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.
Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
- 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.
Reverend Lydia Bae
- CML Associate in New Witnessing Communites
Lydia Bae is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She holds a B.A degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a M.Div. from Knox College, University of Toronto. She had served as a full time minister at Heart Lake Community Presbyterian Church in Brampton, Ontario until she moved to the west coast in February 2020.
Lydia is married to Thomas Kim who is the minister at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford B.C. with three beautiful daughters: Joy, Jane, and Jubilee (and a shy but adventurous cat, Zumba).
Since Lydia was baptized at the age of 15, she has been passionate about sharing the Word of God and God’s fierce love for all. She finds her greatest pleasure in the presence of God and she wants others to find the same pleasure in the Lord.
In 2018, Lydia signed up for Cyclical PCC when it was first launched and had her assessment in Toronto. Up until she moved to B.C. she was involved in a small group of discerners in eastern Canada. She is thrilled to be part of Cyclical PCC again.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, she has been exercising diligently to be more fit in order to join the Canadian Armed Forces as a part-time reserve chaplain. Now she is waiting to be enrolled. She is excited and looking forward to it being her new mission field.
Lydia loves trying different ethnic foods, traveling to new places, and talking to people over a cup of coffee or cheese platters.
- 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. 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.
- Chaplain and Community Life Coordinator
Sumarme Goble has served as chaplain at St. Andrew’s Hall since 2012. She holds a B.A. degree in Christian Education from Seattle Pacific University, an English as a Second Language diploma from Seattle University, and a M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She worked two years at Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand for Food for the Hungry International and the United Nations, and she served 14 years in two congregations in Seattle, Washington.
Sumarme enjoys encouraging young adults to deepen their views of vocation and calling during their university years: “When I attended university, my emphasis was on achieving, performing, and doing things just right. After facing failures of various kinds, I discovered my education also included learning resilience and how to begin again. My best teachers – people I trusted, respected, and studied with – encouraged me through rocky times and helped me to imagine new ways forward. Grades were important, but my spirit and emotions came to be nurtured as well. Learning beyond academic studies involves learning about how to face challenges, how to make a life, and how to make a difference in the world.”
Sumarme connects residents with each other through the programs and events at St. Andrew’s Hall and in the wider campus community. Stop by her office anytime for conversation, prayer, or resource support.
- Dean's Office and Board Administration
Mavis has been with St. Andrew’s Hall since 2007 and is Executive Assistant to the Dean, Secretary to the Board of Management as well as administrator for the Centre for Missional Leadership. Prior to being a full-time mom, she was with the Singapore Consulate in Vancouver and also had several years experience in the area of fundraising. She enjoys meeting people from different cultures and loves trying out new foods!
Mavis has a B.A. (English and Communications) and a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) diploma.
Val KerekesCurrently being updated.
- Amy Lin
Christopher OrrCurrently being updated.
- Housing Manager
Mihye Park is our Housing Manager who looks after accommodation, housing assignments, student accounts for academic year and summer housing among a million other things. Residents are encouraged to bring ideas to make St. Andrew’s Hall a better place. The Housing Office is located on the main floor.
Rev. Andrea Perrett
- Centre for Missional Leadership Associate in New Witnessing Communities
Passionate about seeing new worshipping communities flourish and thrive, Andrea Perrett is excited about being part of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St Andrew’s Hall. As an Associate in New Witnessing Communities, she is currently curating the Breaking Bread Network, a dinner hosting collective for the Lower Mainland. She is also the Assistant Director of Cyclical Cascadia, a church planting support initiative (in partnership with the Northwest Coast Presbytery in Washington state). 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. Also a practicing Registered Dietitian, Andrea loves exploring the connection between physical health and spiritual health and what that can mean for Christian witnessing communities. Andrea has a MDiv from Vancouver School of Theology where she is currently working on a ThM in Missional Theology. Although a prairie girl at heart, after six years in Vancouver, Andrea and her husband have embraced the West coast life and enjoy road biking and taking their goofy black lab on canoe trips.
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.
Board of Management
Rev. Dr. Gerard Booy
- Minister, Presbytery of Westminster
Gerard is a qualified spiritual director and a minister in the Presbytery of Westminster. In 28 years of ministry, he has served congregations in Pretoria and Klerksdorp South Africa, Penetanguishene ON, and Maple Ridge BC. He has a doctorate in Old Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria. His passion in ministry is accompanying and nurturing others in the unfolding of their spiritual journeys and fostering spiritual community. He regularly facilitates retreats, group spiritual direction session and contemplative worship experiences.
He has served on the St. Andrew’s Hall Board from 2008 – 2014 and again from 2016 onward.
Rev. Gwen BrownCurrently being updated.
