It’s not just about going to church. It's about being church.
As a community, we acknowledge that each individual plays an important role in the ministry of the church. Whether we succeed or fail as a community is not up to one individual or one small group of people. It's about the power of God working through his church, the body of Christ.
We're a community of people constantly being challenged by God to find the places where our greatest passions meet the world's greatest needs, extending God's grace and mercy to all.
Rev. Mark Whittall
He returned to Ottawa to begin his career in technology and international development in 1987. His work with Intelcan took him to more than forty countries around the world, from the jungles of Africa to the tundra of the Arctic. But in 2005 he returned to school, this time to St. Paul University in Ottawa where he completed his Masters in Pastoral Theology in 2008. Mark was ordained in 2008 and served as Incumbent of the Parish of Huntley in Carp until 2011.
Mark is enthusiastic about his return to downtown Ottawa to be the Pastor at St. Albans Church. Now he can bike to work! Ministry at St. Albans provides Mark with and exciting and unique opportunity to engage with a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds, including the folks at Centre 454 and students at the University of Ottawa. Mark brings a particular passion for working with children and youth to his ministry, a passion which is evident in his puppet collection!
At home, Mark shares his life with Guylaine, his wife of 25 years, and his two children, Jonathan, 22 and Michelle, 20. In his leisure time he enjoys sports, music and even a bit of quantum physics.
Ken Grahlman, Young Adult Ministry
Ken is a cradle Lutheran, growing up in Midland, Ontario. He experienced his faith through national youth gatherings, called CLAY (Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Youth). These gave his faith a chance to bloom and grow, creating an opportunity to become a leader in the church. Ken graduated from university with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His dedication to this field has lead him to volunteer for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). An organization who's motto is to help reintegrate ex-offenders back into the community.
Ken's involvement with the church has been somewhat extensive, being part of various leadership teams and committees, including his home congregation's council. Ken also has an eye for expensive things. “Once you get a taste of things that are above average, it's hard to go back”. That's probably why he's stayed in church so long. Jesus is an above average person who has inspired his passion in youth and young adult ministry.
Annie MacTavish, Administration
After many years as a graphic designer, in 2007 Annie MacTavish was happy to settle into her real job: working for churches, which she has been doing ever since.
Colin McFarland, Music Director
Colin is entering his second year as a theology student at Saint Paul University in the Master of Divinity (Anglican Studies) program. He has a B.A. Music from Trinity Western University and has worked for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society since 2011. Colin plays violin, guitar, drums and enjoys singing too; coordinating music and musicians and St. Alban's will comprise part of his student placement activities during the 2016-17 academic year. Colin's wife, Keltie, is also a theology student at Saint Paul as well as a manager at Capital City Mission in Lowertown.
Davis Whittington-Heeney, Parish Council Chair
Davis is a student of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa and has been happy to be a part of the loving community of St. Al's since he began his studies last year. He enjoys knitting, tea, unicycling, and connecting with others.
Robert Logie, Warden
Daryl Banke, Warden
Iain Wallace, Coordinator of Education
Iain is a retired Geography prof from Carleton University and has been a member of St Albans since 2014. He is interested in the interface between theology and the social sciences. He loves travel, trains, and photography, and much else besides. He was a member of a traditional church choir for many years and is still getting used to the St. Albans repetoire. He and his wife Gillian believe that art and colour are among God's great gifts to humanity, and deserve to be celebrated in our church community.
Juliana is our Interfaith Relations Representative for our Parish Counsel. As well, she is the Campus Ministry and Event Planning Student Intern at St. Albans. From time to time, she sings in our worship band.
Jenna Kelley, Music
My name is Jenna Kelley and I am the Music Intern at St. Albans. I currently am in my second year of Paralegal at Algonquin College and I hope to be a lawyer in my future. I work as a cashier at Ross’s Independent Grocery in Barrhaven. My home church is Christ Church Bells Corners and I am hoping that this experience will allow me to bring back new ideas and leadership through the Music Ministry. I have been apart of my junior choir for 10 years and I have been playing the acoustic guitar for about 5 years. I can’t wait to start working with all of you.
Julia Bremner, Centre 454
"Hi! I'm Julia Bremner and I am pleased to be St. Alban's new Centre 454 intern! I moved to Ottawa last year from Halifax, NS and I have called St. Albans home ever since (when I'm not talking about how much I love Halifax). This year I will be completing my final year of my masters in social work at Carleton. When I'm not busy with school you'll likely find me playing outside or trying my hardest to talk to animals. I am enthusiastic about everything, and love that this year I get to combine my social work background with my internship! This year I'm looking forward to continuing to grow and be part of the St.Al's community!"
Sarah Arnold, Pastoral care
"Hello, I am Sarah and I was born and raised in Ottawa. I just recently graduated from The School of Social Work at Carleton University. I am furthering my education this fall starting the PSW program at Algonquin. My passion in life is to make people feel that they belong and to enhance the lives of our fellow neighbours. On my spare time I enjoy relaxing in my backyard with my friends and family. Laughing and being close to the ones I love are things I cheerish the most!"
Allie McDougall, Children's Ministry
Allie is a third year student at Saint Paul University, studying Human Relations and Spirituality. She'll be participating in the St. Al's internship program for the 2016/17 year, with a focus in children's ministry. When not studying or at St Albans, Allie enjoys black coffee, feminist discourse, gangster movies, and spending time with her fiance, Davis.
Gillian Wallace, Prayers of the People
Erica Howes, Communications
Erica is a recent grad of Carleton University’s journalism program now working in communications at United Way Ottawa. She was the digital communications intern at St. Alban's last year and will continue to be involved in spreading the amazing work St. Albans does in the community. She recently joined a rub club, likes spoken word poetry and favourite colour by far is purple.
John Wright, Refugee Sponsorship Co-chair
John Wright is an entrepreneur, artist, writer, sailor, skier and long distance swimmer. He has a background of community contribution and leadership, including teaching Sunday School and Director of the Personnel Committee at Southminster United Church. Other experience includes Youth Director (sailing school) at the Britannia Yacht Club, and preparing plans, raising funds, and organizing a community-based initiative to naturalize Brewer Park.
Formerly a partner in the largest landscape architectural firm in Eastern Ontario, John transitioned to independent consulting in 2013. As both a registered planner and landscape architect, he specializes in urban design and design of public places, such as streetscapes, plazas, parks, and campuses.
A copy of Drawn Along The Way, an illustrated memoir of his Camino pilgrimage experience, is available to borrow at St. Albans.