Janet Gear

Janet Gear

I gratefully accepted my Principal’s request to join the delegation to China as a member of the Circle of United Church Theological Schools.  I have served on the faculty of the Vancouver School of Theology as Director of United Church Formation and Assistant Professor of Public and Pastoral Leadership since 2006.  As a school serving the Pacific Rim, the student body is diverse and includes international students from north and south Asia, including China.

Raised in the United Church, my path has crossed those of other delegates both directly and indirectly through my experience over the years in denominational and ecumenical social justice work in Canada and internationally (DMC, WCC), and more recently in denominational commitments to Intercultural education and formation.

I have lived most of life in Vancouver, BC.  I studied at UBC and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  I worship at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver where my partner, Dan Chambers, is in ministry with Gary Paterson (in absentia).  Dan and I have two teenage daughters with whom we recently returned from a year of ministry and study in the UK.

My poverty of direct knowledge of China and the Chinese Church feeds my commitment to learn from other delegates rich in experience.    I am pleased to be sharing this opportunity with two delegates from neighbouring Presbyteries, one of whom is a current VST student.

A typical west coast native, I am at home on the hiking trails and the ocean.