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
Karen Dylla was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came with her family to Canada as a child, first living in Calgary, Alberta when her father was called to ministry in a Presbyterian congregation there. The family moved to Vancouver when she was fifteen and she has remained in the lower mainland since then. She and her husband and two young adult children serve at Fairview Presbyterian Church. In her professional life, Karen is a lawyer, focussing on the area of Wills and Estates. Karen believes that St. Andrew’s Hall has a vital role in the preparation of empowered leaders for the Presbyterian Church and beyond and is privileged to be a part of this process by serving on the Board.
Dr. Victor Ling
- 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.
Jean has been the Associate Minister, Pastoral Care at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, since September 2012.
She is a graduate of Brock University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary M.Div), Vancouver School of Theology (Th.M), and she has Advanced Standing in Clinical Pastoral Education with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care. In 2010, Jean was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Vancouver School of Theology.
Prior to her work at Grace, Jean was Vice President, Spirituality and Pastoral Care, Bethany Care Society, Minister at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, Calgary, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Calgary, and Alisa Craig Presbyterian Church in Ontario.
Jean has served the wider church in a variety of roles, including her election as Moderator of the 131st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2005. Jean has served on a number of boards and committees of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Her wider ecumenical and interfaith community service is reflected in her work on the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy and as a sessional teacher at Ambrose University in Calgary.
Jean is married to Matthew Vyse.
- MA CCC
- Counsellor in Private Practice
Steve Norris holds a BA in Psychology and Social Welfare from UVic and an MA in Counselling Psychology from SFU. He is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Steve has had a diverse career in the social services, counselling, addictions, and educational fields in both the private and public sectors. He retired in 2017 after a lengthy career on the Counselling faculty at Douglas College. Steve currently runs a Counselling Private Practice in Vancouver (NorWestCounselling.com).
Community service has included Board Memberships with the Pocomo Boys and Girls Club, BC Council for the Family, BC Post-Secondary Counsellors Association, Richmond Addictions Services, and youth leadership roles with Scouts Canada and coaching basketball.
Steve is an elder at Richmond Presbyterian Church. He has served on the Church Board, has chaired several Selection Committees for Church staff, and is on the Care and Fellowship Action Team.
Steve and his wife Janet live in the South False Creek area of Vancouver. They are parents to three adult sons. He enjoys travel, music, outdoor recreation, sports and grandparenting.
Rev. John PaengCurrently being updated.
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.
Ian Rokeby is an elder at Gordon Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, BC, and a former resident of both Knox College (Toronto) and St. Andrew’s Hall. He is a former director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society and the BC Construction Roundtable.
For St. Andrew’s Hall, Ian chairs the Property and Development Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. He is passionate about SAH’s initiatives in exploring the future of theological education and preparing ministers for the future church.
Ian and his wife Barbara have two sons, one still at home pursuing post-secondary education.
A licensed Structural Engineer, Ian’s professional life has centred on transportation infrastructure and the development of public-private partnerships. His personal hobbies include cycling, skiing, bee-keeping, wood-working and boating.
Ian holds a BASc in Civil Engineering (Toronto) as well as MBA and MEng degrees from UBC. He is a principal with Collings Johnston Inc, a Vancouver-Based consulting firm.
Ena van Zoeren
Rev Ena van Zoeren
The Rev. Ena van Zoeren is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BA) and The Vancouver School of Theology (MDiv).
Ena has served congregations in Olds and Innisfail Alberta, New Glasgow Nova Scotia and Wyoming and Camlachie, Ontario and is currently minister at St. Andrew’s, Salmon Arm.
Ena has been active in the church courts, serving as Moderator in Central Alberta and Lambton Westmiddlesex, and the Synod of Alberta and the Northwest. She served on and convened The Camp Kannawin committee and served on the camp Geddie Committee. In Ontario she convened the Ministry Committee.
As a member of the communities in which she lives, Ena has served with Victim’s Services in Alberta, the Pictou County Help line as a board member and line volunteer and as Legion Chaplain in Ontario.
Ena was a member of the Committee on Theological Education where she chaired a sub-committee which explored the viability of the colleges and with the sub-committee coauthored the report “The future of Theological Education” for CTE.
She has also served on student advisory committees for the Presbytery of Pictou and the Presbytery of Lambton Westmiddlesex.
While on a break from congregational ministry Ena coordinated Side by Side, a day program for people living with dementia, an outreach ministry of Varsity Acres in Calgary. There she also convened the Ministry Committee and served on the Refugee Committee. At Varsity she helped organize events to create hygiene bags for the shelters and Birthday Party Bags for the Food Bank.
Ena has one daughter living in Alberta and 3 amazing grandsons, who are a source of constant joy. In her spare-time she enjoys reading, Aqua Fit classes and going to Jazz concerts.
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.
Mr. Ron Zapp
- 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.