A Conference for Chaplains and Spiritual Care Providers.

Join us for lecures, workshops, and panel discussions on:

  • Building resilience
  • Medical Assistance in Dying and other ethical issues
  • Celebrating and advocating for chaplains
  • And much more


Butterfly landing on a hand.

Join us on April 26-27, 2024

Who Should Attend?

  • Chaplains
  • Would-be-Chaplains
  • Spiritual Caregivers
  • Chaplain Supporters

Conference Topics

  • Celebrating and Advocating for Chaplains
  • Indigenous Spiritualities and the Church
  • Embracing a Shared Brokenness in the Journey Toward Holiness
  • Shock and Awe: Spiritual Perspectives on Suffering and Solace
  • Building Resilience
  • Life-long Learning and Professional Development
  • And more!

Event Details

Date: April 26-27, 2024

Location: 290 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg MB

Registration: Visit the conference event page to register.

Cost: Registration is $375. Get an early bird rate of $300 until Jan. 31. Includes snacks and lunch, plus dinner on Saturday.

Accommodation Information

Hotel: Holiday Inn & Suites Winnipeg (Across the street from Booth UC)

Rate: Get a discounted conference rate which includes breakfast! This discounted rate will expire on March 26, 2024. Book your reservation now at Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Conference Hotel Registration.

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 26


8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration at 290 Vaughan Street

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Morning Worship – Major Brenda Coles

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome Greetings – Rev. Dr. Rob Fringer

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Plenary Session: Celebrating and Advocating for Chaplains – Justin Napier

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break: Coffee and snacks provided

10:45 am – 12:55 pm 

Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1

Suffering Well and Suffering With with Dr. Aimee Patterson

Workshop 2

Ministry in the Canadian Reality of MAiD
(Medical Assistance in Dying) with Dr. Gloria Woodland

Workshop 3

Faith Formation: Help People with Disabilities Connect with Jesus with Shellie Power

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm 

Lunch provided

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Plenary Session: Indigenous Spirituality and the Church – Capt. Crystal Porter

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Break: Coffee and snacks provided

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lecture: Embracing a Shared Brokenness in the Journey Toward Holiness – Rev. Dr. Rob Fringer

5:15 pm – 5:45  pm

Wind down with reflections and devotional – Major Brenda Coles

Saturday, April 27


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Morning Worship – Major Brenda Coles

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Plenary Session: Shock and Awe: Spiritual Perspectives on Suffering and Solace – Doug Koop

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break: Coffee and snacks provided

10:45 am – 12:15 pm 

Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1

Working in a Multi-cultural, Multi-faith Context with Justin Napier

Workshop 2

Nourishing the Self and Others Through Prayer with Major Catherine Skillin

Workshop 3

Intersection of Shelters, Homelessness, Mental Health and Abuse with Pastor Randy Leavitt

Workshop 4

Map to the Soul, a Spiritual Development Approach for Offenders with Bernie Mullins

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch provided

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Panel Discussion: Building Resilience

  • Doug Koop
  • Joanne Biggs
  • Samuel Tim

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break: Coffee and Snacks provided

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Plenary Session: Life-long Learning and Professional Development - Beverleigh Broughton and Lt. Col. (Dr.) Susan van Duinen (R)

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm


6:00 pm

Closing Celebration with dinner (provided)


Headshot of Joanne Biggs.

Joanne Biggs

Headshot of Bev Broughton.

Bev Broughton

Beverleigh Broughton is a life-long Salvationist who has worked for The Salvation Army for over 30 years.  Much of this time was as the Director of Community and Family Services at Guelph Citadel where she gave oversight to several programs including a nursery school, client and emergency services, summer day camp and family enrichment centre.

After obtaining a Certificate of Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care from Booth University College, Beverleigh also worked for several years as a part-time chaplain in a retirement community, providing spiritual care programs and support to 300+ older adults, staff and volunteers.

In 2019, she accepted a position with The Salvation Army as Spiritual & Religious Care Consultant providing support to chaplains within the various social service programs across the Canada & Bermuda Territory.  She is also a Sessional Instructor with Booth University College and a wedding/funeral officiant.

