"Leading with Care"
About Us

Ministers, Staff and Collaborators

Our Dedicated Ministers, Staff and Collaborators

The Reverend Dr. Glenn A. Chestnutt, Lead Minister

The Rev. Dr. Glenn A. Chestnutt has been a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, having grown up in Dervock, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. He began his career as a teacher after qualifying with a B.A. (University of Ulster) and then a D.A.S.E (Queen's University Belfast) before sensing a call to ministry within the Church. He was ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland in 2009. He completed the Master of Divinity and the Master of Theology degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. From there, he went on to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in the area of Systematic Theology, focusing on the theology of Karl Barth. He has won several awards including the Princeton Seminary Jagow Scholarship in Preaching. His publications include one book and several articles. Glenn has served on numerous committees of the Church of Scotland as well as various ecumenical initiatives. Glenn is married to Hannah and they have one son, Rowan.

The Reverend Dr. Kay Diviney, Associate Minister

The Rev. Dr. Kay Diviney was inducted in March of 2013 as the first Associate Minister / Director of Christian Community at the Church of Saint Andrew and Saint Paul. This is Dr. Diviney’s first pastoral charge: she spent many years teaching English literature and language as well as flute at the university level before hearing the call to ministry in 2009. Dr. Diviney and her husband, Brent MacLaine, have two grown children.

The Reverend Dr. J.S.S. Armour, Minister Emeritus

Dr. Armour was our Minister from 1983-1998, and named minister emeritus in 1999. Dr. Armour is the honorary chaplain of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and honorary life chaplain of the Royal Montreal Curling Club. He also serves on the board of the Mount Royal Cemetery. He is married to Margaret and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Sharon Dworzak, Church School Coordinator

Mrs. Dworzak has 22 years of teaching experience, including teaching children with special needs, and has taught Sunday School since her late teens and was Sunday School Superintendent as well as Youth Leader for two groups prior to teaching our Church School since 2003. Her main goal for the Church School is to help the children grow in Faith with a strong emphasis on scripture, having the children discover how the Bible relates to their daily lives, thus encouraging them to make a personal commitment to Jesus Christ.

Tiago Chiavegatti, Office Manager

Tiago is a life-long Presbyterian who has extensive academic and volunteer experience, along with skills in editing, translating, and accounting. His role as office manager is a busy one. He oversees the church office operations, computer services, general administrative work, bookkeeping, and the production of reports, bulletins and promotional materials. He is usually the first person people meet as they enter the church through our side entrance off of Redpath. He is so personable, helpful and a real pleasure to work with. If you are visiting the church during the week, you will probably enter by the side door, so make sure to say hello to Tiago.

Susan Knell, Church Secretary

That cheerful voice that we hear when calling the church office belongs to Susan Knell, our Church Secretary. When she is not pulling all of the components together to publish our weekly bulletin in time for our Sunday Services, she is delivering emails and e-blasts of upcoming church events, updating our events page on our website or taking care of the numerous day-to-day activities of the church. Sue is a wonderful part of our Church “family” and will certainly lift your spirits with her cheerful voice the next time you call.

Peter Sabourin, Church Officer

As Church Officer, Peter is known for being the main resource person at the church. If you locate him, he'll probably smile and tell you what latest projects that he's indulged in. DON'T bring up heating systems, he'll talk your ears off.Sundays, he is Our Beloved Church Beadle, preparing the Church for Sunday Worship and is the care-taker of the "word".

Stratsimir Dimitrov, Audio Visual Specialist

If you sit up in the gallery during our worship services, you will see Stratsi hard at work operating the sophisticated audio visual equipment that is used to produce the live broadcast of our worship services, concerts and other church activities, as well as the recordings.  Stratsi also uses his considerable experience and skills to expertly set up, maintain and operate all the microphones, monitors, projectors, lighting and sound equipment used in our meeting rooms and Kildonen Hall.  In addition, he doubles as a cameraman to produce and edit many of the promotional videos of our church activities which we post on our website and social media.  Stratsi is an invaluable member of our team allowing our ministers and congregation to reach out across the world to share our message of compassion and hope.

