St. John's - Biographies
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Dr. Chris Teeuwsen
Organist and Director of Music

Donna Ellis
Licensed Lay Worker
Director of Children & Youth Ministry

The Reverend Olive Shepherd

Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Dr. Renée Desjardins
Priest Associate

The Venerable Jim
Priest and Interim Rector

The Right Rev'd Michael Bird
Bishop of Niagara

The Reverend Dr Renée Desjardins
B.A.(Hons), M.A., Ph.D, M.Div.

Priest Associate

The Reverend Dr. Renée Desjardins came to St. John’s as priest associate in September of 2013.

Renée was raised in Vancouver, B.C. and came to Ontario to study at Queen’s University in Kingston.
She returned to UBC and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in speech and language development in children.
Now a proud graduate of Wycliffe College in Toronto, she completed her M.Div. in 2006. Renée was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of Niagara and has served at Grace Church in Milton, and at the Churches of St. James the Apostle as well as The Church of St. David and St. Patrick in Guelph. Renée is a proud mom of two grown children: Graham and Madeleine. When she isn’t working, Renée enjoys creative activities including reading, sewing and gardening. Her greatest joy is nurturing relationships in family and friends.


St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9