People. Place. Passion.



Board of Management.

Caroline Bonesky

CEO, Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Past Chair, United Community Services Coop

Caroline Bonesky brings extensive experience as a board member of social service and health organizations at a local, provincial, and national level . Caroline believes passionately in social justice initiatives and has dedicated herself to such initiatives in both her personal and professional life. She has spent decades working in community-based social service organizations, supporting vulnerable and marginalized people including those challenged with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness, young offenders, children in need of protection, homeless youth, and families affected by violence.

Caroline currently serves as the chair of the personnel committee and is serving in her second tenure as a member of the Board of St Andrews Hall. She is a Director for Family Services Canada as well as the Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia. Caroline is also a member of the 2014 cabinet for the United Way of the Lower Mainland. For eight years, she led the United Community Services Coop as chair.

Caroline graduated from the inaugural class of the United Way Public Policy Institute. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Alberta, a BSW from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a designation as a registered social worker.

In her day job, Caroline is the CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver—a community-based social services agency committed to creating brighter tomorrows for children, youth, and families in the Metro Vancouver area in British Columbia. She is married and the mother of two children.

Rev. Dr. Gerard Booy

Minister, Haney Presbyterian Church, Maple Ridge, BC

Gerard Booy is the minister of Haney Presbyterian Church. He has been in ministry for almost 25 years, serving four congregations in South Africa, Ontario, and British Columbia.

With a doctorate in Old Testament from the University of Pretoria, his passion for ministry is in the area of spiritual formation. He regularly leads workshops, small groups, and retreats to foster personal transformation and equip people for faithful Christian living in their communities.

He has a strong commitment to theological education and has served since 2002 on the student certification committees of Barrie and Westminster Presbyteries, as supervisor for VST students, and as sessional instructor in Old Testament for the Ewart Center for Lay Education.

Gerard has been a member of the St. Andrew’s Hall Board from 2008 – 2014. He recently returned for a third term.

Gerard is married to Annalize. They have two adult children and a lovely daughter-in-law.

Heather Clarke, PhD

Chair, VST Board of Directors
Director, Bill Reid Gallery Foundation and Vancouver Opera
Consultant

Dr. Heather Clarke’s board membership and leadership includes faith, arts and cultural organizations. She was appointed by the United Church of Canada to the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) Board of Governors in 2008 and nominated as chair in 2010. She helped establish the VST Foundation in 2014 and Chairs its Board of Directors. In her VST capacity she is a member of Saint Andrews Hall Board. Other Board responsibilities include the Bill Reid Gallery Foundation (chairs the Operations Committee) and Vancouver Opera Foundation (chairs the committee responsible for legacy giving.) Heather has been a director of Vancouver Opera Board, President of the Vancouver Opera Guild, BC Council for Families Board chair, Shaughnessy Heights United Church Council member and chair of Ministry and Personnel Committee and participated on boards of international, national and provincial nursing organizations.

Dr. Clarke received her BScN from Queen’s University, MN & PhD (Nursing) from the University of Washington, Seattle and post-graduate experiences at the Native American Research and Training Centre, University of Arizona, Tucson. Heather has published extensively on nursing and health research and policy and delivered papers nationally and internationally. She has received a number of awards for her contributions to leadership and research. Heather consults to regional, provincial, national, international and First Nations health authorities and other organizations (e.g. United Church Health Services).

Heather enjoys being outdoors hiking, walking, and cycling. Water-colour painting and opera are sources of creativity and reasons for travelling.

Rev. Dr. Peter Coutts, CEC

General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod,
Speaker, Consultant and Executive Coach

Rev. Dr. Peter Coutts would say his vocation and passion is for the field of leadership studies, especially in congregational settings. He is an “academic practitioner” who takes an evidence-based approach to leadership practice and development. His interest led him to earn a D.Min. in congregational revitalization at McCormick Seminary in Chicago, where he later went on to teach required courses in organization development and leadership in the D.Min. program as an adjunct professor. A research grant from the Louisville Institute in 2009 provided for a sabbatical to extend his doctoral studies in the area of motivation psychology, which culminated in the publication by the Alban Institute (2013) of his book Choosing Change: how to motivate churches to face the future. Since May of 2013 he has held a half-time role as General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Calgary Macleod. The other half of his work life is in an entrepreneurial ministry of consulting, coaching and as an event speaker. He is a Certified Executive Coach of the International Coach Federation.

