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.
The Rev. Deacon 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 in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land before being appointed as the Interfaith Chaplain at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, a position she held for 15 ½ years before retiring in 2014. Mary came to St. Peter’s as an Honorary Assistant in 2000. She is a Member Emeritus of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and previously served as the Chair of Professional Practice and a member of the Board. Mary was formerly certified as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Supervisor-Educator of Clinical Pastoral Education. At St. Peter’s, Mary offers leadership through the Collaborative Ministry Team, the Parish Caring Ministries Committee and the Worship Planning Team. Mary coordinates and offers training to Lay Pastoral Visitors, Pew Ministers, and Prayer Chain members. She is deeply committed to excellence in liturgy and music and the full inclusion of all ages and abilities in 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 mother to Catherine and Martha (Andrew). She enjoys travelling, reading, walking, Scottish Country Dancing, spending time at the cottage, and attending concerts, plays, ballet, opera, and Goldeyes baseball games.
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.
Marcus LeNabat, Rector’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.
David Thompson, People’s Warden
David came to St. Peter's in the mid 1990's along with his spouse Laurie and children Amy and Jordan. He primarily focussed on attending Sunday services and took on a minor role on the Finance Committee. As time passed, he became more involved in the life of St. Peter's and its parish family. Finance remained at the core (David is, after all, a CPA) with taking on the role of Finance Committee Chair and having an active involvement in several fundraisers. David has also served as a Warden in the past and chaired the Faith Forward Capital Campaign. With some gentle encouragement from Laurie, David recently began attending the adult Christian education offerings on a regular basis. David recently retired as the Director of Finance and Operations at The Manitoba Museum. David believes in a positive future for St. Peter's and has faith in the parish clearly seeing its way forward.