Minister: Minister: Director of Music: Director of Music, 9:02: Director of Music Emeritus: Office Administrator:
Jim Cairney Mark Chown Jane Christmas Wamsley Jason Locke Marvin Munshaw Karen Matthews
Jim Cairney - Minister
Jim Cairney came to Christ Church as our Minister in March, 2007. He comes with a deep sense of call and is delighted to be here to serve Christ Church. Jim is Montreal born, and raised in Ancaster. He has a degree in journalism from Ryerson in Toronto, and worked for two large daily newspapers. He received his theological education at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. Since ordination, he served in ministry in a number of settings and contexts. He enjoys skiing, cycling, gardening, cooking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, travel, and camping.
Mark Chown - Minister
Mark joined the Christ Church team shortly after his marriage in June of 2013. He has hit the ground running at Christ Church, taking lead roles in the summer Vacation Bible Camp and Band Camp experiences and looks forward to many more outreach activities for children and youth. He grew up in Whitby, ON and now resides in the downtown core with his wife Rachelle, their dog Wolf and cat Odin. Mark holds a bachelors degree with a double major in philosophy and theology from Tyndale University. Mark was most recently on staff at a Pentecostal church in his home town where he played a major role with youth, music, design, and technology. When not busy planning events for the kids, or grabbing coffee with youth, Mark enjoys his time at home with his wife and dog.
Jane Christmas Wamsley - Director of Music
Jane Wamsley came to Christ Church in January 2010. She grew up in Blenheim, Ontario and was involved in the choirs of Blenheim United Church and learned to play the church organ there. Jane received her Honours Bachelor of Music-Organ and Church Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, then her Bachelor of Education at University of Toronto/OISE. Jane taught elementary school for 34+ years, beginning in Elgin County, then in Halton as classroom teacher, music teacher, Music Consultant and Coordinator of Arts. Jane has been a Church Music Director in several United, Anglican, Presbyterian and Lutheran Churches, and feels a strong call to Ministry through music. Jane and her husband, Marty, live in Burlington, and have 2 grown children, Christy (Seb) and Greg (Ashley). Jane feels blessed to have been welcomed so graciously to Christ Church United.
Jason Locke - Director of Music, The 9:02 Express
Jason joined the Christ Church staff in July of 2010. He provides musical leadership for the 9:02Express worship service. He has an undergraduate degree in theology and holds his Master of Sacred Music degree at Emmanuel College. Jason is a choral conductor, composer, band leader and music teacher. While instruction and development are an important part of his job, Jason really loves to just sit at the piano and play – and expects he will get to do that a fair amount over the months to come.
Karen Matthews - Office Administrator
Karen is the first point of contact when you call Christ Church. She became our full time Office Administrator in March 2016. She was born in Wales, and grew up in Oakville, Ontario. Her background is in Broadcasting Administration involving organizing, planning, and scheduling at CBC Radio in Toronto, and her education was in Business Management as well as Visual Arts from Sheridan College in Oakville. She is the mother of three children – Darryl (Paula), Evan and Rhiannon, and a grandmother to Kelly. She lives in Clarkson with her husband Kent, and family and joined the congregation in 2007. She enjoys arts, crafts, movies, gardening and listening to music.