Our community is made up of so many wonderful people, but these are the friendly faces you’re most likely to see around the Big Yellow House – we’re so happy to have them as part of the SSU family!

Robert J. Cheatley: President

Robert J. Cheatley: President

B.Sc. AGR. (GUELPH); B.Min. (SSU)

Bob Cheatley first became part of the SSU family in 1997 when he joined the Board of Governors. Eager to experience more of SSU life, he enrolled in the Ministry program as a student, receiving his B.Min. in 2002. Bob has put his business background and intimate understanding of our community to good use as SSU's second president. Bob and his wife Marlene live in the beautiful town of St. Andrews. One of Bob's favorite things is walking the nature trail along the St. Croix river on his lunch breaks.

Faculty

Agnes Kramer-Hamstra: Professor of English

Agnes Kramer-Hamstra: Professor of English

B.A. (UWO); B.Ed. (UWO); M.A. (McMASTER); Ph.D. (McMASTER) English

Agnes Kramer-Hamstra only recently decided that she wanted to be a professor of literature ``when she grew up``. Drawn in by the power of story, Agnes pursued that passion all the way to the Ph.D level. Prior to her studies Agnes helped raise a few children, loving the excuse to read new and old children’s stories and songs (Fraggle Rock, Nick Parks’ Wallace and Grommit). To help put food on the table, she worked in a public library (all those books!). Agnes and her husband Andy live in St. Stephen. One of Agnes's favorite things is scouting out lakes and rivers good for canoeing and swimming. She is learning to catch (and clean) fish.

Peter Fitch: Dean of Ministry Studies, Professor of Religious Studies

Peter Fitch: Dean of Ministry Studies, Professor of Religious Studies

B.A. (BETHEL); M.Div. (DENVER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY); D.Min. (FULLER)

Peter Fitch didn't know when he started his undergrad at the University of Western Ontario that he would end up teaching at the smallest university in Canada. But, fresh out of graduate school, Pete found himself at St. Stephen's University. Peter is passionate about building healthy leaders that will, in turn, build healthy Christian communities. His main academic focus is the History of Christian Spirituality, though he also teaches other courses in Philosophy, Biblical Studies, and Practical Theology. Peter and his wife Mary Ellen live across the street from the SSU campus. One of Peter's favorite things is sitting at his kitchen counter sharing homemade bread with whoever is visiting.

Lois Mitchell: Director of International Studies

Lois Mitchell: Director of International Studies

B.P.E. (UNB); M.Sc. (WATERLOO); Ph.D. (UNB)

Lois Mitchell has been involved with SSU for a number of years now. She brings a wealth of experience to her role, having taught sociology at Memorial and UNB, and, more recently, courses on global issues and citizenship at Crandall University. Lois has travelled extensively, and is involved with the Canadian Baptist Ministries as well as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In the classroom (and out!), Lois challenges students to think deeply about faith and justice, sustainability, globalization and cross cultural engagement. She and her husband Dale live on Deer Island.

Walter Thiessen: Dean of Arts, Professor of Psychology

Walter Thiessen: Dean of Arts, Professor of Psychology

B.R.S. (CONCORD COLLEGE); M.A. (MENNONITE BRETHREN BIBLICAL SEMINARY); D.Th. (UNISA)

Walter Thiessen started his career as a counsellor as a practical expression of his lifelong interest in individual and communal pursuits for wholeness. Walter's Mennonite roots have inspired in him a great passion for issues of social justice as well. As a result, he is dedicated to understanding and practicing Christian healing that integrates personal wholeness with social justice and peace. Walter is married to Carol Thiessen, who can be found cooking up a storm in the SSU kitchen. One of Walter's favorite things is watching a really good movie.

Gregg Finley: Professor Emeritus of History

Gregg Finley: Professor Emeritus of History

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (UNB)

Gregg Finley's research and writing explores themes in Canadian history, church architecture and the relationship between Christianity and culture. Ask anyone and you will get the same answer, Gregg LOVES history; in particular, he is passionate about the history of Celtic Christianity. Before he joined the SSU family, Gregg taught at some of our neighbouring universities in New Brunswick, as well as holding positions as executive director of King’s Landing Historical Settlement and chief curator of the New Brunswick Museum. Gregg and his wife Linda live in Fredericton. One of Gregg's favorite things is cooking his famous ``Celtic`` spaghetti.

