Staff and Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees

Barry Parker
Rector (Senior Minister)

Barry Parker

Rector (Senior Minister)
bparker@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 224

Barry holds the formal title of the Reverend Canon Doctor in his role as the Rector or Senior Minister/Pastor of our church. His formal education includes a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), and a general BA. It all started with his diploma in Emergency Paramedical Care and his early years as a Firefighter.

His role description as Rector involves a focus on four primary ministry areas – Leading, Preaching, Teaching and Connecting with the diverse communities served by St. Paul’s Bloor Street. His natural bent for bridge-building into these communities includes our local area, the Greater Toronto Area and international ministry.

Barry teaches at both Wycliffe College (University of Toronto) and at the Seminary of Tyndale University College. As part of serving and connecting to the wider community, he serves as a Chaplain for Toronto Fire Services (TFS). He participates in the current leadership of the wider Anglican Church.

Barry is married to Cathy and together they have three adult sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, a grandson and a dog.

The core of Barry’s ministry stems from 2 Timothy 4:2 – Proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple.

Samuel Ah-Kim
Rector's Warden

Samuel Ah-Kim

Rector's Warden

In June 2010, Samuel and his wife Shirley, along with their two daughters Sandrine and Selena, landed in Toronto. Shortly after, they visited St Paul’s and were deeply moved by the warm welcome they received. They became actively involved and joined the greeters’ team at the 11 a.m. service and the tea and coffee ministry.
Samuel was born and raised in Mauritius. He pursued his post-secondary education in France and earned a Maîtrise en Sciences de Gestion (BSc. Business Management) and a degree in Sales and Marketing of IT products and services. He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Executive Program.
Samuel has extensive management and leadership experiences. He has served as Churchwarden and has been responsible for several projects of the Diocese of his former country.
He is now working at HP as Inside Account Manager for Corporate, Enterprise and Public Sector markets in Quebec.

John Smid
People's Warden

John Smid

People's Warden

John and his wife Nadia joined St. Paul's Bloor Street in 1998 while students at the University of Toronto. They later married at St. Paul's and are active in the community with their two sons, Noah and Nathan. John serves as Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, and is a regular volunteer in the Children's Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Communuon Administration, and the Alpha Experience.

Professionally, John is the managing partner at a Toronto-based marketing firm and is also involved with local technology ventures.

Susan So
Treasurer

Susan So

Treasurer

Susan joined St. Paul’s in 2012, along with her husband, Luke and her daughter, Elizabeth. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s they attended a Chinese church in Mississauga where she actively served in a number of roles including Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher and Chair of Fellowship Group.

At St. Paul’s, Susan leads a Bible study group at the ESL Café on Wednesdays. She and Luke also lead a Small Group in the downtown area.

Susan is currently Assistant General Manager of the Albany Club overseeing Finance and Operations.

Sarah Brandon
Trustee

Sarah Brandon

Trustee

Sarah and her husband Neal joined the St. Paul’s community in early 2010 following their return from living and working abroad. Since that time, Sarah has been active in various church ministries including small groups, volunteering at St. Paul’s Central, a communion administrant and serving as vestry clerk at annual general meetings.

Professionally, Sarah has spent the past 17 years providing communications strategies to some of the world’s top brands in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She currently works at a global public relations and public affairs consultancy where she leads the business development and marketing efforts for the firm’s Canadian operations. Sarah holds a degree in media, information and techno-culture studies from Western University, and belongs to the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Joy Fitzgibbon
Trustee

Joy Fitzgibbon

Trustee

Joy Fitzgibbon began attending St. Paul’s in 1998 when she moved to Toronto as a graduate student at the University of Toronto. She served first on the newcomers committee and now as a communion administrant, member of the intercessory prayer team and lay alternate delegate to synod.

She received her PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and researches and teaches on global politics and global health policy in the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of Trinity College and a member of the College Senate.

Joy also serves on the Board of Food for the Hungry Canada where she chairs the Board’s subcommittee on Board Governance and Development. She has previously served on the Academic Board of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto and as a member of its Academic Policy and Programs subcommittee.

Blythe Krogevoll
Trustee

Blythe Krogevoll

Trustee

Blythe and her husband Aleks joined St. Paul’s in 2013 after being married and moving to Toronto. They initially got connected to St. Paul’s because of the warm, diverse, and missional community and have been involved in the small group ministry as group members and hosts.

Blythe supports families and children in her work as a counsellor. She completed her M.Div. in Clinical Counselling through Tyndale Seminary in May 2015 and has been working at a children’s mental health agency in York Region since then. She also has a photography business with a friend in Toronto, photographing people and events as often as possible.

