St. John's - Biographies
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Dr. Chris Teeuwsen
Organist and Director of Music


The Reverend Mary Ryback

Honorary Assistant


Donna Ellis
Licensed Lay Worker
Director of Children & Youth Ministry


The Reverend Olive Shepherd

Honorary Assistant


The Reverend Canon Joseph Asselin
Priest and Rector


The Right Rev'd Michael Bird
Bishop of Niagara

The Reverend Olive Shepherd
B.A., E.Ed., M.Div.

Honorary Assistant


The Rev. Olive Shepherd was born and educated in England. After teaching for eight years in Lancashire, she and her family emigrated to Canada in 1957. Olive taught for another eight years in Hamilton at the same time studying for a B.A. at McMaster University. In 1965 she was appointed to the staff of the W. Ross Macdonald School (Ontario School for the Blind) in Brantford where she worked for 13 years as teacher, and later as principal, in the senior department.

After the first women were ordained as priests in the Anglican Church, Olive decided to pursue her life-long dream. In 1978 she resigned from teaching and began 3 years of study at Trinity College Toronto for an M. Div. degree. In June 1981 she was ordained deacon and in 1982 priest, in the Niagara Diocese. She served as assistant curate at St. Cuthbert’s Oakville, and then as rector of St. Luke’s Palermo. In 1990 she retired from paid ministry and became honorary assistant priest of St. John’s Ancaster.
Olive continues to give thanks for the privilege of assisting in worship and pastoral ministry. She also enjoys traveling and playing her violin in amateur orchestras.


St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9
905-648-2353