Staff Contact Information
|General Inquiry||(204) 783-4490
|Principal||Maylanne Maybee||(204) 783-2779 ext 21
|Office Administrator||Cheryl Thiessen||(204) 783-2779 ext 20
|Program Staff||Ann Naylor||(204) 783-2779 ext 25
|Program Staff||David Lappano||(204) 783-2779 ext 26
|Program Staff||Janet Ross||(204) 783-2779 ext 23
|Development COordinator||Lori Stewart||(204) 783-2779 ext 22
|Information and Program Administrator, Registrar, Library||Scott Douglas||(204) 783-2779 ext 28
Maylanne Maybee, Principal
Maylanne Maybee brings a lifelong passion for social justice and a deep understanding and lived experience of servant ministry. Educated at Trinity College, The University of Toronto and Oxford University, her more recent studies have focused on racial justice and reconciliation, just and responsible tourism in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, transformational leadership, and conflict mediation.
An Anglican deacon for over thirty years, Maybee has worked to promote the renewal of the diaconate as a distinct order and ministry within the Anglican Church. In mentoring a growing body of Anglican deacons, she has developed her own capacities as a theologian particularly in the areas of ecclesiology and mission. Maybee also has several publications to her credit, including All Who Minister: New Ways of Serving God’s People, a collection of case studies of innovative models of ministry.
Prior to her appointment at the Centre, Maybee worked for a decade and a half for the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, first as Coordinator, Mission and Justice Education and then as Coordinator for Ecojustice Networks; Earlier, she worked for the Diocese of Toronto as Coordinator for Diaconal Ministry, as Deacon in charge, St. Matthias, Parkdale (Toronto), and for the Canadian Non-Profit Housing Foundation as Founding Executive Director; with the Urban Core Support Network as Staff Coordinator, and with the Parkdale Community Ministry as Coordinator. She also worked as a chaplain and educator at a private girls’ school in Oakville.
Maylanne’s work in the church and community is testimony to the centrality of her commitment to social justice. Her skills as an educator have been employed to engage others in the work of justice and mission. Her involvements have fostered her own analytical thinking from a feminist and liberationist perspective. She brings vision for future directions, gifts as an educator and communicator, and solid administrative and management experience. Much of her work has been ecumenical including her leadership experience and collaborative involvement with the United Church of Canada. Thus she has a solid grounding in the ethos and polity of both denominations which should serve the Centre well. In addition to looking ahead, Maybee can also offer some historical perspective on the Centre, having served as a Co-Chair of Council at the time the Centre’s moved to Winnipeg in 1998.
Ann Naylor, Program Staff
Ann joined the program staff in the summer of 1999 and carries particular responsibilities in the areas of social ministry and pastoral care. Ann is a diaconal minister who has worked in urban core ministries in Maritime and Toronto Conferences of the United Church and in ecumenical campus ministry with the Student Christian Movement of Canada. Ann worked in the General Council Offices of The United Church of Canada for fourteen years, primarily in the Division of Ministry Personnel and Education with particular responsibilities for education, advocacy, networking and policy development in the areas of women in ministry, diaconal ministry and dealing with sexual abuse in the church. She also served as the Acting General Secretary of the Division for several years and worked with the General Council Committee on Theology and Faith. Prior to coming to CCS, Ann was serving in a team ministry in a congregation in Toronto Conference. Ann has been an active volunteer at CCS for many years and also served as part-time staff for two years.
David Lappano, Program Staff
David joined the CCS Program Staff in 2015. His arrival at CCS also marks his return to Canada after several years living, teaching, and studying in the UK. David grew up in Ontario (Toronto and Guelph) where he was active in United Church Outdoor Ministries, a period of his life that he regards as spiritually formative. Most of his adult life has been involved with education, either as a teacher or as a student. He holds degrees in Literature, Education, and Theology. He taught high school students in London, England and he studied theology. David has long been drawn to the writings of the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, which was the subject of his Ph.D. Areas of specialization and ongoing study for David include modern theology and contemporary critical theory, pedagogy, and religion and culture. He loves film, music, and pretty much all of the arts. And if you’re in Winnipeg, you will likely see him walking around – walking is his preferred mode of transport.
