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.
Contact Gregor at email@example.com
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.
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.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Aicha Ducharme-Leblanc as St. Matthew's Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator. Aicha is a long-time parishioner. She was baptized and confirmed here and has volunteered with the Sunday School since 2012. She knows the curriculum and many of the children and their parents. We look forward to an exciting year for the children and lots of adventuring with Becky McCoy and the Youth Group.