The Rev. Daniel F. Graves, B.A. (York, 1994, hons. 1999), M.Div. (Trinity College, 2007), Th.M. (Trinity College, 2017)
Rector (Parish Priest)
Fr. Graves is an Anglican priest, writer, and Church historian. He grew up in Richmond Hill and while he was baptized at St. Gabriel’s he spent most his early years into adulthood at St. Mary’s. Fr. Graves’ greatest joy in ministry is being amongst the people. He is a “neighbourhood priest” who loves to be out and about in the community and building relationships. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, he was the Priest-in-Charge, and latterly, Incumbent of Trinity Bradford (2010-2016). He served his curacy at Holy Trinity, Thornhill (2007-2009) where also served as Associate Priest (2009-2010) Fr. Graves was also manager of the Anglican Book Centre in Toronto for many years.
Fr. Graves is also deeply dedicated to the ministry of healing, having served for many years on the Bishop’s Committee on Healing. He lectures widely on the healing ministry, having been invited to give retreats and workshops for seminaries, dioceses and parishes in Canada and as far away as Florida and Jamaica. He is the editor and compiler of Prayers for Healing from the Anglican Tradition (Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 2010).
As a scholar, Fr. Graves’ earliest academic training was in biblical studies, which remains his first love. As such he enjoys preaching, writing reflections on Holy Scripture, and leading Bible studies. For the past several years his published academic work has mostly focused on sixteenth century Anglicanism, with a special interest in the Anglican luminary Richard Hooker. His most recent book, co-edited with Scott Kindred-Barnes is Richard Hooker: His Life, Work, and Legacy – Essays in honour of W. David Neelands (Toronto: St. Osmund Press, 2013). He is currently working a full-length biographical treatment of Richard Hooker. He is an active member of the Richard Hooker Society. Fr.Graves is also the editor of the Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society and writes and lectures on the English Church in Upper Canada.
Fr. Graves is actively involved in the wider life of the Diocese, currently serving on the Diocesan Response Team. He has previously served on several diocesan boards, committees and commissions, including the Diocesan Archives Committee, the Archbishop’s Committee on Healing, the Hong Kong – Jamaica – Toronto Continuing Indaba Encounter, and the Archbishop’s Pastoral Response Advisory Commission. He is the Anglican/Lutheran representative on the Faith-Based Advisory Commission for the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO).
Canon Barb Hammond
Appointed by Bishop Fenty, Canon Barb assists with some retirement home services, and preaching and presiding on Sundays from time-to-time.
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.
Dawn Claxton, People’s Warden
Peter Watt, Rector’s Warden
Linda Elming-Freda, Parish Administrator