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26 Feb 2021

Temporary Interim Chaplain

Conrad Grebel University College – Posted by Mimi B. Waterloo, ON

Job Description

Interim Chaplain

Contract: August 1, 2021 – December 2022 (possible extension to July 2023)

Date: January 15, 2021
Reports to: Director of Student Services
FTE: 0.6 FTE (21 hrs/week)
Some evening/weekend work required

Conrad Grebel University College is a liberal arts college founded by the Mennonite church and affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The mission and programs of Grebel are rooted in and inspired by its Christian identity and its Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage. Grebel offers undergraduate, graduate, and community education programs in peace and conflict studies, music, theological and religious studies, and Mennonite studies. Grebel has a residence which houses 172 university students and is home to the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA).

General Scope

The interim chaplain will be a person with a strong and vibrant faith, anchored in the Anabaptist-Christian tradition and spiritual expression. The primary task of the chaplain is to nurture students in Christian faith, life, and values from a Mennonite perspective and within the context of a university community. This leadership is exercised with openness to other Christian and religious traditions and sensitivity to those who have no religious tradition or affiliation. The chaplain will strive to create an environment that invites students to explore their received faith tradition and to develop appreciation and respect for other faith perspectives and religious traditions.

A weekly chapel service, to which all members of the College community are invited, is a focal point of the chaplain’s routine. The chapel service provides an opportunity for the College community to worship together and for interested students to develop worship leadership skills.

The chaplain serves the whole College community. Much of the work focuses on Grebel’s residential and associate students, and the chaplain supports the work of Grebel’s Student Service’s department. The chaplain is also available to faculty, staff, and students who are enrolled in Grebel’s academic programs.

Departmental Data

Grebel houses 172 students per term in its residence and apartment building and formally relates to approximately 100 students who live off-campus. Grebel teaches approximately 4000 course-students per year in a variety of Arts disciplines and has two master’s programs.

Specific Responsibilities

1.  For each term, form and give leadership to a strong, student-focused Chapel Committee which is comprised of students from different programs, years and faith backgrounds.

  • In close collaboration with the Chapel Committee and the Chapel Choir Director, plan and implement weekly chapel services for the Grebel community that nurture spiritual life through community prayer, song, scripture reading, and preaching.
  • In close collaboration with the Chapel Committee, envision, plan and offer other religious programming and activities for students and for the College as a whole.

2. Work as part of Grebel’s Student Services team contributing to general student life programming, recruitment and admissions work, and the formation of student leaders.

3. Serve as a pastoral counsellor to residents, associates, and students in Grebel’s academic programs. Provide supportive care to faculty and staff as needed and at their initiative.

4. Provide special assistance to students and their families during times of major decision-making and/or crisis, e.g., engagement for marriage, marriage, serious illness, death of a student/friend or family member.

5. Be responsive to various circumstances and issues affecting students and the community as a whole. Initiate occasions for special events that will build the quality of religious life for students and the community, e.g., seminars, forums, retreats, church calendar celebrations, and chapels for the entire Grebel community.

6. Be available to give support to the programming needs of the Master of Theological Studies department and be available for support for the graduate student population.

7.  Develop student worship leaders in collaboration with Grebel’s Church Music and Worship program.

8. Together with the Director of Student Services, represent student concerns in various settings as required.

9. Represent the College to the UW Chaplains Association, to the Canada/USA Mennonite Higher Education School chaplain cluster, and to the ecumenical community of the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

10. Represent the College in the churches of the Mennonites Churches of Eastern Canada and in the Mennonite ministerial cluster.

11. Contribute to a hospitable and collegial climate for all members of the College community.

Position Requirements


  • A minimum of a Master of Divinity or master’s-level degree in Theology


  • An understanding and support of the identity, mission, and core values of Conrad Grebel University College
  • A clear Anabaptist-Mennonite theological orientation and faith commitment
  • Knowledge in theology, Bible, ethics, and Christian worship
  • Experience and skill in leading worship and preaching, and aesthetic sensibilities appropriate for creative and inclusive worship planning for a diverse population of students
  • Skill and experience in young adult ministries
  • The capacity to work with a wide diversity of student needs and interests
  • Training and experience in pastoral counselling
  • Commitment to maintaining appropriate behavioural and relational boundaries and a willingness to work within the scope of the role
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practices and culture of equity and inclusion for all
  • A member in good standing with a Mennonite congregation
  • Licensing or ordination by the Mennonite Church is highly desirable


  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams etc.)

Regular Committee Assignments

Chapel Committee, Chair

Church wide Representation

MCEC Conferences

Working Relationships

The Interim Chaplain reports directly to the Director of Student Services and will work closely with the Student Services team. The Director of Operations and HR Manager are responsible for matters related to contract and benefits, workspace and equipment.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be determined in accordance with Mennonite Church Canada’s Pastors’ Salary Guidelines. The successful candidate will be eligible for uWaterloo benefits based on a temporary appointment of at least one year.


How to Apply

Application Details

Please apply by submitting your cover letter and resume to Mimi Browne, HR Manager, at Application deadline is February 28, 2021.

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