St Clement’s Church
70 St Clements Ave, Toronto, ON M4R 1H2
Andrew is the Rector (Senior Pastor) of St. Clement’s Church.
Andrew never stepped foot in a church before he was 15 years old. His passion is for communicating the love of God in an authentic, fresh, and relatable way. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew has served in Ecuador and Central Asia. In Toronto, he has served both Spanish-speaking and West Indian congregations, and among youth and those experiencing homelessness in the downtown core.
A skilled writer and speaker, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University, and a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, where he graduated first in his class.
Andrew hosts a popular Christianity 101 course, which has been instrumental to the renewed growth and vibrancy of the parish.
He is married to Marcia Boniferro, a gifted pastor and chaplain to graduate students at the University of Toronto. Together, they are proud parents to Samuel and Rose. Andrew loves Mexican food and bicycles.
Contact him to explore faith and the spiritual life; to inquire about baptism and marriage; to match your time, talent, and treasure with our church and neighbourhood; to chat about the spiritual renewal and strategic direction of St. Clement’s Church.
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Contact her about connecting with our growing 20s and 30s community; engaging with our growing community and neighbourhood; singing in our Youth Choir.
In her capacity as a worship leader and Pastor to Young Adults, Kaili is a passionate communicator of the Gospel for this generation. Kaili teaches in our Tuesdays at St. Clement’s series on practicing the way of Jesus in one’s everyday life.
When is not at St. Clement’s she is usually found singing, writing songs or practising yoga. She’s also been known to be so caught up in a book as to not hear people calling her name.
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Daniel is the Director of Music at St Clement’s Church.
Daniel is a choral conductor, organist, teacher and singer. Alongside his work at St Clement’s, Daniel is Organist and Choirmaster of Upper Canada College, an Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
Daniel was educated at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Magdalene College and the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Sacred Music. He taught at four of the United Kingdom’s leading schools, including South Hampstead High School, where he was Director of Music for four years, before relocating to Canada in 2013. Daniel is also a qualified lawyer and was called to Bar of England and Wales in 2005 as a Diplock Scholar of the Middle Temple, and briefly practised in European antitrust law in Brussels before very happily returning to his true vocation: music. As a church musician, he has served a number of institutions, including four churches in London, England as well as St Cuthbert’s, Leaside from 2013-2015. He also spent a year as a Tenor Gentleman in the Choir of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.
Daniel is married to novelist Trilby Kent and has two children, Clea and Tristan, and a cat named Doris. He is a sports fanatic and sometimes a dedicated runner, with two sub-four-hour marathons to his name, and he enjoys very hot Indian curries.
Contact him with anything related to determinate pitch and rhythm within the liturgy.
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Taylor Reimer is passionate about creating safe spaces for young people to learn the Christian tradition, ask thoughtful questions, and discover what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st century. She comes to St. Clement’s from a Presbyterian Church, just north of Toronto where she worked as Youth Director for 4 years. Having been raised in the Church, Taylor is intentional about helping young people make their own claims to faith. She offers an inclusive space for all youth, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journeys. Taylor is a recent graduate from Tyndale University College, and holds an Honours B.A in English. She enjoys showing youth how the Bible can come alive when read as literature.
Taylor is married to Jacob—the couple met while they were both teens in Sunday school! Together, they enjoy spending time at their family cottage.
Taylor helps keep youth interested in the Church—through interfaith dialogue, interdenominational exposure, and intergenerational ministry.
Contact her to learn more about confirmation, youth programming at St. Clement’s and fun events
The Reverend Deacon Dr Anne Day
Anne is the Deacon at St Clements. She helps Rev Richard Webb with Pastoral Care; visiting parishioners in hospital or at home, taking Holy Communion and praying with them, or phoning them as needed.
She also organises the Prayer Chain. This consists of about 40 members of the parish who will pray for people who request it. Anyone can request that prayers be offered for those in need.
As part of Pastoral Care, she organises the Prayer shawl Ministry. Members of the congregation knit or crochet Shawls which are then Blessed by the priest and then given to sick or grieving parishioners and to those baptized at St Clements.
Also as part of Pastoral Care after the Sunday services are finished the flowers are wrapped and given to people in need, visitors and newcomers, with a prayer card for their recovery.
As Deacon she sets the table for Holy Communion at 8:00 and reads the Gospel and some of the prayers. She is always available to pray privately with anyone who requests this after any of the services.
Any person coming into our church is welcomed. As Christ himself said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed Me.” (Matthew 25:35) So her passion is to welcome all into the community and pray for all who those who enter St Clements Church.
