Faculty and Staff
Dr. Joan Campbell, CSM
New Testament Studies
B.Sc. (Hons.) (University of Prince Edward Island)
B.Ed. (Hons.) (University of Prince Edward Island)
M.R.E. (University of Saint Michael's College)
M.A. in New Testament Studies (University of Saint Michael's College)
Ph.D. in New Testament (University of Saint Michael's College: Toronto School of Theology)
Research Interests: Biblical kinship issues, the cultural world of the Bible, portraits of women in the New Testament.
Publications/projects: Book entitled "Kinship Relations in the Gospel of John" published in 2007 by the Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series (Volume 42). Book published in 2009 by the Liturgical Press: "Phoebe: Patron and Emissary."
Dr. David Deane
Systematic and Historical Theology
B.A., M.A. , Ph.D. (University of Dublin, Trinity College)
Research Interests: Postmodern Theology, Patristics, Theology and Neuroscience.
Currently working on: A book, provisionally titled "Viral Ecclesiology", which explores Patristic models of Church and Sacrament in dialogue with non-static accounts of the self as found in contemporary Neuroscience and some postmodern feminist thought.
Recent Publications include a book entitled "Nietzsche and Theology: Nietzschean thought in Christological Anthropology" (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers, November 2006).
The Rev. Dr. D. Laurence DeWolfe
B.A. (Saint Mary's University)
M.Div. (Knox College, University of Toronto)
D.Min. (Preaching) (McCormick Theological Seminary/Association of Chicago Theological Schools)
Research Interests: Preaching and post-modernity; preaching and models of pastoral leadership; storytelling; theological education in cyberspace; the future of the church in North America.
Publications/projects: Co-author, The Blue Banner: The Presbyterian Church of Saint David and Presbyterian Witness in Halifax (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007). Monthly column, "Progressive Lectionary" in The Presbyterian Record (October 2007 - present). Dr. DeWolfe has led workshops in Preaching, Worship, Biblical Storytelling, Mediation and Conflict Resolution; and Sexual Abuse and Harassment for judicatories and congregations in Ontario and Nova Scotia, and has used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to help many couples in Halifax prepare for marriage.
Dr. Alyda Faber
Systematic Theology & Ethics
B.A. (University of Guelph)
M.A. (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
B.Th. , MDiv (McGill)
Ph.D., Theology (McGill)
Research interests: Religion, ethics and film; literature and religious subjectivity; feminist theory and theology; religion and violence.
Publications/projects: Literature and a 'poetics of exposure' and 'poetics of reality'; Critical ethical subjectivity and film; poetry project on Frisian sayings; "Religion, Film, Ethics" in The Continuum Companion to Film and Religion, ed. William E. Blizek (forthcoming); "The 'Shock of Love' and the visibility of indecent pain: Reading the Woolf-Raverat Correspondence," in Woolfian Boundaries: Review of On Creaturely Life: Rilke, Benjamin, Sebald, by Eric L. Santner in Ars Disputandi (2007); and "Dancer in the Dark: Affliction and the Aesthetic of Attention," in Studies in Religion.
The Rev. Dr. Robert Fennell
Systematic and Historical Theology
B.A. (University of Winnipeg)
M.Div. (Emmanuel College/University of Toronto)
M.Litt. in New Testament (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Th.D. in Systematic Theology (Emmanuel College/University of Toronto)
Research interests: Theological interpretation of Scripture; Christology.
Publications/projects: Co-editor of Three Ways of Grace: Drawing Closer to the Trinity (UCPH, 2010); author of "How Does the United Church Interpret the Bible?"; "A Sinner of Your Redeeming: Articulating Hope at the Time of Death," and "On Ordained Ministry".
Next projects: Articles on theological anthropology; and a book on the Rule of Faith and Biblical interpretation.
The Rev. Dr. David MacLachlan
B.A. (University of Toronto)
M.Div. (Emmanuel College in Victoria University)
Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Basel in Switzerland)
The Revelation of John
Ministry of the Apostle Paul
Jewish and Early Christian Apocalyptic Writings
Dr. Susan Slater
Hebrew and Old Testament Studies
Research interests: Deuteronomy, land, food and embodiment themes in biblical interpretation.
Recent publication: "Scripture Commentary for the Transfiguration of the Lord and Weeks 19-21 in Ordinary Time," Celebrate! 45-4 (August, 2006): 49-60.
The Rev. Dr. Susan Willhauck
B.A. (Emory and Henry College)
M.T.S. (Wesley Theological Seminary)
Ph.D (The Catholic University of America)
Research Interests: Culture and Christian education; intercultural teaching; narrative and ethnography; congregational leadership and change; women's leadership in ministry; lay theologies; congregational studies. John Wesley on education and children.
Publications/Projects: The Web of Women's Leadership: Recasting Congregational Ministry (with Jacqulyn Thorpe) Abingdon Press; Back Talk! Women Leaders Changing the Church Pilgrim Press; In This World: Calls to Ministry Beyond the Church Chalice Press (forthcoming 2010). "God's Stuff: The Constructive Powers of Chaos for Teaching Religion," paper for AAR 2009. "Big Hair and Jesus: Theological Challenges from Lay People Engaged in Ministry in the World," paper for AAR 2009.Consultant for the Lead Women Pastor's Project of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford
B.Sc. (Honors) (University of Liverpool)
B.A. (Honors) (Oxford University)
M.A. (Oxford University)
Certificate in Theology (Oxford University)
D.D. (honoris causa) (University of King's College)
Eric Beresford is the President of Atlantic School of Theology, a position he has held since December 2004. He is a scholar and prolific writer who is widely published in professional journals and sought after as a consultant and speaker at workshops and conferences in the fields of ethics, environmental justice, conflict and change, and human sexuality. Canon Beresford is an ordained Anglican priest who has served parishes in England and Canada and continues to serve on national committees of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Research Interests: Environmental ethics and justice.
