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.
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.
- 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.
- Senior Fellow in Residence
Darrell Guder has recently retired as Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as a student outreach pastor and as a faculty member of the Karlshohe College in the German Lutheran Church. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. One of his major research interests is reading Barth as a missional theologian He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) and was president of the ASM from 2007–2008. We are blessed and excited to have Darrell as our first Senior Fellow in Residence for the SAH Centre for Missional Leadership. Darrell will be with us in Vancouver three times a year to teach, advise and share his research on missional theology.