Chaplains at MRU

Below are a list of chaplains of various faiths you can contact. In addition to chaplains, Mount Royal community members have access to the Mediation Centre at W201 as a prayer space and designated ablution stations located at W208A (male) and W208B (female).


Rev. Paul Verhoef


What to tell people about me? I'm a husband, father, son, friend, pastor in the way of Jesus, and ultimate frisbee player. I love people, books, my work, fresh air, and yes, even places of higher education.  My life at the university seems to be filled with listening to people's lives, laughing and crying alongside of friends (new and old), creating space for people of varied spiritual paths to share a life of meaningfulness together, fostering thoughtful Christian academic community, and nurturing others as they shape beautiful dreams. I like living through the messy-loveliness of my heart out into the messy-loveliness of the world - and see the Spirit's vitality through it all. And there's a bunch more, but that’s enough for here; feel free to ask me to take you out for coffee/tea as then I can hear about you!



Rev. Jacqui Mignault

CRNA (Christian Reformed Church of North America)

I am a campus minister here at MRU as well as a co-pastor for The Road Church (CRCNA). In both those roles, I hold onto 3 values; 1) a love for the Christian faith, and its ancient practices (especially of prayer and eating together, 2) a love for good questions, doubts, unflinching honesty and intellectual rigour and 3) a passion for making the (metaphorical) table we gather around a whole lot bigger for those who have been excluded. I believe all these things were things Jesus loved to be a part of. I offer one-on-one meetings for anyone wanting to ask their questions in a safe place or just talk about where God is in the midst of your real life. If you are looking for someone to accompany you on the road of faith, I'd love to meet with you. Email me to book a time to meet.

A couple of fun facts about me: I participate in racial reconciliation and justice advocacy work within my denomination and am passionate about disrupting harmful systems in unlikely ways so that everyone gets a chance to flourish.

At home, I have two kids and a husband who keeps me running. And lastly, I have a weird love for my pet rabbits...don't judge me.



Rev. Kelly Johnson

University Campus Ministries

Kelly loves the energy and diversity of campus life. He is passionate about helping people encounter God in the everyday world of studies and research and through service learning locally and globally.

Kelly met Barb during his first degree, has four kids now and has travelled in many countries of the world together.

Kelly spends most of his time at UCalgary but also oversees University Campus Ministries at MRU and SAIT.



Naghmeh Rezvani Hedley

Baha'i Representative

I am a mother of 4 beautiful children. I was a journalist back in Colombia where I was born and grew up. Since I was moving a lot with my husband and family, I obtained a Master's in Linguistics Applied to Teaching Spanish as a second language and taught Spanish for many years. I work part-time as a Career Practitioner helping newcomers establish their career paths in Canada.

Since in the Bahá'í Faith there is no paid clergy I serve at MRU as a representative of the Bahá'í Faith.

I hope to be able to connect you and/or bring you closer to the source of your lives: your Creator -God, Jehova, Ala- as it is through this connection that we obtain happiness, peace and tranquillity in our souls.



Rev. Cristino Bouvette


I am a Catholic Priest working in the Diocese of Calgary in a newly created position. I am known as the "Vicar for Vocations and Young Adults."

Fancy, right?

We have created a new platform of outreach for university students and young adults called the St. Francis Xavier Chaplaincy. I will be visiting campus at least once a week every Wednesday as I split my time between U of Calgary and SAIT as well.

I enjoy just hanging out with students near the theatres, chatting about life, celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation and sharing my love of food. I hope to meet you soon!



Rev. Margaret Propp

Lutheran Chaplain

Margaret has served as a University Chaplain for 8 years and an ordained clergyperson for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) for 15 years.

Currently serving MRU and UCalgary, as the Lutheran Chaplain on campus and Historic Trinity Lutheran Church as the parish pastor.

Margaret was born and raised in Calgary by her first-generation Japanese Canadian parents who immigrated to Calgary in the early 70's. Margaret has been married to Ron for 20 years and has two sons. One of her sons is currently studying at MRU and plays rugby for the Cougars and the other in Jr. High.



Greg Stringham

Education Chaplain, Calgary Alberta Region
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


I have enjoyed working closely with youth and young adults on faith and spirituality for the last 20 years, including serving as a Bishop for young adults.  Born and raised in Alberta, faith has been a major part of my and my family's life.  I served as a missionary in France for 2 years as a young adult and my career took me to many parts of the world that helped in nurturing an attitude of diversity and inclusion.

University/College life is stressful and rewarding. I earned a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA that opened the doors for many great life experiences.  My faith is integrated into my life and I love to learn from interaction with others. 

 My role as Education Chaplain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to:

  • help students integrate their faith and spirituality into their lives and future careers
  • look for and find joy in serving others, and
  • encourage more Tolerance, Understanding, Respect and Service.

I have a wonderful wife, Evelyn (we were married while at University).  We have five children (all married) and 18 fabulous grandchildren that bring us great joy.



Stephanie Alexandre

Ministry Associate, UCM (University Campus Ministries)

Stephanie is a recent UCalgary graduate from the English and Drama program and a hockey goalie-turned-theatre-nerd. She is passionate about getting to know people and their stories, and sharing God's love through hospitality and the Arts— whether through music, on the page, on stage, or over a cup of tea and some good conversation. As a Ministry Associate with UCM, Steph is ecstatic to have the opportunity to be back on university campuses and connect with MRU's wonderful student body.



Jess Dell Andrews (she/her)


I enjoy zesty conversations, book chats, grounding prayer meditations and exploratory embodiment invitations. Please feel free to reach out! All faiths or no faith– you are welcome.(We might really resonate if you have Christian roots or questions around faith deconstructing/reconstructing, post-evangelicalism, or are questioning a move from non-affirming to affirming theology. I have personal experience in Roman Catholic, evangelical, Reformed, progressive Christian, and interfaith spaces. Concussion recovery and mental health challenges are part of my story too. I host Drum, Dine, Discuss Thursdays at the Cultural Inclusion Centre and provide one-on-one student/staff support. My previous journeys include working as nurse in Ghana and with a Little Red River Cree community in northern Alberta as well as providing Christ-centered outdoor education. My current journey includes parenting, marital partnerships, and graduate students. I believe the stories we tell matter– they can harm or heal; I look very forward to hearing yours!