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!

Jeremy Barham: President (Interim)

Jeremy Barham: President (Interim)

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

The current interim president of SSU, Jeremy first arrived at SSU with his wife Rachael in 2002 as a student. 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 as Vice President, and in January 2019 assumed his current role. Jeremy is an entrepreneur at heart; he runs a business training program for local people just starting out in business, sits on the board of Future St. Stephen, the economic development arm of the Town of St. Stephen, and loves to imagine innovative and collaborative ways for SSU to grow into the next phase of its life.

Faculty

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: Academic Dean, Professor of Psychology

Walter Thiessen: Academic Dean, 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.

Laurens van Esch: adjunct lecturer in International Studies & Philosophy

Laurens van Esch: adjunct lecturer in International Studies & Philosophy

B.A. (Utrecht); M.A. (Utrecht); M.A (Utrecht); PhD - ABD (Utrecht)

Laurens hails from the Netherlands, where he studied History and Philosophy in the beautiful medieval city of Utrecht. His Quaker community inspired him to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine, Kurdistan, Germany and on Turtle Island (Indigenous rights). Laurens’ studies, peace work and teaching all reinforce his passion to understand the stories that shape people and their actions. He also loves boardgames, his son Willem and his wife Janelle, not necessarily in that order.

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

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

B.R.E., M.A. (Briercrest); M.Div (ACTS/TWU); Ph.D. (Bangor, Wales)

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!

Matt Johnston, adjunct lecturer in Economics

Matt Johnston, adjunct lecturer in Economics

B.A. (SSU); M.A. (New School)

My name's Matt. I like to read. I like to write. I like to teach. Being passionate and determined about those things is what I think makes someone an intellectual. But the intellectual exercise is not something one does for its own sake. I think the intellectual, the academic, and the SSU professor should be one that speaks truth to power and encourages their students to do the same. And a condition of all truth, as Theodorno Adorno reminds us, is the need to let suffering speak.

Matt Balcarras: Associate Dean of Arts, Associate Professor of Psychology

Matt Balcarras: Associate Dean of Arts, Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. Honours (SSU); MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (York)

Matt joined the faculty at SSU in August of 2019, moving to St. Stephen from Ladner, BC. Trained as a computational and systems neuroscientist, he is passionate about using science to understand human behaviour. Matt also writes and speaks on violence, truth-telling and peacemaking. www.hiddenandhardwork.ca mattbalcarras.ca

Rebecca Moffatt: Adjunct lecturer in History

Rebecca Moffatt: Adjunct lecturer in 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!

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Peter Fitch: Professor of Religious Studies

Peter Fitch: 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.

Bob Larmer: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Bob Larmer: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

B.A. (Carleton); M.A., PhD (Ottawa)

Over my thirty plus years as a philosopher who is also a Christian, I have enjoyed being a professor at the University of New Brunswick and an adjunct professor at St. Stephen's University. Both institutions have their strengths and weaknesses, so it is a privilege to experience teaching in two such different venues.
I have four grown children of whom I am very proud, but as yet no grandchildren. When not working with my wife's and my border collies I enjoy playing chess, reading detective and fantasy novels, and playing tennis.

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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)

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 Gorrie teaches creative writing and runs the library at SSU. She's interested in (collectively) re-inventing methods of resourcing the community, academically and spiritually. She hopes to seed non-normative and feminist epistemologies into all corners of life at SSU, from book collections to faculty meetings to what’s eaten for dinner.

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Staff

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

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

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

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

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