Bishop Kevin Robertson is our Suffragan Bishop with oversight of the West and South archdeaneries of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, and with St. John’s, East Orangeville within the Tecumseth Deanery. He is assisted in the West archdeaconry by Archdeacon Steven Mackison. Our Priest-in-Charge is Reverend Canon Darrell Wright.
Following Reverend David Bryant’s completion of his interim Priest-in-Charge role at the end of June 2023, we have been blessed with the worship leadership of six Guest Presiders and Preachers: Father John Lockyer (a former incumbent); Archdeacon Elizabeth Hardy (the previous Priest-in-Charge); Reverend Canon Stephanie Pellow (Honorary Assistant at St. Mark’s, Orangeville); Reverend David Bryant; Reverend Dr. Connie Phillipson; and, Bishop Peter Fenty (Suffragan Bishop, Ret’d).
Mr. Zacharia Dekker is our Director of Music, organist, and choirmaster. At the age of 15 he began his role as the principal organist for a three-point parish in the Parry Sound district. Shortly thereafter he assumed the position of assistant organist at the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption in North Bay, ON, performing for four churches each Sunday. In 2005 he relocated to London, ON to pursue and complete a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Western Ontario.
Throughout his undergraduate years Zacharia served as music director and organist at St. John’s, East Orangeville, roles he has held since 2008. Relocating to St. Catharines in 2009, Zacharia has consistently performed as a freelance pianist, organist, and vocalist in the Niagara Region, and has been teaching piano and voice in his own private music studio since 2012.
Driven by a passion for teaching Zacharia went on to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree through Brock University’s Consecutive Education Program in 2015. Subsequently in 2018 he became a licensed elementary teacher of French and Music with the District School Board of Niagara.
Today Zacharia takes pride in his many roles as an educator and music performer. This encompasses his role as the principal pianist for The Fox Duo, a live performance music company. During the establishment of his teaching career with the DSBN Zacharia crossed paths with entrepreneur and sole proprietor Liam Calhoun, and began collaborating as a pianist in 2017.
Denyse Horner is a semi-retired member of the Orangeville community. Having worked for over 30 years in organizations supporting people with disabilities, she understands the importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging to ensure that all people exercise their potential to be contributing members of society. Currently Denyse is a volunteer Board member at Family Transition Place, an organization that supports those affected by gender-based violence, and promotes healthy relationships in Dufferin Caledon. Due to her passion for life-long learning Denyse briefly returned to post-secondary education in 2021, is working with consultants to create a specialized website for seniors, and participates in provincial politics at the community level.