I’m a lifelong Anglican, born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. I completed an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston before pursuing a 20+ year career in social work, while taking side trips into marriage and parenthood. I have one son, Ian, who along with his wife Katie live in Kitchener, and are expecting their first child in November.
In 1995 I decided to check out a rather persistent nudge from the Holy Spirit to explore the prospect of ordained ministry, and began a slow and thoughtful journey through seminary at Huron University College.
I was appointed as Deacon in Charge of the Parish of Chatsworth in January 2003, and was priested in May of that year. In 2007, I became Rector of the Parish of Petrolia and Wyoming, and in 2011 was appointed to the Cathedral Chapter of Canons. My husband having passed away (2009) and feeling some restlessness (more nudging from the Holy Spirit, I think!) I took the step into retirement from full-time parish ministry in June 2012. In the year that followed I moved to London and then fulfilled a long-standing dream to work in the Iona Community (Scotland) for three months. On my return I was appointed as Interim Priest in Charge at Christ Church, London, and in September 2013 was collated as Archdeacon of Delaware.
My contributions to Diocesan life have been fairly broad, and have included membership on the Postulancy Board, Safe Church, and Diocesan Council among others.
Brian was born in Chatham and did his Theological training at Huron College in London. He was made Deacon in 1970 and Priest in 1971. He retired after 40 years of Parish Ministry all in the Diocese of Huron. As Assisting Priest, he helps the Rector with Services and with some pastoral work.
Keith completed his doctorate in History at The University of Western Ontario (now called Western University) in 1988, where he is currently a faculty member in the Department of History. He teaches and does research in the fields of Canadian political and business history. While holding this position, Keith also completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 1992.
He was ordained in the Diocese of Huron in 1992, where he has served several parishes either as rector or as an assistant priest. He makes his home with his wife, Cathie.
At St. James, Keith assists with liturgy, pastoral care, adult Christian education in small groups, and spiritual direction. Among his many publications, several combine his studies in history and Christianity. His latest work is The World is Our Parish: John King Gordon, 1900-1989: An Intellectual Biography. Published by the University of Toronto Press, 2015, the work places Gordon at the “confluence of liberal Christianity, social democracy, and internationalism in Canadian politics and thought.”
Rebekah has been the St. James Administrative Assistant since December 2011.
Born in Aylmer, Ontario, she has worked extensively in offices as well as in the homecare industry and in overseas missions.
As our Administrative Assistant, Rebekah is the first point of contact for anyone coming to the building or calling in. All are welcomed with a warm smile and a cheerful hello. Rebekah prepares the bulletins for our Sunday services; produces our newsletter, The Chimes, 5 times a year; and updates parishioners through weekly emails, sending out the sermons, the bulletins, and announcements or reminders of upcoming events. She keeps us stocked and supplied with stationery, maintains contact with our computer experts, manages the mail and expense forms, and generally keeps this lively Ark afloat.
Director of Music
Stephen Holowitz teaches music at A. B. Lucas Secondary School in London and is Director of Music at St. James Westminster Anglican Church. He received his formal musical training at Lakehead University and at the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen is a native of Thunder Bay where he led a number of jazz groups in the area, the most notable of which was “Occasional Jazz”. He moved to London in 1983, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Organ and Church Music) and a Bachelor of Education (Music, Dramatic Arts). He has been featured with the London Encore Concert Band, Orchestra London, Brassroots, London Pro Musica, the Karen Schussler Singers, and Herencia Latina.
Stephen is keyboardist and co-composer along with Oliver Whitehead for The Antler River Project a London ensemble which blends jazz, world music and contemporary composition into a unique musical experience. The group has premiered a set of songs based on the poems of James Reaney and has presented an original musical suite inspired by “The River Project”. Recently, Oliver and Stephen collaborated to compose the music for the play “Colleening” produced by AlvegoRoot Theatre. For this production they created a number of song settings of poems by the London poet Colleen Thibaudeau .
Stephen can also seen and heard performing with Denise Pelley, Paul Stevenson and the contemporary folk group “Celtic Shift”
Stephen has recorded two CDs of original arrangements of traditional hymns and gospel music and has composed music for the Amabile Youth Choir, Project Sing, and the Grand Theatre.
Parish Life Coordinator and Sunday School Teacher
Peggy Roffey has been St. James’ part-time Parish Life Coordinator and Sunday School Teacher since October 2014. She helps form and support volunteer committees like the Fun and Fellowship Committee, the Website Team, and the Outreach Committee. Peggy ensures activities at the church are coordinated and do not overlap. She also writes articles for the Chimes, ensures parishioners working with vulnerable groups complete their Police Checks every three years, and runs both the Sunday School and the Summer Day Camp.
She retired from her role as Director of Learning and Development at The University of Western Ontario in 2013 and retired from her role as Assistant Professor in Western’s Department of English in 2015. Peggy’s Master’s Thesis was entitled Colleen Thibaudeau’s Big Sea Vision and her doctoral thesis was entitled George Grant and Dennis Lee: Technology and Reverence.