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 peace and social justice as well. Strangely, he thinks these concerns are all related and even have something to do with how we study psychology. Walter is married to Carol Thiessen, who can be found cooking up a storm in the SSU kitchen. Among Walter's favorite things are watching a really good movie or growing things in his garden.

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.

Rebecca Moffatt: Lecturer (History)

Rebecca Moffatt: Lecturer (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!

Brad Jersak: Assoc. Dean of Ministry Studies; Core Faculty (IRPJ)

Brad Jersak: Assoc. Dean of Ministry Studies; Core Faculty (IRPJ)

B.R.E., M.A. (Briercrest); M.Div (ACTS/TWU); Ph.D. (Bangor, Wales); Post-Doc Visiting Scholar (Nottingham)

Brad Jersak, a prairie boy from Winnipeg, migrated west to marry Eden. He entered ministry with her Mennonite church, where they developed a heart for peacebuilding and restorative justice. That passion led to planting a faith community for people living with disabilities, addictions and economic disadvantages. A decade later, Brad pursued Ph.D. studies in political theology at Bangor University (Wales). After grad, he found himself editing a magazine, preaching in an Orthodox monastery and teaching in the UK, where he first met Peter Fitch and Walter Thiessen. He now lectures at SSU and IRPJ and is learning his role as Associate Dean of Ministry Studies

Rachael Barham: Executive Assistant, Europe Program Leader & Lecturer (French)

Rachael Barham: Executive Assistant, Europe Program Leader & Lecturer (French)

B.A. (EXETER); B.Min. (SSU); M.A. (EXETER); M.Min. (SSU)

Rachael has been lecturing at SSU since she moved here from the UK with her husband, Jeremy, and daughter, Amelie, in 2008. She loves learning and teaching about languages and cultures, and offers related courses at SSU including French and TESL, as well as courses in the Europe program. Rachael very much enjoys being part of the SSU community and expressing some of her other passions through her involvement here: her love of travel as a Europe Program leader and logistics coordinator; her love of Ignatian spirituality through offering spiritual direction to students; and her love of food by finding any excuse to work tasty treats into her work as a lecturer and executive assistant!

Andrew Klager: Director of the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice

Andrew Klager: Director of the Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice

B.A. (COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE), M.A. (McMASTER), Ph.D. (U of GLASGOW), Post-Doc Research Fellowship (U of VICTORIA)

Andrew Klager holds a PhD in Religious Studies and History from the University of Glasgow and has completed continuing studies in Interfaith Conflict Resolution and Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace. He teaches at a number of universities and colleges across Canada, has given public lectures and made presentations at conferences and interfaith dialogues throughout North America, is widely published in a number of academic journals and popular media, and has published a book on Mennonite peacebuilding entitled, ‘From Suffering to Solidarity.' Andrew is married, with four wonderful children, and is passionate about peace and justice . . . and the Red Sox.

Katie Gorrie: Librarian, Lecturer (English)

Katie Gorrie: Librarian, Lecturer (English)

B.A. (SSU); MFA (UBC)

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.

Sarah MacPhail: Asia Coordinator & Lecturer (International Studies)

Sarah MacPhail: Asia Coordinator & Lecturer (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. Sarah teaches International Studies and is the Program Leader for our Southeast Asia study abroad term. When she's not working, Sarah loves singing karaoke and playing music with Moriah Petch & Lindsay McKay in their folk-pop jam band 'LadyFolk'!

Staff

Jeremy Barham: Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jeremy Barham: Vice President, Marketing & Communications

B.Sc (BRISTOL), B.Min (SSU)

Jeremy first arrived at SSU with his wife Rachael in 2002, studying for a year in the same class as Bob Cheatley. He and Rachael returned in 2008 with their daughter Amelie and for several years he was Director of Marketing & Admissions. In 2018 he started a new role overseeing SSU's public communications and marketing strategy. He also runs a business training program for newly self-employed entrepreneurs. He enjoys playing soccer, playing small stringed instruments, watching movies and eating cookies & cake.

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 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.

Mat Rouleau: Director of Admissions (Recruiting & Marketing)

Mat Rouleau: Director of Admissions (Recruiting & Marketing)

Mat recently returned to St. Stephen from Saskatchewan and took the reins of our admissions and recruiting tasks. Together with his wife, Grace, the Rouleaus for years offered a hospitable escape from Park Hall to SSU students for evenings known as BA Cafe.

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: Facilities Coordinator & Food Services

Amanda DeGruchy: Facilities Coordinator & Food Services

Amanda has jumped into her new role as facilities coordinator and is re-shaping our physical spaces! She also 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!)

Sarah Henderson: Front Office Reception, Development Officer & Academic Mentor

Sarah Henderson: Front Office Reception, Development Officer & Academic Mentor

BA (SSU)

After graduating from SSU in 2011, Sarah and her husband Alex lived in Winnipeg for several years. Little did they know that a job opportunity for Alex would land them both back in St. Stephen in 2015. Two years, one home purchase, and a daughter later, Sarah has begun working back at SSU. You can find her in the front office welcoming guests, editing students' papers, and writing grant applications. In her spare time Sarah enjoys gardening, reading, dancing, and playing board games with friends.

Adjunct Faculty

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

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

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

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

CARA THIESSEN, B.A. (SSU); M.A. (CONCORDIA) Psychology

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

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

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

LAURENS M. VAN ESCH, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D.(ABD – UTRECHT) International Studies, Philosophy

MATT BALCARRAS, BA (SSU); MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (York) Psychology

GLENN MARTIN, MA (Regent); PhD (AUBS) Psychology

JAMES MURRAY, BA (UNB), MA (UNB), PhD (Pittsburgh) Greek

DAVE GORRIE, BA (SSU); MEd (U of Saskatchewan); R. Psych Psychology