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Jenny Andison

Rector

Bishop Jenny Andison is the former area bishop of York-Credit Valley in the Diocese of Toronto and became Rector of St. Paul’s Bloor Street in 2021.

Bishop Jenny was born in England and has lived in Pakistan, India, Singapore and Japan. She earned an Hons. BA from Queen’s University in 1994 and received her Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto in 1997. In 2017, Wycliffe College honoured the bishop with a Doctorate of Divinity (honoris causa).

Bishop Jenny was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Diocese of Toronto as incumbent of St. Clement, Eglinton (2013-2016), the Archbishop’s Officer for Mission (2010-2013) and associate priest for church development at St. Paul, Bloor Street (2006-2013). She has also served in parishes in the Diocese of London (UK), the Diocese of Tokyo and the Diocese of Ontario. She was elected bishop in September 2016 and consecrated on Jan. 7, 2017. Bishop Jenny lives in Toronto with her husband and their three daughters.

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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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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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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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Shorna James

Do you want a government report filed, the contributions reconciled to the general ledger or do you want your investment continuity analysis completed and recorded in your financial system? These are just a few things Shorna James does in her role as Financial Manager. Shorna joined St. Paul’s Bloor Street in this role in April 2020. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of non-profit financial management having performed this role since 2004.

Apart from her work, which she thoroughly enjoys, she loves Jesus and likes to show that love by being kind to those who are vulnerable and has special needs. She is a humanitarian at heart!

Shorna earned a diploma in Accountancy – Business studies from Humber College in 1996 and has pursued studies through the Chartered Professional Accountants – Toronto over the years, completing all Advanced level of studies at the time of this narrative.

One of her favorite bible verses is Colossians 3 verse 23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

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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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Nadia Smid

Operations Manager (St. George by the Grange)

Since 2017, Nadia has served as Operations Manager at St. George by the Grange, St. Paul’s mission church. Her role includes overseeing the church facilities, finances, human resources, space use, community relations, and rental units. Prior to joining the St. Paul’s staff, Nadia worked at RBC in a variety of roles across banking, marketing and HR.

St. Paul’s Bloor Street is pivotal in Nadia’s life. A parishioner for 20+ years, she attends services with her husband John and two sons, Noah and Nathan. In addition to her volunteer activities as a communion administrant at St. Paul’s, Nadia has a storied volunteer career serving on school councils, leading fundraisers and other community initiatives. A proud baseball mom who enjoys reading, baking bread, gardening, and throwing a good party, Nadia is inspired and motivated by what the Lord has in store for St. George’s both now and in the future.

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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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Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

The Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is Associate Priest at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, with oversight of Formation and Evangelism ministries. In this capacity, he oversees the church programs that introduce people to Jesus (like Alpha) and sustain them in Christian living (like Connect Groups, ongoing Christian education, and pastoral care for the parent community). Tyler is also the primary clergyperson responsible for baptisms and weddings.

Tyler is originally from San Diego and has lived in Toronto since 2011. Prior to entering Anglican ministry, Tyler was an ordained Baptist and worked in the faith-based charity sector, most notably as the founder of the Two Futures Project for the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is also the author of several books. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale Divinity School and is presently ABD in his Th.D. at the University of Toronto (Wycliffe College). Tyler and his wife have three young daughters and live in Toronto’s East End.

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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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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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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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Bishop Stephen Andrews

The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Andrews is the Principal and Helliwell Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Wycliffe College, Toronto. Prior to taking on this role in 2016, he was the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma headquartered in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Before his consecration as Bishop in 2009, he was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Thorneloe University, Sudbury, Ontario 2001-2009. He studied Classics at the University of Colorado and Theology at Regent College and Wycliffe College, where he received his M.Div. He was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia in 1986 and went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University in 1995. His research looked at Jewish interpretation of the Bible in the Second Temple Period. Dr Andrews was the Rector of The Cathedral Church of St. Alban the Martyr and Dean of the Diocese of Saskatchewan, in Prince Albert, where he was also Principal of the James Settee College for Ministry, a training initiative for First Nations church leaders. He taught in the Joint Department of Religious Studies at Laurentian University and was the Director of the Thorneloe School of Theology program. Wycliffe College honoured him with a D.D. in 2010 and Thorneloe University with an S.T.D. in 2016. Bishop Andrews has served in the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in a variety of roles in the last twenty-five years, including as Prolocutor, and as member of the Anglican Consultative Council. He was Chair of the Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, and is a former National Chaplain to the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He was a member of the Primate’s Theological Commission. He was Chair of the Ontario Provincial Commission on Theological Education. Bishop Andrews is married to Fawna, a psychotherapist, and they have two married daughters and two grandsons.

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DeAndrea Yeates

DeAndrea Yeates has been on staff at St. Paul’s since Fall 2019, working with our youth (ages 11-17). DeAndrea works alongside Ian during our Sunday-morning youth ministry and Wednesday-night youth group. She overseas our Junior Youth (ages 11-14) and collaborates with leaders to make Youth group memorable for our Juniors.

DeAndrea has a passion for Youth Leadership, she finds courage in 1 Corinthians 12. DeAndrea is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Humanities at the University of Toronto. She is studying a Major in Cognitive Science with a double minor in Sociology and Cinema Studies.

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Douglas Romanow

Doug is the Technical Arts Manager at St Paul’s Bloor Street, overseeing the online production of video and music services created for weekly viewers.  A graduate of Briercrest University with a degree in Christian Education and University of Waterloo with a B.A. in English, Doug is an award-winning music producer, mixer, and songwriter. He joined the St. Paul’s congregation in 2018 and enjoyed playing keyboards in our Bridge services. Originally from Calgary, Doug is happy to have called Toronto home for more than three decades. He’s married with two grown daughters. His hobbies include programming vintage synthesizers and playing squash.

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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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Jenny Andison

Rector

Bishop Jenny Andison is the former area bishop of York-Credit Valley in the Diocese of Toronto and became Rector of St. Paul’s Bloor Street in 2021.

Bishop Jenny was born in England and has lived in Pakistan, India, Singapore and Japan. She earned an Hons. BA from Queen’s University in 1994 and received her Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto in 1997. In 2017, Wycliffe College honoured the bishop with a Doctorate of Divinity (honoris causa).

Bishop Jenny was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Diocese of Toronto as incumbent of St. Clement, Eglinton (2013-2016), the Archbishop’s Officer for Mission (2010-2013) and associate priest for church development at St. Paul, Bloor Street (2006-2013). She has also served in parishes in the Diocese of London (UK), the Diocese of Tokyo and the Diocese of Ontario. She was elected bishop in September 2016 and consecrated on Jan. 7, 2017. Bishop Jenny lives in Toronto with her husband and their three daughters.

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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227 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1C8

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Wed at 12 noon: Break With The Bishop
Wed at 7 pm - Compline
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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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