Canadian Council of Churches

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Schmidt

Associate Secretary, Intercultural Leadership and Learning; Justice and Peace

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Schmidt is  is staff for the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning (FILL) and the Commission on Justice and Peace. Previously he was the director of the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries, stablished in 1921 as The Canadian School of Missions and fully brought into the Council as FILL in 2017. He brings to the work gifts as a facilitator and designer of experiential adult learning, and many years of experience in ecumenical settings. His areas of expertise include intercultural ministry, justice, anti-racism and privilege, missiology, and overseas cross-cultural travel and relationship.

A White Canadian cisgender male, he grew up in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto. Since then he has lived in Kitchener (Ontario), El Salvador, Cleveland (Ohio), Albuquerque (New Mexico), and Scarborough (Ontario). Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, he has served in parish, campus, and ecumenical ministries—with breaks for things like parenting and running a Central American restaurant. His work, research, life, and facilitation experience have led to engaging others in learning in theology, social analysis, history, culture, race, and power. He completed a Doctor of Ministry at the Toronto School of Theology. Jonathan is married to Alice Schuda and has two young adult children, Martin and Maya. Outside of work, his interests include parenting, community activism, cycling, camping, canoeing and amateur astronomy. His ancestors were Lutheran Missionaries to the USA in the 1800s.

Deivit Montealegre, MA

Teaching, Research, and Program Assistant, Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning

Deivit’s main role with the CCC is to provide support to the Associate Secretary of the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning. Deivit has dual Colombian and Argentinian citizenship. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in economics and theology He holds a master’s degree in theology from the same university, a diploma in Ecumenical Studies and Interculturality from the University of Geneva and Bossey Ecumenical Institute, and a bachelor in theology from UNIBAUTISTA, Cali, Colombia. In the past, Deivit has served as Educational Consultant for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) of the World Council of Churches and as Program Assistant of Latin American Program.  

Deivit is a living testimony of how intercultural ministry is a powerful tool to transform lives and society. He is convinced that intercultural ministry is crucial for social change and one of the fundamental ways to connect ecclesial, social, political, and economic responsibility with God’s message of life, justice, and salvation for all.

Nadia VanderKuip

Teaching, Research, and Program Assistant

Based on the West Coast, on the traditional lands of the sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen First Nations), Nadia’s role with CCC is to support the work of the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and learning. A social introvert, Nadia can be lured out of doors to tend gardens of both the literal and figurative nature. She is a pastor at heart, but a nerd in thought. Nadia has spent most of her adult life in urban and international ministry, in Canada, the USA and Africa blending academic rigor with practical hands on ministry. Nadia holds degrees in marketing and education as well as an MDiv earned at Carey Theological College.

She loves her family fiercely, always has a stack of books she is reading, believes in the theology of radical welcome and is reimagining faith all the time.