Manager of Finance and Administration
Grace was born in England and raised in Etobicoke. Currently she lives in Etobicoke with her husband, Andrew, their three wonderful children, David (23), Joshua (20) and Victoria (17) and their two four legged children, 3 year old black cat, Salem and 2 year old cock-a-poo, Rosie.
While Grace raised her children, she operated her own business where she provided administrative support and bookkeeping services to mainly small churches and not-for-profit businesses. She recently held the position of Administration & Operations Manager at Islington United Church, in central Etobicoke and is excited at how much it paralleled the job at St. Clement’s.
Church was always a big part of Grace’s life. She still is a member of her family’s church, Humber Valley United. You could say working for a church is in her blood. Her grandfather was a church organist in England; her mother was a lay supply minister at Humber Valley, working with children and seniors; her Dad extremely involved as a lay leader at Humber Valley and her brother who is currently the senior minister at Northwest Barrie United Church.
In the summer, you will often find Grace relaxing on the dock at her family cottage near Bancroft. She has a passion for animals and the outdoors where she enjoys cottaging, camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and walking. She also enjoys cooking and reading.
Grace is very excited to be starting her new journey at St. Clement’s and to have the opportunity of contributing her skills and experience to assist in the continuing success of this faith community.
Administrative Assistant / Assistant to the Rector
Julianna Buck is the Administrative Assistant/Assistant to the Rector. Julianna has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in English and Ancient Near Eastern studies and a Bachelor of Education from York University.
On weekdays she enjoys updating the church’s database and working with the St. Clement’s team. On weekends she’s probably doing one of her 1,325 hobbies. Her recent enthusiasm are knitting, carpentry, cooking Egyptian food, and watching opera.
Contact her about programs, the Anchor, room bookings for committee meetings and church events, Sunday announcements, and meeting with Andrew.
Elisabeth has been the bookkeeper at St. Clement’s for many years and can be approached with questions about donations to the church.
She started her career in the written word as administrative secretary; but as the computer rapidly changed the role of that profession, she got a degree in accounting, and found her niche. Working at St. Clement’s she enjoys the varied aspects of church accounting and also appreciates the interaction with parishioners and staff.
Elisabeth grew up in Norway but has spent most of her adult life in the U.S. and Canada. She has 2 grown children and 1 grandchild, all living in the U.S.
When she is not doing numbers, she loves walking and singing in choirs.
Interim Daytime Custodian
The Rev Arthur MacRae
I am a Montrealer, married to Judith Watkins, a long-time parishioner of St Clement’s. I was educated at Ashbury College, McGill (BA and STM), Trinity (STB) and the University of Toronto (MA). I also graduated from the Ontario College of Education and the Canadian Armed Forces Militia Command and Staff Course. I was ordained deacon (in the Church of England in Canada) in 1955 and priest (in the Anglican Church of Canada) in 1956. After a curacy in Montreal, I founded St James the Apostle, Brampton and St Joseph of Nazareth, Bramalea. Later I served in a number of parishes, in various capacities, coming to St Clement’s as an Honorary Associate in January 1990, where I have been involved in a number of ministries. At the diocesan level, I served for a period as Chair of the Archbishop’s Commission on Ministry.
As a teacher, I became coordinator of the North York Board of Eduction’s Extended (Late Immersion) French program. As a Certified Translator, I have been Chair of the Canadian Translators’ and Interpreters’ Council and have translated the Book of Common Prayer into Papiamentu. As a military chaplain, I became Area Chaplain (senior reserve chaplain) (P) for Ontario and helped to form the relationship between the 7th Toronto Regiment RCA and St Clement’s. When I am not worshipping at St Clement’s (at 11:00), I do crossword puzzles, read mystery novels and travel.
The Rev Canon John A. Read
The Rev Canon John A Read is married to Janet who is a visual artist and musician. The Read’s have two married children and two granddaughters. John completed his undergrad and M.Div at Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained Deacon in 1979 and priest in 1980. Following a Curacy at St Jude’s, Wexford, John served in three parishes as Incumbent /Rector. These were the Parish of Innisfil which included south Barrie, the town Church of St John the Evangelist in Port Hope for 18 years, and then10 years at Grace Church, Markham to spearhead a congregational rebuild. His interests include church growth and renewal events across North America, attending concerts, travelling, gardening, spending time at the family cottage at Big Bay Point, and above all enjoying time with his family and granddaughters.
Wardens and Treasurer
Working with the Rector, our Wardens and Treasurer provide leadership to the overarching vision and direction of our Christian community.
