The Rev. Jeanette Lewis
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After years working for a bank and then as support staff for the OPP, and then doing a BA and M. Div. I was Deaconed on Oct 6th, 1996 and Priested on Palm Sunday 1997. I began my ministry as a Curate, then Priest in charge, in the Diocese of Moosonee with a 6 point parish based out of Geraldton, flying into one point and taking a 3 hr train ride for another. I then moved to my first parish, with 4 points, out of South Porcupine. Then I served a three-point parish based in Bobcaygeon for 7 yrs. I was then asked to assist St Peter’s Carlton, for 4 yrs, in their discernment of the future and eventual amalgamation with St Simon’s. On Jan 1st 2017, after a successful amalgamation of St Peter’s & St Simon’s my ministry serving St Barnabas started. With a focus on outreach to the community and pastoral care, I have been blessed to be a part of this parish. We continue to pray and listen to how God wants us to be the family of God in this special region of the city.
Fr. David Hoopes OHC
The Rev. Grace Caldwell
Rev. Grace Caldwell is a permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Toronto. She serves as Deacon at St. Barnabas Anglican Church located at Chester and Danforth area, Toronto. She has been a member of St. Barnabas Church since 1995. Prior to her retirement in 2018, she worked as an Addiction Counsellor at the Residential Treatment Centre, Grant House, an affiliation of Street Haven at the Crossroads. Ordained as Deacon on St. Luke’s Day on 18th October 2011, by Bishop Patrick Yu, she has been ministering at St. Barnabas church since 2003 and was leading a weekly Bible study on Monday nights, and after her retirement, the study was run on Thursdays, after the Noon service. Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic in 2020, the study was not continued. She is also a member of the Lay Pastoral Committee, Chair of the Prayer Chain Ministry and a member of the Chancel Guild.
I am a long-time member of St Barnabas who has served in a variety of roles over the years, including as Warden, Advisory Board Chair, Day Care Board of Director, Interim Treasurer, Sides Team Captain, Property Committee member, etc. Currently I am the Incumbent’s Warden and a member of the Leadership Team. My professional career included senior executive roles in the retail and the telecom sectors. I have also has served as a Board of Director for a number of different organizations and still provide advisory level consulting services.
Hello I am the People’s Warden at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. I am a long time member of this community of faith. I sing in the choir, am a member of the Chancel Guild, I read lessons and am a part of the intercessory prayer team. I look forward to seeing where God will lead and guide me and this faith community in the coming years.
Deputy Incumbent Warden
I have been attending St. Barnabas since 1956. I was 7 years old when our Family moved from Montreal. I grew up on Carlaw Ave, north of the Danforth and attended nearby schools. I have many interests as a member of the Social Committee , the Bake Table at the Christmas Market, and Sunday Coffee Hour. I am presently a Deputy Warden and member of the Leadership Team. I have a memory of the 100th Anniversary -- A Great Celebration at the Corner of Hampton & Danforth. I was pleased to be able to be part of the Team who arranged the Celebration of the 165th Anniversary in 2023. Helen Taylor
Deputy Peoples Warden
I grew up an Anglican in Oshawa Ontario and after getting engaged to Jan booker I started attending St Barnabas with him in 1977 while I was still at university working toward my degree in Nursing Science. For a time I enjoyed a honeymoon period at St Barnabas helping with social events and going to bible studies but soon I became more deeply involved. I joined the Social Committee and assisted in the Bazaar. Rev Goring asked me to join the Daycare Board after Children’s Circle was formed and I held various positions as a church representative on their Board for 25 years. I joined Logos and taught their courses as a representative of St Barnabas while it was active and
I loved its movement. I did a stint as church Sunday school supervisor but found I was not a teacher at heart. I also did 2 terms as Synod representative and am doing a third one at present. I was on the selection committee for 2 different priests and chaired the committee for one. Today I chair
the Advisory Board meetings held monthly to keep those interested, up to date on the workings of the church.
I am a Sidesperson helping on Sundays with greeting and counting. And I am a Communion Administrant. For several years I have co-chaired the annual Christmas Market held the first Saturday of November. And at present, I am your newest Deputy Warden. I feel honoured and privileged to have served St Barnabas and Blessed to have been part of the Family of St Barnabas for all of these 46 years.
It’s my honour to serve St. Barnabas Church as the volunteer Treasurer. I was appointed by the Wardens at our 2023 Vestry meeting, and since then, my learning curve has been a lovely, steep adventure – ha! My past volunteer experiences at St. Barnabas, Chester include Warden, Intercessor, Lay Reader, Communion Minister and Parish Selection Committee Chair. For a period, I also volunteered with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto as a Parish Selection Committee coach. I was born and raised in the west end of Toronto. For the past 28 years, I’ve called South Riverdale my home. For many years, I worked for a national charity, as their accountant (CPA, CMA). My goals, as Treasurer of St. Barnabas, are to (a) provide timely information and recommendations to the Corporation [i.e. the two Wardens and the Incumbent], (b) present financial information as clearly as possible, and (c) to encourage engagement with our wider community.
Dr. Konrad Harley
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Konrad has been the organist and choir director at St. Barnabas since 2015. He studied at the University of Toronto, receiving a B.Mus. degree in Organ Performance in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Music Theory in 2014. Konrad is also active as a composer and arranger of music for choirs, organ, piano, vocal soloists, and chamber ensembles. Some of his recent works can be found at:
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I am the Spirit Squad Leader and Community Minister at St. Barnabas Church on Danforth. I have over 7 years experience in childcare and educating children from infancy to 12 years of age. I also have experience working with and educating children in school settings. I have a
diploma in Early Childhood Education, I am CPR/First Aid Certified and Infant/Child CPR/First Aid Certified. I have a vast knowledge of curriculum from the arts and physical activities to science experiments, literacy and more! I believe that children are curious, competent and capable individuals, that all children regardless of skill can participate and be included in all activities and experiences. I am passionate about educating children and have been since I was young. I have volunteered for several years with children and in childcare. I have been a babysitter for multiple families in the community. It has been an honor to embrace my faith and incorporate it into my curriculum. I am excited and honored to work with the St. Barnabas team and the community. I have lived in and been a member of this community for 25 years and I am blessed to be a part of the Church and continue to be a part of this community.
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I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Canada with my child in 2017. I have 20 years of work experience in South Africa in a variety of industries and disciplines. I love numbers and excel spreadsheets - they are my happy place :-) I value mental and physical health and am blessed to work with Rev. Jeanette and the St. Barnabas team who are incredibly kind and supportive. I often say that coming into the office is like coming home, to a safe and welcoming space!
Hello Parishioners of St. Barnabas Church on the Danforth. My name is Michael Lohan and I am the new Property Manager for St. Barnabas. I come to you after a 35 year career with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario Head Office where I worked in Inventory Management. After retiring I spent my 1st year off completing projects around my house and visiting relatives abroad. I am also a husband to my beautiful wife Rose and I am the father of 2 high school age teenagers. I am the family Uber driver to my son and Daughter!