Peter served 3 congregations of The Presbyterian Church in Canada over 26 years: Saanich Peninsula (Sidney BC, a new church development congregation, 4 years), Oakridge (London ON, as associate minister, 9 years) and St. Andrew’s (Calgary AB, lead minister, 13 years). He has also served twice as a Presbytery Clerk (in the Presbyteries of London and Calgary Macleod). At a national level he served six years on the Life and Mission Agency Committee and also a term on the Link Committee of the Elders’ Institute of St. Andrew’s Hall.

Roberto DeSandoli

Student, Resident and Student Chaplain, St. Andrew’s Hall

Roberto grew up in Nakusp, BC and earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Lethbridge. His home congregation is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Lethbridge and he is a certified candidate for ministry with the Presbytery of Calgary-Macleod. In addition to being the Student Representative on the St. Andrew’s Hall Board, Roberto is also a SAH Student Chaplain and resident. Roberto is in his third year of studies for a Master of Divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Karen Dylla

Karen Dylla was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came with her family to Canada as a child, first living in Calgary, Alberta when her father was called to ministry in a Presbyterian congregation there. The family moved to Vancouver when she was fifteen and she has remained in the lower mainland since then. She and her husband and two young adult children serve at Fairview Presbyterian Church. In her professional life, Karen is a lawyer, focussing on the area of Wills and Estates. Karen believes that St. Andrew’s Hall has a vital role in the preparation of empowered leaders for the Presbyterian Church and beyond and is privileged to be a part of this process by serving on the Board.

Joyce Huang

Director of Logistics, PortLiving

Joyce is a geological engineer and has been deeply involved in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Born and raised in Vancouver, she is fully bilingual in Taiwanese and English. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia. Among younger Presbyterians on the West Coast, Joyce has a unique breadth of experience in the church. Joyce has also served on the national committee of Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D).

She was formerly a Deacon in Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and took a leadership role in both the English language contemporary worship service and in the youth programme in that congregation. Joyce and her husband, Warren, have a history of hospitality towards students, many of whom lived at SAH.

She and her family (which includes three young sons) now worship at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church.

Polly Long

Sessional Lecturer, Regent College
BSN (Emory University), MA (Covenant Theological Seminary)

Polly has worked with her husband in Theological Education for almost 40 years and, in that time, in four different countries, seen and experienced many ways of helping to prepare God’s people to serve God’s people. This has taken the form of hospitality, organizing forums on marriage and family in ministry, organizing interdenominational evangelistic retreats and events and co-founding three organizations.

She was born and raised in Tennessee, USA where she met and married Phil Long in 1973. Polly completed a BSN (Nursing) at Emory University and then moved with her husband to Massachusetts (Gordon Conwell Seminary), where Phil completed his M.Div. They then moved to Germany for a 4-year mission term teaching in the Free Theological Academy; from there they moved to Cambridge, England where Phil did a PhD in O.T. Following that time, Phil was ordained and took a post at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where Polly completed her masters in theological studies and began to teach in the area of Homiletics. They moved in 2000 to Vancouver for Phil to teach Biblical Studies at Regent College. Polly teaches Homiletics, Academic Writing and Greek as a sessional lecturer at Regent.

While in Germany, England and Missouri, Polly began evangelistic outreach organizations. Since moving to the Vancouver area, she has co-founded and presently serves on the board of ‘Liveword”, an interdenominational yearly conference to encourage expository preaching among women. She also co-founded “Genesis Vancouver” a recovery program for sexually exploited women in the greater Vancouver area.

Phil and Polly have four children and 9 grandchildren. They attend St. Andrews St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver.

Steve Norris, MA CCC

Counsellor/Instructor, Douglas College

Steve Norris holds a BA in Psychology and Social Welfare from UVic and an MA in Counselling Psychology from SFU. He is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Steve has had a diverse career in the social services, counselling, addictions, and educational fields in both the private and public sectors. Currently, he is on the Counselling Dept. faculty at Douglas College. Additionally, Steve serves on the College Threat Assessment Team,

Departmental Faculty Selection Committee, and supervises Masters-level practicum students. He is on the UBC Counselling Psychology Community Advisory Committee, and was on the executive of the BC Post-Secondary Counsellors Association. Community service has included Board Memberships with the Pocomo Boys and Girls Club, BC Council for the Family, and Richmond Addictions Services, and youth leadership roles with Scouts Canada and coaching basketball.

