About the Taylor Centre

The Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care is one of three Centres of Excellence at the Acadia Divinity College, which is the Faculty of Theology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and the official seminary of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada.

The Taylor Centre was established in 2011, to build on the professional and spiritual legacy of the late Dr. Charles J. Taylor, an Order of Canada recipient, pioneer in Clinical Pastoral Education in Canada, and an internationally recognized leader in ministry to prisoners, their families, and their communities.

Personal and Professional Growth,
Rooted in Biblical Truth”

— motto of the Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Training Men and Women for Specialized Pastoral Ministries

Through the Centre’s emphasis on chaplaincy and spiritual care, the Divinity College seeks to become a leader in training women and men for specialized pastoral ministries, in hospital, prison, extended care, workplace, military, sport, and other settings.

The mission of the Taylor Centre is to foster and promote clinical and theological excellence in spiritual care, by encouraging and supporting the personal growth, the building of professional capacities, and the rigorous theological reflection of students preparing to be chaplains.

The motto of the Centre—Personal and Professional Growth, Rooted in Biblical Truth—reflects the College’s identity as a Christian educational institution, always seeking to speak with integrity and sensitivity into our multicultural and multi-faith society, and our interconnected world. In doing so, the Centre honours the gracious life and witness of Dr. Taylor,  the title of whose best-known book said it best: Only Love Heals.

Dr. Glen Berry

Director of the Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Dr. Glen Berry joined Acadia Divinity College in January 2022 as part-time Advisor on Mental Health Pastoral Education and Adjunct Faculty in Pastoral Care.  In July 2023, he was appointed to faculty as the William and Virginia Leach Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology, and as the fifth Director of the Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chapliancy and Spiritual Care.

Glen is well equipped for this position having worked as a clinical psychologist in the Annapolis Valley since 1994, both at the outpatient community mental health clinic and at the psychiatry unit at Valley Regional Hospital (VRH). Glen has experience as an educator, both at the VRH and at Acadia University – serving as academic supervisor and clinical supervisor, as well as teaching several courses for the Psychology Department and ADC.  He has a strong interest in helping pastors better understand mental health issues and mental illness, as well as building community within and around church families.

Glen is researching the needs of ministry students with respect to training in pastoral care and counselling, and teaching courses in pastoral care, counselling, as well as pastoral self-knowledge and personal wellness.

About “Charlie”- Reverend Dr. Charles J. Taylor

The Reverend Dr. Charles J. Taylor, affectionately known and referred to as Charlie by all who knew him (and by many who wish they had) was born in 1917 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. At the end of the Second World War, he left the navy and returned to working for a Canadian bank for a number of years in several different communities in the Maritimes.

An active member of Baptist churches wherever he was placed, he had long felt there was another call on his life. He prayed “Show me the door; I’ll go through it.” In 1953, a door was opened when he was invited to take up a place in the seminary at Acadia University.

Charles J. Taylor became Professor of Clinical Pastoral Education at Acadia Divinity College, where he taught for fifty years, inspiring and training several generations of chaplains. Charlie Taylor died in 2004.

“Charlie Taylor has made a tremendous impact on theological education … he was a pioneer in the field of Clinical Pastoral Education.… in the hands of Charlie Taylor, theological education, instead of it being … an inward, ivory-tower, purely academic kind of thing … became an outgoing, active, caring expression of the compassion of God. He did that by turning it outward, toward human need …”

–Dr. Andrew MacRae, former Principal, Acadia Divinity College

Charlie Taylor—The man and his work profiled

Dr. Taylor’s life and work are profiled in a thirty-minute video created in 1995. In the video, Charlie Taylor and Charlotte—his wife and partner in prison ministry—talk about their life and work, in particular their response to the call of the human need of people in jail and prison. Charlotte Taylor refers to the work as “the privilege of prison ministry.

”In 1969, Charlie Taylor created the Kairos Marathons, a therapeutic circle of sharing held in a prison chapel, involving people who are incarcerated along with students and volunteers from the community. The Kairos Marathons continue to this day—in the chapel at Springhill Institution, a medium-security, federal penitentiary in Springhill, Nova Scotia. One of, if not the single, longest-running prison chaplaincy programs in North America, the Kairos Marathon program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.

In the video, a number of men who were inmates at Springhill in the 1990s share their memories of Charlie Taylor and his work. Also offering their reflections are Dr. Andrew McRae, former Principal of Acadia Divinity College, and former prison chaplains, Sr. Teresa Currie and the Rev. John Tonks.

“Prison ministry gave wings to my faith and feet to my prayers. If you want faith to be meaningful, go to prison.”

–Charlotte Taylor, in “The Witness: Charles James Taylor”

Past Directors

Profile of the Past Directors of the Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Dr. Tracy vom Hagen (née Demmons)
Director of the Taylor Centre

Tracy first came to Acadia Divinity College as a student, earning a Master of Arts (Theology) with Distinction in 2004. During her studies at Acadia, she also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE); each unit consisting of four hundred hours of instruction or clinical practice in a specific setting such as hospitals, nursing homes, and prisons.

During this period, Tracy was living with, and rising above, the effects of Neurofibromatosis Type 2, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors throughout the nervous system. Surgery affected Tracy’s hearing, and she was therefore unable to follow the call to chaplaincy as she had sought to do. Rather than dwell on the loss, Tracy listened with an open heart and recognized God’s hand at work in her life.