Beverleigh lives in Guelph with her husband, Kevin, and enjoys an active life which includes gardening, reading, music making, playing table games, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact information:

Territorial Social Missions Department
Spiritual & Religious Care Consultant

Email:  Beverleigh.broughton@salvationarmy.ca

Headshot of Brenda Coles.

Brenda Coles

Headshot of Rob Fringer.

Rob Fringer

Rev. Rob Fringer, PhD, serves as Booth University College’s 7th President and Vice Chancellor. He was previously Principal of Nazarene Theological College, Brisbane, Australia where he was also Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Biblical Language. While in Australia, he also served on the research faculty for Sydney College of Divinity, Flinders University, and was an Honorary Research Fellow for the University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene with more than 15 years of pastoral ministry experience. He has authored and/or edited 11 books and dozens of articles. His most recent books include Wesleyan Perspectives on Human Flourishing and Embracing a Doctrine of Holiness.  

Outside of work, Rob enjoys reading, writing, music, and playing almost any board or card game. He is married to Vanessa and together they have two children, Sierra and Brenden.

Headshot of Doug Koop.

Doug Koop

Doug Koop is a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner. For the past ten years he’s been working with people in distressing situations on intensive and acute care units at HSC Winnipeg. Previously he spent 25 years as a journalist and editor reporting on Christian faith and life in Canada. He and Margaret are parents of two adult sons. 

Headshot of Randy Leavitt.

Randy Leavitt

Randy was born in a fishing village on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. He has been married to his wife, Gail for 49 years; and, together they have pastored in four provinces across Canada, coming to Winnipeg in 1988 where he has pastored People’s Full Gospel Church for the past 35 years. Randy began his journey into C.A.P.P.E. with Yoshi Mesaki at the Headingly Correction and has served as Chaplain for the past 23 years at The Salvation Army Winnipeg Centre of Hope. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his pastoral care in the inner-city ministry.

Headshot of Bernie Mullins.

Bernie Mullins

Bernie Mullins is a chaplain from Brandon, Manitoba where he has ministered in a provincial correctional centre for the past twenty-five years, and, since 2008, has concurrently served as the chaplaincy coordinator for Manitoba Corrections.  As a chaplain, Bernie ministers to people from a variety of backgrounds, and collaborates with correctional officers, mental health nurses, and indigenous spiritual care providers to offer spiritual care that is inclusive and holistic.  This includes supporting inmates who are at risk of suicide, struggling with grief and loss, and experiencing personal life crises.  Bernie is trained to facilitate the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) workshop, which he offers through the Manitoba Corrections’ Staff Training Unit and Brandon’s Suicide Prevention Implementation Network (SPIN).  Bernie also developed an inmate spiritual care program called “Map to the Soul,” which provides participants with an opportunity to explore personal experiences related to loss, shame, and forgiveness from a faith-based perspective.

Bernie grew up in a small fishing community in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and attended Saint Francis Xavier University as well as Saint Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, Ontario.  He is married to Sharran, and enjoys photography, hiking, and camping with his step-son.  Bernie is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Providence University College and Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba.

Headshot of Justin Napier.

Justin Napier

Justin Napier is the Executive Director at the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope in Langley, BC. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a dual concentration in Systematic Theology and Old Testament studies from Regent College, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Spiritual Care. Prior to his role as Executive Director, Justin served as the Chaplain and Incident Commander at the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope from 2017-2022. Since 2018, Justin has been a Sessional Instructor at Booth University College and ACTS Seminaries, teaching courses on Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. Justin is also a certified Leadership Coach. He loves cooking, reading books, hiking trails, analyzing films, and discussing theology. Justin is particularly interested in the role of faith in the public arena and spiritual formation. Justin lives in Langley with his wife Kaela and little dog Tanooki.

Headshot of Aimee Patterson.

