Sharing God's love as a caring faith community

St. Matthews Lutheran Church


Our Ministry Team

God is doing something great at St. Matthews and we are privileged to join in God’s work!

Please find below some of the leaders that work alongside a team of Sunday School Teachers, Lay Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Communion Servers, Ushers, Radio Room Operators, Building Monitors and a myriad of generous disciples to provide a restful and inspiring place of worship.




The Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer, Pastor (on maternity leave until November 2019)

The Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer grew up in London with her mother, father, sister, and brother. From an early age the liturgical music at her home church, Trinity Lutheran took root in her heart. An undergrad in sociology and psychology was completed at Western, followed by a bachelor of education that led to teaching elementary school for five years. A little nudging landed her on the doorsteps of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 2004 where she completed a Masters of Divinity. The first call took her to Christ, Maynooth, and St. Stephen’s in Schutt. During this time she married Sebastian whom she met in seminary. Next, she was interim pastor at Epiphany in Scarborough and then called to Redeemer on Bloor at 7 months pregnant. Her three bright lights, Gabrielle, James, and Elise were born in 2013,  2015 and 2018.  Carey is enjoying team ministry with her husband and the good people of St. Matthews. She is curious about the community surrounding and how we impact each other for the better through the gift of God’s love.

Pastor Sebastian 2018 Friendly

The Rev. Sebastian Meadows-Helmer, Pastor (on parental leave July 1-Sept 2)

The Rev. Sebastian Meadows-Helmer grew up in Montréal, and spent many Sundays singing in the choir of the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral. Sebastian studied music at McGill University and pursued a freelance career as an orchestral violinist. Following seminary education at the Anglican Montreal Diocesan Theological College and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Sebastian was ordained in June 2010 and then completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care in 2012. Married to Carey in 2009, Sebastian is father to Gabrielle, James and Elise. Sebastian’s first call was to Thornhill Lutheran Church, a bilingual German-English church north of Toronto. He is passionate about worship, partnerships, and seeking new forms of church while maintaining the best of the tradition. (He also is passionate about Swiss chocolate!) Sebastian is enjoying being in a joint call with his wife at St. Matthews. Pastor Sebastian's days off are Fridays and Saturdays. 

Pastor Claudine

The Rev. Claudine Carlson (Part-time Interim Pastor from July 1 to September 2nd, during Pastor Sebastian's parental leave.)

Her areas of responsibility are visitation, emergency pastoral care, some administration, and leading worship on 5 Sundays during this time. 

Pastor Claudine is known in this community as having been a pastor at Mount Zion Lutheran, as well as interim pastor at St. Philip's and St. Mark's Lutheran.
She is also known for her service to the wider church and community:

Eastern Synod - Church and Society Committee; Examining Committee; Lay and Clergy Retreat Leader; Synod Assembly Chaplain; Adjunct Faculty, WLS - Lecturer in Spiritual Formation

ELCIC - Faith and Society Committee; National Church Council; Lutheran Theological Seminary - Board Member

Community - Myers-Briggs Workshop Consultant for Waterloo Board of Education and several church councils; Board Member of K-W Council of Churches

Her office hours are Tuesdays, 12.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Joshua Head

Joshua Ehlebracht, Interim Director of Music 

Joshua Ehlebracht is a 20 year old undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Professor Nathan Laube. Joshua began his musical studies when he was 6 years old on the piano, and then began taking organ lessons from Dr. Peter Nikiforuk when he was 11. Joshua is from Kitchener, Ontario in Canada and has been performing in recitals around his home town at many large churches such as Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, and St. Peter’s Lutheran church Kitchener. He is also a recurring performer in the RCCO hosted annual Phantoms of the Organ recital in Toronto, on Canada’s largest pipe organ. In 2016, he was awarded second place in the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s Fairclough Competition. Joshua, at the age of 16, was appointed music director of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Kitchener, after many previous years of supply work around the region. In 2016, he attended the Eastman Summer Academy for High School Organists, where he had the opportunity to study with Nathan Laube and Stephen Kennedy. Joshua also had the opportunity to study with Didier Matry in 2014, at St. Augustin in Paris, France, on the grand Cavaille-Coll pipe organ.