Zwaagstra is the director of Chebucto Art Therapy and Counselling Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a Masters in Counselling degree from Athabasca University, is a Registered Art Therapist (RCAT) in Canada, a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia. He offers clinical Art Therapy services, Art Therapy Training and Supervision. He has successfully facilitated numerous workshops and presentations in Canada and internationally.