Introducing Our Ministry Team
Rev. Lynn Mitchell

Lynn Mitchell grew up in Brockville, the eldest of two children, to parents deeply involved in the Church. A member of St. Peter’s (now Parish of the St. Lawrence), where she was eventually confirmed, married, and ordained a priest, she was active in every ministry available to girls at that time.Academically and musically driven, Lynn pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in music history and flute performance at the University of Toronto. During the four years of undergrad, she was a parishioner of St.Thomas’, Huron Street (“Smoky Tom’s”), where she taught church school.
Deciding not to accept grad school offers, she travelled to Italy, where a six-month trip turned into a two-year adventure. Living in Florence, she worked in a small hotel and taught music lessons, in English and Italian, on a variety of instruments. Her time in Italy was enriched by singing in the choir of St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, two years of creating music and building some life-long friendships.The time in Italy was also a time of personal growth and discernment. Discerning a call to ordained ministry, she returned to Canada, and in the fall of 1985 began a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. While at Trinity, she met, and married her husband Lorne, also a M.Div. student, in the summer of 1987 (they became the first clergy-couple in the Anglican Church of Canada east and west of the GTA!).

Lynn and her husband were ordained Deacons by the Rt. Rev. Allan Read, in St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, on May 22, 1988, and ordained to the Priesthood the following year. Appointed to adjoining parishes, Lynn was Rector of the Parish of North Augusta. During her time in the Diocese of Ontario, Lynn was a member of the then-Board of Parish Services, the Rural Church Unit, Chair of the Adult Education Unit, and restructured the Post-Ordination Program. She also served as Chaplain and Music Director at Camp Hyanto. In 1991, Lynn became the first pregnant priest in the Anglican Church of Canada east and west of the GTA, her eldest daughter Laura Anne being born in October of that year. In 1993, the family moved to the Kitchener-Waterloo and the Diocese of Huron in order that Lorne could undertake grad studies in marriage and family therapy at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. During this time, Lynn also pursued grad studies in homiletics (preaching) at WLS, served the parishes of St. John’s,Cambridge, and Memorial Church, Port Ryerse, and gave birth to Elena Rose in May, 1996. That year, Lynn was appointed Associate Priest at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener, where she served for five years. In September 2004 she was appointed Associate Priest at St. James Church in Stratford. During her ten years at St. James, Lynn held particular responsibilities for Liturgy, Christian Education (children, youth and adults), and ministry with seniors. In the Diocese of Huron, Lynn served for many years on the Huron Hunger Fund Committee (PWRDF), and Doctrine and Worship, while facilitating numerous Faith Days for children, Server and Lay Reader workshops, as well as coordinating music and liturgy for major parish, community, diocesan and national church occasions. Lynn is also business manager and an executive member of Liturgy Canada, an Anglican/Evangelical Lutheran organization which promotes reflection, discussion and teaching about liturgy and mission. In 2013, St. James decided for financial reasons to terminate Lynn’s position, so after ten years she left the parish, and grabbed the opportunity to explore another long-held interest – teaching English as a Second Language (she has studied five languages herself). She completed a graduate certificate program with high distinction in TESL from Conestoga Polytechnic Institute and Centre for Advanced Learning, and for the past 18 months Lynn has had the joy of teaching English to Canadian newcomers from Syria, Colombia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Afghanistan and Laos.

Lynn and her husband Lorne have recently separated. However, together they happily remain the very proud parents of three wonderful daughters. Laura (almost 26) and her partner Dashiell live in Ottawa, where she has recently been promoted to Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Assistant to the Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary. Elena (21) is entering third year of a Bachelor of Social Science in Environmental Economics and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa. Melanie Isabel Mitchell Sparkes (21), welcomed into the family in 2014, is heading into her final semester of computer programming at Sheridan College in Oakville.

Lynn is a beyond-enthusiastic choir singer, and has been part of the amazing alto section of the Kitchener-
Waterloo Grand Philharmonic Choir for 20 seasons, as well as a member of the Phil’s Chamber Singers. She
has had the privilege of singing extraordinary major choral works in great venues such as the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, and in Toronto’s Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, and Sony Centre, and has sung in the Toronto Luminato Festival and Stratford Summer Music. She is an avid gardener, a keen home-improvement person, a reader of murder mysteries, and a lover of long walks with her border collie, Breena.

Lynn is very much looking forward to settling in Trenton, and taking up her ministry as Incumbent of the
Anglican Churches of Quinte West. Her first goal is, of course, to get to know the people of the three
congregations, as well as the larger communities of Trenton, Glen Miller and Frankford. 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
would describe herself as a theologically progressive Christian, committed to building inclusive and welcoming
Christian communities which seek to connect with and serve the broader community and beyond in the name
of Jesus Christ..
Rev. Canon Dr. Thora Wade Rowe (Honourary Assistant)

Rev. Thora Rowe has over 25 years as an ordained Minister. Born in Quebec and raised as the second of two daughters, Thora’s early education began in one-room classrooms. After graduation from High School, Thora earned a B.A from Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University in Montreal. After two years 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.
The following years were spent as the wife of the Rev. Ted Fuller, in parish ministry and raising their two children. Thora began working as a social worker with the Children’s Aid Society, thus beginning a career that spanned 21 years in social service agencies.
Thora was a single parent for five years following the premature death of her husband. She met and married John Rowe, head of the Guidance Department at Trenton High School, thus beginning another 31 years of married life and becoming a stepmother to 3 children. During this time, Thora returned to university on a part-time basis taking courses in counselling and obtaining a Master of Divinity Degree from Wycliffe and the University of Toronto. Sadly, John died just months before Thora was awarded an Honourary 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.
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 Ministries. Thora is currently an Honourary 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 6 grandchildren, travelling and camping.
In celebration of Rev. Thora’s 25 years and in thanksgiving for all who have shared the Gospel with her – family, friends and the Theological Colleges – Canon Thora presented St. George’s Church with a bound copy of the Gospels to be used in procession and proclamation in the services of the church. We, in the Anglican Churches of Quinte West, are grateful to have shared with her in these recent years of ministry. We benefit weekly from her teaching and preaching, and from her pastoral concern. As the hymn suggests, Rev. Thora has been a sister servant to us, holding the Christ-light for us in our journey of faith. We wish her many more years of faithful and inspired ministry.
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