St. Nicholas Birch Cliff

Anglican Church

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Interim Priest-in-Charge

The Rev'd Ken Johnstone

Fr. Ken studied Sociology and Anthropology at Trent university before
going on to seminary at Wycliffe College where he earned his Master of Divinity in May 2018. During his time in seminary, Fr. Ken was placed in a variety of parish settings, including rural, suburban, and urban parishes. He served in Gambella, Ethiopia for the summer of 2015, and as the Outreach Chaplain with Sibbald Point Provincial Park/Parish of Georgina during the summer of 2016. He was ordained as a transitional deacon at St. James Cathedral and went on to become the Assistant Curate at St. Margaret-in-the Pines Anglican Church, where he was ordained to the priesthood in February of 2019.

Fr. Ken has a deep love of history, theology, and archaeology, he was able to put these all to use when in August 2019, he co-led a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan. He has a passion for evangelism and outreach, and spent some time working as a church planter in Ajax, Ontario. Fr. Ken has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years, enjoys traveling, and learning about different cultures. He currently lives in Ajax, with his wife Lisa, and their son Joshua. 


Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Canon Ian Noseworthy

I finished my undergraduate degree with lots of science courses, and ended up with a BA in religious studies. From there I attended Trinity College in Toronto, receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1978. I returned to Newfoundland, my home, and became deacon-in-charge, and later rector of the parish of Hermitage.

In 1984 I was invited to become the associate priest at St. Thomas’ parish in downtown Toronto. It was there that I learned to love high church liturgy, and every week we feasted on glorious music and moving rituals, which the parish is known for. From there, I moved to the Church of the Epiphany on Kennedy Road, Scarborough, and then to work at the Synod Office in Social Justice Ministries with the Community Ministries Board of the Diocese of Toronto. My heart remained in parish ministry, and I became the incumbent of St. Jude’s Wexford, where I remained until I took early retirement in 2009.

 Though I loved parish ministry, there are many adventures and challenges ahead for me – I pray. I love to travel, and have been fortunate to have already seen much of the world, with several other adventures being planned. I have lived in my home in the Beaches (Kingston and Woodbine) since 1989. I live with my dog Kenny and my three cats, Alice, Eddie and Nuggett. I have lots of hobbies and interests, especially photography, travels on my Harley Davidson motorcycle, working with stained glass and working in my garden. At St Nicks, I am enjoying singing in the choir and helping wherever and whenever I am needed.


Interim Director of Music

 W. Joy Horswill  LTCL  ARSCM 





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