Reverend Geoff is the Incumbent priest at St. Matthew's.
He grew up in London, Ontario and studied music (B.Mus, Horn Performance) at Western University. He then spent five years in the United States doing graduate work at the University of the South and at Yale Divinity School, completing a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Montreal, serving in the Verdun neighbourhood of Montreal and Chateauguay. He moved to the Diocese of Ottawa in 2012 and served as Incumbent of Epiphany Anglican Church, and was delighted to arrive at St. Matthew’s in April 2020.
Rev. Geoff is passionate about the church. As a musician, he finds his musical outlet primarily through worship and sacred music. He believes in music that feeds us and is looking forward to participating in St. Matthew’s rich musical tradition. He loves to teach - whether through preaching, leading Bible studies, or having a great conversation over coffee. He arrived at St. Matthew's during the COVID-19 pandemic and is ready to utilize online tools to teach and lead in new ways.
Rev. Geoff is married to Sarah, who works as a management consultant, and they have a son, Theo.
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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.
The Reverend Canon Jim Beall 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.
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.
Jim and Joanne have two children, Jacqueline and Michael, a daughter-in law, Carol, and a grandson, Theo.
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.
A native of Wellington County in southwestern Ontario, Kirkland Adsett became Director of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s in 2011.
Previously, Mr. Adsett served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. James Anglican Church in Dundas, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salem, N.J., St. Simon’s Anglican Church in Oakville, and at the Church of St. Simon the Apostle in Toronto. His keenest interests are organ-playing, liturgical improvisation, composition and choral conducting. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Organ and improvisation teachers have included Barrie Cabena, Jan Overduin and John Tuttle (Canada), Stefan Engels and Ken Cowan (USA), Jean-Pierre Leguay, Madame Jacquet-Langlais and Naji Hakim (France), and Otto Kraemer (Germany). Most notable choral conducting teachers have included Dale Warland, Timothy Brown (Clare College), and Ralph Allwood (Eton College). A published composer, Kirk’s compositions have been performed in Canada, America and in continental Europe.
When not behind an organ console or in front of a choir conducting, Kirk can be found reading, yearning for travel, spending quality time with friends or walking his standard poodle Max.
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 third year at the University of Ottawa, studying Women's studies and Spanish.
Last updated: February 5, 2021