Introducing Our Ministry Team
The Rev. Lynn Mitchell

Incumbent, Priest & Pastor of the Anglican Churches of Quinte West, Lynn+ became part of the Anglican Quinte community in September 2017. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, with a
Master's of Divinity from Trinity College, she is passionate about liturgy (worship) and preaching, teaching
(Christian education for children, youth and adults), and empowering congregations to be vibrant witnesses
to the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and action. Lynn describes herself as a theologically progressive
Christian, omitted building inclusive and welcoming Christian communities which seek to connect with and
serve the broader community and beyond in the name of Jesus Christ.
Lynn has three wonderful daughters. Laura (almost 27) and her partner Nashville Ottawa, where Laura is
Director of Operations for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Elena (22) is entering fourth year of a
Bachelor of Social Science in Environmental Economics and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa. Melanie Isabel Mitchell Sparkes (22), welcomed into the family four years ago, is heading off to Fanshawe College in the fall to begin nursing studies. Lynn+ celebrates thirty years of ordination in 2018; she is a
passionate choral singer, an enthusiastic gardener, and a lover of murder mysteries.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Thora Wade Rowe (Honorary Assistant)

Thora earned a B.A. from Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University in Montreal. After two years of
teaching primary school, Thora returned to university for a Licentiate in Theology from Wycliffe College,
Toronto and an honour certificate from the Anglican Women's Training College. Thora was awarded an
Honorary Doctor of Divinity by her Alma Mater, in recognition of her place as one of the pioneering women
in ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. Ordained for over 25 years, Rev. Thora was the
Rector of a two-point parish in Prince Edward County for eight years and since that time has served six
interim Ministeries. Thora is currently an Honorary Assistant in the Anglican Churches of Quinte West and
is vital to many aspects of parish life. Her hobbies include taking further theological studies as well as creative writing courses, visiting with her six grandchildren, traveling and camping.
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The Rev. Jeff O'Hare (Honorary Assistant)

Australian by birth, Rev. Jeff grew up in Melbourne, Victoria, in both city and rural homes. Middle of five
children, 'we are all very different', his faith journey began in a nurturing Anglican environment at his home
Parish, Christ Church Keilor. Growing in faith in teen years at Geelong Grammar School and Timbertop as a border, and then during his university years as a choir member and server as St. Paul's Cathedral in
Melbourne. He studied interior design at the Edinburgh College of the Arts and Melbourne University. He
began his B.Theol in 1984 and was ordained deacon and priest in 1988.
He has served in both country and city parishes, and as a Senior Chaplain to Geelong Grammar School and Timbertop, and as an executive team member with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence in Melbourne, with oversight of Chaplaincy and diocesan partnerships, focusing on indigenous reconciliation and the
journey and settlement of Southern Sudanese refugees. He is the author of the book, 'Brotherhood' stories of courage and resilience (Penguin 2009).
Jeff came to Canada in September 2017, to begin a new life with his partner Terry and his boys Shae and
Sammy. They live in Carrying Place and are currently restoring their historic residence......just. for fun.