uOttawa Chaplains

Ryan Farrell

Rev. Ryan Farrell – Christian Reformed

Ryan Farrell is new to the uOttawa community as of 2022! Prior to becoming the Christian Reformed Campus Chaplain, Ryan worked in a local church in Kingston, ON serving in areas of youth work and pastoral care. He also worked part-time for a chaplaincy at Queen’s University. Ryan’s educational background includes a Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary and undergraduate studies in theology and pastoral ministry. His ordination credentialing will be finished by the end of year. He loves to run and looks forward to hitting the trails along the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River. 

Ryan is available during office hours or by appointment throughout the week to talk about faith, Scripture, questions, doubts, and the day-to-day struggles of university life. He aims to create a space of openness and careful listening. Ryan has wrestled with his own spiritual and mental wellness at times and wants to journey with you. He also leads the ministry of Ottawa Campus Chaplaincy (OCC) which seeks to be a space of belonging and discipleship for uOttawa students. OCC runs various groups and activities throughout the academic year that may assist students in their spiritual growth and academic life.

Contact : [email protected] or by phone613.483.1222

Book an appointment with Ryan: https://calendly.com/ryfarrell/chaplain

Barbara Lois Helms

Sr. Barbara Lois Helms – Muslim

Volunteers as a University of Ottawa chaplain through collaboration with Muslim Family Services of Ottawa. She is a Primary Reserve military chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces and a full-time civilian chaplain with Canadian Forces Support Group of Ottawa-Gatineau. Sr. Barbara also provides chaplaincy and spiritual care services for the Ottawa Muslim Association and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Her educational background includes a BA Honours in Religious Studies, MA in Islamic Studies (both from McGill), and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree (Muslim Chaplaincy) at University of Toronto (Toronto School of Theology/Emmanuel College). 

Contact: [email protected]

Farhan Iqbal

Farhan Iqbal – Muslim - Ahmadiyya

Farhan Iqbal is a Missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He received his degree in Islamic Theology and Comparative Religions in July 2010 from the Ahmadiyya Institute of Islamic studies, located in Maple, ON, Canada. He has served as a Missionary in Ghana, United States, and Canada. He served at Baitul Islam Mosque, Vaughan, for 5 years, and moved to Ottawa in 2017, currently serving the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the east end of Ottawa. He has represented the community in various interfaith events, attended radio programs discussing various matters of faith, and is on the podcast, The Conviction Project. He has also hosted several live and recorded programs on MTA (Muslim Television Ahmadiyya). He has co-authored 3 books, namely, "With Love to Muhammad (sa), the Seal of the Prophets”, “Understanding Islam: Dispelling myths about Jihad, Oppression and Violence in Islam”, and “The Quest of a Curious Muslim”. 

Contact: [email protected]

Robert Pinkston

Robert Pinkston – Christian – Baptist

Robert Pinkston has been a campus minister for 30 years. The last 21 years he has served as a campus minister for the Canadian National Baptist Convention. He has been a chaplain at UOttawa since August 2021, having previously served the campuses of McGill, Bishop’s University, University of Sherbrooke and Laval University. He is married to Sharon and they have six children. His pastimes are running, playing soccer and fitness. 

Robert enjoys helping students navigate the stresses of the university years from a Biblical perspective. He helps them integrate faith and life, reminding them that God has a purpose for their life. Robert is bilingual and is available to talk with and mentor students in both French and English. 

Contact: [email protected]

Justin K.W. Kim

Rev. Justin K.W. Kim – Christian, Presbyterian

Justin is a minister of Presbyterian Church in Canada. He was a staff member of Power to Change in Korea for over 10 years and engaged in Campus ministry. He is passionate for meeting and helping international students. He is also a representative minister of the Presbytery of Ottawa and support students by providing spiritual counselling in Presbyterian Tradition. 

Justin holds a Masters of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies at Western Trinity Seminary in Langley, BC. He also completed a whole unit of Clinical Pastoral Care Training at the Ottawa Hospital and is a associated member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care(CASC).  He served at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, NB before he moved to Ottawa in 2016. He currently is serving the Ottawa Korean Presbyterian Church.

Justin is on campus on Thursday between 10am to 1pm and is also available for meeting outside office hours by appointment. He performs Enneagram tests to guide you into a direction for your spiritual journey following your personal type.