Music Staff

Jonathan Oldengarm, Director of Music

Jonathan holds degrees in organ and harpsichord performance from Wilfrid Laurier (BMus, 1998) and McGill Universities (MMus, 2000; DMus, 2005), and also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany from 2003-2005. His principal teachers include Douglas Haas, Barrie Cabena, Colin Tilney, Hank Knox, John Grew and Ludger Lohmann. In 1996 he earned the Fellowship diploma of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), winning the Porter and Peaker prizes.

He is a laureate of the RCCO National Competition, as well as the International Organ Competitions of Calgary, Dublin and Montreal. He has held major scholarships from the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Recent performance highlights include the Crystal Cathedral's Hour of Power broadcast; St. Thomas Church, New York; the Houston Bach Society's Organ Vespers; the Winnipeg Symphony; Himmerod Abbey, Germany; the Christuskirche, Mannheim, Germany; the Grote Kerk, Vlissingen, the Netherlands; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; and the 2008, 2009 and 2014 RCCO National Conventions.

Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Conductor

Active conductor, scholar, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée is a rapidly rising conductor on today's concert music stage. Dr. Vallée is Director of Choral Studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, Dr. Vallée served as Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands. Ensembles under his direction have sung for the American Choral Directors Association and California Music Educators Conferences, and were awarded first and second places at the San Luis Obispo International Choral Competition in 2011.

Vallée has studied under such renowned conductors as Chester Alwes, Eduardo Diazmunoz, Iwan Edwards, Agnes Grossman, Chantal Masson-Bourque, Nicole Paiement, Raphaele Ponti, Miroslav Papsavov, Donald Schleicher, Fred Stoltzfus, and Jon Washburn. Dr. Vallée holds degrees from the Université Laval, the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to his interest in choral, operatic, and orchestra music, Vallée is an advocate for contemporary music, making one of his priorities to premiere and commission works by young composers and program rarely performed repertoire. As a scholar, Dr. Vallée's research interests are varied and focus primarily on Renaissance French music, the oratorical works of Michael Tippett, and Conducting pedagogy, more specifically the connection between audiation and gestural communication. Dr. Vallée has been invited to present his research at several national and international conferences including the American Choral Directors Association Conventions, Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada., the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference, Podium, the national convention of Choral Canada, and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Dr. Vallée is also founder and director of INSPIRAVI, a 20-voice Los Angeles based professional chamber choir, and Artistic Director of the Mountainside Master Chorale in Los Angeles and choral conductor at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montréal.

Wayne K. Riddell CM, Director of Music Emeritus

Wayne Riddell has been described by music critics as "a choral trainer of genius". The founder and former director of the Tudor Singers of Montreal, Mr. Riddell has established a reputation as one of Canada's distinguished musicians who instills in those who sing under his direction a consistent sense of ensemble and musicality which have been hailed by the most demanding of audiences and charmed the most difficult critics. His drive, personal discipline and sense of humour are reflected in the respect and devotion of all who have worked with him, whether artist or support staff. Mr. Riddell and the Tudor Singers have toured from coast to coast in Canada many times, as well as concertizing extensively in Europe and the United States. The choir has been frequently broadcast on the C.B.C. and has several recordings to its credit.

Mr. Riddell is a graduate of McGill University where he also served for a number of years as Director of Choral Music Activities. He also studied in West Germany as a guest of that country's government. In 1980 the choir was awarded the first Healey Willan Prize by the Canada Council. He was chorus master of the Montreal Symphony and has been invited as guest conductor of that and other orchestras. Mr. Riddell is in constant demand as an adjudicator, workshop leader and guest conductor with many of Canada's leading choirs and orchestras. In addition, Mr. Riddell maintains an active performing and conducting career abroad.

In July 1988, Wayne Riddell was named a member of the "Order of Canada" in recognition of this outstanding contribution to choral music. In May 1992 he was honoured with the "Distinguished Service Award" from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors.