Sharing God's love as a caring faith community

St. Matthews Lutheran Church


Our Ministry Team

God is doing something great at St. Matthews and we are privileged to join in God’s work!

Please find below some of the leaders that work alongside a team of Sunday School Teachers, Lay Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Communion Servers, Ushers, Radio Room Operators, Building Monitors and a myriad of generous disciples to provide a restful and inspiring place of worship.


CareyThe Rev. Carey Meadows-Helmer, Pastor

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 (now Martin Luther University College) 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.

Sebastian 2018The Rev. Sebastian Meadows-Helmer, Pastor

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 (now Martin Luther University College), 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. 


ScottDeacon Scott Knarr, Diaconal Minister of Music

Deacon Scott grew up in Kitchener, attending KCI before heading off to the University of Ottawa where he majored in tuba and organ, singing and playing with the Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican) Choir.  After serving in Mennonite, Anglican and Presbyterian churches as Director of Music he moved to Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo in 2007. Scott immersed himself in Lutheran theology and practice, studying the impacts of choir participation on the faith lives of choristers, and graduating with a Masters of Arts in Theology in 2014. Scott explores the intersection of faith, music and Indigenous spirituality in practical ways through the Music for the Spirit program on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He is particularly interested in hearing and making space for voices from the margins and the ways these communities and individuals give expression to their faith in challenging circumstances. He is married to John White and regularly enjoys meals with nephew Kenny.