Rev. Don Gibson
Don has been a United Church Minister for over 40 years. Serving congregations in Montreal, Halifax and the Toronto area. He has a degree from Concordia and did his graduate work at McGill. He retired in 2020 from Runnymede United in Bloor West Village. Don has served in various roles at local and national levels of the church. He is currently a Voluntary Associate Minister at Uganda Martyrs United Church where he is the educational supervisor for their minister.
He lives in the west end of Toronto with his wife Brenda who has been a school administer in the Peel Board. They have three adult children and two grandsons. He is an avid gardener, biker, golfer and hiker.
We are very fortunate to have Rev. Don as acting Supply Minister at St. Paul's until April 2024
One of Canada’s most distinguished music directors, Wayne Strongman is Founding Artistic Director of Tapestry Opera, for whom he commissioned and premiered over 30 new Canadian operas during his 35-year tenure. Awarded one of 50 Canadian Ambassadors for New Music by the Canadian Music Centre, Strongman was invested into the Order of Canada for his innovative leadership of Tapestry and his volunteer work with the Regent Park School of Music Choir.
Throughout his career, Strongman has held major church music director positions: Melrose United in Hamilton, Christ Church Deer Park Anglican and Rosedale United Church in Toronto. Always a collaborative leader, he welcomes the “call” to St. Paul’s Scarborough as an opportunity to creatively and carefully work with Karen and musicians in the congregation to return live music to worship services in the midst of COVID.
Kirsten has been a member of St. Paul's since birth (she was baptised, confirmed, and married at St. Paul's). She has been married for 21 years and is a mother of three children.
Kirsten has been the administrator at St. Paul's since 2012, taking a 3 year maternity leave from 2019 - 2022 after having her third (and last!) child, Levi.
Kirsten provides support to our clergy, the congregation, and renters at St. Paul's. She is also on the Fundraising Committee and is a point person for most community events.