People

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.

Faculty

  • Robert S. Paul

    Rev. Dr. Robert S. Paul

    • Professor of Mission Theology
    • Dean of St. Andrew's Hall

    The Rev. Dr. Robert Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wales through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. His doctoral research and writing focused on leadership development and Christian mission in the challenging context of North American culture.

    Bob served as a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Washington, Oregon, and California, most recently as Pastor of Discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

    Bob has taught for Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College, Carey Theological College, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. He will teach in the area of mission theology for the Vancouver School of Theology

    He also has served as the President of two mission organizations, Alongside Ministries International and Medical Ambassadors International, respectively. He is currently a board member of Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center, a conference and retreat venue near Leavenworth, Washington.

  • Ross Lockhart

    Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

    • Director, Centre for Missional Leadership
    • Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at Vancouver School of Theology

    Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall. Ross serves as the Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at VST as well as an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at St. Mark’s College, UBC.

    Ross is a graduate of The University of Winnipeg, The University of Toronto, and McCormick Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church USA) at The University of Chicago. Ross has a particular passion for shaping missionary disciples and “scholarly evangelists” for leadership in Christ’s Church for the sake of mending God’s creation. Ross is the author of Lessons from Laodicea: Missional Leadership in a Culture of Affluence, Gen X, Y Faith? Getting Real with God, co-editor of Three Ways of Grace – a collection of essays on the Trinity, and a contributor to The Presbyterian Record as well as co-conspirator with friend Rob Fennell (Atlantic School of Theology) on the blog “Creedal and Loving It: Good Theology for Regular People”. Ross’ latest book is “Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks: Missional Leadership Lessons from St. Patrick for Today”.

    Ross has served congregations in the Reformed tradition from Halifax to Vancouver as well as sabbaticals with The Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He is a weekly guest preacher in local congregations and Minister in Association at St. Andrew’s/St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver. Possessing the largest “tacky religious collection” on the faculty, Ross looks forward to greeting you in person at St. Andrew’s Hall.

  • Richard Topping

    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.

  • Stephen Farris

    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.

Staff

  • Andy Bear

    Andy Bear

    • 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.

  • Sumarme Goble

    Sumarme Goble

    • 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.

     

  • Mavis Ho

    Mavis Ho

    • 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 Kerekes

    Val Kerekes

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  • Amy Lin

    Ms Amy Lin

    • Accounting Assistant
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  • Christopher Orr

    Christopher Orr

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  • Mihye Park

    Mihye Park

    • 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.

  • Andrea Perrett

    Ms. 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.

  • Rick Smith

    Mr. Rick Smith

    • Custodian
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Board of Management

  • Gerard Booy

    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.

  • Karen Dylla

    Karen Dylla

    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.

  • Polly Long

    Polly Long

    • Sessional Lecturer, Regent College
    • BSN (Emory University), MA (Covenant Theological Seminary)

    Polly has worked with her husband in Theological Education for almost 40 years and, in that time, in four different countries, seen and experienced many ways of helping to prepare God’s people to serve God’s people. This has taken the form of hospitality, organizing forums on marriage and family in ministry, organizing interdenominational evangelistic retreats and events and co-founding three organizations.

    She was born and raised in Tennessee, USA where she met and married Phil Long in 1973. Polly completed a BSN (Nursing) at Emory University and then moved with her husband to Massachusetts (Gordon Conwell Seminary), where Phil completed his M.Div. They then moved to Germany for a 4-year mission term teaching in the Free Theological Academy; from there they moved to Cambridge, England where Phil did a PhD in O.T. Following that time, Phil was ordained and took a post at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where Polly completed her masters in theological studies and began to teach in the area of Homiletics. They moved in 2000 to Vancouver for Phil to teach Biblical Studies at Regent College. Polly teaches Homiletics, Academic Writing and Greek as a sessional lecturer at Regent.

    While in Germany, England and Missouri, Polly began evangelistic outreach organizations. Since moving to the Vancouver area, she has co-founded and presently serves on the board of ‘Liveword”, an interdenominational yearly conference to encourage expository preaching among women. She also co-founded “Genesis Vancouver” a recovery program for sexually exploited women in the greater Vancouver area.

    Phil and Polly have four children and 9 grandchildren. They attend St. Andrews St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver.

  • Jean Morris

    Jean Morris

    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.

  • Robert S. Paul

    Rev. Dr. Robert S. Paul

    • Professor of Mission Theology
    • Dean of St. Andrew's Hall

    The Rev. Dr. Robert Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wales through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. His doctoral research and writing focused on leadership development and Christian mission in the challenging context of North American culture.

    Bob served as a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Washington, Oregon, and California, most recently as Pastor of Discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

    Bob has taught for Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College, Carey Theological College, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. He will teach in the area of mission theology for the Vancouver School of Theology

    He also has served as the President of two mission organizations, Alongside Ministries International and Medical Ambassadors International, respectively. He is currently a board member of Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center, a conference and retreat venue near Leavenworth, Washington.

  • Stephen Roche

    Stephen Roche

    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

    Ian Rokeby

    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.

  • Glen Soderholm

    Glen Soderholm

    • Presbyterian Minister, Two Rivers Church
    • Director, Moveable Feast Resources, Musician, Company

    Glen Soderholm has been an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 24 years. He is currently giving leadership to a missional church plant in Guelph, Ontario called Two Rivers Church, which gives him a particular interest in, and passion for, the development of missional leaders at the Seminary level.

    Glen is the director of Moveable Feast Resources, a worship consulting ministry that has given him opportunity to work with churches, seminaries, and other organizations in a variety of settings across Canada. He is also a performing musician who has released 6 CD’s of mostly original music.

    He has served on the board of Touchstone Ministries, been an advisor to several agencies in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and currently convenes the Board of the Guelph Downtown Neighbourhood Association.

  • Rod Thomson

    Rod Thomson

    • Member of Board of Governors, University of the Fraser Valley
    • Chair, Member’s Board Compensation Committee of the Post Secondary Employers Association

    Rod has served on the board of St Andrews Hall since 2013. His previous board experience includes the Board of Governors at the University of the Fraser Valley from 2005-2011, where he served as chair 2009-2011. In that capacity he also served as chair of the Member’s Board Compensation Committee of the Post Secondary Employers association. He has also served on the board of two multi-sport games, the Western Canada Summer Games and BC Disability Games.

    Rod is an Elder at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford and has served as convenor of a ministerial search committee. He also serves as chair of the supervisory committee tasked with planning and oversight on a building project for the church.

    Rod provides community and volunteer service through Rotary International and served in local regional and international positions in leadership and training. He currently chairs the editorial board of Rotary Canada magazine.

    Rod and his wife Cathy live in Abbotsford and have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. Rod performs with the Moonliters Swing Band, which is dedicated to the music of the Big Band era.

  • 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

    Matthew Walton-Knight

    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.