People profiles

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Ryan Kreuzer

Power To Change (Christian Interdenominational)
Ryan has a MDiv from Heritage Seminary and has ministered to students at the University of Waterloo since 2007. Ryan, and the Power to Change (P2C) team, aim to help students take their next steps toward Jesus. We empower students to live on mission, and create communities where transformation happens. We value human dignity, as well as the hope of the gospel of Jesus to bring hope, reconciliation and renewal to the world. We also direct students to churches, as P2C is a ministry of presence while they are on campus.
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Erika Toffelmire

St. Jerome’s Student Leadership and Service Coordinator (Roman Catholic)

Erika Toffelmire is a graduate of St. Jerome’s University with a BA in Arts, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Upon graduation, Erika was a Settlement Support Worker for two years at Romero House, an organization which supports refugee claimants in Toronto before returning to the University.

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Sean Hayes

St. Jeromes Director of Campus Ministry (Roman Catholic)

Sean Hayes joined the St. Jerome's team in December 2020 as the new Director of Campus Ministry. He comes from Villanova College in King City, Ontario, where he has served as their Director of Campus Ministry and a religion teacher over the last 19 years. Sean holds a BA in History and Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.

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Scott McLeod

Renison Chaplain (Anglican Priest)

Scott is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada serving as chaplain at Renison University College, and the University of Waterloo. Starting in February 2022, Scott is enjoying meeting and getting to know the U of Waterloo and Renison community. 

Born and raised on the West Coast, he served Anglican parishes in Victoria from 2005-2015, and then served a parish in St. Catharines Ontario from 2015-2022, before landing at U of Waterloo and Renison. 

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Melissa Burmaster

Christian Reformed Chaplain

Melissa has a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary Toronto and is currently completing ordination with the Christian Reformed Denomination for the Spring of 2024. Her spiritual passions centre around contemplative practices, exploring the existential questions of life and exploring faithfulness to Jesus in a complex world. She is delighted to continue to be on campuses and walk alongside students who are seeking to explore Christian faith and ask questions at the crossroads of faith and academia.

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Rabbi Moshe Goldman

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Moshe Goldman was born and raised in New York, and studied in Yeshivas (rabbinical schools) in New York, Israel, Montreal and Moscow, culminating with his graduation from the Rabbinical College of America in 2005. In addition he has traveled on Chabad tours of duty in Sweden, Israel, and various cities throughout the USA, leading holiday events, youth programming and general community activism.

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Fr. Christopher Rigden-Briscall

Eastern Orthodox Chaplain

I am originally from the West Coast and moved to Waterloo in 2008. I was raised in the Anglican Church and journeyed through many different Christian traditions finally converting to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in 1996. I was ordained to the priesthood in 2005, after attending St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York. I serve as the pastor of the Christ the Saviour Antiochian Orthodox Church here in Waterloo and I am thankful that our parish recognizes that serving the students and faculty and staff at UW is a critical part of my ministry and the life of our parish family. 

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Rania Lawendy

Muslim Chaplain

Rania is a trilingual first generational Canadian Muslim who has had five children.  She is a social activist that has dedicated her life to community development and activism. She has been a voting member of the CYPT for the last five years.  She is currently serving on the National Executive Council of MAC. She is the director of MAC Youth Juniors nationally.