The Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink has been principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College since August 2017. He oversees the life of the college, represents the college to its partners and the broader church, and teaches courses on mission and Anglicanism. Baptized in Canada and confirmed and ordained in the United States, he has worked in the Anglican Church of South Africa and the Church of England before his arrival in Montreal. Prior to ordination, he spent time variously as a DJ, a news reporter, and an ambulance driver.
In his spare time, he likes to spend time outdoors. He aspires to visit every park in Quebec’s fantastic network of national parks, Société des établissements de plein air du Québec.
Ph.D., Cambridge University, Faculty of Divinity
M.Div., Yale Divinity School
Diploma in Anglican Studies, Berkeley Divinity School
M.A., University of Chicago, International Relations
B.A., Acadia University, Classics and Political Science
- Christianity and Catastrophe in South Sudan: Civil War, Migration, and the Growth of Dinka Anglicanism (Baylor University Press, 2018)
- A Faith for the Future, volume 3 of the Church’s Teaching for a Changing World series (Morehouse Press, 2016)
- Backpacking through the Anglican Communion (Morehouse Press, 2014)
- Grace at the Garbage Dump: Making Sense of Mission in the 21st Century (Cascade, 2012)
- “Five Marks of Mission: History, Theology, and Critique,” Journal of Anglican Studies 15.2 (2017).
- “Lost Boys, Found Church: Dinka refugees and religious change in Sudan’s second civil war,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History
- “A Return to the Body: Visions for Anglican Unity,” Sewanee Theological Review (March 2014)
- “Patiently Living With Difference: Rowan Williams’ Archiepiscopal Ecclesiology,” Ecclesiology 9.2 (2013)
- “‘Anglocostalism’ in Nigeria: Neo-Pentecostalism and Obstacles to Anglican Unity,” Journal of Anglican Studies 10.2 (2012)
The Rev. Dr. Heather McCance joined Dio in August 2021 as the Director of Pastoral Studies. She oversees students in their field placements, works with other colleges in the Montreal School of Theology to deliver the In Ministry Year, provides academic counselling to all students, and teaches courses on preaching and ministry leadership. After serving for twenty years in parish ministry in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Toronto, Heather served as the Ministry Developer for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land (out of the city of Winnipeg) for four years before joining us in Montreal.
D.Min., Tyndale University & Seminary (Toronto)
Th.M., Trinity College, University of Toronto
M.Div., Trinity College, University of Toronto
B.A., University of Waterloo
Alyson Huntly was Director of Pastoral Studies at the United Theological College from 2011 to 2021. In 2021 she transitioned to the role of Director of United Church Studies at Dio. She oversees students in their field placements, works with other colleges in the Montreal School of Theology to deliver the In Ministry Year, provides academic and vocational counseling to students, and teaches education and United Church studies courses. She supports the recruitment of United Church students and ensures that United Church students meet requirements for United Church Testamur.
As a Diaconal Minister in the United Church of Canada, Alyson has served in ministries of education, pastoral leadership, and social justice within the United Church of Canada, in community development, and internationally. Prior to coming to Montreal, she was in congregational ministry in Ottawa while finishing her Ph.D.
Ph. D., Queen’s University (Kingston)
M.T.S., St. Andrew’s College (Saskatoon)
Diploma in Diaconal Ministry, The Centre for Christian Studies (Winnipeg)
B.Sc., University of Toronto
Norman Robert Boie joined the Diocesan College team as Chaplain at the beginning of the 2022 academic year. He is a candidate towards ordained ministry in the United Church of Canada. His time is devoted to providing pastoral care to all members of the college community; preparing, organizing and managing logistics around college worship; and participating in other activities that contribute to the life and growth of the college.
Prior to his theological studies, Norman worked 20 years as a TV producer for Canal +, Astral Media and Quebecor; earlier still as a professional singer in musicals and opera; and as a teacher for the Quebec Ministry of Education.
M.Div., École de Théologie de Montréal affiliée à L’université McGill – Le Séminaire Unie de Montréal,
B.Ed., Mc Gill University
Martin Bellerose has been the Director of French Formation for the United Church of Canada since 2022, in this role, he is affiliated with United Church Studies at Montreal Dio where he is in charge of French continuing education for lay people. His research and teaching centres are around the theology of migration, interculturality, and mission and patristics, specifically on Augustine of Hippo.
Ph.D, Universidad Javeriana (Bogota)
M.A., Université de Montréal
B.A., Université de Montréal
Clara is responsible for the Certificate in Bilingual Ministry program and preparing degree students to minister in French and bilingual settings.
Alan is responsible for facilitating the Montreal Mission Internship, a summer internship run out of Dio. This includes, hiring interns, arranging service placements, facilitating reflective programming, and guiding the interns throughout the summer.
HONORARY AND ASSISTING FACULTY
The Rev. Sophie Rolland
The Rev. Sophie Rolland trained as a lawyer before ordination as a priest. She currently serves as the rector of the Parish of Vaudreuil and teaches classes in the college on Anglican polity.
The Rev. Eric Dyck
The Rev. Eric Dyck has served for many years as the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Montreal. A seasoned and experienced liturgist and worship leader, he teaches courses at the college on the theology of liturgy.
The Rev. Prof. Patricia G. Kirkpatrick
The Rev. Prof. Patricia G. Kirkpatrick is a professor of Old Testament at McGill University and a graduate of the college. She is an expert in oral composition and transmission of Old Testament narrative and a holder of a college honorary Doctorate. Ordained in the Diocese of Montreal, she has had a long and fruitful association with the college and its students.
Prof. Torrance Kirby
Prof. Torrance Kirby is a professor of Ecclesiastical History at McGill University and an active member of the college community. An expert in the Reformation and the writings of Richard Hooker, his presence enlivens our common life.