Ms. Ruth Heine, Mission Engagement Facilitator & 9 am Worship Leader
Ms. Shawna Stirman, Parish Administrator
My name is Shawna and I am the church secretary. Its hard to believe I have been here for 3 years already.
My late husband Dale and I started attending St. Thomas in 1971. We were both involved in many Lay Ministry positions over the years, some for short periods of time and some for much longer. I have served as Parish Secretary, Envelope Secretary for the past 10 years, and a Lay Reader for over 25 years. Two years ago I was ordained to the Vocational Diaconate.I graduated from the Education For Ministry (EFM) in 1996. In addition I became an EFM Mentor and was also appointed as the Diocesan Coordinator. In 2005 I graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Native Studies. In my position as a Vocational Deacon my ministry is focused on the roles of Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Coordinator of “We are all Treaty People”, which works to build our ministry of reconciliation. My ministry also includes my role as Envelope Secretary and I also coordinate and prepare the Lay Ministry Worship schedule 3 times a year.I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. Over the years 3 of my children and 8 of my grandchildren have been baptized into this faith community. I currently share my everyday life with my cat Picasso and my dog Shadow. I have been very blessed to be able to grow spiritually in this community.
Rev. Judy Purkis, Deacon
Rev. Stephanie London, Assistant Priest
I grew up in the Anglican Church, and discerned a call to ordained ministry while serving in various positions in youth ministry, on diocesan staff, internationally, and in inner-city EdmontonI met Steve at Yale Divinity School, and we were ordained priests together in 2004. Currently, I oversee the GriefShare ministry at St. Thomas; preach, provide pastoral care and lead services occasionally; and assist other ministries where needed. I am passionate about the visual arts, and most enjoy leading retreats and workshops for people of all ages that combine spirituality with creative expression.Our three school-aged children and tank full of gerbils keep us busy when we are not hanging out with the people of St.Thomas.
St Thomas Anglican Staff