Meet the Staff

The Rev. Dr. M. Jean Morris

Associate Minister, Pastoral Care

Jean was called to Grace in September 2012 to lead the pastoral care ministry of the congregation. She oversees the provision of intentional and compassionate care for all members of our church family. Jean offers education and support to the 38 elders who are in regular contact with the people of Grace through a system of elder districts. She also provides leadership for ministry with seniors and older adults, works with the Health Cabinet to encourage the integration of faith and health as a dimension of our Christian faith, and supports the prayer ministries of Grace.

Jean has a B.A. from Brock University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Vancouver School of Theology, and in 2010 was granted the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honouris causa) from Vancouver School of Theology. She also has Advanced Standing in Clinical Pastoral Education. Jean served as Moderator of the 131st General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2005.

Rev Dr Stephen Farris

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris

Guest Minister

The Rev. Dr Stephen Farris joined Grace as Guest Minister on March 1, 2017, and will work with Dr Morris to provide ministry and leadership at Grace until July 2.

Stephen was raised in a Presbyterian home and is the son of the Rev. Dr Allan and Muriel Farris. He was educated at the University of Toronto, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Cambridge University, England, from which he received his PhD.

Dr Farris began his Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church In Amherstview, Ontario, in 1981. Since then he has served in many roles including as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly, and as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and Professor of Homiletics at the Vancouver School of Theology.

He joins us in Calgary with his wife Patty, a retired school principal. They have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Roberto DeSandoli

Young Adult Ministry Coordinator

Roberto DeSandoli joined Grace on June 1, 2017, as the Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. He is responsible for planning and leading Youth Ministry, overseeing Summer Sunday School, and participating in and supporting Sunday morning worship and Evening Grace services.

Roberto is also creating a strategy and leading an initiative to reach out to, and engage, young adults within Grace’s congregation and catchment area. He will be working with a task force to research existing programs, define best practices, and develop the capacity of individuals to support and sustain the initiative.

Currently, Roberto is completing a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology; he also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Political Science from the University of Lethbridge. Among other roles, he has served as a student minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Salmon Arm, Fort St. John Presbyterian in Fort St. John, and St. James Presbyterian in Dawson Creek. He will be part of our team at Grace until the end of 2017.

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Greta Bylsma

Pastoral Assistant

Greta works to support every aspect of the pastoral care ministry, visiting hundreds of times through each year, and supporting elders in their pastoral responsibilities.

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Cindy Stephenson

Coordinator of Volunteers

Cindy is responsible for creating and managing a comprehensive system to engage and inspire volunteers and develop new leaders in the work and mission of Grace.

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Gail Smith

Interim Sunday School Coordinator

Gail ensures the smooth functioning of the Sunday School, providing training and support to volunteer teachers.

She has extensive experience in Christian Education, and we are delighted she is with us to support the teachers and leaders of the Sunday School. Gail works Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday mornings.

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Ryan Hofer

Interim Youth Coordinator

Ryan organises Sunday morning classes and Friday evening social events for the high school youth.

He is a University of Calgary student working on his Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics. He has been active in youth and young adult ministries and participated with Jean Morris and Zoë Say in the University Peer Partnership Program.

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Susan Woodward

Music Director
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Susan directs our Chancel Choir and Tinnitus Handbells in addition to working with the ministerial staff to select music for worship.

She is a skilled pianist, organist and choral director, and has her Associate Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory Toronto and her Associate in Piano Pedagogy from Trinity College London. Susan is also the Music Director of the German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary, the Suncor Energy Choir, and accompanies the Calgary Children’s Choir. She is a former organist at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. Susan is married to Bill, and they have two children, Robert and Kristine.

Donna Holoboff

Organist
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Donna works with the choirs and music director to bring our grand pipe organ to life each week during worship.

She has many years of experience as an accompanist for choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists and organist at First Alliance, First Baptist and most recently at various Lutheran and United churches. Donna has a Bible/Music degree from Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta and a Bachelor of Education Degree with a double Major in Piano and Organ from Minot (North Dakota) State University.

Donna teaches piano and is a member of several professional music organisations. She and her husband Allan (deceased) have two married sons and five grandchildren.

Ava Morasch

Operations Director/Accountant

Ava has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in finance, human resources, facilities management and operations. She is in the office Monday-Thursday to oversee the administration and operations and take on the accounting work at Grace.

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Tyler Williams

Communications Coordinator

Tyler works three days per week and is responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications at Grace including branding, digital and print design, social media, website maintenance, marketing, advertising and public relations. It’s a big job, but he’s enthusiastic about finding new and engaging ways to tell the story of life at Grace and in the community around us.

He has a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and a Certificate of Professional Writing from the University of Calgary.

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Lorna Thomson

Office Administrator

Lorna provides executive assistance to ministers, which includes preparing correspondence, booking meetings and coordinating music and reception details for events, as well as creating worship bulletins and inserts.

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Cindi Banman

Administrative Assistant

Cindi keeps official church records accurate and current in the electronic database and supports the church office on a daily basis.

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