St. John’s York Mills is blessed to have a devoted and spiritual clergy. Each leader brings a distinctive approach to Christianity, so that you will find support and guidance no matter where you are on your journey of faith.
As rector, Drew MacDonald leads the faith community at St. John’s. Rev. MacDonald not only ministers to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the congregation but engages and challenges us to actively follow in Jesus’ footsteps in our thoughts, words and actions.
Rev. MacDonald encourages the spiritual growth of members through an energetic exploration of and advocacy for the Christian faith. This happens in seminars on both introductory and advanced topics, in Compass groups (small groups) that meet for Bible study and discussion, and in Sunday sermons.
Associate Priest — Tim Taylor
Rev. Tim Taylor arrived at St. John’s as a deacon in 2015. In May, 2016, we were privileged to host his ordination to the priesthood. Rev. Taylor is strongly motivated by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s charge to the Anglican Communion: “As Christians, we have two jobs — worship God and nurture disciples of Jesus Christ.”
Rev. Taylor has been working closely with St. John’s Outreach Committee, especially with refugee sponsorship, and is involved with programs for youth within the church. Since the Fall of 2016, the St John’s ministry team has been providing pastoral support to the congregation of St Leonard’s church, and Rev. Taylor has taken a leading role in ministry as that congregation grows in faith alongside the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship.
Deacon — Catherine Keating
Rev. Keating supports children’s faith education at St. John’s through her development of the Centre for Excellence in Christian Education, which supports leaders who minister to children and youth. Rev. Keating also provides trained leadership to the York Mills Minster Lay Pastoral Visitors team, which offers personal company, prayer and Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend church services.
Honorary Associate — Patrick White