The Reverend Canon Robert Heard is our priest-in-charge, and has joined us to guide the parish through a process of self-examination and reflection while we prepare to search for a new rector. Rob is a retired priest of the Diocese of Ottawa and has served parishes here for 33 years. He began his ordained ministry as Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity in Pembroke, followed by service as the rector in the Parishes of Buckingham in West Quebec, St Christopher's in the Deanery of Ottawa East, and St. Martin's in the Deanery of Ottawa West. Rob also served as Regional Dean in the Deanery of Clarendon and later in the Deanery of Ottawa West. He is chaplain to the Ottawa Police Service, where he offers service and training, in various aspects of critical incidence response and in counseling. During his time at St John's, Rob will provide liturgical leadership and pastoral care, in partnership with the staff and people of this faith community. He will also share in their deliberations as they take counsel for the ongoing life of the parish.
Dr Gordon Johnston has been Organist and Choirmaster of St John's since 1986. A native of Calgary, he studied organ and choral conducting in Calgary and in the United States, receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ and church music from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA). Prior to coming to St John's, he was guest organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. In 2003 he was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Music summa cum laude from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. An active conductor and composer, his four-volume set of Psalms from the Revised Common Lectionary is published by the Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, as well as published by Novalis/Bayard, and self-published at www.PsalmsForPraying.com. Gordon is also Director of Music in the Anglican Studies Programme at Saint Paul University.
Kim Chadsey, our Parish Administrator, has over 15 years of experience in coordination and execution of administration, marketing, special event management, fund development and community advocacy. She is also currently the Director of Development for the Kiwanis Music Festival, National Capital Region. Prior roles include senior executive at the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, Executive Director of Operation Go Home, and Parish Administrator at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church on Alta Vista Drive. As well as being a keen volunteer within her own parish, Kim volunteers actively in the Ottawa community, including with the Diocesan GIFT Campaign. Kim is very happy to be a part of the St Johns family and invites parishioners to come to the office to introduce themselves.
Jesse Lucas is our terrific custodian. Biographical information to follow ...