The Rev. Gregor Sneddon
Gregor Sneddon is passionate about the vocation of the baptized and our sharing in the life of the Holy Trinity. He promotes a life-long conversion through community, prayer, worship, service and sacrament. He completed his theological studies at St. Paul University, including an MA in Eastern Christian Studies. You can find his blog, “Flesh Made Word,” directly through St Matthew’s Website.
Gregor is a council member of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission as well as a representative of the Canadian Province with the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation. He is the founding Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Eastern Ontario and leads retreats on Centering Prayer and the Contemplative tradition.Locally,He has served on Diocesan Council, the Community Ministries Committee, St Luke’s Table Management Board, and currently serves on the Bishop’s Panel for Doctrine and Worship.
Before arriving at St. Matthew’s, he served as incumbent at St. Luke’s, Ottawa and as Assistant Curate at the Parish of March. Previous to his serving in the Church, he earned a business degree, operated his own businesses, and earned his way as a professional musician based in New Orleans. He also spent time as an actor and has travelled widely. He has been deeply influenced by the Sufi tradition where he received his primary spiritual formation.
Gregor, his wife Amanda, and their children, William and Eliza, enjoy being out in the woods at their cabin, playing music, games, cross-country skiing, road trips and sharing a good meal. The Sneddons are also the owners of a big, friendly dog named Oban.
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Archbishop Curtis began his ordained ministry in Pembroke, Ontario in 1959 and also served in parishes in Kanata, Buckingham and Westboro before moving to Calgary in 1980. He was elected Bishop of Calgary in 1983, and in 1994 added the responsibilities of Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land. He retired from both positions in 1999.
Prior to his retirement, he also served on a number of national church organizations: as President of the Canadian Council of Churches; as Co-Director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer with his wife, Pat; as Chair of the Partners in Mission Committee; and as Chair of the Inter-Church Inter-Faith Relations Committee. He has also been an active contributor to the Cursillo Movement.
On the secular side, Archbishop Curtis served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity (Canada) and the Calgary Family Service Centre. One of the legacies of his time in Calgary was Daybreak House, a home for refugee women and their children. Barry moved back to Ottawa where he could be closer to three of his four children and seven grandchildren in 2008. At that time, he accepted the position of Honorary Assistant at St Matthew’s Church, where he makes a special contribution to Christian education. His deep knowledge of scripture and his wry sense of humor make the study of scripture fascinating for people of all ages.
Prior to his ordination, Barry served as a naval officer, and after ordination as Chaplain at the Naval Division in Ottawa. He graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and the Theological College at Chichester, Sussex. Barry loves the outdoors and walking his dog.
Allen joined St. Matthew’s in 2007, and soon became fully engaged in our outreach programs, with a special interest in the coordination of ministry with the Council of the North and in our partnership with the community of Moose Factory, near James Bay, Ontario.
Allen grew up in Smiths Falls and studied at Bishop’s University and the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of parishes up the Ottawa River – Petawawa, Deep River and Arnprior, and here in Ottawa he has been incumbent at St. John the Evangelist and All Saints Westboro. He has also served as Director of Programme for the Diocese of Ottawa and has taken on a host of assignments for the diocese and for the national church. These special assignments have continued into his retirement.
Allen is known for his informal style of preaching – no notes, standing on the chancel steps -- and for his remarkable capacity for listening. His hobbies include cabinetry (including making great wooden toys) and photography.
Father Kevin Flynn is the Director of Anglican Studies at Saint Paul University and Honorary Assistant at St. Matthew’s Church. Kevin studied at York University and Trinity College (University of Toronto). He served in three parishes in or near Toronto until 2004, when he moved to Saint Paul’s, he teaches Christian Liturgy, ecumenism, ministry and Anglicanism.
Here at St. Matthew’s, Kevin has attracted parishioners and others to the practice of Christian meditation to the point where there are now two groups meeting in the chapel (Monday evening and Wednesday at noon). He also leads a group at Saint Paul’s. Kevin is a certified hatha yoga teacher and is connected to the group www.christianspracticingyoga.com. He is frequently invited to lead retreats that feature a combination of meditation, reflection and yoga.
Peter John (PJ) is the Director of Mission for the Diocese, having responsibility for its five Community Ministries and for undertaking Special Projects as assigned to him by the Bishop.
Before taking on this current role and coming to St Matthew’s in 2013, PJ served as a parish priest for over 20 years. PJ believes social justice and service to those most vulnerable are essential elements of a faithful church. PJ is adjunct faculty at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) and the Virginia Theological Seminary.He is interested in the spiritual practice of households and his doctoral thesis was a study of teenagers doing Lectio Divina at home with their parents.
