Staff

Rev. Canon Dr. Penny Anderson

Rev. Canon Dr. Penny Anderson

Rector

Before joining St. Christopher’s in January 2021, I served three parishes in the Diocese of Niagara. I treasure all I learned and all the ways I encountered the living God through the relationships I nurtured in those places. Along with God’s Spirit, they have helped shape my inclusive and collaborative approach to parish ministry. I love when those “aha” moments happen in groups gathered for worship or service or study! I love when together we notice the marks of God’s work in our midst. It’s true that we are living in troubled times. I embrace the future with energy and hope, knowing that God is faithful, and knowing that St. Christopher’s is a vibrant community where many find a spiritual home. Outside of work, I have a thing for medieval women mystics, summer road trips and home improvement projects. I live in Westdale with my wife Catherine and our teenaged twin boys.

Rev. Michael Coren

Rev. Michael Coren

Pastoral Associate

Michael began his ministry with us as Pastoral Associate in November 2020.

 Originally from London, England, he has also worked as a celebrated Canadian author, television and radio personality, columnist and public speaker, and still writes regularly for The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Macleans, and many other Canadian and British publications. His new book, The Rebel Christ, was published in October 2021. Michael has four children.

 His own website is michaelcoren.com

Andy Elmhirst

Andy Elmhirst

Director of Music

Andy was born and raised in Campbellford, Ontario where he began studying piano at age 8.  He holds an associate degree in piano performance (ACCM) and was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (FRCCO) in 2017.  As a diverse musician, Andy is well-suited to lead the broad array of musical styles enjoyed by St. Christopher’s and he considers this church his musical and spiritual home.

Andy lives in Hamilton with his wife Pam, and three boys Henry, Simon and Luke.  Apart from music, work and family life, Andy enjoys playing Starcraft and training for triathlons.

Sarah Layman

Sarah Layman

Director of Children's & Youth Ministry

Sarah is excited to have joined the St. Christopher’s team as the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry. Sarah has two masters’ degrees in theology and a bachelor’s degree in education. Together they form a dynamic approach to children’s and youth ministry that allows for the nurturing and building up of young people in our church. Sarah has two children, Peter and Agnes, and two pets. She is an avid reader and writer, loves to share God’s word, and is a Novice in the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. She is looking forward to getting to know all the families at St. Christopher’s and beyond.

Christina Mulder

Christina Mulder

Open Doors Programs & Partnerships

Joy Thomson

Joy Thomson

Parish Administrator

Gloria Campbell

Gloria Campbell

Clothing Store Coordinator

Jenn Cook-Grigsby

Jenn Cook-Grigsby

Respite Coordinator

Sam Gamage

Sam Gamage

Custodian

Dáire Kavanagh

Market Coordinator

Laurie Lambie

Laurie Lambie

Facilities Coordinator

Shannon Schuell

Good Food Coordinator

Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith

Open Doors Volunteer Coordinator

Erick Nettel, Rector’s Warden

Amy Collard, People’s Warden

Al Nicolls, Deputy Rector’s Warden

Carolyn Henderson, Deputy People’s Warden