We have had the privilege of having Karen Chandler as our pulpit supply since early 2021 and she has provided wonderfully engaging and thought-provoking sermons every Sunday for us. The search team made a recommendation to the Board that Karen continue to support the ministry and mission of St. Paul’s and further enable her to complete her field placement with us. To do that, SPUC will be applying to be designated as a Supervised Ministry Education Site (SMES).
Karen is currently an M.Div. student at Emmanuel College and we want to help her in her journey to become an ordained minister. These modifications will allow Karen to stay with us while she continues her education. She benefits because she will have a home that will allow her to refine her skills towards ordination with loving support from our congregation. St. Paul’s will benefit because we will secure her talents and leadership for the coming months.
More information will be shared in September when the Committees within Shining Waters Regional Council and the Office of Vocation/Candidacy Board meet again on matters such as these.
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.
Rev. Leslee Alfano
Leslee was a minister of St. Paul's for 11 years and retired in 2016. Named as "A Friend of St. Paul's" by the church board, Leslee was able to take part in church life such as helping with other volunteers at special events and taking part in the ministry of children. Going forward she hopes to help at church events but will be away from time to time.
Pastor Paul Neary
Paul has enjoyed a diverse career throughout his life, including drummer in many bands and back-up groups, magician (a gift his son Ryan has inherited), lawyer, and minister for more than 20 years. He was pastor with Wanstead United Church and came to St. Paul's when the two congregations amalgamated, continuing his ministry in leading worship, prayer, Christian Education, and music.
Paul retired from "official" ministry in 2016, but continues at St. Paul's as Minister Emeritus and is frequently seen behind the drums at special services and festive occasions as SPUC.
Kelliann has been a Christian for most of her life. She has been married for 21 years and is a mother to three beautiful children. Her church for the past 31 years has been Bendale Bible Chapel and she volunteered most summers at Camp Mini-Yo-We near Hunstville. Over the years she has worked as an administrator at various businesses such as Harry Rosen and a stock brokerage firm. Most recently she has worked part-time for various charities as a bookkeeper.
Kelliann provides support to our clergy, the congregation and renters at St. Paul's.