Heather Stewart, People’s Warden
Heather Stewart attends the 11 a.m. service. Heather is a former EVP in the Capital Markets and a former Partner with the global consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, following which she founded her own consulting firm Stewart Clyde Consulting. Recently, Heather founded Eden Park Group which provides career coaching, leadership coaching and organizational development consulting services. In the community, Heather sits on the Board of Trustees at Trinity College (UofT) and on the Board of Trustees of a private, national pension plan where she is also Chair of the Governance Committee. Heather has served as a Deputy Warden this past year at St. Clement’s; Heather’s husband, Ian serves on one of the Diocesan Working Groups (“Innovation Based on Evidence”) charged with implementing the Diocesan Strategic Plan.
Sean Martin, Rector’s Warden
Sean Martin attends the 9am service with Rachel Gillespie, his wife and their children: Henry, Charles and Julia (all three were baptized together in May 2015). Sean is an investment banker with Raymond James (Head of Financial Services and Financial Technology) and previously worked with TD Securities, Manulife and Bank of Montreal. His community involvement has included board work with a community housing organization and acting as president of a mid-town Toronto political riding association. Sean is a member of the Finance Committee and his two oldest children are members of our fabulous Youth Choir!
Caroline L. Helbronner, Deputy Warden (People’s)
Caroline attends the 9am service. Caroline is a partner with the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she practices in the areas of pensions, employee benefits and executive compensation. In the community, Caroline is a member of the Alumnae Association Executive of Branksome Hall. Caroline also sits on the Pension Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee of The York Club. In her “spare time”, Caroline enjoys tennis, fitness, travel and the arts. At St. Clement’s, Caroline serves on the Outreach Committee and is looking forward to having the opportunity to serve as a Warden in the year ahead.
Robert Boeckner, Deputy Warden (Rector’s)
Alongside his love for God and the Church, Bob draws upon a wealth of perspective and experience informed by his years at St. Clement’s and in serving the wider church. For several years, Bob has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the pension and benefit plans of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Regularly attending the 11am service, Bob has been a member of St. Clements for over thirty years, and has been involved in the parish in a variety of ways including serving on the Planning, Stewardship, and Welcome Committees, the Advisory Board, and as a Greeter, Communion Minister, Reader, Synod Representative and Sidesteam Captain.
Bob enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, attempting to play golf, and travelling with his partner, Dianne Lohnes, whom he met at St. Clement’s.
Kristjan Vitols, Past Warden (Rector’s)
Kristjan attends the 11am service regularly with his wife, Jennifer, and their children Ella and Everett, who are both in our Youth Group. Kristjan got to know Canon Nicholson Hall very well as a leader of the St.Clement’s 23rd Cub Pack. Kristjan is a graduate of both the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, works with Urban Forestry at the City of Toronto, and is always happy to talk about trees.
Kathy McCain, Past Warden (People’s)
Kathy has been a member of St. Clement’s for over 25 years and worships regularly with her husband, Jamie, at our 9am service. A native of New Brunswick, Kathy served on the Board of Governors for 18 years at her alma mater, the University of New Brunswick, and has just finished her term as Chair of that same Board. She has also served as the Chair of the McCain Foundation and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Both Jamie and Kathy have enjoyed a refresher in the faith at our Christianity 101 course, and she is looking forward to supporting the direction that our parish is going by serving again as a Warden.
Steve Murdoch, Treasurer
Steve took over as our Treasurer in 2016. Steve and his wife, Karen, worship at our 9am service and have two children, Dana & and Patrick, who grew up at St. Clement’s. Steve has served as a Warden and has been involved with different aspects of church stewardship in recent years. In 2014 Steve retired from his third career, after eighteen years at SunLife Financial as a Certified Financial Planner, and is now working with a private equity firm based in Salt Lake City.
Assistant Conductor Emerita
Valerie came to St Clement’s in December of 2009 with the amalgamation of St Clement’s and St Margaret’s parishes. She holds an ARCT in both piano and organ and studied Choral Directing with John Hodgins at Grace Church-on-the-Hill. Valerie has served the parishes of St David’s, Hardington, St Hilda’s, St Clement’s, Riverdale, St John the Baptist, Norway, and St Margaret’s, North Toronto.
Music Director Emeritus
Tom received his training in Oshawa, Toronto, and Croydon, England at the Royal School of Church Music. In 1973 he was appointed to the position of Organist and Choirmaster at St. Clement’s, where he remained until 2015. Upon his retirement it was announced that the church’s bell would be named “Faithful Thomas” in his honour, and Trinity College will confer a Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) upon Tom on May 10, 2016. The award is “in recognition of Tom’s lifetime devotion to the Anglican Church, his enriching of the church community through the beauty of Anglican Church music, his gifts of caring and building relationships and his strong commitment to the Anglican faith.”
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