During her free time, Blythe can be found enjoying a coffee at one of many favourite cafés, exploring the city with her camera, or visiting her family in Stouffville or Aleks’ family in Norway.

Rick Uy
Trustee

Rick Uy

Trustee

Rick and his wife Gillian have been attending the 11 a.m. service at St Paul’s since 2005, finding a home where they could provide a religious foundation for their children Rowen and Grace in the children’s ministry. They joined the greeters’ team at the 11 a.m. service and Gillian helps teach with the children’s ministry.

Rick was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and his family immigrated to Canada in 1980. He graduated from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering and has worked in various leadership and management roles for a number of technology and financial organizations in Canada, including IBM, Royal Bank, Franklin Templeton and CIBC. He is currently working as a Project Director, Strategic Planning and Execution for Travelers Canada in Toronto. Rick has also volunteered for a non-profit international youth leadership organization since 1992, where he has directed a number of international camps and has served in numerous leadership and management roles.

Beng Wee
Trustee

Beng Wee

Trustee

Beng first visited St Paul’s while looking for a church with a good youth group for his children, Caleb and Sarah. Beng and his wife, Eirene, had been particularly encouraged in their spiritual growth in Hong Kong where Beng was an elder of a local church. At St. Paul’s, they participate actively in a small group and Beng has been a host at the Alpha course since 2016.

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Beng graduated with a B.Sc.(Honours) in Management and Chemical Sciences from Manchester, UK. He attained professional accounting qualifications becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Beng worked in international controllership for Dow Jones & Co. in Hong Kong and New York before moving to Singapore in 2004 to serve with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) as its International Director of Finance and Administration. In 2008, they moved to Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., where they completed Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. After graduating, the Wee family relocated to Toronto when Beng was appointed Director of Finance and Administration for OMF Canada.

Staff

Brett Potter
Bridge Music Lead

Brett Potter

Bridge Music Lead
bpotter@stpaulsbloor.org

Brett Potter has been a worship leader and musician at several churches in the GTA. He is passionate about the intersection of theology and the arts, and teaches courses on religion and culture at places like Queen's University and Tyndale Seminary. In addition to making music and watching movies, he enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea and their three small, inquisitive children.

Joyce Badley
Executive Pastor

Joyce Badley

Executive Pastor
jbadley@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 229

As Executive Pastor at St. Paul’s, Joyce has a particular focus on governance and leadership development, in addition to providing oversight to finance, administration and facility. As a Chartered Accountant with a Master of Divinity degree from Tyndale Seminary, Joyce brings a unique mix of gifts to this role. She also brings a real passion for the community of St. Paul’s and for urban ministry.

Joyce and her husband Robert joined St. Paul’s in 1987 and have been active members ever since. Having served in many volunteer capacities including Church Warden, Treasurer, nursery supervisor, Children’s Ministry teacher, and as a member of the Investment, Nehemiah, and Outreach committees she first joined the staff in 2005. Joyce also serves on the Board of Wycliffe College, as well as several boards, committees and working groups of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

Along with their two adult children, Jennifer and Martin, Joyce and Robert look forward to trips to Robert’s home country of Barbados and to the farm in Brownvale, a small town in Northern Alberta, where Joyce grew up.

Thomas Bell
Music Director

Thomas Bell

Music Director
music@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 233

Thomas is a performer, composer and teacher who delights in making music with singers of all ages.

Tom began his musical career as a boy chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, England, where he was immersed in Anglican music and worship. He later studied music at Durham University where he was taught by instrumentalists and conductors from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia of England. He subsequently performed and taught in Oxford and London.

Since moving to Toronto in 1992, Thomas has been privileged to direct many fine professional and amateur choirs. In addition to his work at St. Paul’s, he is Artistic Director and founder of the ASLAN Boys Choir of Toronto, and teaches at the Toronto French School.

His choral compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes, OUP (USA), Hinshaw, Alliance, Hal Leonard, GIA and others, and performed across the world.

He is married to Susan, a priest in the Anglican Church.

His hobbies include: golf (please don’t ask about his handicap), gardening, boats, and teasing their four children.

Janet Earle
Children's Ministry

Janet Earle

Children's Ministry
children@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 241

Beginning as a once a month volunteer teacher, Children’s Ministry has become a full-time role for Janet Earle. Serving as our Children’s Minister since 2004, she has been privileged to watch our family community blossom and grow.

