The Institute for Religion, Peace and Justice operates under the auspices of St. Stephen's University and its Board of Directors. However, direct decision making on IRPJ's day-to-day operations and broader programming is conducted through the guidance of our Board of Advisors listed below.

Dr. Matt Balcarras

Dean of Arts

Professor of Psychology

St. Stephen's University

Dr. Kim Franklin

Retired Vice Provost Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Education, TWU

Fr. Michael Gillis

Parish Priest of Holy Nativity Orthodox Church, Langley, BC

Dr. Robynne Healey

Professor of History and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute, TWU

Evy Klassen

Co-Founder of the MARK Centre: Christian Spiritual Restreats, Abbotsford, BC

Steve Klassen

Director of the MARK Centre: Christian Spiritual Restreats, Abbotsford, BC

Dr. Lois Mitchell

Director of International Studies at St. Stephen's University

Dr. Jeff Schulz

Family Physician, Fraser Canyon Hospital, Hope, BC


To be a teaching, research, and resource institute of St. Stephen’s University that provides students, scholars, practitioners, and any thoughtful person with a robust education and experience that integrates attentiveness to one's inner transformation, peace theology and social justice, an understanding of the role of religion in peace and violence, and practical peacemaking as a vocation and way of life.

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