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.

Gail Smith

Interim Sunday School Coordinator

Gail 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 will be working Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday mornings.

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Ryan Hofer

Interim Youth Coordinator

Ryan is a U of C student working on his BSc. in Astrophysics. He has been active in youth and young adult ministries and participated with Jean Morris and Zoë Say in the U of C Peer Partnership Program.

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Susan Woodward

Music Director
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Susan is a skilled pianist, organist and choral director.  She has her Associate Degree in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory Toronto and her Associate in Piano Pedagogy from Trinity College London.  Susan has had extensive experience in accompanying choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists as well as directing choirs for over 30 years.  Susan is also 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

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Since 2000, Donna has been associated with Grace Presbyterian as a substitute organist. 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 5 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 will be in the office Monday-Thursday to oversee the administration and operations and take on the accounting work at Grace.

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