The Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer, Pastor (on maternity leave until September 2019)
The Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer grew up in London with her mother, father, sister, and brother. From an early age the liturgical music at her home church, Trinity Lutheran took root in her heart. An undergrad in sociology and psychology was completed at Western, followed by a bachelor of education that led to teaching elementary school for five years. A little nudging landed her on the doorsteps of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 2004 where she completed a Masters of Divinity. The first call took her to Christ, Maynooth, and St. Stephen’s in Schutt. During this time she married Sebastian whom she met in seminary. Next, she was interim pastor at Epiphany in Scarborough and then called to Redeemer on Bloor at 7 months pregnant. Her three bright lights, Gabrielle, James, and Elise were born in 2013, 2015 and 2018. Carey is enjoying team ministry with her husband and the good people of St. Matthews. She is curious about the community surrounding and how we impact each other for the better through the gift of God’s love.
The Rev. Sebastian Meadows-Helmer grew up in Montréal, and spent many Sundays singing in the choir of the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral. Sebastian studied music at McGill University and pursued a freelance career as an orchestral violinist. Following seminary education at the Anglican Montreal Diocesan Theological College and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Sebastian was ordained in June 2010 and then completed a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Care in 2012. Married to Carey in 2009, Sebastian is father to Gabrielle, James and Elise. Sebastian’s first call was to Thornhill Lutheran Church, a bilingual German-English church north of Toronto. He is passionate about worship, partnerships, and seeking new forms of church while maintaining the best of the tradition. (He also is passionate about Swiss chocolate!) Sebastian is enjoying being in a joint call with his wife at St. Matthews. Pastor Sebastian's days off are Fridays and Saturdays.
Ken Seiling, Interim Director of Music
Ken was born and raised in Elmira where he attended St. James Lutheran Church. He was organist and choirmaster for St. James , St. Jacobs and then St. James, Elmira for 40 years before retiring from the organ bench. He subsequently was Acting Director 3 times at Trinity United in Kitchener. Recently retired as Regional Chair, Ken and his wife Kathryn have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.