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Kevin Robertson

The Reverend Canon Kevin Robertson, Rector

KEVIN ARRIVED as the Rector of Christ Church Deer Park in October, 2011.

A graduate of Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Huron College (UWO) and Trinity College (U of T), he was ordained to the diaconate in 1997 and to the priesthood in 1998. After ordination, Kevin served as the Assistant Curate at St. James Cathedral. He then moved on to incumbencies at St. Peter’s Oshawa, and St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff.

Kevin is a member of the Diocesan Postulancy Committee, the “Our Faith – Our Hope” Allocations Committee, Trinity College Corporation, and the Ontario Provincial Commission on Theological Education. He also serves as the Bishop’s Liturgical Officer in the Area of York-Scarborough. He enjoys travel, long-distance running and cycling, and spending time with his family.

On Friday, November 29, Archbishop Colin Johnson appointed our rector as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. James. Honorary Canons are named by the Diocesan Bishop for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the diocese and to the parish over many years. Canon Robertson will be officially installed at the installation of canons on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:30 at the Cathedral.

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Julie Meakin

The Reverend Julie Meakin, Assistant Curate

  • The Reverend Julie Meakin concluded her ministry with us Sunday March 30, and begins a new ministry as the Incumbent of the Church of the Holy Family, Heart Lake.
  • Julie’s Celebration of New Ministry will take place at Holy Family on Sunday, April 27th at 4:00 pm. All are welcome. For directions, please visit the parish website »

JULIE GRADUATED with a Master of Divinity from Trinity College and was ordained a Deacon in May 2012. Previously she taught English as a Second Language at Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill for twenty-two years.

She comes from a clergy background, with a grandfather, uncle, and mother Anglican priests. Julie is interested in prayer and spirituality and is actively involved with the Toronto Christian Meditation Community. She is also interested in Christian education, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and liturgy. Julie was priested at CCDP on April 27, 2013.



The Reverend Dr. Peter Slater Honorary Assistant

DR. SLATER was born in England, raised in Burma, Australia and Canada and holds degrees in philosophy and theology from McGill, Cambridge and Harvard universities. Professor Emeritus of Theology at Trinity College, he is a former member of the Partners in World Mission Committee of the national church. Dr. Slater has been a member of Christ Church Deer Park since 1999 and serves on the Learning Ministry Committee. Contact Dr. Slater through the parish office: Email »

The Reverend Dr. Karen Hamilton, Ecumenical Partner

World Council of Churches 2013 AssemblyTHE REV. DR KAREN HAMILTON has held the position of General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches since 2002. The Council was founded in 1944 to coordinate the growing number of Canadian cooperative ventures in social services, religious education, and overseas mission. The Council communicates and cooperates with other national and regional councils around the world.It consists of 22 denominations across Canada and is the largest ecumenical body in the nation. It is registered with the United Nations and participates in world conferences and commissions on such isues as funding for development, refugee settlement and human rights.

Dr. Hamilton represents the Council in Canada and around the world. She works for ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue and global justice. She is the recipient of the Ontario Heritage Day award for the Association of Progressive Muslims. In 2008, Novalis published her book entitled, The Acceptable Year of the Lord. Karen Hamilton & Archbishop of Canterbury at World Council of Churches 2013

Notes from the Holy Land
A blog about The Path of Abraham 2014 trip here »

Greetings from the Vatican!
Well, a few months ago, our Karen Hamilton was being photographed with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now it's the Pope! Click image to view larger pict.

Greetings from the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea!
Karen Hamilton & Archbishop of Canterbury at World Council of Churches 2013Karen Hamilton, our parishioner and ecumenical partner, pictured above right with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury [website »] at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches [website »]being held in Busan, Korea October 30-November 8, 2013.
Religion in the Public Square

Congratulations to our very own Ecumenical Partner, the Reverend Dr. Karen Hamilton for a successful conference in Montreal this past week. "Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse" was a conference exploring the place and importance of religion in the public square. The conference provided a venue for the important work of interfaith dialogue within this our diverse Canadian context. Panel presentations and plenary speakers will be available for public viewing on the conference website: / see Outreach ».

Contact Dr. Hamilton at The Canadian Council of Churches: 416-972-9494 or toll free 1-866-822-7645 / email » or visit the Council's webpage here »

Parish Staff

Eric Robertson

Eric N. Robertson, Organist and Director of Music

ERIC ROBERTSON, A.R.C.T., F.R.C.C.O., has been a church musician since the age of ten. He studied in Edinburgh, Scotland with William Minay, who had been a pupil of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and with Francis Thomas, whose teacher had been Hans Gal. When he immigrated to Canada as a young teenager, Eric was a scholarship student at the R.C.M.T. with Samuel Dolin and Charles Peaker, and was the first recipient of the IBM Electronic Music Scholarship.

As an organist and choir director, Eric has held positions in the Church of Scotland, the Lutheran Church of Canada, and from 1966 to1990 at Humbercrest United Church in Toronto. In 1990, he was appointed co-Music Director and in 1993 Music Director of one of Canada’s largest churches, St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church in Toronto.

While at St. Paul’s, Eric played and was curator of the church’s famous Blackstock Memorial Organ and conducted it’s 60-voice choir which he built from an original group of 10 singers. Under his leadership, the choir developed a comprehensive repertoire stretching back more than five hundred years.

9 Sparrows Arts FoundationEric is the Artistic Director of the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation [website»], a not- for-profit organization that presents inspirational concerts for the benefit the community. Presentations have included noon hour recital series and concerts featuring international groups such as the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Kings College Cambridge Choir, the St. John’s College Cambridge Choir, and the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, as well as Canadian talent such as Colin Fox, Michael Burgess, John McDermott, and Erica Goodman. From 1990 till 2008, Eric and the Foundation were involved in the presentation of the Toronto Star Christmas Concerts, and in December 2009, Eric became Music Director of the City Carol Sing, a large annual Christmas charity event that raises money for food banks in the Toronto and across Canada.

Eric is an Adjunct Professor of Composition at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and a Juno and Gemini award-winning film composer. He has also written extensively in the field of sacred music, receiving commissions from choirs such as The Elmer Iseler Singers, the Orpheus Choir, and the Amadeus Choir of Toronto. His book of praise songs, “Worship Songs in a New Key”, is used regularly at church services across Canada.

Eric bgan his duties at Christ Church on Sunday, May 3, 2009. Contact Eric at 416-920-5211 ext 25 or email » Download this bio here »


Natalie Kemp

Paul Marritt, Director of Parish Operations

BORN AND RAISED IN CAMBRIDGE ONTARIO, Paul attended Lakehead University for Business Administration and George Brown College for Chef Training. He worked for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship/Pioneer Camps for over 25 years in Food Service, Administration and Accounting, and for the past four years at Walmer Road Baptist Church in the Office /Rental administration, Accounting, and Property Management departments. A member and Treasurer of Grace Presbyterian Church, Westhill, Paul enjoys cooking, travel and... making maple syrup! (Some for the Christmas Fair perhaps?) He is looking forward to new experiences and serving our God at Christ Church Deer Park. ...and I know that we will give Paul both a warm CCDP welcome and patient and generous assistance as he learns about us in his new position as Director of Parish Operations..

Contact Paul through the parish office 416-920-5211 ext 22 or email »


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Christ Church Deer Park

1570 Yonge Street • NW corner of Yonge & Heath
Toronto, ON M4T 1Z8

a 5-minute walk north of the St. Clair subway station. Municipal parking available across from the church on Heath (free during Sunday worship with validation).

Phone: 416-920-5211 | Fax: 416-920-8400   | Email

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