The strength of St. Andrew’s Hall is found in its people. Faculty, staff and residents help create safe, inclusive and caring community in the midst of one of world’s finest Universities. Even former residents of St. Andrew’s Hall continue to speak years later of their affection for the people here and what it means to belong in this place.
St. Andrew’s Hall lives out its calling in the midst of a delightful and diverse residential community of UBC students (and their families) of many different traditions, backgrounds and interests. With 93 housing units at the heart of St. Andrew’s Hall, we delight in the global diversity present in our hallways. Click here for more information on how you too can join in the housing and hospitality of St. Andrew’s Hall. https://www.standrews.edu/housing/
Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart
- Dean of St. Andrew's Hall
- Professor of Mission Studies
Ross is a graduate of The University of Winnipeg, The University of Toronto, and McCormick Theological Seminary at The University of Chicago. Prior to becoming Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall, Ross served as the Director of Presbyterian Formation and the founding Director of The Centre for Missional Leadership. Ross is the author of Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks: St. Patrick’s Missional Leadership Lessons for Today and Lessons from Laodicea: Missional Leadership in a Culture of Affluence.
- Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition
- Principal of Vancouver School of Theology
Richard Topping received his BA in Religious Studies from University of Waterloo, an MA and Ph.D in Theology from St. Michael’s, University of Toronto, where his thesis Director was Professor John Webster.
Richard was Minister in Muskoka, Ontario from 1993-1996; at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, Quebec, where he was Assistant Minister from 1997-1999 and Senior Minister from 2000-2009. He has (co)written a number of documents for the Presbyterian Church in Canada, including a Catechism for Today (2008) and Together in Ministry (2006) and served on the Church Doctrine Committee.
Richard taught at Presbyterian College (2001-2009) Montreal in the areas of Preaching, Pastoral Theology, Introduction to Ministry and Church, Ministry and Sacraments. He supervised many students in their in-ministry year.
Richard became the Principal of Vancouver School of Theology in July of 2013. In 2013 Richard was the first VST recipient of the Just Desserts Awards of the UBC Alma Matter Society, a student initiated and directed award.
Richard continues to hold the St. Andrew’s Hall Chair in Studies in the Reformed Tradition. He teaches in the areas of Contemporary and Historical Theology. He has also lectured at Regent College in the areas of Proclamation and Reformed Theology.
Richard has published in the areas of theological hermeneutics – Revelation, Scripture and Church (Ashgate, 2007) – homiletics, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and the theologies of John Calvin and Karl Barth. He edited, with John Vissers, a collection of essays entitled Calvin @500 (Pickwick, 2011). He is also working on a book which examines the role of imagination in postmodern Christian theology.
Richard initiated a Karl Barth reading group at St. Andrew’s Hall. He is a regular preacher in the Vancouver area and lecturer across the country.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris
- Professor Emeritus, Homiletics
- Dean of St. Andrew's Hall, Retired
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris retired in 2016 after serving for over a decade as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and Professor of Homiletics at The Vancouver School of Theology. Dr. Farris has served the church in many roles, including as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, President of the Academy of Homiletics, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Stephen is the author of several books and articles on preaching, theology and biblical studies including Preaching That Matters: The Bible and Our Lives as well as his latest Tell Me a Story that explores the role of narrative in preaching. He is married to Patty, a retired school Principal, and has two sons and three grandchildren.
Rev Rebecca Simpson
- Director of Denominational Formation
Rebecca is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she earned a Bachelor of Education with a focus on educational psychology and a major in biology. Her early teaching years were spent in secondary science labs in Maple Ridge, BC and an adult education program in Swan River, Manitoba. Rebecca continued her studies at Vancouver School of Theology and subsequently served as Camp Douglas Director for the Presbytery of Westminster. She is now the Minister of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Mission, BC, where she lives with her husband and three nearly grown children. With a wide variety of experiences within the Presbyterian Church in Canada, she is poised to share in the spiritual formation of future Ministers of Word and Sacrament.
Rebecca is passionate about teaching and learning and looks forward to working with students at Vancouver School of Theology as the Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation.
