Christianity

Christianity is a monotheistic religion, with many sects, which believes that:

  • The world was created by God.
  • All things within that world were designed to have meaning and purpose.
  • The Bible, which offers guidance for how humans are to live their lives, is a gift from God, inspired by God.
  • Jesus Christ was/is the Messiah and is the way back to God.

Anglican Chaplain: Heather Liddell

  • 1. Religious Affiliation

    I am a Christian ordained to the sacred order of the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada which is a part of the wider Anglican Communion.

  • 2. Educational History
    I am currently working toward a Masters in Death, Religion, and Culture through the University of Winchester. In 2015,  graduated from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), and spent seven months at Trinity College (Singapore), and a month at Pusey House (Oxford). Before my time at Wycliffe College, I was studying a Bachelor of Arts (University of Alberta), majoring in Political Science and minoring in Creative Writing.
  • 3. Joined the U of A

    2007-2012, May 2018

  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A

    I am passionate about creating safe spaces for students, faculty, and staff where they can ask big questions, discern their gifts, and find ways to use those gifts for the good of all of God's people.

    Building on the strong foundations laid by previous University of Alberta Chaplains, I hope to nurture spiritual lives on campus by growing a strong culture of authenticity through open and engaged discussion addressing the hard/fascinating realities of our current socio-political climate.

  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A

    When I reflect on the journey that lead me to my current position at the U of A, I can't help but be in awe of the coincidences that have brought me back to campus. Working as a chaplain at the University of Alberta is one of the coolest jobs I've ever had, and I am thankful for the opportunity to assist people as they work on their faith. 

  • 6. Other Passions and Interests
    When I'm not on campus, I am at home with a cup of tea, snuggled up with my cat, while reading a good book.

Baptist Chaplain: Mel Cruikshank

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Baptist (Canadian National Baptist Convention)
  • 2. Educational History

    Bachelor of Science (University of Alberta)

    Master of Divinity (North America Baptist Divinity School)

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    1982-1995, 2009-2010, 2017
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A
    I am a part time chaplain at the U of A and I work closely with a committee of local church leaders to coordinate a number of Baptist ministries we have happening on campus. We also have worship services on campus, fellowships, A Mandarin campus ministry, and opportunities for discipleship. As well, I lead the Baptist Campus Ministries across Canada for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.
  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A
    The most significant decisions of my life took place while I was an undergraduate student at the U of A. I am a chaplain here because students will often be making vital decisions about careers, relationships and faith, and I hope to share my own experiences as a way to help students navigate their decision-making process.
  • 6. Other Passions and Interests
    I love my wife Marybelle. We have three children and four grand-children. Next to my faith in Christ, they are my greatest passion and interest. I also lead mission teams each year to work with our Christian brothers and sisters in Cuba and I have fallen in love with Cuba and it's people. And, I enjoy golfing, hiking the mountains, swimming in the ocean, and reading good books while camping.

Christian Reformed Minister: Rick Mast

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • 2. Educational History

    B. Ed from Calving College (Michigan)

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    February 2018
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A

    My interest is developing communities of faith, rooted in prayer, guided by God and by the community’s weakest members - through whom God’s presence is revealed (case in point: Jesus Christ). Each member discovers and deepens in their spiritual life and lives it according to their particular faith and tradition. Communities can be like the holy temple in the vision of Ezekiel (ch. 47), from which living waters flow that heal and give life. From within community we discover the mystery we are living and are helped to be faithful to our vocation – invited continually to “launch out into the deep” (Luke 5:4). My aim and focus is to create a brave space - for students, faculty and staff. Those who have no religious affiliation are also welcomed and respected in their freedom of conscience.

    “Love is the quality of attention we pay to things,” J.D. McClatchy wrote after Simone Weil observed that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A

    An important part of managing pain or struggle is presence - someone who reveals to the person that they are not all bad or all alone, a friend who is happy just to be there. Of course, when people have a toothache, it is not enough to tell them that we are with them or that we care about them. We should then take them to a good dentist! Friendship communicates life to others, draws them out of darkness, and gives them a new desire to live. That is compassion in the strongest sense of the word: to “be with”, to “suffer with”. It takes time to create bonds of trust and to enable someone to believe in the fidelity of a friendship.

     

  • 6. Other Passions and Interests

    For the past twenty years I have lead a group of students and adults on spiritual pilgrimages, living alongside the religious community on the remote Isle of Iona, Scotland. I also serve on The King's University’s Board of Governors, and the Board of Trustees at Calvin College.

    I have four daughters with my wife Aileen of thirty-six years. In my downtime I enjoy downhill, cross-country and backcountry skiing; hiking in the summer months; and reading. I would also refer to myself as 'Folkie,' and I drive a Westy.

Lutheran Chaplain: Richard Reimer

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
  • 2. Educational History

    Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta

    Diploma in Christian Studies, Regent College, Vancouver

    Master of Divinity, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon

  • 3. Joined the U of A
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A
    Secretary of Interfaith Chaplains' Association, duties including coordination of annual Festival of Lessons & Carols, Winspear Centre; Advisor to the Lutheran Student Movement; Chaplain to a Resident Christian Community at Martin Luther House.
  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A
    When I was an undergraduate student at the U of A, campus ministry had a significant impact on my life, leading to my baptism in what is now the SUB Alumni Room — back then it was a multi-purpose room that smelled of beer from socials the night before! Here, in the midst of an academia that measures us by 'points', I encountered a God who values us for who we are, as a matter of grace (i.e., gift), and calls us to loving service through unique gifts that meet the world's need. That gift and calling gave me the strength to ask, "Beyond getting a job, what is my 'vocation' or calling?" And the weekly meal at Jesus' table fortified me for the meandering road ahead. Campus ministry met me at a critical juncture, when faith is challenged to grow along with knowledge. I feel privileged now to accompany you here on campus as a messenger of the grace that has made all the difference to me.
  • 6. Other Passions and Interests
    Camping, novels (e.g, The Orenda), piano composition, and 'Lutheran' Lattes (drop by for one!)

