The Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis

Acting Dean
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Theology

Susan MacAlpine-Gillis
Supervised Field Education
United Church of Canada


Dr. MacAlpine-Gillis earned an MDiv (Atlantic School of Theology) and a DMin (Bangor Theological Seminary). She served both rural and suburban churches during 31 years of full-time ministry, including 26 with a congregation that she led through a successful amalgamation and a building and renovation project. Trained in the ministry of supervision and a long time Field Educator, she teaches both campus based and distance field education. She is on the Steering Committee of the Association of Theological Field Educators and her research has focused on issues of supervision and training for supervisors. As an avid traveler, Dr. MacAlpine-Gillis believes in the integration of travel and Biblical studies as a way of bringing the stories of scripture to life through walking the land where they unfolded.

  • (with Melvin Baber, Eric Kyle, Joanne Lindstrom and Christina Zaker) “A Supervision of Pliable Presence During a Pandemic.” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 41 (2021): 170-183.
  • “Mentoring the Pastoral Caregiver.” In Empower: A Guidebook for Supervisor-Mentors in Theological Education, ed. John Senior and Matthew Floding, 159-164 (Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2020).
  • (with Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Catrina Ciccone and Marcus Hong) “Excellence in Supervision: Practical Wisdom from Supervisors/Mentors.” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 40 (2020): 184-193.