Rev. Jacqui Foxall was inducted into Knox as part of the ministry team in the summer of 2009. In 2017, she was inducted again, this time as the sole minister.
Even before she was ordained, Jacqui served at a number of churches for over 10 years in the area of faith formation and Christian education for children, youth, and families. Learning and growing in faith has always been her passion, but doing so as part of a community has been the most life-giving aspect of her ministry.
Prior to graduating from Knox College (Toronto) with her Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Jacqui studied at the University of Waterloo, attaining her Bachelors in Honours Arts, double-majoring in Music and Religious Studies, with a specialization in Church Music and Worship. She studied voice and piano, and taught music theory lessons on the side. Believing she was destined to teach music for a living, Jacqui was bowled over the day she was asked: “Do you think you might be called to ministry?” The answer was yes. She hasn’t looked back since.
As the “Teaching Elder” (minister) at Knox Oakville, Rev. Jacqui considers it a profound privilege and responsibility to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12). Through the worship, work, and play of the church, Rev. Jacqui seeks to nurture a passion to know God, and participate in the mission of God in the world. This means helping us discover again and again what it means to be a community of grace-sustained image-bearers of the Creator, sent out into a broken world that’s just waiting to be made whole again.
Since arriving at Knox Oakville, Rev. Jacqui and her husband, Matt, have welcomed two rather strong-willed daughters. While they do enjoy leading a busy life, the Foxalls always make time to read and sing together. Rev. Jacqui admits that wearing so many hats—minister, wife, daughter, mother, sister, friend—can be challenging, but she credits her deeply rooted faith in Christ, a good sense of humour, and an ability to laugh at herself, as key contributors in making it all work in the end. In those few moments she can get to herself, Jacqui enjoys painting, cooking, or hiding out at Chapters. Preferably while enjoying a good cup of coffee.
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.
Brian Turnbull is Knox’s Director of Music, providing leadership for the Chancel Choir and working with other worship leaders.
After receiving his ARCT in piano during high school, Brian went on to study music at the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor of Music (Honours in Education with a Major in Organ). The following year he received his Bachelor of Education at the Faculty of Education at the same university. His organ professor was Dr. Charles Peaker with specialized lessons from Dr. Healey Willan. Choral studies were with Dr. Elmer Iseler and Lloyd Bradshaw. In Cambridge England, Brian studied choral techniques with Stephen Cleobury of Kings’ College, George Guest of St. John’s College and John Rutter of Clare College. During the same summer course organ studies were taken with John Scott at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.
Brian has taken award winning bands and choirs throughout North America and Europe. Highlights include singing Polish to John Paul II at the Hall of Audiences (Vatican), Eisteddfod in Wales, International Choral Festival in Cincinnati, singing Canadian Railroad Trilogy at Jasper Park Lodge and many other events too numerous to mention.
Brian is involved in the annual Summer Organ Recital Series at St. James Anglican Church in Orillia. Brian thoroughly enjoys directing Tempus Choral Society, an adult choir which he founded in 1999, Tempus4Us children’s choir, Tempus Jazz Choir, and being a part of the Interlink Choir of Oakville, a choir combining voices of seniors with elementary school students.
Brian has been Director of Music of several major churches in the Golden Horseshoe and is now thrilled to be joining Knox Oakville.
Lynne Hieminga heads up Christian Caring (pastoral care) at Knox. Her responsibilities include overseeing, encouraging and equipping the Pastoral Caring Teams to help support the church’s members and adherents during times of difficulty. Her goal is to ensure that everyone is cared for and no one is left out. She came to the role with more than 25 years of experience as a chaplain in Toronto.
Lynne was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and grew up in a home where church life was the central focus. In high school, she was very involved in Youth for Christ and PYPS (the Presbyterian Young Peoples Society).
She came to Toronto in August 1967. It was there she met her husband, Jan Hieminga, who had just arrived from Holland. Together they raised three children: James, Jeff and Jen. Lynne was privileged to be a “stay at home” mom. This allowed her to became very involved in the activities of the children as well as lead women’s Bible study groups, be on the executive of the Oakville Christian Women’s Club (including two years as the chairperson), and a member of the committee organizing the Oakville Prayer Breakfasts.
