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Professor of Practical Theology

BA(Hons) English/Art History, University of Guelph, 1988
MDiv Knox College, 1994
PhD (Theology), University of St. Michael’s College, 2006
Certified Supervisor-Educator, CASC, 2006
Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO, 2015


Phone: 416-585-4549

Teaching & Research Interests

Pam McCarroll joined the faculty at Emmanuel College in 2016 as an Associate Professor of Practical Theology. She came to Emmanuel after teaching in the area of pastoral theology for eight years at our sister institution Knox College and, prior to that, serving as a Supervisor-Educator at hospitals in Toronto and Hamilton. Pam’s major research and teachings have focussed on the lived experience and possibility of hope in contexts of suffering. She is concerned with the intersections of suffering and hope in shaping healing practices and life together as communities and global citizens. Lately, her research is focusing more on the climate crisis and practical theology and she is offering leadership in the field in this area. She is also teaching, researching and publishing on inter-religious spiritual care and chaplaincy. Pam has also published in the area of spirituality and health, inter-religious spiritual care education, and methodology in practical theology.

Selected Publications


The End of Hope – The Beginning: Narratives of Hope in the Face of Suffering and Trauma. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.

Waiting at the Foot of the Cross: Toward a Theology of Hope for Today. Distinguished Dissertations in Christian Theology Series. Eugene OR: Pickwick, 2014.

With Patricia Kirkpatrick, Christian Theology After Christendom: Reflections on the Work of Douglas John Hall. Minneapolis: Lexington-Fortress Press, forthcoming, 2020.

With Pamela Couture, Robert Mager, Natalie Wigg, eds. Complex Identities in a Shifting World: Practical Theological Perspectives.Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2015.


“Listening for the Cries of the Earth: Practical Theology in the Anthropocene,” Research Report, International Journal for Practical Theology, 2020. Forthcoming (R)

“What are Humans for? Decolonizing Theological Anthropology in the Anthropocene,” Christian Theology After Christendom, editors Pamela McCarroll & Patricia Kirkpatrick. Minneapolis: Fortress/Lexington Press, 2020.

“The Future of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy as a Profession in the Canadian Context,” Multi-faith perspectives in Canadian Religious and Spiritual Care, Canadian Multifaith Federation, 2019.

“Keeping it Real: Decolonizing Christian Inter-religious Practice as an Exercise in a Practical Theology of the Cross,” Theology and Practical Life, Special Issue, Religions 10.3, 203 (March 2019), 1-13.

“Love Rages and Weeps: Suffering and Holy Possibility,” Suffering and God, Concilium International Journal of Theology, 2016, vol. 3. Fall 2016.

With Tracy J. Trothen & William L. Pickett, "Transforming Knowledge: Empowering Spiritual Care Practitioners for Evidence-Based Practice,” inThriving on the Edge: Integrating Spiritual Practice, Theory and Research, eds. Thomas St. James O’Connor, Angela Schmidt, Kristine Lund. Waterloo: WLS, 2016, 103-129.

“Taking Inventory and Moving Forward: A Review of the Research Literature and Assessment of Qualitative Research in JPCC, 2010-2014,” JPCC, 69.4: December 2015, 222-231.

“Hope Matters in Changing Times,” Faith Matters in Changing TimesTJT (Special Issue), 2015, 67-80.

Memberships & Ecclesial Affiliations

Ordained minister of Word and Sacraments, Presbyterian Church in Canada

Minister in Association, Armour Heights Presbyterian Church

Member, Luce Educating Effective Chaplains Group: Building a Network and a Field, 3-year consultation and research group, Boston University.

Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Board, University of Toronto,

Book Review Editor, Toronto Journal of Theology.

Manager, Board of Managers, Journal of Pastoral Care Publications (JPCP).

Member, International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT)

Member, Society of Pastoral Theology

Co-Chair/co-founder, Pastoral Theology and the Climate Crisis Study Group

Selected Courses

EMP1601 Inter-religious Theological Education and Leadership

EMP 3521 Professional Ethics

EMP3542 Integrating Theory & Practice

EMP3561/6551 Family Systems for Spiritual Care and Counselling

EMP 3560/6560 Suffering and Hope

EMP 5xxxPractical Theology Methods