Meet the Staff

Chaplain – Rev. Tim Kennedy, M.Div

Tim was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in the beautiful desert southwestern region of the United States. He received a B.A. in Religion and a B.A. in Communication Studies from McMurry University in 1999 and an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2003. Prior to moving to Canada, Tim was ordained by the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and served as University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Tim currently serves in Hamilton, Ontario as minister to a new interdenominational faith community created from the joining together in shared ministry of Pioneer Memorial United Church and St. Columba Presbyterian Church. One of Tim’s passions is working with people and he believes deeply in the intersection of spirituality and higher education. He is delighted by the opportunity to return to the stimulating environment of the university setting and looks forward to working with the existing chaplaincy team to continue the good work that is currently taking place. In his spare time, Tim enjoys traveling, hiking, running, reading, eating good food, and meeting new people.

Associate Chaplain Scarborough Campus – Leonard Clarke Jr (Jae), M.Th.

Jae is the associate chaplain at Scarborough Campus. He completed his Masters of Theological Studies at Emmanuel College in May 2017 and is now pursuing a M.A. at Emmanuel College with a concentration in Black Liberation Theology. Jae enjoys talking to people and helping them navigate through theological concerns, as well as sociological and psychological issues. He is looking forward to making a difference at USTC.

Associate Chaplain St. George Campus – Jeanette Unger, M.Th.

Growing up as a daughter of Mennonite pastors in a small rural community in Saskatchewan, the world of faith has surrounded Jeanette in many different ways. A high school world religions class sparked a further curiosity about questions of faith and spirituality. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theology at Canadian Mennonite University (1997), a B.A. in social development studies from the University of Waterloo (2001), and she received her M.T.S from Emmanuel College (2006). She did a pastoral internship in a small church in southern Manitoba and was the chaplain for young adults at Naramata Centre in British Columbia in 2006. Jeanette has a deep interest in exploring faith, growing spiritually, developing the art of holy listening, and being a just and compassionate presence in a hurting world. She enjoys making chocolate chip cookies, gardening, listening to podcasts, and hanging out at the playground with her two small children.

Retired Chaplain – Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, Th.M.

Ralph grew up in the Lutheran tradition and knew he wanted to be a pastor from a very early age. He was ordained in 1978 after studies in the humanities at the University of Regina and theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. In 1986 he completed a journalism degree at Carleton University, Ottawa and began working as an adult educator in United Church of Canada settings. For the decade of the 1990s Ralph worked in the Canadian HIV/AIDS sector in community based organizations and treatment services. In 2000 Ralph returned to the study of theology, completing a Th.M. at Toronto School of Theology (U of T) in 2004. He also became a United Church of Canada minister in 2004, and began his half-time position as ECUT chaplain. Ralph loves the stimulating environment of the university setting, and is committed to the notion that faith-based perspectives enrich and deepen the learning and research experience in a multi-faith, pluralistic university. Ralph retired from ECUT chaplaincy on August 30, 2018.

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