Core Faculty

kayla-cardinal-imageKayla Cardinal, DTATI, MSW, RSW, RCAT

Co-Chair (Art Therapy), Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Faculty Lecturer of Art Therapy


Kayla Cardinal is an art psychotherapist, clinical social worker, supervisor, researcher, teacher, and advocate who “firmly believes in living life through decolonization, intention, inclusivity, and connection.” She brings more than a decade of experience working as an Art Therapist, holding professional credentials as both a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT) and a Registered Social Worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers. In 2011 she founded and has since worked as an art psychotherapist at Winnipeg Art Therapy Inc; she has also served on the Board of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and as a member of the Registration Committee for the Manitoba College of Social Workers. Her academic training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Concordia University, Montreal), a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy (Toronto Art Therapy Institute), a Bachelor of Social Work (University of Manitoba), a Master of Social Work (University of Calgary), and she is currently completing her PhD in Social Work (University of Manitoba). Kayla’s doctoral work focuses on intergenerational trauma among indigenous peoples. Over the course of her career, she has worked in academic and clinical contexts, including private practice, social services, and healthcare.

sheryl-johnson-imageRev. Sheryl Johnson, MDiv, MPS, PhD

DMin Chair, Department of Theology
Professor of Theology


Sheryl Johnson is a settler of European heritage, born on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations, Treaty 1 territory, in what is colonially known as Winnipeg, Canada. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of justice-rooted Christian ethics and the practices of mainline Protestant churches, particularly in the area of finance. She holds a PhD in Theology and Ethics from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and both a Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. Ordained in the United Church of Canada, she presently serves part-time in ministry at Congregational Church of San Mateo, affiliated with the United Church of Christ located on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sheryl has taught courses on a wide range of topics including climate justice, pastoral care, ethics, and women’s studies in religion. In addition to teaching and ministry, she also served many ecumenical and justice-rooted organizations such as KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and the Student Christian Movement. Sheryl is passionate about the intersection of theology and practice and helping people and communities to more deeply live out their values for the sake of flourishing and abundant life.

kehinde-olabimtan-imageKehinde Olabimtan, MED, PhD, DMin (cand.)

Theological Studies Program Director
Professor of Theology, Department of Theology


Kehinde Olabimtan holds a Master of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Lagos and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He spent one-year in postdoctoral studies contributing to the online Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB) at the Overseas Ministries Study Centre, New Haven, Connecticut, a project now domiciled at Boston University. He taught at Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana and at Bowen University in Nigeria. Kehinde’s teaching and research has focused on the interactions between Christianity, Islam, and African religion in the 19th century. His doctoral thesis, Samuel Johnson of Yorubaland: Identity, Change and the Making of the Mission Agent (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013) was published in the Africa in Development Series. He is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry at St. Stephen’s College in the area of theology and the environment. 

perjuOlga Perju, MA, RP, CCC-S, RCAT (she/her)

Clinical Director
Faculty Lecturer of Applied Counselling Psychotherapy


Olga Perju is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario) and Canadian Certified Counsellor - Supervisor. She knows firsthand that art making can have meaningful, positive impacts on individuals and communities. Since joining St. Stephen's in June 2020, Olga has established community partnerships between the College and the Art Gallery of Alberta, she has pursued and secured grant funding to support Art Hive initiatives around the city, and she taught both the Practicum course and an Art Therapy Studio course on Art Hives and Social Action. Olga also works in private practice at Sparrow Creative Counselling Centre where she works with children, youth and communities. When she isn't making art or teaching, you can find Olga playing outside, riding her bike, or weaving creative networks with other arts practitioners.

pranke-colourDarlene Pranke, MTS, DMin

AC-SPE Program Coordinator


Darlene Pranke, DMin, is a CASC/ACSS Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Darlene studied Theology at both North American Baptist College (BAR) and St. Stephen's College (MTS and DMin) in Edmonton. Her specialization in the DMin studies was on Suicide Grief. Darlene currently works in the Healthcare sector (for more than 16 years) in both capacities, as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and in Supervisory Education. She also has experience in the technical sector of health care as an X-ray Technologist.

lorraine-smith-macdonald-imageLorraine Smith-MacDonald, PhD, MDiv, MA, CCC

Co-Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Professor of Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy


Lorraine Smith-MacDonald is a researcher, teacher, and clinician. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Heroes in Mind Advocacy Research Consortium lab at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of the mental and spiritual domains of health and specializes in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and moral injury in military, veteran, first responder, and family populations. She holds a PhD from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Divinity (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Psychotherapy from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. She also holds clinical designations with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the Association of Counseling Therapy in Alberta and works as a therapist and chaplain. 

fred-picFrederick S. Tappenden, MA, PhD (he/him/his)

Principal and Dean
Professor of Theology


Frederick S. Tappenden is Principal and Dean, and Professor of Theology, at St. Stephen's College. His scholarly work focuses on issues of embodiment, cognition, social memory, and metaphor in religion, with a particular emphasis on ancient Christianity and ancient Judaism. Dr. Tappenden has published and taught widely in the fields of Biblical and Religious Studies. His 2016 book, Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (SBL Press), was awarded a 2017 Lautenschläger Award from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to coming to St. Stephen's he was a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University. He has also taught and/or researched at the University of British Columbia, the Montreal School of Theology, The King's University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.