Faculty and Staff
Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink
Principal
The Rev. Dr. Jesse Zink
Principal

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.

EDUCATION
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

Books

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The Rev. Dr. Heather McCance
Director of Pastoral Studies

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 see city of Winnipeg) for four years before joining us in Montreal.

EDUCATION
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

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Dr. Alyson Huntly
Director of United church studies

Dr. Alyson Huntly
Director of United Church studies

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 within UTC 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.

EDUCATION

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

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Angelika Piché
Directrice de la formation en français, Ministères en français, L’église unie du Canada

 

Angelika grew up and studied theology in Germany. She has lived in Montreal for over twenty years with her Quebecois partner and family, where she has served in different ministry settings. She is ordained in the United Church of Canada and is a member of the General Council Ministry in French Team as well as a faculty member at UTC. Responsible for theological formation in French, her teaching is influenced by her longstanding intercultural and ecumenical experience and her passion for the development of innovative ministries in the current secular, pluralistic, francophone context.

EDUCATION

Master of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies, University of Geneva, Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey (Switzerland)
Dip.Min., The United Theological College / Le Séminaire Uni
Mag. Theol., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany)

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The Rev. Jennifer Bourque
CHAPLAIN
The Rev. Jennifer Bourque
CHAPLAIN

The Rev. Jennifer Bourque serves part-time as a college chaplain, offering pastoral support to students and overseeing the worship life of St. Luke’s Chapel. She first came to the college for the Montreal Ministry Challenge in the summer 2003. Later, she enrolled in the college and was ordained in 2008. Since 2008, she has worked as a spiritual care professional, working with patients, families and staff from diverse religious backgrounds.

EDUCATION

Diploma in Ministry, Montreal Dio

Master of Sacred Theology, McGill University

B.A., Mount Allison University

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Nicholas Capozzoli
Director of music

 

Nicholas Capozzoli is a solo organist, scholar, and collaborative artist. His artistic accomplishments have been recognized throughout North America, most recently with Third Prize in the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition. His doctoral thesis on the life and music of Claire Delbos (1906-1959) is the first study of its kind, and a chapter of this paper was awarded Second Prize in the Dean’s Essay Competition at the Schulich School of Music. Nicholas is also Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal and Associate Editor for the online journal Vox Humana.

 

EDUCATION

DMus, McGill University, Schulich School of Music, Performance Studies
MMus and BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Organ Performance

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Jennifer Towell
Interim ADMINISTRATOR

 

Jennifer is the point person for applications, admissions, financial aid, and so much more.

Jennifer James-Phillips
BOOKKEEPER

Jennifer James-Phillips serves as the bookkeeper of the college and manages financial matters.

Emily Stuchbery
Communications Coordinator

Emily Stuchbery joined the staff as Communications Coordinator in summer 2021. She deals with all things related to college publicity, and assists with fundraising and recruitment.

Clara Maranzano
French language instructor

 

Beth Reed
ADMINISTRATOR

Beth Reed joined the staff as College Administrator in 2013. As administrator, she is the point person for applications, admissions, financial aid, and so much more.

Beth Reed is presently on leave, please direct all enquiries to [email protected] or [email protected]

HONORARY AND ASSISTING FACULTY

The Rev. Sophie Rolland

ASSISTING FACULTY

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.

Dr. Jonathan White

DIRECTOR OF CHAPEL

Dr. Jonathan White is a graduate of Oxford University and Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music. He serves as director of chapel at the college and director of music at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. He oversees college worship and music, particularly for our community Eucharist services and teaches classes on church music.

The Rev. Eric Dyck

ASSISTING FACULTY

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

HONORARY FACULTY

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

HONORARY FACULTY

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.