Mennonite Chaplain: Kevin Guenther Trautwein 

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Christian (Mennonite)
  • 2. Educational History

    B.A.Rel., Ambrose University (2005)

    M.T.S., University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel University College (2014)

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    September 2015
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A
    My current focus is on developing and supporting communities for mutual support, social justice, and mental health. I am also the Treasurer for the InterFaith Chaplains’ Association.
  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A
    I love the university. The pursuit of knowledge, the boundless questions, and the desire for a well-lived life. I am a chaplain so that I can support people as they reach for these worthy goals, but along the way I also get to learn from some of the most passionate and thoughtful people in the world.
  • 6. Other Passions and Interests

    I spent years working as frontline support for organizations serving street-involved communities and at-risk youth. Recently, I’ve been proud to be involved with the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network's annual Prayer Walk for Peace, and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights’ Festival of Faiths. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.

    I am married with two young children, and these days I enjoy going to the park, canoeing on the North Saskatchewan, and catching live music whenever possible. Also, coffee.


Penetcostal Chaplain: Adam Mattatall

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
  • 2. Educational History

    Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Vanguard College, Edmonton AB)

    Master of Arts in Political Science with a focus on International Relations (American University, Cairo, Egypt)

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    February 2017
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A
    My focus is connecting with the community, meeting needs through service, and providing guidance, advice or just a listening ear wherever required.
  • 5. Why I am a Chaplain at the U of A
    I believe that God has uniquely gifted and placed us here for a purpose. The university is a space of learning, exploration and growth, and an environment where purpose and meaning are both discovered and affirmed. It is a privilege to contribute to the overall encouraging and supportive community processes at the U of A.
  • 6. Other Passions and Interests
    Coffee, food, movies, games, keeping fit, friends, trips, learning, driving – including a motorcycle, and adventure!

Presbyterian Reformed Chaplains: Bryan and Lisa Clarke

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Reformed-Presbyterian. Presbyterian Church in North America (PCNA). GraceFinder Resourcing Network is the charity we started to support chaplaincy work on campus.
  • 2. Educational History

    Bryan Clarke: Bryan has been serving at the University of Alberta with Lisa since 2005. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada and his graduate studies, earning a Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. He finished a Master’s in Education and currently, Bryan is working on a Ph.D. in Education and serves as executive director of GraceFinder Resourcing Network (gracefinder.org)

    Ed Choo (Assistant Staff): Edward was born and raised in California. Immersed in music since high school, Edward completed his undergrad degree in Audio Engineering. After some years in the industry, the Lord drew him out of the business and led him to Seoul, Korea. What originally was only to be a year (self-planned)   turned out to be four (God's plan). He came back to the states to finish off his seminary studies, which he began in Korea.  Ed, now holds an MA in Worship and Music from Covenant Theological Seminary, and continues his studies with CCEF in counseling.  He is currently in the process of working toward a DMin.

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    2005
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A
    GraceFinder Resourcing Network has a mission to promote grace in all of life through connecting campus, church, and city.  We do this through resourcing students with supportive relationships, and teaching on campus, connecting them to local churches for ongoing spiritual growth, and helping them transition to their callings in the city. We resource the church through our connections to students but also through informative, winsome, and encouraging workshops/seminars in areas such as worship, leadership, cultural engagement, and evangelism. We resource the city through educating and developing people with the skills needed for the workplace and to train leaders for chaplaincy. We resource each area through providing resources to students, church leaders, and those involved in their vocations.
  • 5. Why we are Chaplains at the U of A
    For students, faculty, and staff – seeking to educate, empower, and encourage leaders to see all of life through the lens of grace, towards all things made new in Christ. We enjoy seeing students grow and learn through their various disciplines and work with them in connecting faith and the academic, breaking beyond a secular/sacred binary.
  • 6. Other Passions and Interests
    Hockey, soccer, and my bulldog Ellie

Roman Catholic: Mona-Lee Feehan

  • 1. Religious Affiliation
    Roman Catholic
  • 2. Education History

    Bachelor of Education (University of Alberta)

    Masters of Education (University of Alberta)

    Masters of Theology (St. Stephen's College)

    Doctor of Ministry (St. Stephen's College)

  • 3. Joined the U of A
    October 2018
  • 4. Current Focus at the U of A

    I am a Campus Minister at St Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta (U of A). All students, regardless of belief, are welcome in my office. My primary concern and focus is the mental health concerns of all U of A students. In my work, I have the opportunity to provide a safe space to talk about issues that affect students’ well-being and open the door of communication to discuss faith and spirituality.

  • 5. Why I am a chaplain at the U of A
    I love my faith; faith is what grounds me. If I can walk with someone discerning their own personal journey and they in turn, invite someone else to join, we have the capacity to grow in community.

United Chaplain: Denise Davis-Taylor