Faculty and Staff

Core Faculty

Tappenden colorFrederick Tappenden, PhD

Principal and Dean
Professor of Theology


Frederick S. Tappenden is Principal and Dean, and Professor of Theology, at St. Stephen’s College. His scholarly work focuses on issues of embodiment, cognition, social memory, and metaphor in religion, with a particular emphasis on ancient Christianity and ancient Judaism. Dr. Tappenden has published and taught widely in the fields of Biblical and Religious Studies. His 2016 book, Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (SBL Press), was awarded a 2017 Lautenschläger Award from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to coming to St. Stephen’s he was a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University. He has also taught and/or researched at the University of British Columbia, The King’s University, and Concordia University of Edmonton.

Kelker colorHenriette Kelker, PhD

Chair, Department of Theology
Professor of Practical Theology


Henriette Kelker, MSc, MDiv, PhD, grew up in the Netherlands, where she attended the Agriculture University in Wageningen. After immigrating to Canada, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Science at The University of Alberta, followed by several years as a fulltime home maker and community volunteer before re-entering the academic world. The path that followed led through several years in the Museum and Heritage world exploring religious and immigrant history, and further studies in theology at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. As an ordained minister, she has served rural and urban congregations of The United Church of Canada. She remains deeply curious about the engagement of spirit in science and culture.

Slipp colorMicheala Slipp, EdD (cand.)

Co-Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Art Therapy
Faculty Lecturer of Art Therapy


Micheala Slipp holds a BA in Psychology, a BFA in Fine Arts, a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapies and is an EdD (candidate). She is a registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with the Canada Counselling & Psychotherapy Association and also holds registration as an Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board. Micheala is currently working towards a Doctor of Education in Distance Education at Athabasca University with mixed methods dissertation focus in the role of video-conferencing clinical supervision for counsellors working in rural and indigenous communities to mitigate compassion fatigue risk. Micheala’s clinical specializations include wellness and healing across cultures, technology in counselling and clinical education, complex trauma and the integration of Somatic Experiencing Trauma therapy with creative arts therapy modalities. She brings a strong passion for the development of counsellor wellness through effective clinical supervision practice. Micheala has taught graduate-level course work in child and adolescent development for counsellors, diversity and ethnicity in Art Therapy and ethics and law for school counsellors. She is Associate Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality (Art Therapy) at St. Stephen’s College. 

Parattukudi colorAugustine Parattukudi, PhD (cand.)

Co-Chair, Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Faculty Lecturer of Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy


Augustine Parattukudi holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Master’s level Theological studies from India, and a Masters in Pastoral Counselling (Th.M.) from the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education from Lakehead University in Ontario. His research focuses on the possibilities of teaching and learning compassion and understanding the problem of compassion fatigue in caring professions. He has extensive training in psychotherapy and spirituality with a strong foundation in philosophy, psychology, education, and ethics. He is a registered member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a registered member with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC), a Certified Psycho-Spiritual Therapist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) and an associate member of Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). Augustine spent several years of his life in contemplative and religious experiences, both in Eastern and Western traditions. He is often fascinated at the intersection of spirituality, psychology and altruistic emotions in his clinical practice and academic pursuit. 

Pranke colorDarlene Pranke, DMin

AC-SPE Program Coordinator 


Darlene Pranke, DMin, is a CASC/ACSS Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Provisional Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Darlene studied Theology at both North American Baptist College (BAR) and St. Stephen’s College (MTS and DMin) in Edmonton. Her specialization in the DMin studies was on Suicide Grief.  Darlene currently works in the Healthcare sector (for 16 years) in both capacities, as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and in Supervisory Education. She also has experience in the technical sector of health care as an X-ray Technologist.