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 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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Diploma in Ministry, Montreal Dio
Master of Sacred Theology, McGill University
B.A., Mount Allison University
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.
DMus, McGill University, Schulich School of Music, Performance Studies
MMus and BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Organ Performance
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.
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.