Rebecca Moffatt: Professor of History

Rebecca Moffatt: Professor of History

B.A. (UNB); B.Ed. (U of MAINE); M.Sc. H.P. (CLEMSON)

Rebecca Moffatt began lecturing at St. Stephen's University in 2013, after completing graduate studies at Clemson University in Charleston, South Carolina. Recently she had the fortunate opportunity to teach the summer abroad program in Europe, where she was able to share information on two of her specialties: architectural and material history. When not teaching, Rebecca serves on the Board of Trustees for several historical organizations and enjoys camping and spending time outdoors. She anticipates many adventures ahead with SSU!

Staff

Raymond Funk: Community Life Coordinator

Raymond Funk: Community Life Coordinator

B.A. (SSU)

Ray works hard to make sure daily community life is fun, inclusive, and organized. Ray met his wife Rosie at SSU when they were both students, and she is also working here as Librarian and Front Office Coordinator. Ray is a talented musician, with a bestselling (at least in St. Stephen) EP out titled 'Faultlines', and plays as part of a Folk duo with fellow local musician Hayden Wiebe. In his spare time Ray likes to brew beer with Kendall.

Sarah MacPhail: Communications Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty (International Studies)

Sarah MacPhail: Communications Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty (International Studies)

B. Public Relations (MSVU); M.A. International Development Studies (DAL)

Born in PEI, raised in New Brunswick, and coming to us after almost a decade in Nova Scotia, Sarah is a Maritimer through and through. As the Communications Coordinator, she makes sure everyone knows what's happening in the Big Yellow House and helps us communicate with the rest of the world, too. Sarah also teaches International Studies and is the Program Leader for the Fall 2016 Southeast Asia trip. When she's not working, Sarah loves singing karaoke and playing music with Moriah in their folk-pop jam band 'LadyFolk'!

Rosie Sperling Funk: Librarian & Front Office Coordinator

Rosie Sperling Funk: Librarian & Front Office Coordinator

B.A. (SSU)

Rosie Sperling Funk lends her talents, wit, and charm to us here at SSU while serving as both the Librarian and Front Office Coordinator. Her door is always open if you need to pick up a parcel, ask about interlibrary loans, or just chat with someone who cares. When she's not at work, Rosie likes to create beautiful works of art for Watercolour Wednesdays, and is interested in theatre and drama.

Kendall Kadatz: Facilities Manager & Travel Studies Coordinator

Kendall Kadatz: Facilities Manager & Travel Studies Coordinator

B.A. Religious Studies (RMC); B.A. (SSU); B.Ed. (UNB); M.Ed. Candidate (UNB)

Kendall Kadatz came to SSU after spending some time teaching English as a Second Language in Korea with some SSU grads. Kendall first experienced SSU as a student (where he obtained one of his three bachelor's degrees). Having sampled Pad Thai in 6 different countries (individual locations too numerous to list), Kendall is now our resident Pad Thai connoisseur. He also does many other things, like facility management (keeping our big yellow house healthy), travel studies coordination...and the list goes on! Kendall can often be seen working on his yard with his wife Shelley (just a stone's throw away from campus), or making funny faces with the cutest kids in the world (aka - their two children). One of Kendall's favourite things is letting his beard grow out.

Moriah Petch: Director of Admissions (Recruiting & Marketing)

Moriah Petch: Director of Admissions (Recruiting & Marketing)

B.A. (SSU)

Moriah Petch first came to SSU as a student in 2009, and is now working as our Director of Admissions - she says that she loved her time as a student at SSU because it helped her become more fully herself, and she is excited to share that opportunity with others. In her spare time Moriah enjoys trying out almost anything creative, and working at local coffee shop Something's Brewing! (If you're lucky, you may see her and Sarah playing music together in their folk-pop jam band 'LadyFolk'.)

Kathy Hull: Financial Aid Officer

Kathy Hull: Financial Aid Officer

(SSU)

Kathy Hull first got connected with SSU in 2000 when she locked eyes with her husband (2001 Alumni Geordie Hull) in the kitchen of SSU. She has worked at SSU for the past three years, not because she loves student loans, but because she loves the people she works with and the students she gets to connect with. In her time outside of SSU, Kathy can be found working on restoring and renovating her apartment building (Todd Hall), or perhaps camping and enjoying a picnic with her husband and two children.

Debbie MacDonald: Associate Registrar

Debbie MacDonald: Associate Registrar

B.A. (SSU)

When Debbie MacDonald graduated from SSU in 2002, she asked God to show her in writing what to do next, and soon thereafter received a letter inviting her to work for SSU. From receptionist to administrative assistant, recruiting and admissions, Debbie has made her mark here in many roles, and is now guiding students along their academic paths as our Associate Registrar. Debbie’s bright and loving personality are an indispensable gift to this community, and you would be hard pressed to find a laugh more contagious than hers . One of Debbie’s favourite things is a piping hot vanilla latté.

