Last week we introduced some of the members of Knox House in “Get to know your neighbour [part 1].” Today we’re excited to e-introduce the other great young adults living in community at Spadina & Harbord.
Jing is a student at the University of Toronto. She started coming to Knox Presbyterian church shortly after moving to Toronto in 2014. Jing is very excited to come back to Knox house again this year. She looks forward to serving the Knox church community and growing in relationship with Christ.
Nick is entering his third year of the Masters of Divinity In-Ministry program at Tyndale seminary and over the past two years has also worked at Knox as our Pastoral Intern. Nick is most interested in exploring the connections between culture and the church and challenging the church for how it can reengage the communities that surround it. Outside of his studies and ministry, Nick loves technology, music that tells a story, exploring new parts of Toronto (often via an aimless walk) and good conversations over a pint.
Brittany is 24 years old and has recently obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Theology (minor in Sociology). She also holds a Forestry Technician diploma. She is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity College to prepare herself for a life in ministry. In 2013 she attended both the Canadian Students Theological Conference in Edmonton and represented the youth of her Diocese at the first National Joint Assembly between Lutherans and Anglicans in Ottawa. She traveled on a Global Urban Partnership to Bangladesh in 2014 and worked at the Children’s Uplift Program while there. She recently became an Aunt and a Godmother to her sister’s child; and she also has a younger brother. She comes from the small town of Blyth, Ontario, and so the big city will be a big change for her. Over the course of her life she has had 4 dogs, 1 guinea pig, 1 gerbil, 2 hamsters, and several fish- clearly an animal lover. She blogs semi-regularly at www.myhonestwalk.wordpress.com.
Alexandre comes from Geneva in Switzerland, where he studies Law at the University of Geneva. He will spend the fall semester at the U of T Law School as an exchange student, then will move back home to Switzerland. He is looking forward to spend his time in Toronto with a Christian Community.
Heather is in her second year of studies for her Bachelor’s in Harp Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been playing harp for nine and a half years. Her other interests include reading Christian fiction and classic literature, crocheting, learning French, and reading the Bible. Originally from Minnesota, she loves to garden, cook, and cross-country ski with her family. She has one older brother, who is currently pursuing his Doctorate in classical guitar at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. This is Heather’s second year living in Knox House. She is looking forward to growing closer to God this year through prayer, Bible study, and community fellowship. One of her favorite verses is the blessing from Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.”
Michelle and Peter are delighted to serve for another year in the role Knox House Residence Staff (or, “House Parents”). Michelle will be functioning in the staff role and Peter in a spousal support role. Michelle received a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from Tyndale University and Seminary, and Peter received his B.A. in History, minors in Visual Studies & English from the University of Toronto. Peter grew up attending Knox Church, and Michelle first became part of the community in 2006 when she started serving as the Leaders in Training Director and worship leader at Knox Camp. Peter and Michelle worked at Knox Camp together for three years, and during this time they became a couple and later married in 2010. Peter and Michelle have served together and apart in various Christian camps and community settings, including Knox camp and retreats, Ontario Pioneer Camp, and at Tyndale University and Seminary. Peter and Michelle have often felt God’s call to devote themselves to the work of Christian community-building. They are happy and excited to serve students living in the house and ask for prayers as they seek to build loving relationships that will advance Christ’s kingdom work in the Knox community and on campuses city-wide. Alongside these community roles, Peter remains in his position as Communications Coordinator on staff at Knox Church and Michelle continues her work with Church Engagement at Christie Refugee Welcome Centre.