About Us

Centre for Practical Theology

CPT Leadership Team

Rev. Dr. Jeff Crittenden

Co-Founder and Director

Jeff Crittenden, DMin, PhD Candidate is co-founder of the Centre for Practical Theology. He is assistant professor of Homiletics at Huron University. He is an ordained minister serving Metropolitan United Church in London Ontario. His first doctorate is in Homiletics, and is completing a PhD in Human Kinetics. He is the Director of the Centre for Practical Theology and is currently planting a Missional congregation. He is the former President of London and Hamilton Conferences, Chair of the UCC National Foundation and lectures and presents throughout Canada and the UK. Jeff loves participating in triathlons!

Rev. Dr. Brad Morrison


Brad Morrison, D.Min. is co-founder of the Centre for Practical Theology. He is assistant professor of practical theology at Huron University College. He is an ordained minister serving Strathroy United Church. Brad is also a Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario), Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Fellow (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). Brad is author of Already Missional: Congregations as Community Partners. Brad’s teaching and research focuses on the practice of ministry, especially in congregations. His current interest is how liberal mainline congregations understand the practice of evangelism and new member recruitment.

Worship Leaders

Paula Thomas leads music for the Inviting Circle and Revitalize (London) series for the Centre of Practical Theology.

Paula, a soprano, began studying music in her hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario. In her youth, she performed throughout Southwestern Ontario with Brian May’s “Circle of Friends” Christian singing groups. She received a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from McMaster University and a Master of Music in Literature and Performance (Voice) from Western University. She has studied under the tutelage of Richard Cunningham, Lesley Andrew, and Torin Chiles. In 2016, Paula traveled to Lucca, Italy to sing with the Accademia Europea dell’Opera performing the roles of La novizia and Suor Osmina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She currently performs as a soloist and ensemble member with various choirs including Chor Amica (London), Choral Connection (St. Thomas), and Arcady (Brantford). She was selected for Arcady’s Emerging Artist program in 2012, and continues to work as an event coordinator on staff. At Metropolitan United Church (London), Paula is a Choral Scholar in the senior choir, and the music leader at the Water’s Edge service. Most recently, she has joined the staff at Preschool of the Arts (London) leading preschool music programs and Family Tree Music classes. Paula enjoys providing music for weddings, and performing at retirement and long-term care facilities. She owns a growing music studio in St. Thomas, teaching voice, piano, and theory.

Dermott Shepherd is the Music Director for the Centre for Practical Theology, Fairmont Campus.

Dermott Shepherd is a pianist and composer born in Hamilton, Ontario. He began teaching himself piano at the age of four in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and began formal training the following year. He learned from some wonderful teachers, and had many memorable musical experiences, including being the youngest competitor in the Ludmila Knezkova Hussey International Piano Competition, and was a soloist for Symphony Nova Sinfonia. After moving back to Ontario Dermott continued his classical training. By high school, he began experimenting with other instruments, and soon his focus turned to composing, as well as playing piano for a local church. He went on to study jazz and music performance at Mohawk College, playing a variety of genres with many different musicians. After graduating, Dermott worked as the pianist and music director at a United Church in Hamilton. Dermott now spends most of his time in his home studio, writing and recording for various projects including his band Joys, a new wave, indie rock band. Most of his original works are in the realm of ambient electronic music, as well as neo-classical piano compositions, many of which are to be released in the near future.

Stephanie Code is a singer for the Centre for Practical Theology, Fairmont Campus.

Stephanie started her career in music from the young age of 6, performing for the first time at her local church. From there, Stephanie pursued music before pivoting into Human Resources as her full-time gig. She currently sings mostly with Metropolitan United and the very occasional karaoke.

Coordination Team

Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean is CPT’s ‘Revitalize on the Road’ Coordinator.

As the Senior Minister at St. Paul’s United in Edmonton, her practice of ministry is informed by a strong commitment to preaching, pastoral care, and theology. Catherine is immediate past president of the Canadian Theological Society, author of numerous articles, and a frequent speaker at church, webinar, and academic events such as Peter Lougheed Leadership College Lecture Series, Berwick, and the AST Aitken Workshop on Preaching. She is the recipient of two Louisville Institute grants.