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Barry Parker

Rector (Senior Minister)

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.

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Emmanuel Tsang

Emmanuel joined St. Paul’s Bloor Street in the summer of 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies: Design from the University of Toronto in 2017.

Prior to St. Paul’s, he worked with kids at an after-school program where he enjoyed their fun personalities, and endless energy.

Born in New Zealand, Emmanuel identifies as a kiwi, and often likes to use this as trivia and have people guess where he’s born. However, he calls Toronto his home, and is excited that there’s accessibility to so many different activities in the city. In his spare time, he enjoys serving the local community, spending time with others doing random activities, playing indoor mini-basketball, and eating lots of spicy food.

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Ian Koiter

Ian Koiter has been on staff at St. Paul’s since 2016, walking in faith alongside our youth (ages 11-17) and young adults (ages 18-35). He oversees our Sunday-morning youth ministry, Wednesday-night youth group, and confirmation classes. He puts together events for young adults and is regularly available to meet with young adults to talk about faith and find opportunities to be active in our church.

Ian is inspired by 1 Peter 3:15-16, which encourages all Christians to be prepared when called upon to speak intelligently and respectfully about our faith. He is passionate about the Bible and biblical literacy, especially among our young people. He is also an avid musician and works with musical youth at St. Paul’s.

He holds degrees from McMaster University (MA, Religious Studies) and Western University (BA, Religious Studies; BMus, Music Theory & Composition).

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Janet Earle

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

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Karen Isaacs

The Rev. Karen Isaacs is a graduate of Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology (M.T.S., C.A.S.). She was ordained a priest in 2018, most recently serving in the amalgamated parish of St. Mary and St. Martha. Karen hails from beautiful rural Manitoba originally. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Manitoba, she spent some time serving in overseas missions in various parts of Africa and Europe before finally landing in Toronto in 2010 to study theology. After graduation Karen worked as Assistant to the Bishop of York-Scarborough while she pursued a call to ordained ministry. In the priesthood she has discovered the deep joy that comes with serving where God has called her.

In her spare time Karen enjoys reading, cycling, board games, and traveling, as well as the companionship of her fish Atticus and her cat Loki. She is a proud aunt to eight wonderful ‘niblings’ (six nieces, two nephews). Karen’s passions in ministry are preaching, pastoring, and helping people of all ages grow in their walk with Jesus. She is excited to be a part of the St. Paul’s team.

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Noel Kane

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.

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Patricia Budimir

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.

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Steve Shaw

As a retiree, Steve serves as an Honorary Assistant Priest at St. Paul’s where he supports the prayer ministry, pastoral needs and helps as required at services.

Steve hails from New Zealand and holds degrees in civil engineering, urban planning and divinity, and for most of his professional career, has worked both as a professional engineer while also serving in several churches.

In his engineering and planning career, Steve worked for the City of Toronto, the Chairman of the former Metro Toronto and for the past 17 years before retirement as a Vice President for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. Steve has worked on major infrastructure and development projects including Skydome and the new Terminal 1 at Pearson. He has been responsible for corporate policy, public affairs including media, economic development, and strategic planning.

During his professional work, Steve has also served as a priest at several churches being Priest in Charge at Little Trinity, St John’s Nassagaweya, and St George on Yonge, where he led the development of the new church.

Steve is a former Chair of the Board of the Scott Mission, and currently is Chair of the Board of St Paul’s Lamoreaux Centre.

Steve is married to Chris and they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren distributed in Toronto, Calgary and Mexico City.

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Clivane Previlon

Communications

After graduating from Glendon College, York University in June 2017, Clivane Previlon joined the staff in November 2017 as Communications Manager. Outside of her role, Clivane is a quintessential introvert who enjoys reading, baking, and travelling.

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Hilary Wilson

Hilary joined St. Paul’s in January of 2018. As the front desk assistant, she is the first person you’ll speak to when you visit or call the office. Originally from Hamilton, Hilary earned a diploma in Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College before moving to Toronto in 2010. She also holds the position of soprano section lead for the combined Calvin Presbyterian and Deer Park United churches and in her spare time enjoys writing, comedy, baseball and learning to paint with watercolours.

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Ingrid Suld

Ingrid joined the staff of St. Paul’s in 2004. As the building has gone through the renovation and restoration process so has her role. Currently as the Operations Manager she is responsible for managing the administrative staff and office environment to ensure smooth operations and effective service are provided to meet the needs of the ministry. She is also responsible for managing Information Technology resources and issues as well as providing Human Resources support.

She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto and continued her education earning a diploma in Human Resources Management. Her faith, experience in various industries and roles combined with her education have given her a unique ability to manage various types of projects and situations that can come up in a church.

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Nancy Truscott

“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).

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Omari Alonzo

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.

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Robert Hurkmans

In his role as an Associate Priest and Director of Engagement, Rob provides oversight for our weekly worship services, welcoming newcomers, baptism, and other ministries like the ESL Café and the Alpha Course.

Rob began his career as a high school science teacher (B. Sc. Waterloo, B. Ed. Queen’s) and then felt called to pursue ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. He graduated from Wycliffe College (M. Div.) in 2004 and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Niagara. Rob pursued further studies over the years at McMaster Divinity School (M. A., 2011) and Wycliffe College (Cert. Missional Leadership, 2015). Prior to joining St. Paul’s, he served 12 years in the Diocese of Niagara at St. J&B Anglican Church in Port Colborne.

Rob grew up on his family’s dairy farm in southern Ontario and spent years afterwards hobby farming. Even though he loves living in the big city, he still considers himself a farm-boy at heart. Rob is married to Sally and they have four amazing daughters: Alina, Sophia, Petra and Georgia.