Janet Ross, Program Staff
Janet joined the CCS community as Program Staff in 2016, coming from Emmanuel College and McMaster University where she taught in the areas of Contextual Education, Religion and Culture and Biblical Studies. Janet’s past work experience includes Interim Director of the Teaching Fellows for Ministry Programme at Emmanuel College, Program Coordinator, Intercultural Education and Engagement at the United Church of Canada General Council Office in Toronto, and Asst. Professor at Clark Atlanta University (an Historically Black College and University, Atlanta, GA). In her doctoral work at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia), Janet majored in Jewish Scriptures and minored in Christian Testament and Islamic Studies.
Janet has published and written on such topics as “The Biblical Basis of the Friends’ Peace Testimony”, Ancient Near Eastern Adoption Formulas and Hebrew Theology, “Hidden Manna, Hidden Meanings: Unveiling Revelation”, the Hodayot (Thanksgiving Psalms) from the Dead Sea Scrolls, W.E.B. Du Bois and Apocalyptic Themes and Interpretations in Christian History.
Janet’s areas of interest focus on religion and social change—including Indigenization and ecology, apocalypticism, ancient and modern monsters/the ‘other’, and practical ethics. Janet is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She enjoys hiking with her spouse and their charismatic miniature Australian Shepherd. If Janet had her choice of super-powers she would be a time-traveler.
Lori Stewart, Development Coordinator
Lori joined the CCS staff as Development Coordinator in 2013. She graduated from CCS in 1987, and spent a year at St. Michael’s College in Toronto completing my MRE. After four years in congregational ministry, she moved into a position as Stewardship Minister in the London Conference office, where her diaconal skills were put to good use in designing workshops, consulting with congregations, and building a strong stewardship network all over southwestern Ontario and in Algoma. In 2001, an opportunity came to participate as overseas personnel in Jamaica, where she spent six years with my family: Paul worked as an agronomist, and Brose and Ellen (then 7 and 5) attended school, while Lori was assigned to a regional branch of the International University of the Caribbean where she coordinated a training program for elders and lay pastors, and tutored ministry students in their field placements. Following six more years in Canada in congregational ministry, and completing her doctoral studies, Lori finds herself at CCS.
Scott Douglas, Information and Program Administrator
Scott is an award-winning playwright, and co-editor (with Nanette McKay) of The Unofficial United Church Handbook. His plays include The Touring Test (winner of the Rintoul Award for best new Manitoba play at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe), Treading Water(performed at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival),Undiscover’d Country (produced in Edmonton at the Catalyst Theatre in 2005), as well as Maybe One?, A Christmas Karl, and Strange Angels. He has written plays for various church gatherings and social justice resources, many of which can be found in his bookStrange Angels and Other Plays published by Wood Lake Books. From 2006 to 2008 Scott served as overseas personnel for the United Church, working with the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education, and Advocacy in the Fiji Islands. Scott currently works part-time at the Centre for Christian Studies, providing admin support and comic relief to the Program Staff. He looks after student records, student resources, website, communications, and the CCS library.
Cheryl Thiessen, Office Administrator
Cheryl joined the CCS staff in March of 2015. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, and worked in the field of nutrition in her young adult years. Witnessing the effects of mental illness in several family members, combined with her own personal experience, Cheryl was motivated to learn more which led to her volunteering at the Canadian Mental Health Association Manitoba’s Mental Health Education Resource Centre and library (MHERC). Six months later, Cheryl was hired by CMHA as the Resource Coordinator for MHERC, and was passionate about her work, providing help and hope for those affected by mental health issues. After five years, Cheryl took on the role of Administration and Finance Coordinator at CMHA Manitoba, providing support to the Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff. Cheryl continues to speak up about mental health issues in an effort to break down the walls of stigma surrounding mental illness.
Cheryl grew up in the Wesley (now Immanuel) United Church in Winnipeg. As a young adult, she moved away from the church, and spent many years exploring different spiritual paths and traditions. After years of searching, Cheryl has finally found her way back home to Christian community in both her personal and professional life, and looks forward to serving at CCS.
CCS Staff Vision Statement
“Sharing a commitment to CCS, the staff will value and risk mutual encouragement, support, and deep reflection in a spirit of trust, laughter, and a sense of the sacred.”