Trudy Lebans (who sometimes uses her full name, Gertrude), describers herself as a writer, a grand/mother, an Anglican priest, a theologian, an educator and a wildly imaginative, mindful, intentional human being. You’ll meet Trudy in conversation in the Forums as a companion to learning and sharing ideas, and drawing us deeper into Biblical reflection.
Trudy has worked as a facilitator of creative intergenerational educational ministries in parishes across Canada for the past 30 years. She has been a university chaplain, parish rector and principal of the Centre for Christian Studies. She is a published author of several books on liturgy, ministry, theology and poetry and she was the chair of continuing education for the National church for several years. Currently she is a workshop facilitator and consultant in congregational transformation.
MODULE AUTHOR and PROJECT COORDINATOR
Judy Steers is the program director of the “Ask & Imagine” youth theology and leadership program at Huron University College and teaches part time in the MDiv program at Huron. She is also the Program Associate for Youth Initiatives for the Anglican Church of Canada. Her ministry has included congregational ministry, teaching, consulting, workshop leading and camping ministry and she is a trainer with Godly Play Canada. Whenever possible she engages her passions for singing, drumming, outdoor adventure, spirited play, off-the-wall ideas and whimsical creativity into her life and ministry working with youth leaders, young adults and teens, including two of her own. If you send us an email, Judy is the one who will answer it and who will set you up with group bundles or innovative training ideas to use Trailblazing in your own context.
MODULE AUTHOR and FOUNDING COORDINATOR
Andrew Stephens-Rennie got us off the ground. He is a parent, writer and involved in two exciting projects in his home town of Vancouver: young adult ministries and being part of a Co-Housing project. Once upon a time he was the Missioner for Youth Formation and Vocation in the Diocese of Ottawa where he loved pioneering contextual solutions to the challenge of being church in the 21st Century. His ministry includes teaching, consulting, church planting, and locating good coffee shops across the country. He plays Ultimate Frisbee, is a hack bass player and blogs regularly at the intersection of faith and real life at www.empireremixed.com
MODULE AUTHOR and STARFISH WRANGLER
Phil Colvin works for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, where he spent over five years ministering as the Diocesan Youth Coordinator. He was Youth Director at the parish of St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver and ministered with young people across British Columbia in his role as co-facilitator of the Leadership, Experience and Adventure Program at Sorrento Centre. Digging deeply into movies and quality television is one of his passions and he is very proud that his first published work was an essay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
MODULE AUTHOR and PURVEYOR of TEA
Jenny Salisbury is a director, minister, teacher and theatre artist. She has served as the assistant program director of Ask and Imagine since 2008 and during that time has worked and volunteered in youth ministry and arts advocacy at parish, diocesan, provincial and national levels of the Anglican Church of Canada. In 2010, Jenny directed and organized Roots Among the Rocks, an arts-ministry play which toured the country. She is also a part-time teacher in the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College. She is a doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance studies at the University of Toronto. A board-game enabler and outdoor adventurer, Jenny enjoys colliding ministry and theology with contemporary arts practice in Toronto and beyond.
Gillian Hoyer is an Anglican divinity student at Huron University College. Before moving to London to pursue education towards ordained ministry, she worked as a case manager in homeless shelters in Victoria, British Columbia. Prior to that she was cook on a sail training tall ship (S.A.L.T.S.), exploring the islands on the West Coast of Canada and circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean. Spending times in different parts of the world, interacting with people of different cultures and traditions has opened her eyes to questions of how we interact with those around us. It has also given her lots of crazy stories – like the time when the mother of a Papua New Guinean bounty hunter did her laundry, or mornings watching the sun rise while sipping coffee beside zebras at a Namibian waterhole. Gillian is also on the Board of Directors for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (after spending four years on their Youth Council) – the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, where questions of mission are constantly on the table.