Pastor Dawn is an Anglican Priest serving at First Lutheran through the Full Communion relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada. Ordained in 2006, she has served in small and large churches in Nova Scotia and the Greater Toronto Area as well as ecumenical and interfaith chaplaincy at two Canadian Universities. She is an active ally of the LGBTQ community and she believes that justice for all is close to the heart of God’s mission in the world. She lives with her spouse in downtown Toronto.
Jordan Smith is a second year student studying at Wycliffe College. He is joining the First community as a field placement student for the next year. He visited First a few times when he moved to Toronto in 2009 but after moving to North York, he started attending St. Ansgar Lutheran and that is where his family have been members for the past few years.
He is married to Carmen and has two little girls, Anitta and Eileen. He is a cradle Lutheran studying at one of the Anglican seminaries in Toronto and started studying theology after working in television for almost 10 years.
Elizabeth Keith is serving as Communications Administrator at First. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. She lives in Aurora, where her family has been a long-time member of Trinity Anglican Church. There she has been involved in choir, youth group and served on many committees. It is also where she first met Pastor Dawn! She manages First’s website, newsletter, and social media so make sure to follow the Facebook/Twitter /Instagram to stay up to date on what is happening!
Scott Weidler is the Director of Music at First Lutheran, and is passionate about creating accessible, sacred space through music.
Drawing on extensive experience, and a deep love of a variety of musical traditions, Scott works to build community and enhance worship. Before relocation to Toronto and joining the team at First, as well as St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Maple, Scott served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as Program Director for Worship and Music for twenty-one years. He serves on the national board of the Leadership Program for Musicians, a cooperative program between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church, and on the board of trustees for Music that Makes Community. He has earned degrees in education, music, and liturgy from Concordia College, Wittenberg University, and the University of Notre Dame. He lives in downtown Toronto with his husband, Zia Ahmed.
Rachel Colman is the lead singer for The Table at First. She is a musician and piano teacher. She and her husband, Andrew, moved to Toronto from Winnipeg three years ago for Andrew to pursue studies at U of T. She teaches piano, works as a church music director, and does some administrative work. She grew up in southern Manitoba, with rich church music, and has been further formed through the songwriting and music leading at St. Benedict’s Table in Winnipeg.Rachel has a passion for music in church communities, helping groups sing together using both old and new music, and ministering to people through music, especially in making counter-cultural contemplative space.