The Reverend Canon Jim Beall is Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. Matthew’s. He has deep roots at St. Matthew’s, having been baptized and confirmed here. He attended Sunday School and was a member of first the Boys’ Choir and later the Men’s Choir.
After teaching secondary school for some years Father Jim started theological studies at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the Diocese of Ottawa in 1980 and served as Incumbent of several churches in the area. He is currently Ecumenical Chaplain of the Gary J. Armstrong Long Term Care Home and teaches at the Ottawa Lay School of Theology.
Father Jim says he finds the most rewarding part of ministry to be the privilege of developing profound relationships with people and journeying with them through the changing scenes of their lives. He brings his rich background in English literature to the study of Scripture as narrative and endeavours to expand and enrich our understanding of Biblical passages in his homilies.
He is married to Joanne, who recently retired from a career in the Public Service, and they have two children.
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Archbishop Curtis began his ordained ministry in Pembroke, Ontario in 1959 and also served in parishes in Kanata, Buckingham and Westboro before moving to Calgary in 1980. He was elected Bishop of Calgary in 1983, and in 1994 added the responsibilities of Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land. He retired from both positions in 1999.
Prior to his retirement, he also served on a number of national church organizations: as President of the Canadian Council of Churches; as Co-Director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer with his late wife, Pat; as Chair of the Partners in Mission Committee; and as Chair of the Inter-Church Inter-Faith Relations Committee. He has also been an active contributor to the Cursillo Movement.
On the secular side, Archbishop Curtis served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity (Canada) and the Calgary Family Service Centre. One of the legacies of his time in Calgary was Daybreak House, a home for refugee women and their children. Barry moved back to Ottawa where he could be closer to three of his four children and seven grandchildren in 2008. At that time, he accepted the position of Honorary Assistant at St Matthew’s Church, where he makes a special contribution to Christian education. His deep knowledge of scripture and his wry sense of humor make the study of scripture fascinating for people of all ages.
Prior to his ordination, Barry served as a naval officer, and after ordination as Chaplain at the Naval Division in Ottawa. He graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and the Theological College at Chichester, Sussex. Barry loves the outdoors and walking his dog and spends time in Victoria with his wife Lois Rumsey.
Allen joined St. Matthew’s in 2007, and soon became fully engaged in our outreach programs, with a special interest in the coordination of ministry with the Council of the North and in our partnership with the community of Moose Factory, near James Bay, Ontario.
Allen grew up in Smiths Falls and studied at Bishop’s University and the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of parishes up the Ottawa River – Petawawa, Deep River and Arnprior, and here in Ottawa he has been incumbent at St. John the Evangelist and All Saints Westboro. He has also served as Director of Programme for the Diocese of Ottawa and has taken on a host of assignments for the diocese and for the national church. These special assignments have continued into his retirement.
Allen is known for his informal style of preaching – no notes, standing on the chancel steps -- and for his remarkable capacity for listening. His hobbies include cabinetry (including making great wooden toys) and photography.
Father Kevin Flynn is the Director of Anglican Studies at Saint Paul University and Honorary Assistant at St. Matthew’s Church. Kevin studied at York University and Trinity College (University of Toronto). He served in three parishes in or near Toronto until 2004, when he moved to Saint Paul’s, he teaches Christian Liturgy, ecumenism, ministry and Anglicanism.
Here at St. Matthew’s, Kevin has attracted parishioners and others to the practice of Christian meditation to the point where there are now two groups meeting in the chapel (Monday evening and Wednesday at noon). He also leads a group at Saint Paul’s. Kevin is a certified hatha yoga teacher and is connected to the group www.christianspracticingyoga.com. He is frequently invited to lead retreats that feature a combination of meditation, reflection and yoga.
Kirkland Adsett took on the role of Music Director at St. Matthew’s in January, 2011.”For as long as I can remember, I have sung in a church choir,” Kirk says. Those early years taught him that “making something as beautiful as music was a very worthy goal in life.”
Kirk grew up in Wellington County in southwestern Ontario and studied music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, New Jersey. He has also served as organist and choir master at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salem, N.J., St. Simon’s Anglican Church in Oakville, and most recently St. Simon the Apostle in Toronto.
Kirk directs the Men and Boys Choir and the Women and Girls Choir at St. Matthew’s. He has rich experience in working with children, having founded the Reaching Out Through Music community choral program while he was at St. Simon the Apostle. This program reached out to children of recent immigrants to Canada - mainly from Sri Lanka, China and the Philippines. The program helped the children to learn English and to progress at school as well as learning to express themselves through song. One of the big pluses from group musical participation is “a sense of belonging,” Kirk says.
Kirk can be seen walking vigorously from the church to his home on the other side of the canal, deeply engrossed in the score of the music planned for the next Sunday.
Catherine is Administrator of the parish. It’s a plain title for a complex job of supporting a host of volunteers as well as the Incumbent, the Honorary Assistants, the Music Director and all the Committee chairs. Before joining St. Matthew's Catherine worked as a business development consultant. Prior to that role, Catherine spent 15 years in the high-tech sector working in marketing, business development and public affairs. Catherine also has a variety of experience in the non-profit sector including president of her local community association and treasurer of a local riding association.
Aïcha has been our Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator since September 2018. She is a long-time parishioner, having been baptised and confirmed at St. Matthew’s. Aïcha has a lot of experience in childcare and working with youth including three summers as a wading pool attendant and supervisor with the City of Ottawa. Having also volunteered with the Sunday school since 2012, she is well-versed in the Sunday school curriculum and knows many of the parents. Aïcha is currently in her second year at the University of Ottawa, studying Women's studies and Spanish.