CPT Leadership Team
Rev. Dr. Jeff Crittenden
Co-Founder and Director
Jeff Crittenden, DMin, PhD Candidate is co-founder of the Centre for Practical Theology. He is assistant professor of Homiletics at Huron University. He is an ordained minister serving Metropolitan United Church in London Ontario. His first doctorate is in Homiletics, and is completing a PhD in Human Kinetics. He is the Director of the Centre for Practical Theology and is currently planting a Missional congregation. He is the former President of London and Hamilton Conferences, Chair of the UCC National Foundation and lectures and presents throughout Canada and the UK. Jeff loves participating in triathlons!
Rev. Dr. Brad Morrison
Brad Morrison, D.Min. is co-founder of the Centre for Practical Theology. He is assistant professor of practical theology at Huron University College. He is an ordained minister serving Strathroy United Church. Brad is also a Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario), Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Fellow (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). Brad is author of Already Missional: Congregations as Community Partners. Brad’s teaching and research focuses on the practice of ministry, especially in congregations. His current interest is how liberal mainline congregations understand the practice of evangelism and new member recruitment.
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 home town 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.
Andy Cloutier is the Music Director for the Centre for Practical Theology, Fairmont Campus.
Andy is a London-based Musician who has been performing a variety of styles for over 15 years. As a performer of classical music, he studied classical guitar with Robert Kubica at the University of Western Ontario, where he also focused on studies in music theory and composition. He has received awards and scholarships from the University of Western Ontario, the London Kiwanis Festival, and the OMFA provincial competition. He has also participated in public master classes with world renowned artists, including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Pavel Steidl, and the Assad Brothers.