Children bring their energy and enthusiasm each week. Connecting them to the message of God’s love and grace is an amazing opportunity that Janet looks forward to every Sunday.

Janet and her husband Will have been a part of the St. Paul’s community since 1986. They have three adult children who grew up here. Having deep roots in this church gives Janet a passion and a drive to see Children’s Ministry continue to flourish.

Janet’s engineering roots help when it comes to building time machines and her experience as a mom shape the welcome and care that Children’s Ministry strives to provide.

For Janet, looking ahead and asking, “what’s next?” are fun and exciting parts of her role. She is thrilled to lead an amazing team of people who serve our children and families.

Ian Koiter
Youth and Young Adults

Ian Koiter

Youth and Young Adults
ikoiter@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 295

Ian joined the staff at St. Paul’s as Youth & Young Adult Pastor in October 2016. He oversees those ministries which connect with our young adults and youth through a variety of small groups, programs and events. He loves exploring faith and spirituality with students and young professionals, discovering all the ways we can live out our call to be the Church in a city as exciting and diverse as Toronto. In addition to our weekly programs he enjoys the challenge and opportunities of engaging individuals through events such as camp retreats, Sky Zone and trips to Toronto Island.

Ian did his graduate studies in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, specializing in the study of early Christianity. He loves to learn about the Bible and Bible-related literature, the world of Jesus, and the history of Christian faith and culture.

Ian also studied music at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). He is an active musician, performing, touring, producing, recording, and serving as musical director for such award-winning artists as Shad. He is keenly interested in church music and the opportunities it provides for discipleship.

Movies and television, food and drink—he is fond of all of these (to a fault).

Mark Regis
Associate Priest

Mark Regis

Associate Priest
mregis@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 230

Mark serves as an Associate Priest at St. Paul’s with a focus in discipleship – helping people to grow in their faith in Jesus and live into their God-given gifts. He provides leadership to our Small Group Ministry and our vibrant Bridge Community. He also leads and teaches our Marriage process and courses, and helps foster spiritual and leadership formation in individuals. He serves in the wider church through providing mentorship to new and future leaders, is a member of the Diocese of Toronto Postulancy Committee which discerns future clergy, and participates in dialogue for the future flourishing of gospel ministry.

Mark is a current Doctor of Ministry (DMin) student at Tyndale Univ. College & Seminary, specializing in spiritual formation. He completed his masters (MDiv) at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto after having served there as Admissions officer, Director of a continuing-ed program, and oversight of a Spiritual Direction ministry for grad students. His undergrad studies (BA) were also completed at the University of Toronto. Before coming to St. Paul’s, he served for four years as the youth and young adult pastor at St. Timothy's Agincourt.

Mark has been connected with St. Paul's for over 30 years and is thankful for the gracious impact this community has had on his life, from his early childhood until now. He loves his talented wife Ruthia and has two wonderful daughters, Sofia and Alma, who deeply enjoy testing his physical limitations.

Sandra Seaborn
Associate Priest

Sandra Seaborn

Associate Priest
sseaborn@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 226

Sandra Seaborn serves the St. Paul’s Community as an Associate Priest. With a heart for helping people grow in faith and exercise of their gifts, she coordinates the welcome and Membership process at St. Paul’s. Sandra loves making connections between parish members and our various ministries including opportunities to serve in the community. She oversees the outreach and community engagement initiatives of the church such as the ESL Café, meal service nights and donation drives. Her pastoral role is focused on supporting the parents of the congregation in various stages and struggles of life. As part of her engagement with parents, she teaches Stepping Into Faith, our baptism preparation course. At the Diocesan Level, she is a member of the Momentum Team which organizes educational and formational opportunities for new priests.

Sandra’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto in Economics and Sociology, a Masters of Social Work (Community Development) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. She has served as a presbyter in the Church of South India and Incumbent of St. Mary’s Scarborough in Westchester, New York before coming to St. Paul’s.

Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their dog, reading novels, drinking tea and playing ice hockey.

Steve Shaw
Associate Priest

Steve Shaw

Associate Priest
sshaw@stpaulsbloor.org
416 961 8116 ext. 232

Steve supports the Ministry team as an Honorary Assistant, helping in worship services, pastoral care and encouraging the prayer ministry.

Steve holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning and Divinity and has enjoyed a career as a transportation engineer and urban planner.

