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 of Ministry Leadership & Education
    • 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 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

    Currently being updated.

Staff

  • Sumarme Goble

    Sumarme Goble

    • Director of Campus Ministries

    Sumarme is the Director of St. Andrew’s Hall Campus Ministries and Community Life. 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 served 14 years in two congregations in Seattle, Washington. This is her fourth year serving at St. Andrew’s Hall.

    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.

    I view my job as chaplain as a calling to care for students as whole people and to encourage them to expand their notions of success to include wider and richer purposes. 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.

    Blaise Pascal once wrote: “In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.”

    My daily spiritual work – in the best and worst of times — is to carry the beauty and treasure of the gospel in my life, to receive each day as a gift of grace from God, and to watch for the ways God is present and working in me and those around me.

  • 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

    Currently being updated.
  • Christopher Orr

    Christopher Orr

    Currently being updated.
  • 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.

Board of Management

  • Gerard Booy

    Rev. Dr. Gerard Booy

    • Minister, Haney Presbyterian Church, Maple Ridge, BC

    Gerard Booy is the minister of Haney Presbyterian Church. He has been in ministry for almost 25 years, serving four congregations in South Africa, Ontario, and British Columbia.

    With a doctorate in Old Testament from the University of Pretoria, his passion for ministry is in the area of spiritual formation. He regularly leads workshops, small groups, and retreats to foster personal transformation and equip people for faithful Christian living in their communities.

    He has a strong commitment to theological education and has served since 2002 on the student certification committees of Barrie and Westminster Presbyteries, as supervisor for VST students, and as sessional instructor in Old Testament for the Ewart Center for Lay Education.

    Gerard has been a member of the St. Andrew’s Hall Board from 2008 – 2014. He recently returned for a third term.

    Gerard is married to Annalize. They have two adult children and a lovely daughter-in-law.

  • 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

    Currently being updated.
  • 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

    Currently being updated.
  • 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.