The Reverend Beth Bretzlaff was born in Shawville, Quebec and spent her first years learning to love life on a dairy farm. After high school, Beth studied Humanities for a year at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, before achieving her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree at the University of Ottawa. Wanderlust led her to Calgary, Alberta where Beth experienced working in sales and administration before pursuing her Master of Divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology. She was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay in 1993 and as a priest the following year. For the next eight and a half years, Beth served as curate and then assistant at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, British Columbia. Loving change and challenge, Beth then worked as publicist for Wood Lake Books before moving to Invercargill, New Zealand in 2004. She was the child, youth and family educator for the Diocese of Dunedin, followed by a period of study and work in youth justice, obtaining her Post-Graduate Diploma in Community and Social Work from Otago University, Dunedin. Returning to Canada in 2010, Beth enjoyed a 'gap year' and then loved ministering as the Chaplain at Ashbury College in Ottawa prior to coming to St John's. Most days, you will find Beth by her laugh - enjoying life and those she meets with all her being.
An interesting article about Beth recently was posted at an online blog: click here to read it.
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.