The Team

The job of every person at SJYM is to make you feel welcome and find your place within our inclusive community. Our leaders are here to help you find your unique calling and role as part of the Church. The details of some key team members are below. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help you in any way.

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Our Clergy and Staff

DREW MACDONALD
DREW MACDONALDRector
Drew is a lively preacher and teacher whose greatest joy is following Jesus Christ. He holds a Divinity PhD from Princeton and loves to talk history and culture — Church and world.
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SHELLY POLLARD
SHELLY POLLARDAssistant Curate
Shelly came to us from Wycliffe College, was recently ordained as an Anglican priest and ministers especially to our families and youth. She knows a thing or two about superheroes.
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CATHERINE KEATING
CATHERINE KEATINGDeacon
Catherine has so many gifts and we are blessed to have her serve with us: in our outreach project in Jamaica, in our ministry to children and families, in her guidance of our lay pastoral ministry.
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ALISON JUURINEN
ALISON JUURINENChildren's Worker
Have you ever considered the teaching possibilities of Silly String? Alison has.
Her joy in Jesus’ love is infectious and she is not afraid of a little Spirit-filled chaos.
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PATRICK DEWELL
PATRICK DEWELLChoirmaster and Organist
Patrick loves computer game music but his heart belongs to J.S. Bach. He has an MA in Liturgical Music, which expresses how music and worship are entwined for him.
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LAURA PEETOOM
LAURA PEETOOMChurch Administrator
Laura handles the day-to-day functioning of our church community — room rentals, communications, general paperwork — with a smile. She usually has candy in her desk.
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WILLIAM DENNIS
WILLIAM DENNISVerger
Bill has been with us for over 30 years and knows every corner of the building and grounds. He has a story for every artifact in our collection.
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CATHERINE BRYANT
CATHERINE BRYANTStewardship and Development
Catherine works closely with our church wardens, managing our resources and planning how best to use them to serve God and keep SJYM healthy.
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MARK ANDERSON
MARK ANDERSONSexton
Mark works closely with Bill to keep the machinery running and the grass green. He also runs the sound board and is a steady, helpful presence at community events.
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SYLVIA MCCONNELL
SYLVIA MCCONNELLSenior Churchwarden
As a professional editor, Sylvia is detail-oriented and keeps others on track with grace and humour. She was baptized into our community and serves joyfully in many capacities.
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DR MAURICE BENT
DR MAURICE BENTSenior Churchwarden
Mo, a long-time member, continues his medical practice while also seeing to the many responsibilities of a churchwarden. His steady hand and long-term view are much appreciated.
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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis