Clergy & Staff

Fr David Harrison, Rector

DSC_11_1148 David Harrison by Elisabeth BeattieFather David was appointed rector of the Church of St Mary Magdalene in 2010. Father David sees St Mary Magdalene’s as “a parish with a rich liturgical and musical life, a parish in which this liturgical life inspires, equips and feeds the community for its common life, and its Christ-formed witness to the world … a parish located in a community in which the diversity of God’s creation is manifested in human diversity of all kinds.” Born and education in Toronto, David has a Master of Arts in History from York University and a Master of Divinity from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Fr David worked for almost ten years as a policy advisor with the Government of Ontario, holding positions in both the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. He was ordained priest in 2000 and served as curate at St John’s Church, Port Hope, followed by nine years as the Incumbent at St Thomas’ in Brooklin, Ontario, where he was involved in the construction of a new church building. He has served the Anglican Diocese of Toronto in the areas of liturgy and clergy formation. He is a member of the Diocesan Council and Executive Board and the Doctrine and Worship Committee. He serves the national church as a member of the Primate’s World Relief & Development Board of Directors, and as a member of the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee. David has written extensively on the liturgy and has been chair of Liturgy Canada, a national association of professional and parish liturgists. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Development at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago. An accomplished musician, he holds an A.R.C.C.O. diploma from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Fr David and his family enjoy living in the parish neighbourhood. His hobbies include duplicate bridge, playing the oboe and horn, sailing, cross-country skiing, and local ecclesiastical history. His research on former Anglican churches in the city of Toronto is written up at
Email: rector (at)

The Rev’d Jennifer Schick: Associate Priest, Children & Youth Ministries

DSC_10_0870 Jennifer Schick by Elisabeth BeattieMother Jennifer is the Associate Priest for Children and Youth ministries at St Mary Magdalene’s, where she focuses on nurturing the faith life of the next generation of Christians in our parish. A graduate of University of Toronto’s Trinity College, Jennifer served her curacy at St Cuthert’s, Leaside, and later acted as interim priest-in-charge at St. Augustine of Canterbury. Prior to her ordination in 2009, Jennifer had applied her bachelor’s degree in international development studies from Trent University by working in the non-profit sector, most notably for World Vision Canada and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto. Jennifer is currently pursuing a diploma in spiritual direction at Regis College. When not serving in the parish, Jennifer can be found enjoying time with her husband and their three small children.

Honorary Assistant Priests

The ministry of the parish is supported by a number of honorary assistant priests:
The Rev’d Bob Bettson
The Rev’d William Cruse
The Rev’d Theo Ipema
The Rev’d Canon Robert McCord
The Rev’d Canon John Whittall

Andrew Adair, Director of Music

Andrew Adair by Elisabeth BeattieAndrew Adair studied at the University of Toronto with University Organist John Tuttle.  For five years he was Assistant Organist at the Church of St Mary Magdalene.  In 2010 Andrew became the Associate Organist at the Cathedral Church of St James in Toronto.  In July 2010 he played the organ for a service of Mattins at the Cathedral which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Andrew contributed regularly to the Cathedral’s two weekly recitals, playing well over 100 programmes.  He was appointed Interim Director of Music at the Church of St Mary Magdalene at the end of 2012 and noted he was pleased to be back in his spiritual and musical home. In June 2013 the rector and wardens announced his appointment as Director of Music.

Email Andrew Adair at the office: office (at)

Elisabeth Beattie, Parish Administrator

DSC_11_1140 Elisabeth Beattie by Joyce TanBorn and raised in Toronto, Elisabeth has graduate degrees in English and Medieval Studies. She can read Latin, Old French, Old English and Middle English – which comes in handy at the Church of St Mary Magdalene! She earned her administrator’s stripes working at a busy law firm in Etobicoke, and is very pleased to be able to use the skills she developed there in the service of St Mary Magdalene’s. She reads voraciously on any topic available, enjoys obscure trivia, and sings. In her free time, she is an amateur photographer.
Email Elisabeth at the office: office (at)

Alvaro Castañeda, Sexton

Alvaro Castañeda comes to us from Colombia where he was a successful artist specializing in ceramic creations. As the parish sexton, or janitor, he is responsible for the day-to-day upkeep and cleaning of the facilities. He shares these responsibilities with his wife and son.