Presbyterian Chaplain

About the Presbyterian Church

Presbyterians share many beliefs with others in Christian denominations. The roots of the Presbyterian Church can be traced to the 16th-century French reformer John Calvin, often called the “father” of Presbyterianism. Among the themes we emphasize are God’s gracious sovereignty, God’s gift of bringing us into right relationship with God by faith alone in Jesus, the authority of Scripture to guide us in the knowledge of God and God’s good purposes for humanity, the importance of every member participating regularly in worship and in the life of the church community, and being good stewards in caring for all God has created.

Grace is a central Christian theme because the gospel story of Jesus is all about living in grace. Grace is God’s surprise gift of unmerited favor toward humankind as shown to us in Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and continuing presence with us through the Holy Spirit. By grace, God’s Spirit assures us that we are beloved children of God, that we have a place of belonging and growth in the Church community, and that we have a mission to become gracious and faithful witnesses in our world. Jesus cared deeply for the people he encountered. In following his way, we seek to make God's grace and good news (gospel) known in gentle and respectful ways.

People of many different cultural backgrounds and languages comprise the over 1000 Presbyterian congregations across Canada. We all look to the Bible to guide us in faith and life, to shine light on our lives so we can be honest and truthful before God and neighbor, and to help us recognize our lives in its pages … that its story is not only God’s story, but somehow our story as well. We celebrate the sacraments of baptism and communion that are visual expressions of the gospel and a reminder of God’s presence with us at all times and in all places.

Life is precious, and the road of life is often complicated and messy, with many voices vying for attention and many difficult choices to make. We desire to create a “safe space” for you during your time at UBC, where you may voice your thoughts, test out what you believe, grow in faith, strengthen friendships, practice love of neighbour, and journey together with those seeking to follow the way of Jesus in everyday life. Everyone, regardless of background, is invited to attend our events.

Chaplain profile

Sumarme Goble

Presbyterian Chaplain - Sumarme Goble

When I attended university, my emphasis was on achieving, performing, and doing things just right. After facing failures of various kinds, I discovered my education also included learning resilience and how to begin again. My best teachers - people I trusted, respected, and studied with - encouraged me through rocky times and helped me imagine new ways forward. My grades were important, but my spirit and emotions came to be nurtured as well.

I view my job as chaplain as a calling to care for students as whole people and to encourage them to expand their notions of success to include wider and richer purposes. Learning beyond academic studies involves learning about how to face challenges, how to make a life, and how to make a difference in the world.

As a Christian chaplain, I help young adults to not “settle” with the basics of what they learned as children, but to deepen themselves and grow in their faith and spiritual practices. I encourage them to participate in communities of courageous and compassionate Christians who love God, remember the gospel, and know what brings peace, hope, and energy into their lives.  I support them in weaving their knowledge and skills into positive engagement and service with others from all walks of life.

Sumarme's background

Sumarme is Campus Ministry Associate and Community Life Coordinator at St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian College on the UBC campus. She holds a B.A. degree in Christian Theology from Seattle Pacific University, an English as a Second Language diploma from Seattle University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She worked in Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand with Food for the Hungry International. She also served in two congregations in Seattle, Washington. 

Sumarme Goble

Sumarme Goble

Chaplain/Director of Campus Ministry Associate

Telephone: 604 822 0231

St. Andrew's Hall
6040 Iona Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

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Scheduled services and events


Time Location More information
Community Worship 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm St. Andrew’s Hall, 6040 Iona Drive, in the Community Centre

For all other programs and events, please visit our website or call Sumarme Goble: 604-822-0231.