Course Instructors

Lay Certificate Program
Rev Janet Anstead

Rev. Janet Anstead

After a career as a Family Law Lawyer in London in the 1990s, Janet discerned a call to Ministry. She completed her seminary studies (Master of Divinity) at Huron College, University of Western Ontario and returned to complete a Master of Arts (Theology). She has been serving the Mapleton Church of Christ (Disciples) since 2005. Janet has served in leadership roles with both the Ontario Assembly of the Christian Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada In addition, she served as the Coordinator of Non-degree Programs and Continuing Education at Huron University College from 2013-2019. In this capacity, in addition to creating and administering the program, Janet was an instructor for Systematics, Church History, World Religions and Ethics.

Rev Dr Darlene Brewer

Rev. Dr. Darlene Brewer

Rev. Dr. Darlene Brewer is a feminist theologian & ordained minister (Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)), serving Wyndholme Christian Church, and living in Dartmouth, NS. Darlene has worked in urban chaplaincy drop-ins and centres, churches, and universities, as a teacher, mentor, program coordinator, and minister. Two of her true passions are teaching and ministry. She is delighted to be offering courses for Atlantic School of Theology and through her own work with Forest Streams Retreats and Workshops, an online forum. Her workshops have included Pastoral Care, Radical Hospitality, and Empathy as a Spiritual Practice. As a Newfoundlander, she is increasingly aware of the importance of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in our identities and understanding of theological and social justice issues and is currently writing on this topic. She is currently teaching an online course on Mental Health and Pastoral Practice. Darlene loves walking, visiting the beach, and getting to know people and their communities

Rev Danah Cox

Rev. Danah Cox

Danah has degrees in both fine arts, (B.F.A., John Herron in Indianapolis) and ministry (Mdiv., Andover Newton Theological Seminary). As his call to ministry came later in life, Danah had a variety of work and life experiences that have helped prepare him for ministry. He worked in classic French restaurants for over 25yrs, owned a Creole/Cajun restaurant, taught “At Risk” youth, worked for a design firm, in video production and as a portrait artist. Since his conversion to Christ, he has served on the New Orleans board of the United Church of Christ (chair of Christian education), liaison to the Southern region UCC’s nationwide Partners in Education Initiative, served as pastor for both Campbell-Stone and Renfrew United Church of Canada, and is now minister to the Brush with the Spirit initiative. While being born and raised in New Orleans serves as foundational to his identity, Danah has also lived in Indianapolis, Boston, Seattle and now Calgary. Danah has found that his diverse background, exposure to many cultures, open mindedness and general outgoing personality helps him to deliver - engaging workshops that put people at ease, meets them where they are, and hopefully brings people to surprising new places to explore their faith.

Rev Dr Jen Garbin

Rev. Dr. Jen Garbin

Jen has been the Canadian Region's Regional Minister since 2016. She is originally from the Ottawa Valley, but has also lived in various parts of southern Ontario and Nova Scotia. Jen completed her Master of Divinity (2006) and Doctor of Ministry (2016) at Emmanuel College (TST), and focused both on Disciples History and emerging trends in young adult spirituality. She has led numerous workshops and open space forums around re-imaging what it means to be church in the 2ist century, working with young adults, and mobilizing for mission. Jen is a total church-nerd which means she has a deep passion for Christ's church and its capacity to transform lives, communities, and the world. She has been involved in all levels of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from ‘Area and Regional boards, to the General Board, Administrative Committee, Search Committee for GMP, and planning/education committees for General Assembly.

Drew Gillette

Drew has been with the Disciples of Christ for almost 10 years attending Sugarbush Christian Church in Guelph, Ontario.  He has a passion for working with children and young people and has been very active inside and outside of the church in running children and youth programs and providing mentorship. Most notably, Drew has been involved in a church youth band, running camps for Disciple youth all over Ontario and helping run and facilitate Encounter for youth that attend the Candaian Regional Assembly (All-Canada Convention).  In regards to anti-oppression training, Drew has been doing workshops for various organizations both for profit and non-profit for the past 6 years and has run several workshops for the Disciples already.  He has a desire to see the church on the forefront of fighting for social justice in our communities, just like Jesus was.

Rev. Dr. Stanley Helton

Dr. Stanley ("Stan") N. Helton—the president of Alberta Bible College, now in his sixth year-is passionate about working with God's people seeking God's Mission. His academic degrees come from Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Abilene Christian University (MS, MDiv, DMin), and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). His dissertation on “The Text of Acts in the Writings of Origen” will be published in 2021 by Peeters of Belgium. His areas of study include biblical languages, New Testament, history of the Earliest Christianity, and history of North American Christianity. Regarding ministry related studies, Stan keeps up with trends in church health, spiritual formation, missions and leadership. He loves to walk alongside preachers, missionaries, church leaders, & those seeking to discern God's call. He has served in a variety of ministry settings including New Orleans, Chicago, and Regina, Sask. While in Regina, Stan taught at Western Christian College where he later served as the Academic Dean. He also served churches in interim ministry roles and as a consultant to churches through ministerial transitions. He and his wife Pat live in Calgary. They have one child, Rachel, who is married to Cody Hart, the son of Clay and Cherry Hart.

Rev. Dr. Jane Pekar

Jane Pekar is a retired Music and French public school teacher, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (DOC) in the capacity of Pastoral Counsellor and an Ontario Registered Psycho-Spiritual Therapist certified with the Canadian Association of Pastoral Caregivers. Born in Windsor and raised in the Disciples church, her work in Brampton and the GTA for 40 years has taken her on journeys into the diverse cultures and religions in her community and beyond. Achieving a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Tyndale University and Seminary she continues to journey with seekers on their path to self-awareness and fulfillment in all aspects of life. She is presently involved in Family Ministry at St. Joseph of Nazareth Anglican Church in Brampton. With her four adult children on their own journeys, she enjoys sailing, gardening, knitting, reading alongside her husband Jurek and pet conur Papagana.

Rev. Russell Prime

Russell Prime lives in Nova Scotia and has been involved in youth ministry for over 35 years as a volunteer and sometimes paid worker. Russell is currently the minister of the Milton and Summerville Christian Churches and the spiritual adviser of the Nova Scotia Christian Youth Fellowship. He shares his gifts of hospitality, encouragement, and acceptance as the national coordinator of the Disciples’ youth program in Canada and as a volunteer counsellor at Johnston Christian Park and other summer camps and programs. Russell is a past president of the Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and is still active as a member of its board. Russell is also a practicing barrister and part-time faculty member at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, in Criminology, Sociology, and Atlantic Canada Studies. He enjoys canoeing, harvesting periwinkles, and collecting postage stamps.

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