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.
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.
- Shiraz Dillon
- Chaplain and Community Life Coordinator
Sumarme holds a Bachelor of Christian Education from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Divinity degree 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.
Sumarme enjoys encouraging people to deepen their views of vocation and calling. “When I was a university student, my emphasis was on achieving, performing, and getting things done in order to check it off my list. After facing failures of various kinds, I discovered my education was also about learning resilience and nurturing my life in holistic ways. Now I find that the place God calls me to includes not only academic scholarship, but an ability to face life’s challenges, draw on spiritual resources, engage well with others, and make a difference in the world for the love of God and the flourishing of the world.”
Sumarme enjoys connecting residents with one another through the programs and events at St. Andrew’s Hall and in the wider campus community.
- 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 Administrative Assistant for the Centre for Missional Leadership.
Mavis graduated from Simon Fraser University with B.A. (English and Communications) and also has a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
- 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 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.
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.
- 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.
Ena van Zoeren
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.
- 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.