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Sessional Instructors May 2021 - April 2022

David Kim-Cragg
David Kim-Cragg
BA         University of Toronto
MA        St. Michael’s University
MDiv     Emmanuel College
PhD       University of Saskatchewan



David Kim-Cragg received his PhD in history from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in Modern East Asian history and two minors in Indigenous and Canadian history.  His soon-to-be-published book entitled Water from Dragon’s Well: The History of a Korean-Canadian Church Relationship (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022) covers the story of the Canadian church’s early mission to Korea and the resulting influence of Korean Christian leadership upon the United Church of Canada.  His research interests include historical intercultural encounters with and within the United Church and its predecessors.  David has taught Modern Canadian History and has published articles in Touchstone, Historical Papers and the Journal of World Christianity.  He is a contributor to Broadview Magazine and a member of the Canadian Society for Church History.  He serves as ordained minister to St. Matthew’s United Church in Richmond Hill.  David is excited about teaching that draws out the full range of expertise and experience within group of learners and about sharing the journey of discovery with others.

David is teaching “Leading Congregations through Conflict and Change” (EMP 1021 HS)

Lynette Monteiro
Lynette Monteiro

Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D., is a registered psychologist and Director of Professional Training at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic. She completed an MA on neuro-behavioural correlates of human communication disorders and a Ph.D. investigating the efficacy of methylphenidate in the treatment of ADHD in pre-school-aged children. She is trained in CBT, CPT for veterans and active military personnel, MBSR, MBCT, MiCBT, and is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Her primary interest is the treatment of military and veterans experiencing PTSD and she serves as a personnel selection psychologist for police and military services. As co-developer of Mindfulness-based Symptom Management (MBSM), she also developed and leads the MBSM teacher-training program and, as Clinical Professor at the University of Ottawa, she supervises Ph.D. clinical psychology and counselling psychology interns in MBSM. She is a co-author of Mindfulness Starts Here and a target article in the journal Mindfulness on ethics in traditional and contemporary mindfulness, which received many commentaries exploring the role of ethics in mindfulness. She co-edited Practitioner’s Guide to Ethics and Mindfulness-based Interventions and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. Born in Burma, she is a heritage Buddhist currently practicing in the Western Zen tradition.

Carmen Palmer
Carmen Palmer
Carmen Palmer
photo credit  “Martin Luther University College”
BA        University of British Columbia
MDiv   Emmanuel College
PhD     University of St. Michael’s College, at the University of Toronto

Teaching and Research Interests

Carmen Palmer’s research and teaching focuses on the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the literature of ancient Judaism and early Christianity more generally. Her research narrative studies the contours of identity and conversion in ancient Judaism and Christianity, drawing on concepts of ethnicity theory and looking comparatively across a wide body of cultures and textual sources, including the Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, Greek and Latin inscriptions, rabbinic texts, and Aramaic papyri. Her first book (Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Brill, 2018) assesses the male gentile convert to Judaism, expressed in the figure of the ger, while her second project assesses the realm of the female convert and levels of agency in the sectarian movement affiliated with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Palmer also recently co-published a volume addressing new methods in Dead Sea Scrolls scholarship (Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat, SBL Press, 2020).

An additional area of research and teaching focuses on pedagogical practices in teaching in higher education, including integrating the scribal practice of scriptural rewriting as a creative tool, and making biblical scholarship accessible. Palmer presently serves as Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s International Cooperation Initiative Committee.

Carmen is proficient in assisting students in both English and French. 

Selected Publications


Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Gēr and Mutable Ethnicity. STDJ (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah) 126. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018.

Edited Volumes

Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat: New Methods and Perspectives. Edited by Carmen Palmer, Andrew R. Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock. EJL (Early Judaism and Its Literature) 52. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2020.

Translated Books

Translator (French to English) for Macchi, Jean-Daniel.  Esther.  IECOT (International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament). Edited by Adele Berlin. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2018.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“‘A Few Good (Adopted) Men’: A Renewed Assessment of the Influences for Paul’s Adoption Metaphor through an Analysis of Women’s Marginal Place in Jewish, Greek, and Roman Adoption Traditions.” Journal of the Jesus Movement in Its Jewish Setting 7 (2020): 1-25.

“Investigating the Female Slave of the Damascus Document and Hypothetical Mechanisms of Her Conversion.” Jewish Law Association Studies 28 (2020): 161-173.

