Canon Christopher Parsons
Canon Christopher comes from West Vancouver, attending church at an early age, and being baptized at St. Christopher’s, and then Confirmed at St. Stephen’s. Chris graduated from Simon Fraser University and with a focus in Biology and Economics. After working for a lower mainland skiing and alpine resort leading snowshoe or hiking tour groups, Chris entered The Vancouver School of Theology (VST). While involved in his neighbourhood church as the Youth Representative on Council, he met his future wife Anke Rohleder who came to Canada from Germany. Anke and Chris both finished at VST with a Master of Divinity, with Anke being the far better student.
Christopher has worked in the church as a Deacon in the Solomon Islands with the Diocese of Malaita and was grateful for his time with such wonderful people. In 2004 Chris was ordained to the priesthood in Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria where he was Assistant Curate. Both Christopher and Anke have enjoyed a ministry in the greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island where their two daughters, Hannah and Lucia were born. Anke was the religion teacher for the Christ Church Cathedral School and Christopher helped on several committees for the Diocese of British Columbia. Christopher’s ministry most recently took him and his family to the city of Freiburg, in the Black Forest of Germany, acting as the Chaplain of the Anglican Church of Freiburg in the Church of England. Chris receives a lot of satisfaction being a Spiritual Director and finds the many ways that God speaks to us on our journey to be inspirational.
Chris enjoys long distance running, canoeing, and fly fishing.
Canon Barb Hammond
Canon Barb was born in Hamilton and raised in Burlington to a family that was deeply involved in the United Church. At 7 she sang in the junior choir and at fourteen the senior choir.
In 1969, she graduated from the Hamilton and District School of Medical Technology and worked for the next 23 years in both private and hospital laboratories. She graduated from Trinity College in the University of Toronto with an honours Master of Divinity in 1992, ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Toronto and Priest in 1993 She has served in parishes in Brampton, Mono, Coulson’s Hill, Barrie, Sharon and Newmarket. In 2009 She was installed as an Honourary Canon in the Cathedral of St. James in recognition of service to the Diocese in various appointments, Treasury Board, (first female chair) Planning and Development (chair), Trust committee, York Simcoe Area council and various other occasional committees.
Barb has maintained her interest in hospital ministry serving as the chair of Spiritual Care in Headwaters Health Care Centre for 3 years and as regular patient visitor with the SouthLake Spiritual Care team for the last 10 years. She feels that good ministry to seniors, especially those in senior’s residences and long term care, is an important part of her ministry in St. Paul’s, where she began as an Honourary assistant in 2017.
Barb married Blair, who sings in the choir, in 1970 and they have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys reading, golf and almost any kind of puzzle in her spare time. She loves good liturgy and preaching.
Organist and Choir Director
Deanna Stephens has grown up in the church and studying music. As a child, she enjoyed participating in church’s musical productions during festival seasons. She has studied theory and piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as voice and organ before her passion for the arts and composition led her to graduate with a Bachelor of Music in music composition from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. There she studied music theory, piano, voice (both in private lessons and choirs), organ, and composition.
Deanna has recorded a number of her pieces with volunteer student performers and has given three successful recitals in both performance on organ and in composition. She had the privilege to premiere two of her compositions at a special event (Composer’s Night Out) at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach in May 2015.
Having graduated in May 2017, Deanna has returned to the GTA and is happy to be working at St. Paul’s Anglican, thus combining her love of God and her love of music.
Deanna’s passion for the arts extends to dance and philosophy and she is particularly interested in how all the arts (from music, dance, and theatre to philosophy and English literature) can be used to better cultivate an understanding of God.
Linda joined St. Paul’s in March 2018 as Parish Administrator. Linda also owns her own company, Office Time Savers, which provides administrative support to small and medium-sized businesses.
Linda grew up in Aurora and has a varied professional background. She taught Figure Skating for 8 years in Aurora, Bradford and King City, excelled as an Insurance Underwriter, Analyst and Supervisor, is an award-winning certified Medical Lab Technician, worked for a local family doctor as a Medical Administrator and now brings her talents to St. Paul’s.
A life-long learner, Linda enjoys trying new activities. She has competed in Toastmaster’s Speech Contests, volunteered in the ER at Southlake and completed her 1st full Marathon in 2014. During the summer months, Linda loves to explore Ontario’s many, abandoned pioneer “Ghost Towns”, taking photographs and learning the history of our beautiful province.
Dawn Claxton, People’s Warden
Mike Tremayne, Rector’s Warden