Seminary Student Council (TUSSA)

The Tyndale Seminary Student Council serves the Tyndale University Seminary Student Association (TUSSA), to which all current full-time and part-time students belong. The Council is comprised of students who are upper year students at the Seminary. Like the students at Tyndale Seminary, the Council members range in age, gender, race, denomination, degree program, life experience, and work history. The Council represents the Seminary student body and is present to be of service to all seminary students.

According to Section 3 in the TUSSA Constitution, the purpose and duties of the council are:

A. To encourage a healthy spiritual life among Seminary students by creating and/or promoting spiritually stimulating events such as chapels, seminars, prayer meetings.
B. To plan, organize and facilitate recreational and social events/programs for the TUSSA;
C. To refer student inquiries to the appropriate school departments;
D. To represent the institution at academic and school events;
E. To stimulate and participate in those Campus activities and meetings which will further the aims of the Seminary in intercultural endeavors, Biblical teaching, and an active Christian response to the needs of our day.

Email councils [at] tyndale [dot] ca if you have any questions.

Current TUSSA Student Council Members

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Zohrab Sarkisian


I am Zohrab Sarkisian, in my third year as a part-time student. aiming at getting my Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies. I live in Pickering, Ontario and work full time in my own printing shop. I’m married and have two kids.
After getting my Bachelor of Business Administration, I moved to Canada in 2003 as an international student and completed my Graduate Diploma degree in Business Management. 

Three years ago I had a calling to serve the Lord within the Tyndale community. Since I was already a member of TUSSA last year, I am very aware of the challenges and the strengths of the student body. I believe this will give me the opportunity to lead and serve more efficiently this year. My desire is to contribute to the welfare of the Tyndale community at large and the student body specifically by making a positive impact in the lives of the students and offer them the possibility to experience love, belonging, encouragement, and community in a unique Tyndale style while they are studying.

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Donghui Martinik

SVP Operations

Hi, my name is Donghui Martinik and I am the SVP Operations of TUSSA.  This is my second-year pursuing MDiv degree with a Spiritual Formation major.  Praying for others is a great source of joy for me.  Therefore, if you have any prayer requests, please let me know and I would love to pray for you.  I am here to serve and assist, and to experience with you the excitement, joy as well as challenges of a new school year.  In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, playing the piano, singing, and spending time with family.

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April Garrison

VP Internal Affairs

I am a part-time student enrolled in the Masters of Theological Studies program, currently focusing on courses in Thanatology. I have always been an online student, from when I first enrolled in 2016, apart from two intersession courses I attended on campus a few years ago. I work full-time and study part-time, finding the most successful balance when I take one course at a time.

I have served in a variety of ministry roles: Small Group Leader, Children’s & Youth Minister, Family Ministries Coordinator, Christian Education Director, and Church Office Administrator. Working in these positions gave me a hunger for learning more about God and the Christian faith, which led me to begin my studies at Tyndale.

My husband and I live with our dog in St. Catharines. I have a passion for nature; I love hiking and camping and all things outdoors! I have a wide variety of interests, including cooking, genealogy, reading, and painting. Recently I have become an Independent Consultant for a direct sales company and enjoy growing my business and learning more about online selling and the field of social media and marketing.

I love connecting with people and equipping them. Please reach out if there’s anything with which I can help you or that you would like to discuss with me. I look forward to meeting you and journeying with you this academic year!

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Michelle Gowland

VP Online Students

I am a seond year student working towards my MDiv in Spiritual Formation and Thanatology. I began attending Tyndale in the fall of 2020 after ten years of working as the Ministry Leader for Celebrate Recovery in my local church. I have my BRE in Counselling and after graduation I felt that leaving my ministry role and attending Tyndale Seminary full-time was the direction that the Lord was leading me.

I received a lot of support and experienced community through Tyndale’s Student Council last year and I am excited about being able to give back to others this year as the VP Online Students. Even if we are unable to meet in person there is still a need for mutual encouragement and support and I am looking forward to offering events to students so that we can meaningfully engage with one another in an online format.

I love Jesus and I love people. I lead a small organic house church with my husband of 13 years. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and enjoying cooking fun and interesting things. I am curious and enjoy getting to know new people from all walks of life. I hope you will join us this year and I look forward to meeting you.

Seminary Student Council Application

Seminary Student Council Application Status: Closed


  • Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 and current GPA of 2.50.
  • Student must be in good standing in all areas of community and academic life.