“Circumcision of the Heart in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Second Temple Period: Spiritual; Moral; and Ethnic.” Pages 327-351 in Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat. Edited by Carmen Palmer, Andrew Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock. EJL 52. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2020.

“Mirroring the Object of the Lesson: The Creative Process of Scriptural Rewriting as an Effective Practice for Teaching Sacred Texts.” Teaching Theology and Religion 21 (2018): 47-56.



Association for Jewish Studies

Canadian Society of Biblical Studies

Catholic Biblical Association of America (Full Member)

The Oriental Club of Toronto

Society of Biblical Literature


Selected Courses

EMB 2013         Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

EMB 2014         Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

EMB 2301         The Changing Face of the Foreigner in Biblical Law

EMB 2911         Why Scrolls Matter: An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls as a Template for Abrahamic Traditions

Amy Panton
Amy Panton
BaH Queen's University 
MTS Knox College, Toronto 
ThM Knox College, Toronto
PhD Candidate, Emmanuel College, Toronto


Teaching and Research Interests: 

Amy is a Mad Theologian who has gotten involved in practical theological research as she wants to contribute to change. Her research explores the intersections between mental illness and spirituality. Amy is currently writing her dissertation which looks at the recent rise in self-harm (cutting and burning one's own skin) amongst young people all over the world. Amy is interested in better understanding the lived spirituality of people who self-harm so that faith communities can respond and provide care. Amy's research interests include: mental health and spirituality, mad studies, disability theology, crip theory and mad people's history.

In July of 2020, Amy co-launched The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability with her friend Rev. Miriam Spies. The journal is committed to breaking new ground at the intersection of theology and mental health, exploring disability using an interfaith theological lens, publishing work by people with lived experience of mental illness and other disabilities. 

Selected publications: 

Fisher, Elizabeth, and Amy Elizabeth Panton. “Transformation & Resistance in the Interfaith Classroom: Reflections on Teaching in the Canadian Context.” The Wabash Center Journal on Teaching 2, no. 2 (May 28, 2021).

Panton, Amy Elizabeth and Miriam Spies. "A Deep Desire for Transformative Justice: A Reflection on the Birth of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability" Mad Students Zine, McMaster University, Fall 2021 (forthcoming). 

Panton, Amy Elizabeth. “Christian Perspectives on Self-Harm.” Centre for Peadiatric Spiritual Care, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, February 2019.

Panton, Amy Elizabeth. “Spiritual Care for Youth Who Self-Injure.” Mandate, the United Church of Canada, Spring 2019.

Panton, Amy Elizabeth. Spiritual Care for Self- Injury Project.

Xiong, Jianhui (Jane), Nazila Isgandarova, and Amy Elizabeth Panton. “COVID-19 Demands Theological Reflection: Buddhist, Muslim and Christian Perspectives on the Present Pandemic.” International Journal of Practical Theology 24, no. 1 (March 2020): 5–28.


Professional Memberships:
International Society for the Study of Self-Injury
International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry
American Academy of Religion 
Editors Canada 

Selected Courses: 

EMP2523H - Mental Health and Christian Theology 

Hyejung Jessie Yum
Hyejung Jessie Yum
BEng, Duksung Women’s University
BA, Duksung Women’s University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Candidate, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto



Teaching and Research Interests

Hyejung Jessie Yum is a PhD candidate in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College, the University of Toronto. She studies contextual theology, with her dissertation on postcolonial Mennonite peace theology in multicultural contexts. Her research focuses on constructing a postcolonial understanding of peace, which addresses the complexity of intersectional violence built upon the colonial legacy in North America. She is also working on a chapter in a book on decolonizing church, theology and ethics in Canada.

She is an editor of The Korean Anabaptist Journal and the co-founder of a peace centre, Sowing for Peace. She has also served on various academic and church committees.


Selected Publications


“The Myth of Happiness: A Commentary on Racism and Mental Health in Canada” in In Our Own Words Commentary Section, The Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability, the first edition, Forthcoming.

Co-author with Melanie Kampen, “Canadian Mennonites: A Tale of Conflicted Multiculturalism,” Leader magazine, Volume 18, No. 5 (Spring 2021): 8-11.

“Unsettling the Radical Witness of Peace: A Decolonizing Investigation of Mennonite Migration from Russia to Manitoba in the 1870s,” Anabaptist Witness, Volume 7, Issue 2 (November 2020): 93-113.

