2014 SPEAKERS.

​Sharon Jebb Smith

 

Sharon is a freelance lecturer and speaker on literature, theology, and Christian spirituality.

 

She studied English Literature at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Theology at Regent College, Vancouver; her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews was received while a member of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, & the Arts.

 

In her teaching and writing Sharon greatly enjoys delving deeply into her disciplines, and finds that exploring literature (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a very powerful way to facilitate thought and learning. She is the author of Writing God and the Self: Samuel Beckett and C.S. Lewis.

 

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sharon is currently based in Aberdeen but commutes to work, sometimes as far as Regent College, Vancouver.

 

jebbsmith.com

 

​Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

 

Kirstin is a free-lance writer and lecturer on literature, theology, and the Arts.

 

She studied English Literature at University of Alberta, Edmonton, and Theology at Regent College, Vancouver. Like Sharon, her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews was received while a member of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, & the Arts.

 

Kirstin's dissertation addressed the concept of Mythopoesis in the work of George MacDonald – considering the development and presentation of his understanding of Revelation and Relationality, and the theological role of Story within that context.

 

She writes for numerous journals in the subjects of Literature, Art, and Theology, and also lectures nationally and internationally in these areas. 

 

 

 

kirstinjeffreyjohnson.com

The Team.

 

 

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Ann Chow

Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson

Valerie Michaelson

Kathleen Patchell

 

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Ann Chow, an MTS graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, is an independent contractor and consultant, as well as an urban chaplain. She specializes in Christian non-profit organizations with her business “Ann Chow Event & Project Management,” and is a director at NextLEVEL. Ann is also a trained vocalist.

 

Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson - prior to her doctorate - assisted in the direction and development of Summer Schools for several years both at Regent College, Vancouver, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Raised on a farm in the Ottawa Valley, she has a passion for the history and future of the region.

 

Valerie Michaelson is an associate priest at St. James’ Anglican Church, on the campus of Queen’s University. She is also a post-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University, cross-appointed between the School of Religion and the Faculty of Public Health Sciences.

 

Kathleen Patchell, currently a lecturer at Tyndale University College, received her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa; her doctorate traces and compares the popular and critical reception of a Presbyterian author and a Methodist author through the twentieth century into contemporary Canada.