He has worked for the City of Toronto, Metro Toronto, and for the final 15 years of his professional career, he was an Executive with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

He was ordained in 1981 and has served in several churches in the Toronto Diocese including Little Trinity, and lately as Priest in Charge at St. George on Yonge where he led the rebuilding program for their new church. He was the Associate Rector at St. Paul’s from 1986 to 1989.

Steve and Chris have four children, all married, and five grandchildren. He continues his interest in urban development especially in relation to church properties. He enjoys sailing, golf, trains (and planes) and maintains his interest in theology and societal and business issues.

Nancy Truscott
Parish Nurse

Nancy Truscott

Parish Nurse
parishnurse@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 228

"Take two aspirins and call me in the morning" is not the advice of a parish nurse. "Let us pray together as we navigate through the health care system" is. Prayer is always important for our soul but an extra dose is needed when our health is under attack. Prayer, fellowship and real support are the nurse’s orders. Spiritual care support has dimmed in our health care institutions. Well, let’s brighten health care in our churches. As a young visitor remarked: "I didn’t know churches have nurses!"

Nancy brings to Health Ministry experience in public health, home care/CCAC; psychiatric nursing, prenatal classes, having received her B.Sc.N. at University of Toronto. She attended the Parish Nurse Institute at Divinity College at McMaster University in May 2004.

Nancy’s favourite Bible verse: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

Omari Alonzo
Kitchen Manager

Omari Alonzo

Kitchen Manager
oalonzo@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 236

Omari has been the Kitchen Manager at St. Paul's since 2006.

While obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, Omari attended Liaison College where he subsequently earned his diploma in Culinary Arts.

His love for cooking is deep rooted as he started learning the art from his mom at a young age. His passion for cooking stems from the smiles he sees on people's faces after enjoying an amazing meal.

When he is not in the kitchen he can be found playing video games with his son Sebastian, riding motorcycles and hitting the slopes with his new found love for snowboarding.

Patricia Budimir
Financial Assistant

Patricia Budimir

Financial Assistant
pbudimir@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 242

Patricia is our Financial Assistant. In this position she looks after the day-to-day tasks such as banking, payroll and paying the bills. The problem solving skills acquired while working toward a degree in Design at OCAD come in handy in her job.

Patricia and her husband Dave are originally from the Niagara Peninsula, but have made Toronto their home for over 20 years. When not toiling over her calculator, Patricia enjoys reading, gardening, movies and especially travel. There are still three continents which she has yet to visit.

Her favourite part of the job is interacting with parishioners. Her inspirational bible passage is from 2 Corinthians 9:7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Jacqui Compayre
Administrative Assistant

Jacqui Compayre

Administrative Assistant
jcompayre@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext. 221

Jacqui joined St. Paul’s Bloor Street in the spring of 2016. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg. She loves Toronto and is passionate about social justice and equality for all. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, reading, comedy, cycling, skateboarding and checking out live bands.

Noel Kane
Property Manager

Noel Kane

Property Manager
nkane@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 222

Noel views his role at St. Paul’s as helping to create a clean and comfortable environment that helps people to worship God and grow as followers of Jesus.

When he's away from St.Paul’s, he is enjoying life with his wife Tina and their three energetic children Julia, Isabel, and Joshua.

He graduated from the Bachelor of Religious Education program at Tyndale University College. He is an avid sports fan and stays active playing hockey, football and baseball. Maybe that’s why one of his favourite Scripture verses is Hebrews 12:1-2 … He loves running, with perseverance, the race marked out for him while staying focused on Jesus.

Mitch Orsatti
Events Manager

Mitch Orsatti

Events Manager
morsatti@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8117 ext. 235

Mitch Orsatti, our Events Manager, joined St. Paul’s in 2016. He organizes and arranges various forms of internal and external meetings, conferences, banquets and many more events.

He graduated from Humber College in 2013 with a Management degree and is currently working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources.

Mitch was born and raised in Toronto and also lived in Montreal where he spent most of his time missing his beloved home city. He is happily married and the proud owner of a dog named Bodie and a rabbit named Ebby.

When he is not manning the calendar, Mitch can be found putting up shots on the basketball court, watching basketball on TV or writing about basketball for various Internet outlets.

Ingrid Suld
Parish Ministry

Ingrid Suld

Parish Ministry
isuld@stpaulsbloor.org
416-961-8116 ext 223

Ingrid joined the staff of St. Paul’s in 2004. As the building has gone through the renovation/restoration process so has her role. She is the person who coordinates services and events, is the office troubleshooter and communicates with staff and volunteers to ensure details are covered to name a few duties. In addition to this, Ingrid also provides organizational and administrative assistance to the Rector.