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What we do at Regent extends beyond our walls. Our alumni share their stories from the various worlds in which they've been called to live, work, and serve.

CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 27, Number 1, Winter 2015 / Field Notes

Aaron Roberts

(MCS '08)

Aaron Roberts is surprised to find himself an ordained Anglican minister working for St John’s Vancouver in BC, Canada. Originally from New Zealand, Aaron was a sexual and mental health educator working for a Christian organization in Auckland. In the old country, he was regularly asked to speak about faith at camps and retreats. He quickly realized he had no idea what he was talking about, and decided he needed a theological education—where he found himself at Regent College.   More…

Joseph Dutko

(MATS '14)

For over five years, Joseph Dutko has served as a pastor at Richmond Pentecostal Church, a multi-ethnic congregation where people from over forty nations gather together each week. As the Christian Education Pastor, Joseph preaches, teaches classes and seminars, runs the young adult ministry, leads spiritual retreats, and facilitates the sacramental life of the church.   More…

J. Barrett Lee

(MCS '06)

J. Barrett Lee is a Presbyterian pastor and a Benedictine Confrater affiliated with St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers, MI. He currently serves as the pastor of North Church, a mission parish of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan in an inner-city neighborhood of Kalamazoo. North Church specializes in doing ministry with people who are mentally ill.   More…

Linda Mercadante

(MCS '78)

Linda Mercadante, PhD, came to Regent College as a brand new Christian, after hitchhiking around Europe and a stint at L’Abri. She graduated in the late 1970s with the MCS, publishing her master’s thesis From Hierarchy to Equality. She received her PhD in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986, was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and began teaching theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, where she is the B. Robert Straker Professor of Historical Theology.   More…

Wayne Park

(MDiv ‘11)

Wayne Park is constantly thinking about issues of faith, place, and race in the vast city of Houston, Texas. Via Montana, Seattle, and Vancouver, Mongolia, China, Central Asia, and West Africa, he finally settled back down in Houston, where he now ministers as lead pastor of Woven Church, a multiethnic church amidst the incredibly diverse and rapidly-growing sprawl.   More…

Jodi Spargur

(MDiv ’03)

Jodi Spargur is a Baptist pastor who graduated from the MDiv program at Regent in 2003. In 2009, she was graciously invited to explore "being church" with her neighbours in the downtown eastside of Vancouver. That exploration is now called God's House of Many Faces, a church that squats in spaces offered or unoccupied, attempting to be faithful to love God and our neighbour. In addition to pastoring, Jodi also farms, moves furniture, and consults.   More…

Joe White

(MDiv ’09)

Joe White has worked in non-profit organizations in California’s poorest neighbourhoods and at a church in Vancouver's wealthiest. He and his wife Heidi are now missionaries who are planting a neighbourhood-focused church in an underresourced neighbourhood of Fresno, California.   More…

Willemina Zwart

(MDiv '03)

Pastor Willemina Zwart currently lives in London, Ontario, where she pastors at Good News Christian Reformed Church. She is passionate about healthy churches, personal transformation, and the practice of celebration. Good News Church worships in a former warehouse with approximately 120 people. It’s a small but mighty church, discerning God’s call to be missional on London’s east side.   More…