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Thomas Bell

Thomas has been Director of Music at St. Paul’s for 10 years. He 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. His choral compositions are published by Oxford University Press, Boosey and Hawkes, Hinshaw, Alliance, Hal Leonard, GIA and others, and performed across the world.

Tom is married to Susan and they have four wonderful children and an excitable beagle dog.

Board of Trustees

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.

Joy Fitzgibbon

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.

Sarah Brandon

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).

Beng Wee

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.

Winville Larcher

Winville started attending the 11 o’clock service at St Paul’s in 1990. His son was baptized at St Paul’s in 1993. He finds the warm, diverse and spiritually rich community at St Paul’s a place where he and his family can grow in their faith journey. He has served on the boards of youth charities and acted as a mentor for at-risk youth.

Born in Trinidad, Winville moved to Montreal with his parents and three sisters at the age of 6. He eventually moved to Toronto to study at York University where he graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics. He has spent over 30 years in financial services and banking working for Canadian and global banks both domestically and overseas.

Since returning to Canada in 2016, Winville and his wife Beth enjoy attending The Bridge service on Sunday mornings.

Marci Prescott-Brown

Marci Prescott-Brown received her PhD in English Language and Literature/Letters from the University of Toronto (2019), and holds a Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (2020). She has been teaching in the areas of literature, communications, and writing at the postsecondary level for over ten years; currently, she teaches in the School of English & Liberal Studies at Seneca College. She is also the part time Business Manager for OMA UNITED INC., a small family business that provides medical care in Indigenous communities. She and her husband Orett have two energetic daughters.

As Marci grew in the faith, she had opportunities for giving back to the community in leadership roles in churches, short term missions abroad, as well as urban missions at home. While in graduate school, Marci drove by St. Paul’s every day on her way home, and she has long admired its beauty. In 2017 she joined this church community, which she has found to be deeply welcoming and truly a spiritual home for herself and her family. Since coming to St. Paul’s, she has served in various roles such as a Children’s Ministry teacher, serving meals at Cornerstone, a Lay Alternate Delegate to Synod, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, the Prayer Team, and the Parish Rector Selection Committee.

A commensurate introvert, in her spare time, Marci likes to bake pies from scratch, get lost betwixt the pages of a good book, wrap her fingers ‘round a hot cup of coffee as she sips it, walk through heavy snow or leaves in oh-so-warm boots, smell the inviting aroma of a lit Yankee Candle, and listen to music while working on crafts or playing games with her family.

Lisa Milligan

Lisa began attending St. Paul’s Bridge service in 2015 following a move to Toronto, and was drawn to St. Paul’s for its diverse community and commitment to worship through music. Raised in a Baptist church in Markham, Lisa is an active participant in ministry at St. Paul’s as a vocalist on its worship team, through health ministries as a GriefShare leader and participates in young professionals and Bible study small groups. She also sits on the Board’s subcommittee on Board Governance and Development.

Lisa received a Master of Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and holds a Bachelor of Science and Business from the University of Waterloo. Using her passion for critical thinking and problem solving, Lisa’s role as Senior Manager, Strategic Communications at Dentons Canada helps to drive effective communications, leadership profile and change management for the firm. In her spare time, Lisa can be found enjoying performances by one of Toronto’s many arts organizations or hiking in Southern Ontario’s beautiful parks.

Abodya Byatanga

Abodya started attending St. Paul’s services in 2015 after moving to Toronto for graduate studies. Abodya has served in the church as a greeter, prayer leader and by reading scripture for The Bridge Service on Sundays. Abodya has also participated in small group ministry and has been leading a small group since 2019.

Born in Tanzania Abodya immigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of 4. Abodya grew up in Richmond Hill Ontario and completed his bachelor’s degree in St. Catharines at Brock University, and later moved to Toronto to complete the MBA program at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. Abodya has been working in the financial services sector since 2012 with various Canadian Banks and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

In his spare time Abodya enjoys playing sports, volunteering, and staying active. Abodya has been volunteering at an after-school Basketball program for high-school students since 2016 and enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community.

Mark Hemingway

Mark and his wife Clare joined the St. Paul’s community in late 2010 and their daughter Fiona was confirmed at St. Paul’s in 2017. Mark is active in the wider Anglican community, serving as a member of the Governance and Decision-Making Working Group, one of the five Focus Areas under the “Growing in Christ Strategic Plan 2016-21” of the Diocese. Mark also serves as a board member for the Canadian Compass Rose Society and for the international Compass Rose Society.

Mark immigrated with his family to Canada as a child from England. Mark is a lawyer and commenced his career as a litigation lawyer at Torys. Over the last 24 years, he has acted as general counsel for 7 different companies in the financial services, consumer, manufacturing, business to business and distribution businesses. He currently serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Home Capital Group Inc.

Mark is certified as a Specialist in Corporate and Commercial law by the Law Society of Ontario. He has received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mark has served on the Board of Trustees for the Textile Museum of Canada for 11 years and currently chairs the Finance Committee of the Board. He is a former member of the Executive Committee and Secretary for Legal Leaders for Diversity.

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Phone Number
416-961-8116
Location

St. Paul's Bloor Street
227 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1C8

Office Hours

Office Closed

Weekday Online Connections

Mon-Thurs at 12 noon: Bible Study
Wed at 7 pm - Compline
Wed at 7 pm - Youth Group

Sunday Worship

9:30 am - Children's Ministry

10:30 am - Online Worship

11:10 am - Getting Traction

11:30 am - Youth Ministry

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