John E. Anderson
John became a priest in the Diocese of Toronto on April 25, 2010, while serving as an Associate Priest at Christ Church, Stouffville. John’s first incumbency was at the Church of the Ascension in Port Perry, where he successfully rebooted this small-town church into a thriving parish. In
September 2017, John came to St. James’, and it has been exciting for him to return to a larger church in a downtown setting where mission and outreach is a vital ministry. Throughout his own ministry, John has become fascinated by congregational development and helping parishes continue to thrive and live out the gospel.
Prior to ministry, John practised law for nearly sixteen years, mostly in the City of Barrie, where he was a partner in the law firm Stewart, Esten. John’s practice was largely in employment law and civil litigation. John obtained his B.A. from McMaster University in 1986, his law degree from Queen’s University in 1990, and he completed his Master’s in Divinity from Wycliffe College in 2008.
An important part of John’s ministry is serving the wider Diocese. He has been on a number of committees, such as the Canons & Constitution Committee, the Governance Working Group, and the Diocesan Response Team. John currently is appointed to the role of Canon Pastor and is charged with the administration of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and investigation of complaints.
John and his wife Lisa have two wonderful children, twins Gareth and Maggie, who are amazing musicians and singers. John takes no direct credit for this, except for having music on in the house a lot when they were small! John and Lisa love to garden, hike, read, and there is always a dog hanging around their house!
Anna has a BA in Voice and Piano Performance and a Masters in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting. She is an ordained Cantor and is Cantor Emerita at Temple Emanu-El in Toronto. She regularly performs in recitals, offers Master Classes for choirs and teaches Vocal Development in her private studio at her home.
Jeff begin his pipe organ studies in 1994 at the Presbyterian Church in Orillia under Marshall Martin. From 2002-2008 Jeff was organist at the First Baptist Church in Orillia and from then on has been supply organist in churches in Barrie, Orillia and the Muskoka’s. He also runs The Water Market business in Orillia as well as restoring and showing antique farm tractors.