The Reverend David Howells
The Reverend David Howells is with our church following Rev’d David Giffen’s appointment to the Church of the Redeemer from March 1st 2017. His work will be to offer liturgical leadership, teaching, preaching, and pastoral care for the staff and the members of Transfiguration in the interim period before a new Incumbent arrives.
David is a Canadian of British origin, having arrived here in 1984. He was ordained in Durham, England in 1981 and has been in ministry in parishes small and large and in University and Hospice Chaplaincies. Most recently he was the interim at the Redeemer where David Giffen is now in ministry. David has been involved in Spiritual Direction work and teaching for many years and is drawn to understand discipleship in Christ as to do with spirituality and practice, moving towards Christ-likeness, even in small and often bumpy transitions.
David is married to Rev’d Lucy Reid, Incumbent of St Aidan’s in the Beach. Together they have 3 grown-up children and two dogs.
Director of Music Ministry &
Little Lambs Community Organizer
Kris is an accomplished musician and artist with a background in Social Work. Kris completed her Grade 9 Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music before heading off to Toronto for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with a B.A. in Human Services and a Diploma with High Honours in Social Service Work. Kris is currently a part-time Masters of Divinity student at Regis College through the University of Toronto.
Outside of her roles as Director of Music Ministry and Little Lambs Community Organizer, Kris can be found moving and showing her art around the GTA, playing flag-football with the TGFL, or spending time with her very own modern family: sons, Mylo and Dexter, and co-parents, Alex and Philip. #lovewins
Pastor of Discipleship
After growing up in southern Saskatchewan, Nate traded open fields for cityscape in the fall of 2013. A series of fortunate events brought him to Toronto: meeting Jesus in high school (after failing to resist the love of a church that welcomed him), discovering an appetite for the Scriptures in college, receiving a call to ministry in the middle of church life, and eventually finding a home in the Anglican tradition. Nate is a PhD student at Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto, a postulant for ordination in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, and—now—a member of the Ministry Team at Church of the Transfiguration.
As a member of our community, Nate’s job is to help us keep our ears, eyes and lives open to the reach of God’s love beyond our walls. (He cares a lot about this. He’ll tell you that his life hasn’t been the same since one small community of Jesus-loving people made space for him at the Lord’s Table.) Outside of Transfig, you might find Nate in assorted Toronto libraries and coffee shops studying old languages, the Old Testament and, whenever possible, an old poet—the Anglican poet-priest John Donne.
Nate likes most books, all Thai food, and anything that resembles a drumset. He and his wife Jen have two cats and live near the old Maple Leaf Gardens, which does his hockey-loving heart some good.
Pastor to Children & Families
A Maritimer at heart, Brenda was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Always captivated by Jesus, as a child she fell in love with Anglican choral music, and when she moved to London, Ontario to attend teacher’s college she fell in love with the Anglican tradition as well.
After teaching elementary school music and math in London for five years, she followed God’s call to move to Toronto in the fall of 2012 to attend Wycliffe College where she completed a Masters in Theological Studies in the spring of 2015. Brenda is passionate about Jesus, children, and music, and she enjoys sharing her love of all three with the people of the Church of the Transfiguration. When not at Transfig, she teaches early childhood music classes at the Royal Conservatory of Music and directs a children’s choir in the west end of the city. She also loves good conversations, time spent exploring the outdoors, and afternoons spent inside with a cup of tea and a good book or some knitting.
Parish Office Administrator
Born and raised in Toronto, Amanda headed south of the border after high school to complete a BA in English and Asian Studies at Calvin College in Michigan. After doing an MA in English Literature at Queen’s University, she moved to the city of Sendai in northern Japan to teach ESL for two years.
Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Amanda first attended an Anglican service in England during a semester abroad; she became more familiar with Anglican liturgy after returning from Japan in 2012 and finding a home at Wine Before Breakfast, a weekly 7.22am creative Eucharist service that is rooted in both the University of Toronto CRC Campus Ministry and the Anglican tradition of Wycliffe College. There, in addition to being a parishioner, she was for three years the Emerging Leader Intern, managing the weekly hospitality, curating services, baking communion bread, and serving as sacristan. Her faith has shaped her strongly to believe that creating places of home, community, and story is central to the Kingdom of God, and she is happy and grateful to be able to contribute to the community of Church of the Transfiguration through her ministry of parish administration.
Amanda enjoys writing litanies, writing stories, drinking tea by herself, drinking tea with friends, baking bread, keeping her cat out of mischief, reading the poetry of Tennyson and Keats, and encountering well-placed semicolons.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Honorary Assistant Priest
Michael was ordained in 1983 in the Diocese of Edmonton, and has served parishes in that diocese, Toronto, and Niagara. He serves now as General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, where he offers leadership in the administration and governance of our church. Married to Deborah Tregunno, a professor of nursing at Queen’s University, he is often in Kingston or travelling elsewhere on weekends. Michael is a writer and communicator. He loves the way that the biblical story calls attention to the rich complexity of light and shadow in the lives of persons and communities, and invites us into God’s work of transformation. He enjoys camping and is happy as can be in a kayak with time to go slowly and his camera aboard. In his current work, he is privileged to witness the ways in which our church and its members are moving through the loss of old ways into the promise of the new.