2019 Instructors

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2019 Instructors

Ray Aldred

Ray Aldred is ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He is status Cree. Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Ray is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology whose mission is to partner with the Indigenous Church around theological education. Formerly Ray served as the Assistant Professor of Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada, now a committee member, where he works to encourage Indigenous churches. He is the chairperson of Indigenous Pathways. Ray also has had the privilege of addressing several college conferences and meetings. Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language. Ray and his wife, Elaine are also involved in ministry to help train people to facilitate support groups for people who have suffered abuse.


Roxy Allen Kioko

Roxy Allen Kioko teaches courses on management and research methods at the Department of Business & Economics, the Organizational Leadership Studies graduate program, and the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked in research, operations, management, training, and consulting roles in various contexts in the U.S. and abroad, including positions at Mennonite Central Committee, the Great Place to Work Institute, Humentum, the New Venture Fund, and Cooperative by Design. Her consulting clients range from small religious congregations to cross-sector community coalitions, and she enjoys helping them further their missions through strategic planning and change management. She holds a PhD in Strategic Leadership with a focus on Nonprofit and Community Leadership from James Madison University.


Vicki Enns

Vicki Enns is the Clinical Director of the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI), an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an instructor in the graduate program for Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Winnipeg. As Clinical Director, she works to maintain high standards of excellence and consistency in the material delivered for CTRI. Vicki ensures that it reflects best practices in the field and provides effective strategies that apply to a broad range of clients. She is the author or editor of many of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of anxiety, trauma, mindfulness, gender and sexual diversity, ethics and wellness.

 As a clinician and supervisor, Vicki specializes in the area of trauma recovery and resilience across the lifespan. She helps individuals, couples and families build positive mental health and relational skills in their families and communities. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness that applies to both clients and helpers. Vicki also believes that it is essential for helpers to continue learning and developing their self-awareness alongside evolving clinical skills.


Wendy Kroeker

Wendy Kroeker specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor in Canadian Mennonite University's (Winnipeg, Canada) Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies department and in locations around the globe. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program consultant, program manager for international development projects and university instructor. The Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, and Palestine are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.

Wendy recently completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focused on the impact of local peacebuilding efforts and contributions in the context of south Philippines.

In addition to Wendy's contributions to the conflict transformation and peacebuilding field in diverse areas of Canada through training and community mediation are years of teaching and course development at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (the Philippines), and the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute. Her work with the international development agency Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has seen her and her family spend 5 years working in the Philippines, assisting in strategic planning and training for the peace programs in India and Bangladesh and most recently resourcing the peace programs in Palestine and Laos.


James Magnus-Johnston

James Magnus-Johnston is the Director of the Centre for Resilience at Canadian Mennonite University, where he teaches social entrepreneurship and political studies. He is also a board director with two socially responsible businesses — the Assiniboine Credit Union and Fools & Horses Coffee. James has collaborated with a variety of organizations to conduct policy research and develop social enterprises, including Transition Winnipeg, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). He previously worked in the finance industry, in policy positions with lawmakers, and in the communications industry as an editor and translator. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a Double BA (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg, with majors in Political Studies, Theatre, and Rhetoric & Communications.


Natasha Mohammed

As a life-long learner Natasha Mohammed has sought out diverse educational experiences including a B.Sc. (University of Manitoba), a B.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies (University of Winnipeg), and an MA International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame – USA). In addition to having served as a community counsellor, mediator, group facilitator and Victim Impact Worker, Natasha has taught in government, community and university contexts for almost two decades. She has a special interest in conflict and culture, and in processes that support meaningful engagement. Natasha believes in the premise that most things are possible through good relationship; it is the key to peace in the world, communities, families, and within individuals.


Dann Pantoja

Rev. L. Daniel “Dann ” Pantoja (aka Lakan Sumulong) studied theology at Febias College (B.A., 1979). He finished an MA in Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines. While serving as a pastor in Olongapo City, he was politically active against the Marcos dictatorial rule. In 1986, he and his family migrated to Canada. In 1989, he began serving as Lead Pastor at Grace International Baptist Church in Vancouver, B.C. Dann was appointed in 1995 as Director of Global Ministries of the Baptist General Conference of Canada. In 2002, he finished his Masters of Theology degree at the Vancouver School of Theology . Peace Mennonite Church in Richmond, B.C. commissioned him and his wife, Joji, to the Philippines as International Witness Workers in 2006 in partnership with Mennonite Church Canada. The “Rev” before Dann’s name refers more to his being a “revolutionary” than being a “reverend.” He is a plowshare and a pruning hook, transformed and re-shaped from the best spear and sword materials.


Svanibor Pettan

Svanibor Pettan is professor and chair of the ethnomusicology programme at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His PhD is from Maryland, USA and his fieldwork sites include former Yugoslav lands, Australia, Egypt, Norway, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and the USA. The prevalent themes of his research are music, politics and war, multiculturalism, minorities, gender, and applied ethnomusicology. He has given over eighty invited lectures around the world. His work experience varies from being a radio editor to researching to his current academic post.

Within the International Council for Traditional Music he has served as the national representative of Croatia and Slovenia and is the founder and Chair of the Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology. He enjoys sharing and theorizing his educational fieldwork-related anecdotes with his audiences.


Ray Vander Zaag

Ray Vander Zaag has taught at International Development Studies at Canadian Mennonite University since 2000. His research and teaching areas include the role of NGOs and NGO programming in development, including approaches to non-profit management, and project planning and evaluation. He has been (co)leader of four evaluations of earthquake recovery projects in Haiti since 2010. Prior to coming to CMU, he worked for one year for CIDA, and for eight years in a faith-based NGO program in Haiti.


Emily Welty

Emily is an academic, ecumenist and artist living and working in New York City. She is the Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University where she teaches classes focusing on nonviolence, humanitarianism and reconciliation and transitional justice. Her research focuses on the religious dimensions of peacebuilding with an emphasis on humanitarianism and nuclear disarmament as well as nonviolent social movements. She is the Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs and is the chair of the Nuclear Disarmament Working Group. Emily is part of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) where she works on faith-based engagement in nuclear disarmament. She is the co-author of Unity in Diversity: interfaith dialogue in the Middle East and Occupying Political Science.


Gordon Zerbe

Gord has been a professor at Canadian Mennonite University since 1990. He received his PhD in New Testament Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ, having earlier received a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. His teaching, research and writing has focused on biblical studies, but he has also taught Theologies in the Global South, World Religions, and Cultural Anthropology. As a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee, he served as Visiting Professor at Silliman University Divinity School, Philippines, for four years (1996-98; 2002-04). That experience resulted in the publications “The Politics of Paul: His Supposed Social Conservatism and the Impact of Postcolonial Readings” (Conrad Grebel Review, 2003) and “Constructions of Paul in Filipino Theology of Struggle” (Asia Journal of Theology, 2005), both now reprinted in the essay collection The Colonized Paul: Paul through Postcolonial Eyes (ed. C. Stanley, 2011). He has recently authored Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics (2012) and Philippians (2017). He concluded the final touches of his commentary on Philippians in the fall of 2015 while a guest of Dann and Joji Pantoja and their Peacebuilders Community in Davao City, Philippines.


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