Centre for Practical Theology
CPT Leadership Team
Rev. Dr. Jeff Crittenden
Co-Founder and Director
Rev. Dr. Brad Morrison
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.