Aimee Patterson

Dr. Aimee Patterson is the Christian Ethics Consultant at The Salvation Army Ethics Centre and adjunct faculty at Booth University College. She is a proud graduate of Booth University College and earned a PhD in religious ethics from McGill University. Her professional interest in ethics covers a variety of areas, including medicine, technology, sexuality, and social justice.

Dr. Patterson helps Salvationists build capacity and skill in the practical application of ethics. She offers formal education at Booth University College and the Salvation Army College for Officer Training, and informal education through workshops and webinar series. Dr. Patterson provides training in Faith-Based Facilitation and serves as a standing member of the Canada and Bermuda Territorial Moral and Social Issues Committee. She is a repeat award winner with the Canadian Christian Communicators Association and has published a book, Suffering Well and Suffering With: Reclaiming Marks of Christian Identity.

Dr. Patterson makes her home in Winnipeg. She is married to a Christian minister. Together they have two children.

Headshot of Crystal Porter.

Crystal Porter

Crystal was born and raised in a small ocean community in Newfoundland. She is of mixed European (settler) and Mi’kmaw descent and is part of the Qalipu First Nation Community in Newfoundland. She works for The Salvation Army as the Indigenous Ministry consultant. Crystal (along with her husband and little boy) is currently residing in Winnipeg, the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Denes peoples and on homeland of the Métis nation. She loves to bead, read, and spend time near the ocean! 

Headshot of Shellie Power.

Shellie Power

Shellie Power has been the Executive Director at Hope Centre Ministries since 2008. Drawing from her background in Special Education and her personal experiences as a parent, she’s deeply committed to advancing the cause of inclusion for individuals with disabilities in faith communities.

Hope Centre Ministries, located in Winnipeg, provides essential spiritual support and a sense of belonging to individuals with disabilities. Throughout her time at HCM, Shellie has developed practical strategies to foster inclusivity. She enthusiastically shares these insights in diverse settings, dedicated to building a more compassionate and inclusive community for everyone.

Headshot of Catherine Skillin.

Catherine Skillin

Major Catherine Skillin is currently a Social Services Consultant in The Social Mission Department at THQ. She has been in that appointment for more than 5 years. Catherine holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Master of Theological Studies (Pastoral Counselling) and Doctor of Psychology. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Prior to her appointment at THQ she was the Director of Counselling Services at the Women’s Counselling Centre for 10 years. She has worked in a variety of employment settings within social services. Her Officer appointments have included Corps, Social Services and the Chaplaincy Program Director at Booth University College. She has worked in the fields of addiction, developmental services, emergency shelters, education and Violence Against Women. She recently completed 28 years of service as an Officer in the Salvation Army.

Headshot of Sam Tim.

Sam Tim

Captain Sam Tim was commissioned in 2015 as a proud member of the Heralds of Grace session.  He has served alongside his wife, Mary, as a Corps Officer (Pastor) in Toronto and Yorkton, Saskatchewan. From 2021 to 2023, he and Mary were the Directors of the Community and Family Services in Halifax.  They have 2 amazing children, Bethany and Benjamin.

In 2020 (right at the start of COVID), Sam received Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Booth UC and at the end of April 2023, he walked across the stage to receive his certificate in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care.

Captain Sam came to Canada in 2003 to attend the War College, an incarnational ministry training program in Vancouver. For a year he lived and ministered in the downtown east side of Vancouver (referred to as the ‘poorest postal code in Canada’). He has worked in a variety of shelters and transitional housing facilities and loves to connect with people and listen to their stories. Sam adores music and plays a mean trumpet in the style of Louis Armstrong and loves to bang on the drums. He sadly still supports the Vancouver Canucks, though he briefly flirted with the idea of supporting the Leafs when he was in Toronto, but could not do it.

Captain Sam was happy to return to Winnipeg in 2023 after 8 years away and is thoroughly enjoying ministering as part of the Chaplaincy team at the Winnipeg Centre of Hope.

Headshot of Susan Van Duinen.

Susan van Duinen

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to these cookies being set. To learn more, read our privacy policy.
View policyOk