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Saint Lawrence Anglican Church
St. Lawrence Anglican Church has been serving our Lord Jesus in the community of Brockville for over 200 years. This Ministry began in our individual congregations of St. Peter’s (established in 1814) and Trinity (established in 1875), and since 2006 has continued as the Parish of Saint Lawrence.
Within our church family we celebrate and share Christ’s presence in worship and in ministry.
Our worship is at the centre of our life and that life centres round the table where Christ comes to us in bread and wine. In ministry we care for one another through the many active committees and programs of our church.
As we look beyond our church walls we reach out with Christ’s love to meet needs and interest in our wider community.
We continue to grow in our understanding of our faith and of one another in the light of Christ’s love and presence.
Fr Michael was ordained deacon in 1988 and priested the following year. During his ministry in the Diocese of Ontario he has served at St. George's Church, the Parish of Tweed/Roslin and the Parish of Merrickville/Burritt's Rapids. He has served as the incumbent of St. Lawrence since 2001. Fr. Michael also serves on a number of committees in the Diocese including the Vision and Strategy Taskforce, Synod Council, is Char of the Diocesan Worship Committee, Co-Chair of the Synod Planning Committee and acts as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. Fr. Michael has been the incumbent of the Parish of Elizabethtown since 2007 which includes the Congregation of St. John the Baptist in Lyn. Fr. Michael has a passion for worship and a deep concern for how the church connects to the world through ministry and prayer. Michael is married to Tracey and has four children and two grandchildren.
Father George Lambert
Fr. George joined the ministry team as part-time priest associate at Saint Lawrence Anglican Church in 2012 after his retirement from fulltime ministry in the Diocese of Montreal. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2001 and as priest in 2003. At the time of his retirement he was rector of Saint George’s Church in Chateauguay, QC and archdeacon of the Richelieu and the Eastern Townships. Before ordination, George worked as a journalist in print, radio and television in the United States. He and his wife Cynthia moved to Canada in 1974 and he worked for many years in corporate public relations and as a consultant in organizational communications before studying for ordination at Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Fr. George and Cynthia have two daughters and four grandchildren. In February of 2018 at age 73 he was named honourary assistant with fewer responsibilities
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Our Dedicated Staff
Wendy Gottfried, Parish Administrator
Wendy has worked as Parish Administrator since 2014. She is responsible for the day to day management of our facilities and coordinates the many groups and organizations that make use of our space week in and week out. Wendy acts at the main contact to members of the parish and to members of the wider community. She is also responsible for organizing worship schedules and preparing bulletins and other materials for our weekly worship services and coordinates our parish communications including advertising and our regular newsletters. In her role as Administrator Wendy acts as recording secretary for the Advisory Council and is a member of the Communications Committee.
Jeff Reusing, Organist and Choir Director
As an organist, pianist, conductor of choral music and music teacher, Jeff Reusing has been a major classical music presence in the Brockville area for 20 years. He gives several organ recitals each year, plays in a chamber ensemble, conducted the Brockville Community Choir for 10 years, is organist and choir master for St. Lawrence Anglican Church, performs in New Year’s Eve concerts and accompanies vocal and instrumental students at the Lions Music Festival.
Linda Nichols, Accountant
Linda recently celebrated her 10th year here at St. Lawrence. Linda cares for our financial records and does the week to week bookkeeping and other related duties. Linda provides regular financial reports to the Wardens and Council and prepares our annual financial statements and Budget and works closely with our Treasurer and Finance Committee. Linda works closely with the groups and committees of the parish and prepares annual charitable receipts for our contributors. Linda is available at the church office on Wednesday mornings.
Robert Cassell, Caretaker
Rob has been with us since 2016. He is responsible for the care of our facility and grounds. In his work at the church Rob when able also assists church and community groups in many ways. Aside from his duties Rob is also very involved in the worshipping life and ministry of the parish. Rob is a member of the Outreach Committee and a member of the Advisory Council.