Clergy & Staff

Geoff Chapman picThe Reverend Geoff Chapman – Incumbent priest

Reverend Geoff is the Incumbent priest at St. Matthew's. 
He grew up in London, Ontario and studied music (B.Mus, Horn Performance) at Western University. He then spent five years in the United States doing graduate work at the University of the South and at Yale Divinity School, completing a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Montreal, serving in the Verdun neighbourhood of Montreal and Chateauguay. He moved to the Diocese of Ottawa in 2012 and served as Incumbent of Epiphany Anglican Church, and was delighted to arrive at St. Matthew’s in April 2020.
Rev. Geoff is passionate about the church. As a musician, he finds his musical outlet primarily through worship and sacred music. He believes in music that feeds us and is looking forward to participating in St. Matthew’s rich musical tradition. He loves to teach - whether through preaching, leading Bible studies, or having a great conversation over coffee. He arrived at St. Matthew's during the COVID-19 pandemic and is ready to utilize online tools to teach and lead in new ways. 

Rev. Geoff is married to Sarah, who works as a management consultant, and they have a son, Theo. 

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 Archbishop Curtis 2 smallArchbishop J. Barry Curtis - Honorary Assistant

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 late 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 and spends time in Victoria with his wife Lois Rumsey.


 The Reverend Canon Jim Beall - Honorary Assistant, St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Ottawa, ON.The Reverend Canon Jim Beall - Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Canon Jim Beall has deep roots at St. Matthew’s, having been baptized and confirmed here. He attended Sunday School and was a member of first the Boys’ Choir and later the Men’s Choir.

After teaching secondary school for some years Father Jim started theological studies at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the Diocese of Ottawa in 1980 and served as Incumbent of several churches in the area.

Father Jim says he finds the most rewarding part of ministry to be the privilege of developing profound relationships with people and journeying with them through the changing scenes of their lives. He brings his rich background in English literature to the study of Scripture as narrative and endeavours to expand and enrich our understanding of Biblical passages in his homilies.

Jim and Joanne have two children, Jacqueline and Michael, a daughter-in law, Carol, and two grandchildren, Theo and Lydia.


 Headshot of The Reverend Katherine TaitThe Reverend Katherine Tait – Honorary Assistant

Prior to Theological studies Katie was an engineer with a consulting engineering company in Calgary. During that time, she took a course in Clinical Pastoral Education and volunteered in hospitals in pastoral and palliative care.

Katie first attended St. Matthew’s on an occasional basis when she lived in Kanata from 1986 to 1988, on the suggestion of a friend. She loved the music and found the congregation welcoming.

She was ordained in 2001-2002 in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island following theological studies at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. Katie served as Rector of the Parish of Tangier and then as priest-in-charge of the Parish of Ecum Secum, both on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.

After returning to Ottawa in 2018, she presided at the Eucharist at The Glebe Centre long term care home until COVID-19 interrupted this ministry.

Katie is happy to be serving, and to be part of, the St. Matthew’s community.


190912 Kirk03bKirkland Adsett - Director of Music and Organist

A native of Wellington County in southwestern Ontario, Kirkland Adsett became Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s in 2011.

Previously, Mr. Adsett served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salem, N.J., St. Simon’s Anglican Church in Oakville, and at the Church of St. Simon the Apostle in Toronto. His keenest interests are organ-playing, liturgical improvisation, composition and choral conducting. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Organ and improvisation teachers have included Barrie Cabena, Jan Overduin and John Tuttle (Canada), Stefan Engels and Ken Cowan (USA), Jean-Pierre Leguay, Madame Jacquet-Langlais and Naji Hakim (France), and Otto Kraemer (Germany). Most notable choral conducting teachers have included Dale Warland, Timothy Brown (Clare College), and Ralph Allwood (Eton College). A published composer, Kirk’s compositions have been performed in Canada, America and in continental Europe.

When not behind an organ console or in front of a choir conducting, Kirk can be found reading, yearning for travel, spending quality time with friends or walking his standard poodle Max.


Catherine James-McGuinty is the Parish Administrator at St. Matthew’s, the Anglican church in the Glebe, Ottawa, ON.Catherine James-McGuinty – Administrator

Catherine 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 Catherine worked as a business development consultant. Prior to that role, Catherine spent 15 years in the high-tech sector working in marketing, business development and public affairs. Catherine also has a variety of experience in the non-profit sector including president of her local community association and treasurer of a local riding association.

Last updated: August 30, 2022

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