- Public Relations Officer
Andy the Bear joined the staff at St. Andrew’s Hall a few years ago, and has lived fully into his role of Public Relations Officer and chief Mascot for SAH. Andy is always ready to offer a listening ear to any student and loves to discuss deep questions of Reformed theology with a particular fascination regarding election, sovereignty of God and total human depravity. Andy can be found at many of the SAH gatherings from soup nights to Thanksgiving Dinners.
Rev. Albert Chu
- Director, Centre for Missional Leadership
- Lead Pastor, Tapestry Church Vancouver
Albert is the Director of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrews Hall. He is also the Lead Pastor of the Tapestry Church, a multi-campus church in the Lower Mainland.
Albert is passionate about creating space, not only physical space, but designing a safe environment and a hospitable culture that allows people the room to discover and grow as disciples of Jesus. It was this passion that led Albert to plant the Tapestry Church back in 2004 and continues to fuel his desire to start new missional activities and plant more churches. As the Director of the CML, and in alignment to this passion, Albert strives to equip, resource, and release leaders for God’s mission in this corner of the world we affectionately call Cascadia.
Albert is a graduate of The University of Alberta where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science as well as a Master of Arts in Sociology. He is also a graduate of Regent College with a Master of Divinity. Recognized as a leader within the church planting movement in Canada, Albert has served with Resonate Global Missions, Engage Vancouver and as a Church Planter Developer with the Christian Reformed Church.
Albert is married to Frieda and is blessed with two lovely daughters. They love to travel, cycle, cook, and wander with their backpacks within the 117,900 acres of bliss called Mt. Baker Wilderness.
Rev. Dr Tim Dickau
- CML Associate for the Missional Leadership Certificate Program
- Director of City Gate Leadership Forum
Rev. Dr. Tim Dickau serves as CML Associate for the Missional Leadership Certificate Program, as well as Director of City Gate Leadership Forum.
Prior to joining CML, Tim served for thirty years as Pastor of Grandview Church in East Vancouver. Widely recognized as a highly effective missional leader, Tim’s congregational work helped established a deep connection in the neighbourhood, birthed economic development through social enterprises, built a 28 unit community housing project and nurtured a “thick community” of disciples who shared life together and deepened their faith in Jesus through confession and repentance.
Tim’s work with CML is to design and lead monthly equipping sessions for congregational teams in the Certificate program, that helps local congregations engage their neighbourhoods in mission, evangelism and seeking justice through prophetic ministries. Tim holds a Master of Divinity from Regent College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Carey Theological College. He is author of Plunging into the Kingdom Way. His forthcoming book, Humility and Hope: Forming Christian Communities in a Secular Age, is due out in the fall of 2020.
Tim lives with his wife Mary, one of three sons and a daughter-in-law, a beautiful grandson and many mealtime guests. He is passionate about widening our imagination for how we can be the church in a way that brings hope and transformation among both persons and societal structures in particular neighborhoods.
- Shiraz Dillon
- Chaplain and Community Life Coordinator
Sumarme serves as the Chaplain and Community Life Director at St. Andrews Hall.
Her work at the Hall focuses on creating a hospitable environment for people to connect with one another and build authentic community. She is eager to help people grow in love for God and others through the spiritual practices of prayer, scripture reflection, worship, and intentional caring for their neighbors on campus and beyond.
Sumarme especially enjoys encouraging students to deepen their views of calling and vocation. “When I was a university student, my emphasis was on achieving, performing, and positioning myself for a good career. After facing failures of various kinds, I discovered my education was also about weathering the storms of life in healthy ways and living a whole-life kind of faith in God. Campus life and academic work are demanding, so we need caring friends to have fun with, to engage us in conversations about things that truly matter to us, and to remind us that we are not alone.”
Sumarme earned her B.A. in Christian Education and Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and her M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She served two years at Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand and fourteen years in Family Ministry in two churches in Seattle, Washington, before moving to Canada.
Sumarme lives near UBC with her husband Scott, their two wonderful teen-aged daughters, and a puppy named Koda. She enjoys being active outdoors, eating food from every culture, and visiting with neighbors when walking Koda.
- Mavis Ho
- Finance Manager
Val is a Chartered Professional Accountant in public practice and has been the Finance Manager at St. Andrew’s Hall since November 2016.
From 2000 to 2016, Val worked as an independent contractor at St. Andrew’s, preparing the year-end financial statements and assisting the auditors with the annual audit.
