The Reverend Matthew McMillan

Parish Priest

In September of 2017 St. Mary’s welcomed The Reverend Matthew McMillan as our new parish priest.  Fr. Matthew joined us after serving 8 1/2 years as the Rector of Churchill and Cookstown, a two point parish in the Town of Innisfil.  Our new priest joins us after having studied Political Science at Huron College, Agricultural Business at the University of Guelph and having had a career with the Government of the Province of Ontario.  In 2006 Fr. Matthew graduated from the University of Toronto’s, Trinity College with his Master’s of Divinity.  After completing his seminary studies he served jointly as Lay Pastoral Associate at All Saints, Peterborough and Youth Minister at St. Peter’s, Cobourg.  In May of 2007 he was ordained and served his curacy at St. Timothy’s, Agincourt in Scarborough.

Fr. Matthew and his wife Pam have 4 children: Riley, Keely, Molly and Dougal.  You’ll usually find Fr. Matthew on the go between parish and family activities.  In his spare time he can be found enjoying the outdoors, tidying up after one of the kids or visiting with family and friends.  Fr. Matthew’s dedicated office hours are Tuesday – Thursday mornings from 9 am till noon, and other times by appointment.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to Fr. Matthew and his family as you are able.

Betty Lehming

Office Administrator

Betty Lehming has been Office Administrator at St. Mary’s since July 2015. She has many years’ experience in church administration, including service at a local Mennonite congregation. Prior to that she worked in a number of other administrative positions, having trained as a legal secretary. Betty’s outside interests include music and the arts. She and her family live in Stouffville.

John Macey

Sexton

John Macey has been our Sexton at St. Mary’s since 2013.  He is a Richmond Hill boy, born and bred and has fond memories of attending St. Mary’s Sunday School in his youth in the old chapel.

John takes great pride in making our facilities a welcoming place for both members of the parish and the many groups who use our space each week.

Soyoung Shin

Director of Music and Organist

Soyoung Shin earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Chung-Ang University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying from Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. In addition, she has earned a Master of Music degree in Church Music, Organ Performance from the University of Alabama in the U.S. While she was attending the University of Alabama, she studied organ with Dr. Faythe Freese and choral conducting with Dr. John Ratledge.

Soyoung is married to Sangkyu Lee and has two sons, Junmin and Junhee. Her husband is an ordained Korean Methodist Pastor and he is working on his doctoral degree in Homiletics at the University of Toronto.

The Reverend Don Downer

Honorary Assistant

Don Downer’s connections with St. Mary’s began back in the winter of 1973, when he was taken on by the parish as a student minister under the direction of Rev. Bern Barrett. He subsequently stayed at St. Mary’s for almost a year and was ordained deacon by Bishop John Bothwell of Niagara in January 1974. It was Don’s positive experience at St. Mary’s that confirmed his call to ordination in the Anglican Church.

After serving in several other parishes over the next 35 years or so, Don returned to St. Mary’s in the fall of 2007, following retirement from Holy Trinity, Thornhill. In retirement he also does spiritual direction, as well as nature and wildlife photography. Having come full circle, Don still sees St. Mary’s as his spiritual home.  For any individuals who are wanting to inquire about Don’s availability for spiritual direction, please contact the office and we will relay any inquiries.