Rev. Jacqui Foxall began her ministry as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at Knox in the summer of 2009 but even before taking this call, Jacqui was dedicated to the work of ministry in many roles, particularly in the area of Christian education.
In addition to leading in worship and all other pastoral responsibilities, Rev. Jacqui’s calling at Knox Oakville involves oversight of ministry to children, youth and families within the church. Her heart’s desire is to foster an environment where people of all ages and stages in their faith journey eagerly seek out worship and fellowship within a community of faith in order to grow in their relationship with Christ. Fueling this passion is the words of Deuteronomy 6:4-7. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”
Developing loving and empowered disciples begins with a rootedness in the presence of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Whether in worship, Bible study, youth events, team meetings, Sunday school classes, or casual get-togethers, the people of God are always pressing on towards the goal of becoming more like Jesus as they journey together in faith as the Body of Christ.
For John Kirstein the expression of faith and the making of music has been a life-long affection. John grew up in South Africa within the Dutch Reformed tradition and made a big trek across an ocean or two into Canada.
The Christian story of God’s spirit incarnate, made fully alive, in the so-called ordinary day to day experiences is what inspires John to create.
John has played music within various churches with a growing appreciation for the rich diversity employed by people of faith to express their relationship with God and each other. This has been cause for eclectic taste in music and a ceaseless curiosity about how art and prayer can open up hearts and minds to the wonder, joy, and suffering that accompanies our human journey. This wonder has accompanied him through an equally eclectic academic journey from cognitive pyschology, religious studies, and philosophy to a Master’s in theological studies, but he has come full circle, back to what he feels made to do … which is to make music that leads people in awe, celebration, surrender, honesty, and gratitude.
John spends his days now with his beautiful wife (Joanna) and son (Louis, or BabaLou) within the tree-filled landscape of Dundas, Ont. To learn and celebrate making home as a family is also what he sees as focal in his role as Praise Team Leader. His hopeful vision is that there can grow from the community’s singing together a sense of belonging that strengthens and encourages the ongoing participation of Knox in the life of the Church that is seeing their life together.
Kate Ward has a passion for sacred choral music and loves working with the Chancel Choir at Knox to lead the music at the traditional services. This group brings talent and a wonderfully positive attitude to each rehearsal and service. Kate strives to both encourage congregational singing and supplement the spoken word with appropriate texts set to some of the best music of the most recent six centuries.
As a child, Kate couldn’t wait to be tall enough to reach the pedals of the Casavant at her family’s home church. Fortunately, 4 churches have cut down the benches of their organs to help her play the king of instruments more comfortably. She studied organ with Tom Whittet (on the pipe organ formerly at Knox Oakville), with John Tuttle and with Mark McDowell. She was the Sylvester-Kirby Organ Scholar at Bloor Street United Church and has many years’ experience leading music at churches from Toronto to Hamilton.
Kate has a Bachelor of Music and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Kate studied piano, most extensively with Eileen McMenemy and Alexandra McGavin, and voice with Margaret Carmichael Bond, Margaret Stilwell and Patricia Ridout. She also has extensive experience as an accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists and is the accompanist for the Strata Vocal Ensemble of Hamilton when not singing with this wonderful group.
Kate is particularly fond of music of medieval and renaissance Europe and is currently learning to play the treble viol, one of the smallest members of the viola da gamba family.
By day, Kate is a chartered accountant (now CPA) with an MBA working in the field of accounting education. She has two children, four dogs and a cat and lives with Glenn in a construction project (aka, home).
Doug Carnall is the church officer, a full-time ministry team member who is on-site for facilities maintenance and contractor liaison.
Shirley Humble has been in our church office for 20 years now, and is the voice of Knox Oakville for any initial contact, and the constant support for our church family.