“A Postcolonial Response to Felipe Hinojosa’s Latino Mennonites,” Anabaptist Witness, Volume 7, Issue 2 (November 2020): 193-197.

“Human Beings as Co-Creators with God: The Search for Workers’ Dignity in Capitalist Society,”

Asian Journal of Religion and Society, 6/2 (July 2018): 1-27.

“Peace for Whom? Reconsideration of Peace Theology After John H. Yoder’s Sexual Violence,”

Korean Anabaptist Journal, Volume 16. (Spring 2018): 43-52.

“Who is Jesus Christ Today?: A Theological Response to the Sewol Ferry Disaster based on the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” Korean Anabaptist Journal, Volume 12. (Fall 2016): 48-66.


Translated Texts from English to Korean

Korean Anabaptist Journal, Volume 12. (Fall 2016): 112-121. By permission of the publisher translated from Heggen, Carolyn Holderread. “Sexual Abuse by Church Leaders and Healing for Victims.” The Mennonite Quarterly Review 89, no. 1 (2015).

Korean Anabaptist Journal, Volume 14. (Spring 2017): 52-61. By permission of the publisher translated from Loewen, Susanne Guenther. “Hearing Every Voice: Communal Discernment and Gendered Experience.” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology 17, no. 1 (Spring 2016).


Selected Memberships

Editor, Korean Anabaptist Journal

Co-founder, Sowing for Peace,

A peace centre affiliated with Danforth Mennonite Church, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Member, Anabaptist Mennonite Scholars Network

Member, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre

Member, The Community of Spiritual Leadership, Mennonite Church Canada

Member, Mennonite Scholars & Friends Planning Committee,

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature

Member, Planning Committee for Hope, Despair, Lament Conference (June 2021),

Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre

Member, Planning Committee for Christian Left Conference (August 2020),

Emmanuel College & Trinity St. Paul’s Centre for Faith Justice and the Arts

Fellow, Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Emmanuel College

Fellow, Committee on Asian and North American Asian Theologies, Emmanuel College



EMT2671F – Social Justice and Theology in Context

Chris Zeichmann
Chris Zeichmann

BA Valparaiso University
MA Claremont School of Theology
PhD St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto


Teaching and Research Interests

Christopher B. Zeichmann studies the New Testament, with his research clustering in two areas. The first is the role of the Roman military and related institutions in the social world of the New Testament, where he brings these matters into conversation with recent developments in critical theory. The second is the politics of biblical interpretation, where his work centres on intersectional reading practices in both popular and scholarly contexts – his publications on the topic have ranged from analysis of imperialist subtexts of New Testament scholarship to the role of left-wing Judaism in early Superman comic books.

He is presently working on a book that combines these two interests, examining the history of queer interpretation of the Healing of the Centurion’s Slave (Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10). He also co-chairs the Ideological Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Selected Publications


The Roman Army and the New Testament (Fortress Academic 2018)

Essential Essays for the Study of the Military in First-Century Palestine (Pickwick 2019)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Romans Go Home? The Military as a Site of Class Struggle in the Roman East and New Testament.” Pages 53–65 in Class Struggle in the New Testament. Edited by Robert J. Myles. Lanham: Fortress Academic/Lexington, 2019.

“Liberal Hermeneutics of the Spectacular in the Study of the New Testament and the Roman Empire.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 31 (2019): 152–183.

[with Fernando Bermejo-Rubio] “Where Were the Romans and What Did They Know? Military and Intelligence Networks as a Probable Factor in Jesus of Nazareth’s Fate.” Scripta Classica Israelica 38 (2019): 83–115.

“The Triumphal Entry and the Limits of Satire.” The Bible and Critical Theory 15/2 (2019): 128–140.

“Gender in Biblical Studies after the Forgery of The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.Biblical Interpretation 26 (2018): 391–412.

“Gender Minorities In and Under Roman Power: Respectability Politics in Luke–Acts.” Pages 61–73 in Luke–Acts. Edited by James P. Grimshaw. Texts @ Contexts. London: T&T Clark, 2018.

Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
North American Association for the Study of Religion
Society of Ancient Military Historians
Society of Biblical Literature (co-chair: Ideological Criticism section)
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
Selected Courses
EMB1501 – Introduction to the Christian Bible, Part I
EMB1506 – Introduction to the Christian Bible, Part II
EMB2801 – New Testament Responses to Violence
EMB2831 – Difficult Stories of Jesus: The Empty Tomb
EMB2951 – Jesus and the Games We Play