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Rebecca Ivanoff

Secretary, Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group

Rebecca has been with the CCC since April 2013. Her main role is to provide staff support for the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group. For the first half of 2019, she acted as Interim Secretary for the Christian Interfaith Reference Group. She works remotely from Guelph. She is an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada, and is honoured to support ecumenical work having heard much about its importance from her grandmother, Kathleen Hertzberg.

Rebecca has an Undergraduate and Masters degree from the University of Guelph, where she studied botany, anthropology, and international development. Part of this time was spent learning from and supporting farmer-researchers in rural Honduras. Rebecca also worked for five seasons at Whole Circle Farm, a 200-acre mixed operation near Acton, Ontario, where she started as an intern the same week that she was first hired for 2 hours a week by the CCC. She now also works the Ontairo Coordinator of the Bauta Initiative. In farming, plant breeding, and seed saving she has continued to work with plants and culture and has found a way of honouring the past, present, and future.

 

Hyung Jin (Pablo) Kim Sun

Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning Teaching, Research, and Program Assistant

Pablo’s main role with the CCC is to provide support to the Associate Secretary of the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning.Pablo is a PhD student at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in theological ethics. He has a Th.M. from Boston College and an M.Div. and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary. He pastors in a Spanish speaking church called Iglesia Menonita Nueva Vida. With his wife, Jinah Im, he reflects on how to live as a disciple amidst the intersection of multiple identities: Korean, Paraguayan, immigrant, and Christian. While this reflection is a never-ending endeavor, he believes that it is his calling to write and teach about his experience as he continues to follow the gospel of peace in fellowship with his sisters and brothers in Christ.

 

Dr. Mary Marrocco

Associate Secretary, Commission on Faith and Witness

Dr. Mary Marrocco has been with the CCC since 2001. Her main role is to provide staff support for the Commission on Faith and Witness and its various sub-committees. Mary has a PhD) in Patristic Theology from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Mary is also a Registered Psychotherapist, which she feels is complementary to her ecumenical work as a ministry of healing and reconciliation. She is also passionate about theological reflection and is a gifted writer. Her book, On Becoming Bread, was recently published by Twentythird Publications (Bayard) and her column, “Questioning Faith,” appears in the Catholic Register.

 

 

Dr. Michelle Miller

Secretary, Working Group on Sexual Exploitation

Dr. Michelle Miller is a White Settler living on the unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh people, also known as Vancouver. She recently joined the Canadian Council of Churches to facilitate the Working Group on Sexual Exploitation. For 10 years she served as the Founder and Executive Director of Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED), the first organization in Western Canada created to address sex trafficking. In 2013 she earned a DMin in Transformational Leadership and Faith-Rooted Organizing from New York Theological Seminary. Dr. Miller has testified before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and is a skilled speaker and facilitator. A passion for justice informed by tenderness has led her on many adventures in loving both her friends and enemies. When she isn’t engaging in holy mischief she can be found camping in wild places, reading stories or welcoming people or furry critters into the rhythms of her life.

 

 

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Mr. Peter Noteboom

General Secretary

Peter has been with the CCC since 1999, beginning as Associate Secretary, Justice and Peace where he provided staff support and accompanied the members of the Council in their work in justice and peace as well as biotechnology and the life sciences. In 2011 he became the Deputy General Secretary with additional responsibilities in finance, administration, and organizational restructuring. He now serves as the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches with responsibilities similar to a chief executive officer. A believer in a better world, Peter’s life work has been to build peace, one step, one relationship, at a time. As a program leader, community organizer and learning facilitator, he knows how important it is for people to participate, join in the process of change, and make decisions together. Active in his home church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, Peter has volunteered in leadership roles on the Boards of several church and non-governmental organizations. He has a post-graduate diploma on Dialogue and Negotiation from Simon Fraser University, has done post-graduate studies on Christian Political Theory at the Institute for Christian Studies, has a Master of Arts degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and business administration from Dordt College, Iowa.

He is married to learning facilitator and community leader Jeanette Romkema and admires the passion, commitment and spirit of his two grown children Reuben and Jude.

 

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Jolan Ready

Executive Assistant and Registrar

Jolan provides administrative support to the General Secretary and is responsible for office management and financial duties, liaising closely with the Director of Operations. Building a strong relationship with the Governing Board is an integral component of her position. She handles event planning, registration, and report distribution for the Governing Board meetings twice a year. She also fulfills the role of registrar for the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning Reference Group. She is highly experienced in administration and brings to the Council many strong skills in organization and communication and has a keen eye for detail. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Ottawa and has lived abroad for many years in the United Kingdom and France. She is married with three children, belongs to the Orthodox Church in America, Archdiocese of Canada and is committed to ecumenism.

 

Dr. Nicole Roccas

Communications Coordinator

Dr. Nicole Roccas has been with the CCC since the fall of 2017 when she was baptized by fire recording the minutes of the Governing Board meeting for the first time. Since then, she has also served as interim CFW Coordinator and, since spring 2019, has taken over as the Communications Coordinator. She has a doctorate in History from the University of Cincinnati with a sub-specialty in Church History. A convert to Eastern Orthodoxy from Evangelical Christianity, Nicole believes that building and maintaining bridges between Christians of all backgrounds is a life-giving safeguard against insular thinking and sectarianism. In addition to her work with the CCC, Nicole is an author, podcaster, and communications consultant. In her writing, Nicole mines the spiritual wisdom of ancient Christianity for a modern, seeking age. Her first book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life, was the 2018 bestseller for Ancient Faith Publishing. Nicole also teaches at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto).

 

 

Rev. Jonathan Schmidt

Associate Secretary, Intercultural Leadership and Learning; Justice and Peace

Rev. Jonathan Schmidt is the Director of the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning, a reference group of the Canadian Council of Churches. Prior he was the director of the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries beginning in 2005. He brings to the work gifts as a facilitator and designer of experiential adult learning, and many years of experience in ecumenical settings. His areas of expertise include intercultural ministry, justice, anti-racism and privilege, missiology, and overseas cross-cultural travel and relationship.

A White Canadian, he grew up in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto. Since then he has lived in Kitchener (Ontario), El Salvador, Cleveland, Albuquerque (New Mexico) and Scarborough. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, he has served in Parish, Campus, and Ecumenical Ministries—with breaks for things like parenting and running a Central American restaurant. His work, research, life, and facilitation experience have led to engaging others in learning in theology, social analysis, history, culture, race, and power. He is enrolled in the thesis stage of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Toronto School of Theology. Jonathan is married to Alice Schuda and has two teenage children, Martin and Maya. Outside of work, his interests include parenting, community activism, cycling, and house renovations. His ancestors were Lutheran Missionaries to the USA in the 1800s.

 

 

Maria Simakova

Coordinator, Commission on Faith and Witness

Maria has been with the CCC since the fall of 2014. Her main role is to coordinate the CCC’s flagship program, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU). She also assists the Associate Secretary for the Commission on Faith and Witness, including facilitating the work of the Christian Interfaith Reference Group. Maria is a PhD candidate at the Toronto School of Theology, majoring in Systematic Theology. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York City. She is passionate about Christian ecumenism and seeing theological reflection at work in the context of ecumenical dialogue.