Core Faculty

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Frederick Tappenden, 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 King's University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.

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Henriette Kelker, PhD

Chair, Department of Theology
Professor of Practical Theology

Henriette Kelker, MSc, MDiv, PhD, grew up in the Netherlands, where she attended the Agriculture University in Wageningen. After immigrating to Canada, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Science at The University of Alberta, followed by several years as a fulltime home maker and community volunteer before re-entering the academic world. The path that followed led through several years in the Museum and Heritage world exploring religious and immigrant history, and further studies in theology at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. As an ordained minister, she has served rural and urban congregations of The United Church of Canada. She remains deeply curious about the engagement of spirit in science and culture.

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Augustine Parattukudi, PhD (cand.)

Co-Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Faculty Lecturer of Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy

Augustine Parattukudi holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Master's level Theological studies from India, and a Masters in Pastoral Counselling (Th.M.) from the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education from Lakehead University in Ontario. His research focuses on the possibilities of teaching and learning compassion and understanding the problem of compassion fatigue in caring professions. He has extensive training in psychotherapy and spirituality with a strong foundation in philosophy, psychology, education, and ethics. He is a registered member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a registered member with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC), a Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) and an associate member of Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). Augustine spent several years of his life in contemplative and religious experiences, both in Eastern and Western traditions. He is often fascinated at the intersection of spirituality, psychology and altruistic emotions in his clinical practice and academic pursuit.


Olga Perju (she/her)

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

Olga Perju is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario) and Canadian Certified Counsellor - Supervisor. She is Co-Chair (Art Therapy), in the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality, and Faculty Lecturer of Art Therapy at St. Stephen's College. Olga knows firsthand that art making can have meaningful, positive impacts on individuals and communities. Since moving to Edmonton, she has been getting curious about what that looks like in Alberta and how to best support students, clients and other clinicians. Recently launching into private practice at Sparrow Creative Counselling Centre, her work with children, youth and communities is continuing to develop and blossom. 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.

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Darlene Pranke, DMin

AC-SPE Program Coordinator

Darlene Pranke, DMin, is a CASC/ACSS Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Provisional 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 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.