Val lives in Point Grey with her husband Richard, a retired UBC professor.
Ms Amy Lin
- Accounting Assistant
Amy joined St. Andrew’s Hall’s accounting department in 2016 as an Accounting Assistant. She also helps out occasionally at the Housing office.
Amy graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a diploma in accounting and has a Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association.
- Christopher Orr
- Housing Manager
Mihye is the housing dynamo who drives all aspects of housing at SAH, ranging from room assignments, dealing with complaints, disciplining unruly types and a million other things. Her mission is to make sure that all who stay at St. Andrew’s Hall feel safe and comfortable! She is always open to new ideas for improvement at the residences and you can find her “steering the housing wheel” in her office on the main floor.
- Centre for Missional Leadership Associate in New Witnessing Communities
Andrea Perrett is passionate about seeing new worshipping communities flourish and thrive, and enjoys equipping leaders for starting churches. As an Associate in New Witnessing Communities, she is the Director of Cyclical Vancouver, a church planting ecosystem. Andrea has previously created and led a dinner church, St. Andy’s Community Table and has served at West Point Grey Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. Andrea has a MDiv from Vancouver School of Theology where she is currently working on a ThM in Missional Theology.
Also a Registered Dietitian, Andrea loves exploring the connection between physical health and spiritual health and what that can mean for Christian witnessing communities. She currently leads an online bread baking circle, where the group of amateur bakers share about life and faith while mixing and kneading their dough. Andrea has a MDiv from Vancouver School of Theology where she is currently working on a ThM in Missional Theology.
Andrea and her husband, Jordan call the North Shore home where they enjoy exploring the mountains with their goofy black lab and toddler.
Board of Management
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- Lead Pastor, Vaughn Community Church English Ministry
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Ms. Shari Coltart
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- Vice-Principal and Chief Financial Officer, Vancouver School of Theology
- VST Foundation (ex-officio) Treasurer VST USA Foundation
Mary Lil Rozsa de Coquet
Mary Lil Rozsa de Coquet
- Elder, Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary
- Chair, Rozsa Foundation
- Chair, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Mary Lil Rozsa de Coquet became an Elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary in 1997, where she continues to serve on session and as the Representative Elder to the Presbytery of Calgary Macleod. Her grandfather was a Presbyterian preacher and church planter in Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois.
Mary Lil is the long-time Chair of the Rozsa Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation founded in 1990 which is known for building arts sector capacity through innovative arts leadership programs, contribution to public arts policies and cutting-edge arts research. She is an acknowledged leader in the arts community and a creative philanthropist in her own right. She has served on several government and not-for-profit boards, most recently named as the Chair of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Mary Lil received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from Trinity University in Texas, an Education Degree, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary. In 2012, she was a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2015 was named to the Order of Canada.
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- President and Scientific Director, Terry Fox Research Institute
- Distinguish Scientist and Professor, BC Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia
Dr. Ling’s parents emigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1950 when he was a child. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1966, his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1969, and subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University under Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger.
Dr. Ling has received numerous awards and honours for his scientific contributions, most notably for his ground-breaking discoveries in fighting drug-resistant cancers. His Christian faith was formed by the influence of his parents who were devout followers of Christ.
He currently serves a President and Scientific Director of the Canada-wide Terry Fox Research Institute, is a distinguished scientist of the BC Cancer Agency, and the Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
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Rev. John Jungwoo Paeng began his theological studies at Knox College in 1995 following a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music from Ontario Bible College (Tyndale College). He also completed his Masters of Music (New England Conservatory of Music), M. Div. (Regent College) and Certificate Program (St. Andrew’s Hall/VST).
He has served as the Lead Pastor at the All Nations Community Church in Seattle, Missionary to Uzbekistan and currently serves as the Minister at St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Parksville, BC. He is also the Clerk of Presbytery of Vancouver Island and board member of Cedar Tree Ministry and Education & Reception. He is grateful for the range of ministry/missions experiences that he has gained over those years.
John feels blessed to be married to Gloria with whom he has two daughters. In his time off you will find him either wrenching on his cars in the garage, hiking in the woods or golfing at his Golf & Country Club.
