The Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer, Pastor (on maternity leave until September 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.
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.
Corinne Dutton received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Music in organ performance from McGill University. She has been Music Director at St. Matthews since 1997. She is also an active recitalist. She conducts four choirs at St. Matthews, and is on the steering committees for special project such as Sing Fires of Justice and Pipe Organ Week. Music is an important element in worship at St. Matthews and the music programme reflects a wide range of styles. Many congregation members share their talents in worship as well as professionals from the community. Corinne also maintains an active piano teaching studio at the Beckett School of Music.