Ministry Staff Changes at St. Paul's Bloor Street


A Message from The Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto
A Message from The Rev. Canon Dr. Barry Parker, Rector (Senior Minister)
A Message from The Rev. Jenny Andison
A Message from The Rev. Tim Haughton
A Final Word from our Rector, Barry Parker

Posted on December 5, 2012

A Message from The Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto

 St. Paul's has always had an amazing leadership team. Young clergy have been nurtured at St. Paul's and have moved on to provide leadership as bishops, deans, archdeacons and rectors of some of the most influential churches in the country. You have today one of the most creative ministry teams anywhere, and it is not surprising that two of them have just been appointed as the senior pastors of very significant parishes in the city; St. Clement's, Eglinton and Little Trinity, King Street. I know Jenny Andison and Tim Haughton have been a vital part of your parish and will be sadly missed when they start their new positions on March 1st. Many will grieve their leaving, and rightly so, because they have contributed so much to the building up of Christ's kingdom - and they will continue to do so. Just as you will. It is our mission to proclaim Christ and his transformative power in our lives and for the life of the world.

You continue to have a great team under Barry Parker's exceptional direction, with Joyce, Janet, Shelley, Jack, Tom, Nancy, David Kirk and your senior lay leaders who minister with such dedication and skill. I will be working together with Barry and Bishop Yu to add new resources to the ministry team to continue this tradition of excellence. Mark Regis, whom many of you already know, will be joining the staff as a lay pastor in March, to be ordained, God willing, in May. I anticipate additional senior clergy will be appointed shortly to build on and build up the strengths of St. Paul's. But while clergy and lay leadership is important, we are reminded in this season of Advent that the leader we are committed to follow is our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope, our joy and our life.

Be assured of my prayers and my support,

+Colin

 


A Message from The Rev. Canon Dr. Barry Parker, Rector (Senior Minister)

Change and transition can be difficult and challenging, but these times can also be seasons of great creativity. St. Paul's is in a time of change and transition. Jenny Andison has been appointed as the Rector (Senior Minister) of St. Clement's, Eglinton and Tim Haughton has been appointed the Rector (Senior Minister) of Little Trinity, King Street East. As the Rector of St. Paul's, I am both sad to lose friends and colleagues, but I am thrilled the Lord is calling them into Kingdom ministry in other parts of our great city of Toronto.

To paraphrase a famous quote by Oscar Wilde, "To lose one staff person may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." Our Anglican system of clerical appointments may seem bewildering in light of Tim and Jenny both leaving on March 1st. Both St. Clements and Little Trinity independently started searching for new leadership early in 2012. Jenny and Tim were both quickly shortlisted for each leadership role. St. Paul's had no control over the timing of the interviews, or the timing of their ministry offers.

Mark RegisI know both Tim and Jenny want to leave St. Paul's well. They are pleased our church community is growing, vital and healthy. I am also pleased to announce Mark Regis, a former member of St. Paul's and soon to be ordained, will be joining our Ministry Team on March 1st.

When any particular staff person leaves, or joins us for that matter, it is a good time to remember who is actually at the center of our life together - the risen and glorified Lord Jesus Christ, the One who makes all things new. Our St. Paul's Vision Statement proclaims By the power and grace of Jesus Christ, we seek to be a transformative community for the city. As well, Leaders in Mission is one of three strategic priorities for St. Paul's. Yes, change and transition are challenging. Yet, through it we remain true to our Vision. Let's commit ourselves together to be open to the working of the Holy Spirit at this time. Let's ask ourselves, "What new and creative things does the Spirit of God wish to bring about in our midst?"

God has always been faithful to St. Paul's Bloor Street, and God goes before us now - preparing a future for us together.

 


A Message from The Rev. Jenny Andison

In my Diocesan role as Officer for Mission, I am always speaking about the need for ministry to be contextual and incarnational - for people to listen closely and carefully to what God may be doing in their own neighbourhoods. Now I have to practice what I preach.

I drive by St. Clement's, Eglinton every day after I drop off our daughters at school, so when they began searching for a new Rector, I began to ask myself if God was calling me into leadership there. St. Clement's has deep roots in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood and yearns to grow, both spiritually and numerically. While the thought of leaving St. Paul's has been very challenging for me I have had a deep awareness of Jesus being present with me in my interviews with the St. Clement's Parish Selection Committee. Before accepting the position, I said to God: "I won't go unless you promise to go with me."

I have moved many, many times in my life. St. Paul's really has been "home" for my family and me for 7 years. Both Tim and I and our three daughters have been nourished by St. Paul's and love it deeply, and for all of that we are so grateful. I have personally grown as a follower of Jesus over these years and have had the privilege of seeing many people come to faith; and many others deepen in their commitment. I have also been blessed with the most fantastic mentors and colleagues anyone could ever dream for.

As I prepare to move into this next stage of ministry, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:7 "So neither he who plants, nor he who waters is anything. But only God who gives the growth."

 


A Message from The Rev. Tim Haughton

Three years ago while on retreat I sensed God's call upon my heart to "be ready, I am going to call you out of St. Paul's". In a desire to be obedient I have sought to be open to the Holy Spirit's leading in terms of where He might be calling me to serve next. A few opportunities came and went, until Little Trinity. Little Trinity has long been a community I have had a heart for, and also had attended for a time during my University years. Their parish profile was calling for a new Senior Pastor with many of the gifts God had shaped within me, and I began to sense this was the way the Lord was directing me. I entered into a discernment process with them that culminated in their prayerful decision to ask me to be their next Senior Pastor. I am very excited for this opportunity to grow gospel ministry in a new part of the city and look forward to partnering with them in their desire to "share the love, truth and power of Jesus Christ with friends and strangers".

I will deeply miss St. Paul's. Laurie and I had our family here, we have built deep friendships, and been blessed by the love and care of this community particularly as you walked with us through our son Joshua's ongoing illness. I will also miss the great ministry and support ministry team at St. Paul's who I not only consider colleagues but family. In my 11 years at St. Paul's I have never seen us as a community in such a great place of strength, and I praise God that he has been faithful in growing up His church. As I leave I trust deeply for St. Paul's in the promise of Phillipians 1:7: "that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion".

 

A Final Word from our Rector, Barry Parker

The only constant in life is change - at least that's how the old saying goes. Yet in this season of change, we continue to seek to follow Jesus together. We believe in and commit to Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). We know that many of us will be unsettled, yet by the Grace of God; we will go from strength to strength.

I can assure you we are engaged in an active search that will pursue the best possible candidates to minister, serve and lead here at St. Paul's. Myself, along with your Trustees, are acutely aware of this opportunity. We will of course deeply miss the ministry of Jenny and Tim. Yet, our ministry will continue to expand the Kingdom as effectively and faithfully as we are able. St. Paul's has always been a place of leadership formation and clarity. That will not change. In the coming weeks and months, I ask for your continued support and prayers. This is an exciting time to be at St. Paul's. Thank God for His provision.

This is Advent – the great season of preparation for the miraculous events of Christmas.

 

May the goodness and glory of Emmanuel

- God with us -

bless you and keep you.