Steve is a member of Richmond Presbyterian Church. He has served on the Church Board, has chaired several Selection Committees for Church staff, and is on the Ministerial Selection Committee and the Care and Fellowship Action Team. Steve and his wife Janet live in the South False Creek area of Vancouver. They are parents to three adult sons. He enjoys travel, music, outdoor recreation and sports.

Robert Paterson

Chartered Professional Accountant
Treasurer, St. Andrew’s Hall

Robert Paterson was appointed Treasurer and a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall in 2009. He has volunteered on a number of charitable and non-profit Boards and Finance Committees including Science World Finance Committee, West Vancouver Community Arts Council (Treasurer), District of West Vancouver Finance Committee, Health and Home Care Society, the Moscow Ensemble XXI Orchestra and Emirates Natural History Society (Treasurer).

Robert graduated with a BSc with Honours in Chemistry from St. Andrews University and a Diploma in Business from the London School of Economics. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and spent the majority of his career as a Financial Management Consultant in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. He retired in 1997 as Partner-in-charge of Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Practice in the Former Soviet Union and took up a post as a Director of Finance and Administration for the University of the United Arab Emirates.

Robert and his wife, Wendy Winslow, returned to Canada in 2000 and they now live in West Vancouver. He has three children who live in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

Rev. Dr. Robert S. Paul

Academic Dean & Professor of Mission Theology

The Rev. Dr. Robert Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wales through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. His doctoral research and writing focused on leadership development and Christian mission in the challenging context of North American culture.

Bob served as a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Washington, Oregon, and California, most recently as Pastor of Discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

Bob has taught for Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College, Carey Theological College, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia. He will teach in the area of mission theology for the Vancouver School of Theology

He also has served as the President of two mission organizations, Alongside Ministries International and Medical Ambassadors International, respectively. He is currently a board member of Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center, a conference and retreat venue near Leavenworth, Washington.

Ian Rokeby, P.Eng., MBA

Ian Rokeby is an elder at Gordon Presbyterian Church in Burnaby, BC, and a former resident of both Knox College (Toronto) and St. Andrew’s Hall. He is a former director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society and the BC Construction Roundtable.

For St Andrew’s Hall, Ian chairs the Property and Development Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. He is passionate about SAH’s initiatives in exploring the future of theological education and preparing ministers for the future church.

Ian and his wife Barbara have two sons, one still at home pursuing post-secondary education. A licensed Structural Engineer, Ian’s professional life has centred on transportation infrastructure and the development of public-private partnerships. His personal hobbies include cycling, skiing, bee-keeping, wood-working and boating.

Ian holds a BASc in Civil Engineering (Toronto) as well as MBA and MEng degrees from UBC. He is a principal with Collings Johnston Inc., a Vancouver-based consulting firm.

Rev. Glen Soderholm

Presbyterian Minister, Two Rivers Church
Director, Moveable Feast Resources, Musician, Company

Glen Soderholm has been an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 24 years. He is currently giving leadership to a missional church plant in Guelph, Ontario called Two Rivers Church, which gives him a particular interest in, and passion for, the development of missional leaders at the Seminary level.

Glen is the director of Moveable Feast Resources, a worship consulting ministry that has given him opportunity to work with churches, seminaries, and other organizations in a variety of settings across Canada. He is also a performing musician who has released 6 CD’s of mostly original music.

He has served on the board of Touchstone Ministries, been an advisor to several agencies in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and currently convenes the Board of the Guelph Downtown Neighbourhood Association.

Rod Thomson

Member of Board of Governors, University of the Fraser Valley
Chair, Member’s Board Compensation Committee of the Post Secondary Employers Association

Rod has served on the board of St Andrews Hall since 2013. His previous board experience includes the Board of Governors at the University of the Fraser Valley from 2005-2011, where he served as chair 2009-2011. In that capacity he also served as chair of the Member’s Board Compensation Committee of the Post Secondary Employers association. He has also served on the board of two multi-sport games, the Western Canada Summer Games and BC Disability Games.

Rod is an Elder at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford and has served as convenor of a ministerial search committee. He also serves as chair of the supervisory committee tasked with planning and oversight on a building project for the church.

Rod provides community and volunteer service through Rotary International and served in local regional and international positions in leadership and training. He currently chairs the editorial board of Rotary Canada magazine.

Rod and his wife Cathy live in Abbotsford and have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. Rod performs with the Moonliters Swing Band, which is dedicated to the music of the Big Band era.

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