Professor of Psychology
Walter has combined a long tenure of teaching and administration at SSU with a local counselling practice and involvement at St. Croix Church. Lately his main research interests are studying compassionate, contemplative healing and developing a new model of spiritual maturing. Among his favourite activities are gardening, reading and encouraging students to watch and discuss good films. He also loves to cook with, and eat with, his wife, Carol.
Director of International Studies, Professor
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.
Dean of Theology & Culture, Professor of Religious Studies
Brad Jersak, a prairie boy, migrated west to marry Eden (1986). Brad served as a pastor and church planter for twenty years, where he developed a heart for restorative justice for people with disabilities, addictions and economic disadvantages. In 2009, Brad began Ph.D. studies in political theology at Bangor University (Wales). After graduating, he was invited to teach at Westminster Theological Centre (UK), then at SSU and IRPJ, eventually becoming Dean of the Theology & Culture program.
Peter Fitch began teaching at SSU in 1979, three and a half years after the university opened its doors. From 1995 until 2019 he served as the Dean of Ministry Studies, SSU’s graduate program in Theology. His main academic focus has been the History of Christian Spirituality, though he has also taught courses in Philosophy, Biblical Studies, and Practical Theology.
Faculty, Librarian, Student Accessibility
Katie works in SSU’s small but mighty library and teaches creative writing. She did her BA at SSU and her MFA at UBC. She runs a little print journal called The Filid Chapbook, which often gets to feature amazingly talented SSU alumni. Katie lives in St. Stephen with her son, and loves spending her life in a place where trees outnumber humans so dramatically.
Rachael has been lecturing at SSU since she moved here from England with her family in 2008. She loves learning and teaching about language, culture, and religion, and offers courses related to these areas of interest at SSU – including French, TESL, the weekly School of Contemplation, and courses on the Europe travel study program, for which she is a program leader and logistics coordinator.
David graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). He was appointed to a church in Santa Barbara. After 10 years with this church, David was invited by Foursquare to take the leadership of one of their churches. He continues to serve both churches. His Master’s degree is from St. Stephen’s University and his doctorate in theology from the University of South Africa (UNISA) David and Diane have been married for 42 years and have 5 adult children.
After studying history and philosophy in Utrecht (the Netherlands), and working with several peace organizations in Europe, the Middle East and on Turtle Island, Laurens moved to St. Stephen in 2019. Laurens loves to reflect on how the study of the past relates to the pursuit of justice in the present, and is particularly interested in the power of story, religion and commemorative practices within emancipatory social movements.
Andrew Klager holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Glasgow (2011). He has spoken at many conferences and interfaith dialogues and is widely published in journals and books in research fields as diverse as peace and conflict studies, Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, interreligious peacebuilding especially in Egypt, peace theology, history of Christianity, early modern European history, the Church fathers (especially St. Gregory of Nyssa), and Eastern Orthodox theology. His main area of research is on the inner transformation of a peacemaker.
Adjunct Faculty, Director of Program Development & Innovation
Hannah has been running the halls of SSU since she was five years old! She completed a B.A. in Literature and History, Honours First Class, in 2000 at SSU, and then returned to earn a M.A.I.S. in Literature, Psychology and History in 2005. Currently, Hannah is beginning a new role at SSU as the Director of Program Development and Innovation.
Dr. Robert Larmer is Chair of the Philosophy Department of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, having been a member of the department since 1986. He has taught many different areas of philosophy, but his primary research interests are in philosophy of religion.
While Cara calls St. Stephen her hometown, she has explored opportunities of work and study throughout Canada from Vancouver to Montreal before finally finding her way back to New Brunswick. Following an ECE Certificate, Cara became a SSU alumnus (BA, 2011) before receiving her MA in Child Studies from Concordia University.
Dr. Nadya Pohran completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, for which she conducted ethnographic research at a Christian ashram (spiritual retreat centre) in North India. Academically, she specialises in Hindu-Christian studies and the Anthropology of Christianity; outside of academia she has performed consultant work for a healthtech start-up. When not occupied with her research projects, Nadya enjoys gardening, painting, and doing a variety of outdoor activities.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dave was one of the first six students at SSU. He has a B. Ed and M. Ed from the University of Saskatchewan, and has also studied at Simon Fraser University and Regent College on the UBC campus.
Rick is an adjunct faculty member who, when he is not teaching statistics, runs a St. Stephen based technology company called Jackets Creative Consulting Inc. In his spare time, Rick likes to make ambient/electronic music. You can check out his music on Soundcloud.