Jason is our recently appointed Incumbent at the church. A longterm Parkdale resident, Jason is a theological educator and community-engaged priest. He is committed to the Anglican tradition of geographical ‘parish’ ministry. Here the parish refers not only to the congregation, but to the neighbourhood as well.
The Rev. Claudette Taylor is our permanent Deacon, not only participating in the leading of worship but essentially involved in organizing many parish activities, particularly the vital ‘Social Ministry’ organization. Claudette is a long time parishioner here and was called by this community to accept her role as deacon. Claudette was ordained in December 2012.
The Archbishop, Michael Peers has been an active member of our congregation and an Honourary Assistant here since his retirement in 2004. As well as serving the church in Ottawa Diocese and the Dioceses of Rupertsland (Manitoba) and Qu’Appelle (Saskatchewan), he served as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 to 2004. Highlights of his ministry included his apology on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada to our indigenous brothers and sisters for the suffering and abuse they endured during the Residential School years. His apology was accepted and led our church to the long, hard work of reconciliation which is still on-going today.
Michael’s wife Dorothy is deeply involved too and is a great asset to this community and the neighbourhood at large. She is passionate about connecting the church with the community around us and heartily supports all efforts to do so. She is an enthusiastic participant in HOPE Community Garden across from the church and has been a member of the Steering Committee for many years. She is one of our representatives on the West End Interfaith Refugee Settlement Committee (3 churches and a mosque). Part of being a welcoming community in Parkdale is hospitality, and Dorothy looks forward to opportunities to extend hospitality to both our parish family and the wider community.
Michael Burtt is the Founder and Artistic Director of Making Room Community Arts. For over a decade, he has been bringing Parkdale residents together to celebrate and reflect through collaborative art making. Michael brings these skills and interests to his various roles in and around Epiphany and St. Mark Church. As a Sunday School teacher, Michael approaches prayer as something we do with our hearts, bodies and spirits and tries to share this sensibility with the kids of Epiphany and St. Mark. Michael is also part of the Jeremiah Community. Along with Jason McKinney, Michael started the Friday morning Centering Prayer group. His most recent venture is “Contemplative Parkdale,” a group committed to bringing Christian Contemplative practice into our daily lives.
Scott Drakeford is a keyboardist and producer from Toronto. He has been a musician for over 20 years, having first started piano lessons in 1997. In 1999, he began studying piano at the Merriam School of Music in Oakville. The curriculum included Royal Conservatory repertoire and theory along with jazz and pop repertoire/theory. He studied there for 10 years, and in his 8th year was accepted into Merriam’s Enriched Studies Program, open to only the top students in the school. In 2011 he began teaching piano lessons of his own at the school, and continues to do so for a number of private students.
In 2010 he began studying music at York University, where his focus set towards composition as well as electronic music production (a practice that began as a hobby in 2007) though he later reduced his time studying to pursue creating music outside of the university curriculum. During this time he taught himself the basics of recording using software synthesizers, which later became the seed for his work as an electronic musician under the name Gravity Well.
In 2006 he began playing piano for church services, and has continued to do so throughout his career – first at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Islington as a guest musician, then as a long-term substitute worship leader at Martin Grove Baptist Church in 2015. He became Music Director at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark in late 2017. In 2018 Scott graduated from Seneca College’s Independent Music Production Program with Honours.