Lorna Jones: Financial Officer, Spiritual Director

Lorna Jones: Financial Officer, Spiritual Director

B.A. (GORDON COLLEGE); M.R.E. (ACADIA); Spiritual Direction (AASEA)

Lorna Jones has been a vital part of the SSU family for many years. She came to St. Stephen in 1991 and fell so in love with the SSU community that she has never looked back! She brings many talents to our community—spiritual direction, teaching, and book-keeping, to name only a few! Lorna is known for her calm demeanor, bringing peace to all who are near. Lorna loves taking beautiful photos of her natural surroundings, as well as taking the Kadatz kids out for ice cream!

Carol Thiessen: Food Services Coordinator

Carol Thiessen: Food Services Coordinator

Carol Thiessen is responsible for SSU's amazing home-cooked meals. She makes delicious homemade bread, soups and pies. Carol believes that meals at SSU should represent a balance between healthy, well-balanced food and sustainable, economical buying practices. Carol loves providing a place where students have the opportunity to learn basic cooking skills while singing music at the top of their lungs and banging pots and pans. Carol is a bit of a competitive person; she was once bet that she couldn't make a pie in 15 minutes. She finished it in 11 (complete with little cut-out pastry hearts). Carol and Walter host periodic movie nights at their house which is a short walk from campus. One of Carol's favourite things is playing speed scrabble with students in between meal prep.

Amanda DeGruchy: Food Services Coordinator

Amanda DeGruchy: Food Services Coordinator

This is Amanda's second year working at SSU. She loves food and cooking, and has brought new exciting flavours to the SSU meal plan! When she's not working, she loves hanging out with her three cool kids & spending time out in the woods. (She also does an AMAZING Andy Warhol impression!)

Adjunct Faculty

JOHN H. EVANS, B.A., LL.B. (UNB); B.Min. (SSU) Asian Studies

DAN LAMBRIDES, B.Sc. (NYACK COLLEGE); M.A. (WHEATON); M.Div. (BETHEL); D.Min. (COLGATE-ROCHESTER) Counselling

ROBERT LARMER, B.A. (CARLETON); M.A., Ph.D. (OTTAWA) Philosophy

DAVID MOORE, B.A. (UCSB); M.Min. (SSU); Ph.D. (UNISA) History

JENS NEUMAN, B.A. (UNB); B.Ed. (STU); M.A. (UNB); M.Div. (ACADIA) German

ALAN M. SEARS, B.Ed., M.Ed. (UNB); Ph.D. (UBC) International Studies

NEIL SOGGIE, B.A. (CLBI); M.A. (Briercrest Seminary); M.Min. (TRINITY WESTERN); M.A. (CONCORDIA); C.LF. (LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY); C.ANSc. (MAASTRICHT); M.Ed. (UNB); D. Min. (FAITH LUTHERAN SEMINARY); D.Lit. Phil. (UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA) Biopsychology

RACHAEL BARHAM, B.A. (EXETER); B.Min. (SSU); M.A. (EXETER); M.Min. (SSU) French

HANNAH BERNARD, B.A., M.A. (SSU) Literature

LELAND MAERZ, B.A., B.Min., M.Min. (SSU); M.Ed. (ACADIA) Philosophy

JOEL MASON, B.A. (SSU); M.A. (TWU) Interdisciplinary

KATIE GORRIE, B.A. (SSU); M.F.A. (UBC) English

BRAD JERSAK, M.A. (BRIERCREST); M.Div. (TWU); Ph.D. (BANGOR, WALES) Theology, Philosophy

ROBERT STACKPOLE, B.A. (WILLIAMS); M.A. (OXFORD); D.Th (ANGELICUM) Catholic Studies / Religious Studies

LINDSAY MCKAY, B.A. (SSU); M.A. (YORK) English

RICK COATES, B.Eng. (TUNS), M.Min (SSU) Statistics

SARAH MACPHAIL, B.Public Relations (MOUNT SAINT VINCENT); M.A. (DALHOUSIE) International Studies

PAUL CARLINE, (PBI, Moody Graduate School, Carey Theological College) International Studies

MATT JOHNSTON, B.A. (SSU), M.A. (NEW SCHOOL), Economics

ANDREW KLAGER, B.A. (CBC), M.A. (McMASTER), Ph.D. (GLASGOW), International Studies, History