“Give whatever you can, take that step out in faith, and God will do the rest.”

— Dr. Tracy vom Hagen

Dr. Carol Anne Janzen
Director of the Taylor Centre

Dr. Carol Anne Janzen has served the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and Canadian Baptist Ministries in areas of Baptist historical work, missions, and children’s programming. With experience in both pastoral ministry and academic work, Carol Anne seeks to bring the best of current educational theory to the church’s approach to nurturing mature Christian faith. Her areas of interest are children’s spiritual formation, peace and justice education, faith and culture, sacred place and space, church history, and spiritual formation.

Since 2006, Carol Anne has played a number of roles at the same time at the Acadia Divinity College—Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Mentored Ministry Program, Dean of Students—and also, since 2014, Director of the Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. Carol Anne has worked tirelessly in all these roles and, in her capacity as Director of the Taylor Centre, she has sought to restore and expand the College’s chaplaincy program, including importantly, spearheading the revival of Clinical Pastoral Education in correctional facilities—in Springhill Institution, 2012—2015, and in the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in 2017 and 2018. Carol Anne was a member of the steering committee of the National Conference on Community Chaplaincy, which was hosted by the Divinity College and national partners, and was held at Acadia University in 2013. Since that time, she has worked to develop research in Community Chaplaincy (working with people who have been incarcerated as they seek to establish new lives outside of jail or prison) and in chaplaincy work with seniors.

In 2018, Carol Anne accepted a new call to service of the faith. She left the College at the end of the 2017-18 academic year to take up the position of Regional Director of the Atlantic Region for the Canadian Bible Society.

Rev. Joe Green
Director of the Taylor Centre

In 2016, Joe Green graduated from Acadia Divinity College with a Master of Divinity specializing in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, receiving both the B.D. Stevens Scholarship and Emma Porter Perkins Scholarship for academic excellence.  He was ordained to Christian Ministry at Aenon Baptist Church, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, in 2017, where he has served as Senior Pastor since 2014.  Joe will continue to serve as Senior Pastor of the Aenon Baptist Church as well as serve Acadia Divinity College in this part-time role.

Prior to 2014, Joe embraced a variety of opportunities through vocational and volunteer work: Spiritual Care Volunteer at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Superintendent of Sunday School at Chester United Baptist Church, Nova Scotia; and Teacher of English as a second language in Halifax and Chungli, Taiwan.  Through these experiences, Joe has demonstrated a passion for establishing relationships with people of all ages and developing leaders.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts (honours, first class) in Religious Studies at St. Mary’s University in 2006, with a concentration in religious diversity in Canada, as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Queen’s University in 2007, with a concentration in religion and modernity, religion and ecology. At both academic institutions, Joe was a Research Assistant, focusing on the religious diversity in both cities:  Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Kingston, Ontario.  He has received a number of academic awards including the Queen’s Graduate Award and the SMU President’s Award.

Joe is a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, and he supports the work of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC). He is the CBAC Connector for the Lunenburg-Queen’s Association, and he was the co-chair and executive member of CBAC Tidal Impact in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, the South Shore site for 2017. (Tidal Impact is Canada’s largest youth mission program and occurs every second year in two Atlantic Canada locations simultaneously.)

Joe lives in Boutiliers Point near the Atlantic Ocean, with his wife, Amber MacLean, and for leisure, he enjoys golfing at the Chester Golf Club where he is also the Vice-President.

Rev. Joe Green

Dr. Dorothy Hunse
Director of the Taylor Centre

Since 2004, Dorothy has served part-time at McMaster Divinity College.  She taught several courses including Dancing with Mortals: Ministry in the Face of Death and GriefFoundations for Effective Ministry, Spiritual Life of the Ministering Person, and Transformative Leaders, and she held the positions of Acting Director of Ministry Foundation, Ministry Reflection Seminar Advisor, Ministry Formation Program Assistant, and Ministry Formation Teaching Assistant.

Dorothy has pastoral experience at Queen St, Baptist Church in St. Catharines, Ontario, as Youth Leader (1997-1998) and Associate Pastor (1998-2005). She was the Multi-Faith Chaplain at Hospice Niagara, St. Catharines, Ontario, serving occasionally between 2009 and 2013, and full time between 2013 and 2016.  In addition, Dorothy has presented to educational institutions and local churches on the topics of spiritual care, care of the dying, grief, and church renewal in lecture, workshop, and retreat formats.

Dorothy is twice a graduate of McMaster Divinity College, having earned her PhD (Christian Theology) in 2014 and her Master of Divinity in 1998, receiving the Principal’s Gold Medal. During her MDiv studies, she completed a Pastoral Counselling Education Unit in 1997.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Brock University (1989).  Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Intimacy with God:  A Reorienting Pastoral Theological Reflection upon Church Decline.

Dorothy is a member of Canadian Society for Spiritual Care and the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology. She is passionate about loving people in terms of where they are at, and helping students catch a vision of the power and profoundness of the ministry of pastoral and spiritual care.

Dorothy is married to Cliff, and they are interested in big vegetable gardens, chickens, photography, and outdoor recreation. She served the College as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care between August 2017 and July 2022, and she was appointed as the fourth Director of the Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care on July 1, 2020.