Here's the deal, St. Matt's cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. St. Matt's is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact freedom. We're here to share Jesus' love.
Where we're headed
What's the bottom line? More than ever, St. Matt's is committed to fostering a family built around the hope we find in Jesus' love. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.
What this means for you
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at St. Matt's. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the St. Matt's family.
Jesus Christ is at the center of everything. We believe that Jesus is the only one who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and a fresh start with God, we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and commit to His will for our lives.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.
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The Reverend Stephen Blackmore
Stephen Blackmore has been leading St. Matt's since 2012. He serves the St. Matt's and community of Central Etobicoke by preaching and living the gospel and sharing Christ's love. He's has two awesome kids and is married to his wonderful wife, Lauren.
The Reverend Merv Mercer
Merv Mercer has been serving at St. Matt's for over five years. He's been essential in pastoral support, preaching, and teaching. Merv has two daughters and three grandsons. He is married to his wife, Dawn Mercer.
Discipleship Ministry Associate
Seth Enriquez has recently joined the team in the summer of 2018. He serves the St. Matt's community by leading the Sunday Youth bible studies, co-ordinating our youth confirmation process, leading Messy Church, and occasionally preaching and teaching at our regular services. He has a cute-as-a-button daughter and is married to his best friend, Brit.
Christian Formation and Education Co-ordinator
Dawn Mercer has been serving at St. Matt's for over five years. She finds and develop resources for enabling our church community to lead and learn together, to encourage spiritual growth, and directs our Messy Church services. Dawn has two daughters and three grandsons. She is married to her husband, Merv Mercer.
J Thomas D. Gonder
Organist and Director of Music
Thomas Gonder has been St. Matt's Artist in Residence as our Organist and Director of Music since 2014. He has two amazing sisters, one fabulous niece and two awesome nephews!
St Matt's is entrusted to committed members of our community called Wardens. They work with the Rector to achieve the vision and direction of our church community.
Stuart Watt helps support St. Matt's by liaising with members of our church community and our leadership team, and is the point person for our tenants. Stuart has two children, and is married to his wife, Sandra.
Karen Lee shares the responsibility of overseeing the temporal affairs of the parish including finances, property and staffing.
Shantelle Hampton Deputy Warden (Rector's)
Shantelle Hampton represents the dynamic faith of young families while managing parish priorities and ensuring the Rector's well being. She has three lovely children and is married to her soulmate, Ted.
Deputy Warden (People's)
Iain Shao has been serving at St. Matt's since 2014. He helps support St. Matt's by being attentive to the questions, concerns, and requests of the members of the parish, the staff, and clergy. Iain has two daughters, and is married to his supportive wife, Sharon.
St. Matt's is also entrusted by part-time clergy appointed by the Area Bishop on the recommendation of the Incumbent. Their duties include assisting at services, pastoral visiting and leading study groups.
You might be wondering, what's it really like at St. Matt's? Simply stated, at St. Matt's we're all about Jesus. You won't be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation. And we don't care how you're dressed or what candidate you voted for. Our church is made up of imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable.
Want to know the best part? No matter what you've been through or what questions you might have about God and faith, our church is a place where you'll find the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone.