Meet our Parish Leadership
The Reverend Canon Donna G. Joy, Parish Priest
Donna was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Rupert's Land in 1991 and has served the Parish of St. Peter since 2010. In addition to her work as a Parish Priest, she has filled various roles and engaged in numerous projects within the diocesan and national church. Donna’s commitment to the principles of dignity, inclusion and fair treatment and her love of liturgy are evident in her ministry and leadership. She is passionate about making visible the connection between worship and mission.Donna has a deep love of theology based on the Bible – the source of true and reliable knowledge of God, Jesus and ourselves. In her leisure time, Donna can be found enjoying the company and warmth of her family, reading (fiction and nonfiction), and gardening. She is married to David who shares her passion for worship, mission, Scripture and theology.
Shelagh Balfour, Pastor of Christian Education, Administrative Assistant
After 30 years working in the field of developmental disabilities, Shelagh recently made a career change to the Church. This was a logical shift as she has been actively involved in the Anglican Church for many years, serving in a variety of roles at the parish, diocesan and national levels. Shelagh has been a student of theology for most of her adult life. She has a commitment to life-long learning and believes strongly in the importance of a lived faith, whatever one’s primary calling is. Shelagh’s other passions include reading, writing, and spending time with her family.
The Reverend Canon Mary Holmen, Pastor of Parish Caring Ministries
Mary was ordained a Deacon in 1978 and Priest in 1979. She served in parishes within the Diocese of Rupert’s Land before being appointed as the Interfaith Chaplain at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, a position she has held for the past 14 ½ years. Mary has been an Honorary Assistant at St. Peter’s since 2000. Mary is a certified Specialist in Spiritual Care and a certified Teaching Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). She chairs the Professional Practice Commission of CASC and is a member of the Board. At St. Peter’s, Mary shares in leadership through the Worship Planning Team, Adult Christian Education team, and the Music Enrichment Fund Committee. Mary also offers training to lay pastoral visitors and Prayer Team members. She is deeply committed to excellence in liturgy and music, and the full inclusion of all ages and abilities within the church community. When not engaged in presiding at worship or preaching, Mary can usually be found in the alto section of the parish choir. Mary is married to John, and mother to Catherine and Martha (Andrew). She enjoys spending time at the cottage, reading, walking, Scottish Country Dancing, attending concerts and theatre productions, and listening to music.
The Rev. Deacon Diane Panting, Pastor of Mission and Outreach
Di is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Education for Ministry program, has completed studies at the Centre for Christian Studies, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. She is a passionate child of God, driven by the Holy Spirit and committed to enabling others to use their gifts to carry out what Jesus calls us to do. She undertakes everything, whether in the church or secular world, with a spirit of love, intent, energy, respect and purpose – using stories, mutual learning and humour as a foundation. Di is married to prairie and Christian artist Garth Panting and together they share a ministry of hospitality, encouragement and service in the church and in the world through their enterprise Encouraging Works. They have a cherished son Cole and two adorable puppies, Rocky and Bandit William.
The Rev Rod Sprange, Pastor of Stewardship
Rod retired as a parish priest in September 2012. Prior to his ordination, he and his wife Susan were members of St. Peter’s where each took a turn serving as a warden. Rod brings a wide range of experience to the parish - in business, government and the Anglican Church. In his role as honorary assistant, Rod hopes to share his love of scripture, spiritual development, and the application of Christian teaching to everyday life. His strengths are in teaching, group dynamics and pastoral support. He brings a distinctive sense of humor to his activities. Outside of church Rod writes a blog, reflectionsinpuddles.com, photographs nature, and reads. Together with Susan, he enjoys visiting Mexico during winter months. Rod and Susan have three daughters, one son, and five grandchildren.
The Rev. Dr. Lissa Wray Beal, Honorary Assistant
Dr. Lissa Wray Beal is an Old Testament scholar, and teaches at Providence Theological Seminary and local parishes and churches. In her preaching and teaching, she desires to connect the Old Testament to New Testament faith and life. She brings a wealth of pastoral experience to her teaching, and enjoys walking with people in their faith journeys. In her spare time, she can be found in her garden, or reading a good book.
Helen Suh, Director of Music Ministry
Helen Suh has served many different denominations of Christian Churches, mostly in North America and in Korea. She is passionate about music in worship and classical music. Helen enjoys playing the organ, singing and conducting the choir. She absolutely loves reading the Bible and praying whever she has a free time.
Laurie Thompson, Rector’s Warden
Laurie is a long time St. Peter’s parishioner and greatly enjoys the community and friendship which is integral to St. Peter’s. Currently, Laurie is the Treasurer of the parish, and is also an organizer and participant on several of the parish initiatives. She is excited by the many inspiring ministries offered at St. Peter’s. Laurie is always looking for ways to grow in her faith journey, and finds the liturgical studies at St. Peter’s to be especially meaningful. Laurie enjoys spending time with her two grown children, Amy and Jordan, travelling with her husband David, and is an avid Winnipeg Jets fan!
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Marcus LeNabat, People’s Warden
Marcus and his family began attending St. Peter’s in 2007, making him a relative newcomer. Raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, he discovered Anglican worship as an older teenager and fell in love with the via media (“middle way”) and its emphasis on inclusion. He has acted as Synod Delegate and Warden at a previous parish, and been involved in choir and Sunday School. He is inspired by the numerous ministries at St. Peter's and the talent, time and commitment from the parishioners that they require. Marcus enjoys playing cards with his wife Caroline, and his adult children Sarah and Ben, and has a terrible propensity for puns.