The Rev. Canon Cheryl C. Palmer appointed
as new Rector of Christ Church Deer Park
The Parish Selection Committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Canon Cheryl C. Palmer as our new Rector. We are thrilled that she has accepted Bishop Kevin Robertson's offer of employment to be our Incumbent.
The Committee wants to thank individuals who provided input into the selection process. Attending the Parish Forum, completing a survey, speaking with a committee member about potential candidates - all of this input was most appreciated. In addition, each and every week since January, you have prayed for us and our work. Our process and decision has been strengthened by these actions.
Our Parish Profile, which was guided by the extensive input from parishioners, describes four main characteristics that CCDP is looking for in a new rector (detailed on Page 35). They are summarized as follows:
- Being a Christian leader who will deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ, while recognizing and respecting our individual sensibilities and needs...
- An inspiring preacher and communicator...
- A leader with demonstrated strategic vision, passionate about working with us to chart a new course...
- A good leader of clergy, staff and volunteers - of people really; a leader who enables and empowers others...
Cheryl excels in all of these areas. The Parish Selection Committee was unanimous in recommending her to the Bishop and is delighted that Cheryl is joining us.
Her references were overwhelmingly positive and support our understanding that she has a wealth of successful experience that will help us move forward in the future. And most importantly, Cheryl herself is committed to working as our parish priest and excited to be joining the community of Christ Church Deer Park at this stage in her career.
Cheryl comes to us with many years of experience as a parish priest who has achieved significant accomplishments in her various positions. Some of you will remember her time with us as an Honourary Assistant at CCDP from 1990-1995 when she was the Anglican Chaplain for the Hospital for Sick Children.
She left Sick Kids to become an Associate Priest and then Incumbent/Rector at St. Clement's Anglican Church where she served for a combined total of 16 years.
Presently, Cheryl is Director of Cemetery Ministries at the Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist, Norway here in Toronto, and the Priest in Charge of the Anglican Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury on Bayview north of Eglinton.
She will begin with us in January 2018 and until then, we are blessed with the services of our Interim Priest in Charge, David Howells, and our Interim Associate Priest, Robert Gorham who has been terrific since Andrea's departure at the end of June.
Members of the Parish Selection Committee - Jesse Billet, Barbara Johnston, Carolyn Kearns, Su Laine Varkey, George Lewis, Edna Quammie, Andrew van Nostrand and Henry Zaluski are available and pleased to speak with members of the congregation about our selection process and decision.
CCDP is embarking on exciting and challenging times and Cheryl Palmer has the skills, experience, energy, enthusiasm and courage to work with us as we chart our future.