Peter R. Walker, Incumbent

Canon Peter Walker has been rector of Grace Church on-the-hill for eight years. He was raised in Peterborough and educated at Lakefield College School. He is a graduate of Trinity College Toronto where he was Organ scholar, and of Oxford University where he studied theology. Peter has served as a priest in the diocese of Toronto in various locales: Pickering, Don Mills, Cobourg, where he led the historic parish of St Peter’s in a major building expansion and helped found a Lay School of Theology affiliated with Wycliffe College. A trained musician, he founded and directed the Tallis Choir of Toronto for 25 years. He is interested in shared ministry, congregational development, innovative outreach, and community-building in an increasingly diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural setting. Peter and his wife Virginia (a retired French-immersion Kindergarten teacher) have three adult sons.

 

Irina Dubinski, Associate Priest

Irina was raised in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Toronto when she was 17 years-old. After first completing her Hon. BA in Linguistics, she received a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. However, even as she was near the end of her PhD studies, Irina began to discern a call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. After a brief time as a research associate at a children's rehabilitation facility in Toronto, she returned to full-time studies and embarked on her journey of theological education and postulancy with the Diocese of Toronto. Five years and two kids later, Irina received her Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College and a Spiritual Direction Diploma from Regis College, and after a year of curacy at Grace Church, was ordained to priesthood in April, 2016. Her family includes her husband William, daughter Sophia (6), and son Lucas (4). Irina has a love of animals and outdoors, rides horses and trains for triathlons in her "spare" time, and enjoys abstract painting with oils, traditional iconography, and more recently, macro photography and power yoga. At Grace Church, Irina is responsible for most areas of Christian education, fostering of day-to-day spirituality, and spiritual companionship among our parishioners. She believes that Grace Church is a place where we should all feel safe and encouraged to grow in our intellectual and spiritual understanding of what it means to be a Christian today.

 

Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen Honorary Assistant 

Judy is an Honorary Assistant in the Parish. Judy celebrates the Eucharist, preaches, and is available on selected Sundays. Judy Paulsen serves as  Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College. As the daughter of Anglican missionaries, she lived her early childhood years in northwest India prior to her family moving to Ottawa. She holds a Master of Applied Science from McGill University, a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College, and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological

 

 Maria Ling Lay Pastoral Assistant

Maria is from Singapore. She grew up in the Methodist Church and trained for ministry at Trinity Theological College. She has been in full-time Christian ministry since 1986. Later, she pursued further theological studies and training for pastoral ministry in the US where she was blessed to have served as a Local Licensed Pastor of a United Methodist Church in New Jersey. Maria is married to Swee Hong Lim and they have three children, David, Evan and Zoe.

 

 Daniel Bach - Children's and Family Ministry

Born and raised in Toronto, Daniel is currently a M.T.S. candidate at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.  A self-styled Forrest Gump who unexpectedly ran into theological studies, before landing at Wycliffe College Daniel previously completed his M.Ed. in Social Justice Education at OISE also at the University of Toronto.  Though his area of focus is primarily catechetical theology, he always sees his other interests being embraced by his educational vocation.  These include and (are not limited to) his interests in biblical economics, Christian pacifism and Christian ethics much to the chagrin and patient amusement of his fiancée Christine.  Often called ‘just a big kid’ by the Rev. Canon Peter Walker, Daniel has been touched (and humbled) throughout his life by the wonder and spiritual wisdom of children and is excited to build up together with the children and families of Grace Church that beautiful city on a hill whose light cannot be hidden.

 The Rev. Alison Hari-Singh, Assistant Curate, Grace-Church on-the-Hill

Alison was born in London, UK, and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 6 years of age.  She was raised in a small town in northern Saskatchewan but moved again with her family to Mississauga where she completed high school.  Alison holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MRel from Wycliffe College.  She is currently finishing a PhD dissertation in political theology at the Toronto School of Theology, where she also works as the Administrator of the Doctor of Ministry program.  Raised in a Christian home, Alison first sensed a call to ordained ministry while participating in a United Church youth group as a teenager.  Later she found her way into Anglicanism and joined the pastoral staff of St. James Cathedral, working with young adults.  She was ordained a transitional deacon in May 2018.  Alison has many interests and commitments.  She is married to the Rev. Jeff Nowers, Associate Priest at St. Aidan’s in the Beach, and they have one young daughter, Ava.  Singing, songwriting, and playing the piano and guitar are favourite pastimes.  She also practices hatha yoga daily and loves to move, whether walking or cycling around Toronto.  Alison is interested in the intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual pursuit of what it means to know God, and she looks forward to journeying with Grace Church toward that end.