Steve joined the Board in 2017 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with over forty-two years of experience both here and in Scotland in the profit and not for profit areas. He is recently retired after serving for thirteen years as the CFO/ Treasurer with The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Steve has worked as a volunteer and past chair with the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario and also served on the Board of Cancer Care Ontario.
He lives in Thornhill with his wife Fiona, they have two adult children and a grandson, Max.
- Professional Engineer
- Chair, Vancouver Board of UrbanPromise Ministries
- Vice-chair, UrbanPromise International (UPI)
Neil Singh is a husband, father, and professional engineer. An elder of City Centre Church in North Vancouver, Neil currently chairs their building committee and is their chief Zoom and Facebook Live broadcast operator. Married for nearly thirty years to Elaine, they have three (adult) children: two daughters and a son; one a registered nurse, and the others are studying to be a chemist and an engineer. They also raise two cats, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie Singh.
Neil chairs the Vancouver Board of UrbanPromise Ministries which operates as Promise Vancouver – a children’s outreach program on the downtown eastside. He is also the vice-chair for UrbanPromise International (UPI) which operates nearly 30 sites in 10 countries. UPI operations include schools, safe homes for street kids, girls empowerment programs, farms, vocational training and afterschool programs. A key part of Neil’s role is training young leaders in sustainable business planning and management.
Neil is a (semi-retired) Professional Engineer, working primarily with clients in the mining sector, to develop and manage tailings facilities to reduce and contain mining wastes and environmental impacts caused by mining. Throughout his career, Neil focused on training, developing and mentoring young engineers. He continues mentoring in his role as Chief Warden of Camp 5 – of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens – the uniquely Canadian organization that obligates young engineers and provides iron rings to Canadian engineers.
A resident of Surrey, BC, Neil recently (after he turned 50) took up road cycling and ice hockey.
Matthew Walton-Knight is a husband, father, engineer and former army officer.
A member of St Andrew’s & St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver, Matthew has served on their Board of Managers and as an Elementary Sunday School Teacher. He now serves as a Youth Leader. Married for over twenty years to Nicola, a family-physician and Elder in the Church, they have three teenage children: two daughters and a son.
Holding a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, Matthew is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager who understands how to develop, procure and deliver complex high-value capital projects. Typically working within the design-build and public-private-partnerships models, Matthew’s engineering competencies extend across the breadth of physical infrastructure where he enthusiastically builds a better world.
Within the British Army, Matthew served across the globe for almost twenty years in multiple conflicts primarily rebuilding nations after war. He has seen death and destruction; he has seen evil walk the land.
A resident of North Vancouver for the last decade, Matthew runs, skis and canoes. He is honoured and humbled to serve on the Board of St Andrew’s Hall.
- Associate Counsel, Broughton Law
- Ruling Elder, Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church
Larry is an elder at Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. Having lived in Taipei, Taiwan until age of 14, Larry attended school in Houston, TX, Boston, MA and Seattle, WA before permanently moving to Vancouver, BC.
Larry is a business lawyer and has practiced law for over 22 years focusing on corporate finance & securities and on advising venture capital start-ups. He advises early stage start-up companies to large publicly listed corporations on acquisitions, mergers, and reverse takeover transactions.
Because Larry grew up in Asia and frequently travels around the world, Larry often brings a unique perspective and cultural understanding to a situation. His passion is to promote Christian education to the youth and to help make Christian teachings germane in the contemporary, multicultural world.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College majoring in mathematics and biology and his J.D. from Seattle University.
- President of the Presbyterian Senior Citizens' Housing Society
Ron was born in British Columbia, an Elder of the Coquitlam Presbyterian Church, husband of Jeannette for 48 years, and has three children and four grand-children.
Ron had a public service career of 35 years. The first 15 years focused in Human Resource Management, with positions in labour relations and as the Director of Personnel Administration for the BC ministry of Health. The last 20 years of his career he was the Provincial Executive Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control. He has also been involved in several community and provincial agencies concerned with health care, elders concerns, and mental health, including the United Way.
In addition to his service to his local congregation and professional accomplishments, he serves as President of the Presbyterian Senior Citizens’ Housing Society. Ron earned his B.A. in Psychology & Commerce and his Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
He loves spending time with his family, travel, biking, hiking, skiing, golf and tennis.