PJ enjoys conversations about the state of the church, social capital, scripture, cross-generational life, spirituality, running, the NFL, and reality TV. He and Diane are raising and/or launching three daughters - Hannah, Mary Grace, and Rachel. Together they attend St Matthew’s, usually on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and then go for breakfast.
Kirkland Adsett took on the role of Music Director at St. Matthew’s in January, 2011.”For as long as I can remember, I have sung in a church choir,” Kirk says. Those early years taught him that “making something as beautiful as music was a very worthy goal in life.”
Kirk grew up in Wellington County in southwestern Ontario and studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey. He has also served as organist and choir master at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salem, N.J., St. Simon’s Anglican Church in Oakville, and most recently St. Simon the Apostle in Toronto.
Kirk directs the Men and Boys Choir and the Women and Girls Choir at St. Matthew’s. He has rich experience in working with children, having founded the Reaching Out Through Music community choral program while he was at St. Simon the Apostle. This program reached out to children of recent immigrants to Canada - mainly from Sri Lanka, China and the Philippines. The program helped the children to learn English and to progress at school as well as learning to express themselves through song. One of the big pluses from group musical participation is “a sense of belonging,” Kirk says.
Kirk can be seen walking vigorously from the church to his home on the other side of the canal, deeply engrossed in the score of the music planned for the next Sunday.
Joan Lawrence is Administrator of the parish. It’s a plain title for a complex job of supporting a host of volunteers as well as the Incumbent, the Honorary Assistants, the Music Director and all the Committee chairs. Before joining St. Matthew's in 2010, Joan worked for a national Catholic health organization, helping to upgrade their administrative systems. Since coming to St. Matthew's, Joan has tried to bring order to a variety of integrated office procedures. A lot of Joan's office experience comes from being exposed to different working environments in various Canadian embassies and missions overseas.
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper Children's Ministry Coordinator
Christine’s life has been filled with children, music and Anglican ministry. As a lay person, Christine served in Sunday schools and pastoral visitation. She also developed a career as a social worker with the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa. She left this career, as well as her lay ministries, to attend Saint Paul University as a postulant. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1999. After a curacy at Trinity, Cornwall, she served as Incumbent of the parish of Chelsea-Lascelles-Wakefield for seven years during which time she became Archdeacon of the deanery of West Quebec. She then moved to become Rector at Saint James, Perth, for another seven years. It was at St. James that she supported new developments in ministry to children: a Messy Church congregation and the introduction of Godly Play, an approach that develops children’s spirituality through storytelling with wooden figures. On a monthly basis, the congregation was intentional in making changes which would welcome the children staying for the full Eucharist. She retired in 2015. After a period of rest, she joined St Matthew’s as Coordinator of Children’s Ministry in January, 2017.Christine is happily beginning to bond with the children and parents here at St. Matthew’s. She hopes to nurture the children’s sense of wonder and help them deeply connect with our faith story. She is a strong supporter of including the children within the worship of their full community.Christine was born in England, attended Church of England Schools and studied history at Manchester University. In 1972, she married a doctor of music and moved to Canada. She completed her Masters of Social Work degree at Carleton University, launching into a career at the Children’s Aid Society. She enjoys four children, six grandchildren, and a supportive friendship with her ex-spouse, a church organist and choir director. Three of her children live here in Ottawa, and two of them are also church organists and choir directors in this diocese. Having spent many years taking children to music lessons, she now takes herself to a string collective – as she reconnects with her violin.
Becky was looking for a church that followed the English tradition when she found us and began to make her home at St. Matthew’s. She is a server, sings in the choir, volunteers with FACES and is now coordinating the newly established youth group. She also sings with the Glebelles. Becky was born and home-schooled on a farm outside Ottawa and grew up as a Free Methodist and later, a Pentecostal. She graduated from Trinity Western University, which takes a Christ-centred approach to education, with an honours degree in English. She then moved to England to do her MA in Children’s Literature and spent a year with the very talented choir at St. Peter’s, Earley, near Reading (where she became an Anglican). When Becky moved back to Canada, she settled in Ottawa where she leads an active volunteer life and earns her living in pieces – private tutoring and driving a truck to deliver organic vegetables. She was thrilled to start work with the young people at St. Matthew’s in January and admires their enthusiasm and talent. Four of them are servers and three sing in the choir. Her goal is to help them learn about their faith and their God by giving them opportunities to experience the many dimensions of worship and community service. They meet on the last Friday of the month and are working together to set the agenda for their activities. There are about eight attending regularly, but she hopes the numbers will grow. The group is also being supported by a number of young adults in the congregation. Becky also hopes to build relationships with youth groups in nearby Anglican churches so they can pool resources and enrich the learning experience for all. Welcome Becky.