Contacts: 613-314-4113 – [email protected]

Srishti Hukku

Srishti Hukku – Secular Humanist

Srishti is a Kashmiri-Canadian who loves exploring ethical, existential, emotional, and equity issues. As a Humanist Chaplain, Srishti serves the community at the University of Ottawa and is keen to hear from you! Srishti is a lifetime member of Humanist Canada, and a supporter of the American Humanist Association, Humanists UK, Humanists Australia and Humanists International. Srishti is also a Humanist officiant providing a range of ceremonies from child/adult namings to weddings to celebration of life services. 

Srishti is passionate about creating spaces that maximize human potential by leveraging a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, healing centered lens. Srishti is especially moved by sound public policy and 2SLGBTQ+ issues including sexual, romantic and reproductive rights. As the first racialized accredited Humanist Chaplain in Canada, Srishti is also passionate about immigration/integration challenges, diversity including disability and neurodiversity, and social determinants of health. Srishti holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen's University and is completing a cotutelle PhD in Population Health and Medical Anthropology from Macquarie University and the University of Ottawa.

Contact: [email protected]

Jason Byers

Jason Byers – Christian – Baptist

Jason Byers moved to Ottawa in 2006 from the USA to work with university students and help start new, growing churches. He has served in ministries on three continents and works with church planters who speak four different languages. He pastors Celebration! Church Ottawa. Jason enjoys an active lifestyle that carries him all over the city, often chasing his six children or fellow church planters. Jason enjoys exploring the ways that faith functions in "real life", believing that every moment is holy, and there are good answers to hard questions. He also loves making time for people, so feel free to ask.

Contacts: 613-220-3136 - [email protected]

Majed Jarrar

Majed Jarrar - Muslim

Majed Jarrar is an imam, professor, classically trained scholar, and community leader who has been extensively involved with the diverse Muslim community in Ottawa and beyond for the past decade. He has served as Imam and Director of Community Engagement at the Ottawa Mosque, Head of Dawah Programs at the Mosque of Mercy (a.k.a Dar Assunnah), Khateeb at Assalam Mosque, Managing Director at MAC Youth Centre, Executive Director at Ottawa Uyghur Centre, and Founding Director of Siraj Institute. 

Imam Jarrar is a community activist with a long track record working for various social justice and charitable causes. His speech at the black lives matter rally went viral, was translated to many languages and watched millions of times. 

Sheikh Majed has been connected with uOttawa since 2012: first as a master's student, then PhD, and has been teaching since 2017. He regularly engages with the Muslim student association as a club advisor and speaker. He has trained dozens of students on campus to become future khateebs and community leaders at various Muslim organizations. Majed is a trained youth counselor, marriage counselor, and the only imam in Ottawa who serves as an arbitrator accepted by the Ontario Courts. 

Contact: drop in questions & quick fatāwa at his uOttawa MS Teams @mjarrar, or email [email protected]

Steven Griffin

The Rev, Dr. Steven Griffin - Christian/Anglican

Born and raised in Mexico, Steven first came to Canada in 1985 to work as a volunteer with the Summer Camps run by Crosstalk Ministries in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal. It was there that he met his future wife, Stella Sweetman. After he and Stella were married in 1987, he studied and taught Russian language and literature for a number of years, but then took up theology, first at St Paul University here in Ottawa, and later McGill, where he earned the Ph.D. in Reformation Theology. Since Stella is a career diplomat, Steven has had the opportunity to teach theology in various countries. Licensed (2018) and then ordained (2019) as a minister Anglican Province of Alexandria, he was pastor to the international congregation at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo before returning to Ottawa, where he now serves as minister-at-large. He and Stella have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Contact : [email protected] or by phone at 343-5723388

Michael Garner

Rev. Michael Garner - Christian/Anglican

The Reverend Michael Garner (he/him) was ordained an Anglican Priest in the Diocese of Ottawa in 2019 after receiving his Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto (Wycliffe College). Before his appointment to St. Albans, Michael was the Associate Incumbent at St. Thomas the Apostle (Ottawa), and Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Resurrection (Ottawa).

Prior to entering the priesthood, Michael worked in public health and epidemiology. From 2006 to 2019, he worked as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Science (Epidemiology) degree from the University of Ottawa.

Rev. Michael loves nothing more than the discovery of divine beauty in the world. He finds this most often happens for him in the domain of music. Having owned his own coffee roasting company, he is always up for conversation over a cup. He also finds much joy in facilitating gatherings over meals in which he has had a hand in preparing.

Michael lives with his wife, Rochelle (she/her), and kids (Isaac and Elise) in the west side of Ottawa.

Contact: [email protected] or by phone at 613-797-9802

Chris Adams (Christian – Roman Catholic): 613-233-4095 | [email protected]
Sasha Kathron (Jewish): 613-796-6810 | [email protected]