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St. Nick’s has been serving and praying with Birch Cliff for more than 100 years. The community started worshipping in 1912 in a local stable. Read more about our history.

Responding to God’s call, we seek to know Christ and to make him known in worship, fellowship and service to his world. What does that mean? It means we’re a community serving and praying with our neighbours, and inviting people into relationship with God’s love and joy, known in Jesus Christ.

We’re part of the
Anglican Diocese of Torontowhich includes more than 200 church communities in the GTA and beyond.

The Rev. Andrew MacDonald

Priest-in-Charge

Father Andrew joined St. Nick’s as our priest-in-charge in May 2021.  He studied Divinity at Trinity College after obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

Andrew has served as priest-in-charge at the parishes of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Luke’s, Lakeview, and as associate priest at St. James Cathedral and the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Toronto.  He has also served as the Assistant Chaplain at the Junior School of Havergal College.

Originally from Oshawa, Andrew brings to his ministry a passion for baseball, a deep love of choral music, and a keen interest in the intersection of faith and popular culture – with a specific focus on the theology of The Simpsons.

 

He is married to Martha Holmen, the digital communications coordinator for the Diocese of Toronto. Together, they have a young daughter, Beatrice, and a middle-aged cat, Maisie.

When not busy in ministry, Andrew is an avid cyclist, photographer and devotee of the music of James Taylor.


The Rev. Joan Wilson

Honorary Assistant

Rev. Joan joined the ministry team at St. Nick’s, her home parish, in May 2022. Joan grew up in the Anglican tradition. Her journey as an active disciple of Christ began in the year 2000 when her then young son became a torchbearer at St. Nick’s. She asked, “Can I serve too?” The answer was “Yes.” 

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2010 led her to want to further explore her understanding of Christian faith and call to ministry. Soon after, she began her Divinity degree and retired from corporate life. Joan was ordained a transitional deacon in 2016 and a priest in 2017.

Joan served as Assistant Curate at St. Margaret in-the-Pines and Priest-in-Charge of St. David, Donlands and St. Andrew, Japanese. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity College (Toronto).

 

 

Joan enjoys living by the Scarborough Bluffs, spending time with family and friends and engaging in various active aging activities. In the words of St. Paul, she seeks to serve with “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.” (Col. 3:12)


The Rev. Canon Ian Noseworthy

Honorary Assistant

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

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

Though Ian loved parish ministry, there are many adventures and challenges ahead for him – he prays. He loves to travel, and has been fortunate to have already seen much of the world, with several other adventures being planned. He has lived in his home in the Beaches (Kingston and Woodbine) since 1989. He lives with his dog Kenny and his three cats, Alice, Eddie and Nuggett. He has lots of hobbies and interests, especially photography, travels on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, working with stained glass and working in his garden. At St. Nick’s, he has enjoyed singing in the choir and helping wherever and whenever he is needed.


Edward Cockerton

Parish Musician

Edward joined our team in March 2022. He is an accompanist, educator, musical theatre director and administrator. He is a graduate from the Red Deer College Music program with a diploma in voice and piano. Edward has worked with St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church and Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto in traditional and contemporary services as a pianist on and off for five years.

In addition to teaching music privately in the GTA, he works as an accompanist for the National Ballet of Canada and records original pieces for Cawthra Park Secondary School’s ballet and modern dance program. In his spare time he is the host of Japan Top 10, a Japanese music and culture podcast where he interviews independent music artists from all over the world.