When their children had finished high school, Lynne attended Tyndale College and Seminary in the Master of Divinity program as a mature student. During her second year, she took time off to take CAPPE training (Clinical Association of Practical and Pastoral Education) through the Toronto School of Theology. During this time, she worked as the weekend on on-call chaplain at the Toronto General, Toronto Western and Sick Kids Hospitals. Her main role was in trauma and crisis intervention.
Lynne was asked to consider a job at the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital as interim Co-ordinator of Spiritual and Religious Care. Here she had an opportunity to work for two years with young people with acquired brain injuries and other debilitating diseases. When her contract had ended, she accepted a position as Coordinator of Spiritual and Religious Care at Castleview Wychwood Towers, the largest multi-faith, multilingual long-term care facility in Toronto. She held the position for 8 years. Lynne later transferred to Lakeshore Lodge LTC to reduce her work load. This allowed her to assist her husband, who had become a Presbyterian minister as a second career. She was very involved in missions, pastoral care and the choir in his congregation.
At Knox, Lynne is an ordained elder and active with many groups and missions. Her husband, Rev. Jan, serves as a minister in association.
Monika Platt has been a member at Knox for over 20 years, and became an elder almost 10 years ago. She began volunteering in children’s ministry when her own three boys were attending Sunday school. They’re now adults.
Having not grown up in the church herself, teaching helped her faith grow deeper. As often happens, she began with the idea of helping others only to realize it was she who was being helped.
She’s passionate about the early seeds of faith that can be formed in children’s ministry, and excited to be a part of the Knox’s ministry team and the new ministries that God has planned for the church.
Doug Carnall started attending worship at Knox with his family in 2002, became a member in 2003, and then was ordained as an elder.
He has lived in Oakville since the age of 8, attending Maple Grove Public School and Oakville Trafalgar High School. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in English Lit, thought briefly about a teaching career, and then turned to the music industry. After a couple of years of late nights, hard work and low pay, he returned to school, first to Sheridan College’s School of Business, where he graduated at the top of his class in Corporate Finance and Accounting. Doug was admitted to the MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Management Studies, but chose to accept a job offer from one of the “big 5” Canadian banks. He rose through branch banking quickly, and moved to the bank’s head office training department, where among other things, he produced videos. He then moved through a succession of more specialized human resources roles, and was ultimately tagged to take on management of a complex licensing and registration function crucial to the bank’s securities subsidiaries. His department, which grew from 4 to 26 staff members under his leadership, was recognized inside the bank, but more importantly, by the securities regulators, as one of the most proficient in the field in Canada. The Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission even wrote to Doug’s boss, praising the bank’s pro-activity and diligence in this particular aspect of the securities business, and attributed it to Doug’s efforts. Doug took an early retirement package from the bank, and promptly went to work for Canada’s pre-eminent securities self-regulatory organization, the Investment Dealers Association (now called the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada).
During a break from working at the IDA in 2008, Doug’s mother succumbed to complications from cancer, and at the same time, the Church Officer job posting at Knox appeared. Doug saw an opportunity to do something in the service of God that was important to him, and important to others. It also afforded him the opportunity to work in downtown Oakville, close to his home, and to get off the GO train daily grind! Doug joined Knox’s staff and while there have been ups and downs, and lots of changes, Doug has been a steady hand at Knox.
Doug says he has been blessed with a wonderful family: his wife, Jan, is a veteran theatrical stage manager, and they have raised two (in his words) incredible sons. Will works in Toronto in the feature film industry, and Alex is a graduate student and lecturer at a large U.S. university, and is also a published author. His interests outside Knox include live music, theatre, collecting guitars and driving the wheels off his “hot rod” MGB. “Life is good!” says Doug.
Connie Wardle became the Church Administrator at Knox in June 2018, but she’s been serving the church as an elder and communicator for several years. Her ministries include writing and assembling our biweekly newsletter, managing the Knox website and Facebook pages, and contributing as a member of the New Roads team.
Connie has a B.A. in Communication Studies and English, and worked for several years as the senior writer and online editor with the Presbyterian Record, a former national magazine for members and adherents of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
As a daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Connie grew up in the church and reaffirmed her faith as a teenager. She was involved in youth ministries including the Presbyterian Young People’s Society, and has continued to be an active member of all the congregations she has called home over the years. She joined the Knox family when she moved to Oakville in 2014, and was ordained as a ruling elder in November 2016.
Now that she’s joined the ministry team full time, she’s looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will come with her new position at Knox.