Pamela R. McCarroll

Faculty photo of Pam McCarroll from 2017

Director of Master of Pastoral Studies
RP (Spiritual Care), Certified Supervisor (CASC)
Associate Professor of Practical Theology

B.A. (Hons) English/Art History, University of Guelph, 1988
M.Div., Knox College, 1994
Ph.D. (Theology), University of St. Michael’s College, 2006
Certified Specialist & Teaching Supervisor, CASC
Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO


Office: 213
Phone: 416-585-4549

Teaching & Research Interests

Pam McCarroll joined the faculty at Emmanuel College in 2016 as Associate Professor of Practical Theology. She came to Emmanuel after teaching in the area of pastoral theology for eight years at our sister institution Knox College and, prior to that, serving as a Teaching Supervisor and Spiritual Care Practitioner at hospitals in Toronto and Hamilton.  Pam’s major research focus continues to be the lived experience and possibility of hope in contexts of suffering. She is concerned with the intersections of suffering and hope in shaping therapeutic practice and life together as communities and as global citizens. Pam has also published in the area of spirituality and health, and methodology in practical theology.

As an ordained minister of Word and Sacraments in the Presbyterian Church in Canada she serves as an minister-in-association with her spouse.

Course Areas

Professional Ethics

Psychotherapeutic Theories for Spiritual Care

Intercultural Care and Counselling

Suffering and Hope

Practical Theology Methods

Recent Publications


The End of Hope – The Beginning: Narratives of Hope in the Face of Suffering and Trauma. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014. 

Waiting at the Foot of the Cross: Toward a Theology of Hope for Today. Distinguished Dissertations in Christian Theology Series. Eugene OR: Pickwick, 2014.

Edited with Pamela Couture, Robert Mager, Natalie Wigg, eds. Complex Identities in a Shifting World: Practical Theological Perspectives.Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2015.


“Love Rages and Weeps: Suffering and Holy Possibility,” Suffering and God, Concilium International Journal of Theology, 2016, vol. 3. Fall 2016.

With Tracy J. Trothen & William L. Pickett, "Transforming Knowledge: Empowering Spiritual Care Practitioners for Evidence-Based Practice,” inThriving on the Edge: Integrating Spiritual Practice, Theory and Research, eds. Thomas St. James O’Connor, Angela Schmidt, Kristine Lund. Waterloo: WLS, 2016, 103-129.

“Taking Inventory and Moving Forward: A Review of the Research Literature and Assessment of Qualitative Research in JPCC, 2010-2014,” JPCC, 69.4: December 2015, 222-231.

“Hope Matters in Changing Times,” Faith Matters in Changing Times, TJT (Special Issue), 2015, 67-80.

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