The Rev. Dr. Jody Clarke
B.A. (Dalhousie University)
D.Min. (St. Stephen's)
Research interests: Bereavement studies, leadership, trauma, forgiveness and sexuality–you know the easy stuff.
Publications/projects: Dr. Clarke continues to explore the practical application of the work Dr. Habib Davanloo, the father of Intensive Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) with the central tenets of pastoral psychology. To this end, Jody is involved with the development of the Maritime Centre for Teaching and Research in Davanloo's ISTDP. During the 2006- 2007 academic year, Jody was on sabbatical—Jody is in complete agreement with God, Genesis 2:1-3—that in fact sabbatical time is a very good idea. Much of his sabbatical time was devoted to writing and research—and while this does not sound like a rest, it was a lovely recalibration of energy and imagination; his areas include The Dynamic Nature of the Therapeutic Covenant, The Metapsychology of Forgiveness, Anxiety and the Physiology of God and A New Look at Pastoral Diagnosis. While Jody took the year to pull back from national and international conferences, he did a number of presentations within the Maritime context including work with the local Alzheimer's Conference, the United Churches in Inverness County, Dalhousie's Department of Psychiatry, several regional palliative care services and the Victorian Order of Nurses.
- The Rev. Dr. Davena Davis
- The Rev. Dr. Hugh Farquhar
- Ms. Martha Martin, Diaconal Minister United Church of Canada
Adjunct Faculty 2012-2013
- Mr. Barry Banks
- The Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett
- The Rev. Dr. Paul Friesen
- Ms. Buffy Harper
- The Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis
- The Rev. Sandra Morrison
- The Rev. Gary Myatt
- Ms. Patricia O'Halloran
- The Rev. Dr. Catherine Simpson
- The Rev. Dr. Greg Brown
- The Rev. Dr. Chris Coffin
- The Rev. Dr. Russ Daye
- Dr. John Derksen
- The Rev. Dr. Paul Friesen
- Dr. Beth McIsaac Bruce
- Dr. Nestor Medina
Archdeacon Debra Burleson
Anglican Church Formation Director (ACC)
AST welcomed Archdeacon Burleson as the Anglican Church Formation Director in September 2011. A graduate of AST, she is a former member of AST Senate and the Accreditation Self-Study Team. She served as Rector of the Parish of Seaforth, a five-point rural parish on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, and as Priest-in-Charge of St. Luke's in Dartmouth. She continues to serve as Archdeacon for the Eastern Shore.
Aurea Sadi / Chris Coffin
Roman Catholic Church Lay Formation Director (RCC)
The Rev. Sally Shaw
United Church Formation Director (UCC)
B.A. (University of Waterloo
M.Div (Emmanuel College/University of Toronto
Since her ordination in 1992, the Rev. Shaw has served congregations in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. She has taught courses at Emmanuel College and St. Stephen’s College as Adjunct Faculty. She is interested in building bridges that link theory and practice, faith and action, worship and work, the church and its context, bridges that join individuals together in community and carry us into closer relationship with God, bridges that lead us to explore the link between who we are and what we do as ordered ministers in the United Church of Canada.
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Born in the UK, Mr. Halley received his early musical education in Ottawa, Ontario before becoming Organ Scholar at Trinity College in Cambridge, England. He has worked in many parts of the world including Jamaica, and was for a number of years Organist and Choir Master at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. While there, he transformed the music program to reflect a rich combination of classical and contemporary music. He was also a principal member of the Paul Winter Consort. Featured on over 20 recordings by the Consort, he was awarded Grammies for four. Paul is also in demand as a composer whose works are performed by internationally renowned musicians all over the world.
For the past seven years, Paul Halley has been Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington, Connecticut, where he conducted a 30-voice semi-professional choir, and worked with organ scholars from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music.
AST's current volunteer Chaplains are The Rev. Charles Black (ACC) and The Rev. Stephen Fram (UCC). Both are experienced ministers of the Church and are available for pastoral conversation with all students. Please stop by Room 103 to say hello, or phone (902) 496-7957.
The Rev. Charles Black
is on campus Thursdays
B.A. University of Toronto (University College), Toronto, ON
Bachelor of Theology, Huron College, London, ON
Bachelor of Divinity (General Synod), University of Trinity College, Toronto, ON
Master of Pastoral Studies, St. Paul's University, Ottawa, ON
The Rev. Charles Black has been involved in various ministries since his ordination in 1961. In addition to his AST activities, he currently provides chaplain services to the Canadian Forces, the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, the Nova Scotia Naval Officers' Association, and Veterans' Affairs Canada (Pastoral Care Program). The Rev. Black is also a parish priest at Holy Trinity-Emmanuel Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The Rev. Stephen Fram
is on campus Monday mornings
B.A. Mount Allison University
M.Div. Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS
The Rev. Fram was ordained by the Maritime Conference on May 14, 1989, and is currently serving as Minister at Grace United Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has previous experience in the chaplaincy area with the Youth Forum Committee of the Maritime Conference and pastoral experience in various regions of the Maritimes.