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Jennifer Janzen-Ball BA, MDiv, PhD DLM and DMin Program Director

Jennifer Janzen-Ball is the director of the Designated Lay Ministry Program at St. Andrew's College and  director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Saskatoon Theological Union.

Jennifer's doctoral work focused on exploring the common good in a pluralist and globalized world, using a case study on the use of genetically modified organisms in farming communities in Saskatchewan and in India. Jennifer is ordained in The United Church of Canada and served pastoral charges in rural New Brunswick and downtown Toronto. While doing doctoral studies, she worked as national co-coordinator of the Student Christian Movement Canada and as national staff for the United Church as continuing education program co-ordinator and as racial justice training program co-ordinator. She has taught ethics and religious studies courses at Queen's School of Religion (Kingston) and Emmanuel College (U of T).

Education/Degrees:

  • BA 1995, University of Saskatchewan
  • MDiv (Hons) 1999, St. Andrew’s College
  • PhD 2010, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto)

Research and Teaching Interests:

Christian social ethics; ecofeminist and feminist theology and ethics; science and theology; critical feminist social theory; adult education principles and practices; queer theory and theology; land and theology; sexuality and ethics; field education

Select Publications and Presentations:

  • Review of "Preservation and protest: theological foundations for an eco-eschatological ethics." Journal Of The Society Of Christian Ethics 37, no. 1 (2017): 206-208.
  • Advent reflections, These Days Daily Devotions, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker, International Association of Women Ministers, Niagara Falls, “Greening Our Faith,” 2010.
  •  “Beverly Wildung Harrison: Bibliography of Writings” in Justice in the Making: Feminist Social Ethics, eds. Elizabeth M. Bounds et al, 239-245. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Professional Distinctions and Memberships:

  • Chair, Association of Ministers Task Group, United Church of Canada
  • Member of the Theology Inter-Church Inter-Faith (TICIF) Committee, United Church of Canada
  • Member of Society of Christian Ethics
  • Member of the Canadian Theological Society
  • Member of the Association of Doctor of Ministry Education programs (ADME), North America
  • C. Douglas Jay Award (TST), 2008
  • Finishing Scholarship (Emmanuel College), 2008