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Meet Our Students: Gillian Hoyer

October 29, 2015

"I think that my favourite thing about Theology at Huron is the community that develops within the seminary here. Each week we pray and worship together then we sit and eat together – professors and students all together – and relax and share in life.

For Gillian, a 3rd year M.Div student, hearing about the reputation of the Faculty of Theology through word-of-mouth led her to look further into the programs offered at Huron, “A number of friends had participated as mentors with the summer Ask & Imagine youth theology program run by Huron and they had spoken with me about Huron as a potential option when I began to explore seminaries.”  

Hailing from Victoria, BC, Gillian had graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA majoring in Psychology in addition to an MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Earlier this spring, Gillian had her essay published in the book  There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, “it is a collection of essays by female clergy around the world about the things we face, as women, in living into our vocation in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field. I was one of three Canadians and the only seminarian to have essays included in the book.”

When she isn’t busy with academics, Gillian is a proactive member of the Huron and local community. This year she is serving as Co-President of the Bishop Hallam Theological Society (BHTS), the student government for the Faculty of Theology. She also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Anglican Church of Canada’s Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), an experience that has led to her involvement in several communities with grassroots development and partnerships around the world such as El Salvador.

The close community feeling at Huron is what Gillian cherishes the most about her time here, “I love being on a first-name basis with my professors and that we all feel comfortable enough with each other to sit and eat together and talk about our lives each week.”

To read Gillian's full Q&A click here