Clergy & Staff

Our Incumbent Priest:
the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford

The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford

Eric came to St. Timothy’s in February 2016. He brings with him a wealth of experience of the Anglican Church at the parish, diocesan, regional, national and international levels. He has worked as a leader, pastor, teacher, theologian, and consultant. He loves to see people come alive as they encounter and embrace new insights that shape, even change their lives. As incumbent, he provides leadership and support to all aspects of the life of the parish here at St. Timothy’s. Before becoming our incumbent Eric was President of Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, NS, and then held interim appointments as Visiting Theologian at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal, and Theologian in Residence for Trinity Church, Aurora. He is married to Janet who is the director of the Centre for Church Development and Leadership of the Toronto United Church Council. Between them they enjoy five adult children who are currently spread around the world but still very much part of their lives.

Likes: The natural world, Music, Good food, wine, and scotch (all in moderation of course), travel, and curling up with a good book.

Reverend Liska Stefko
Associate Priest

Baby_Michael_BarrettLiska Stefko joined St. Timothy’s church in 2015 as associate priest, with a particular focus on ministry to children, youth and young families. She comes to us from Church of the Redeemer, where she served since 2009 as pastoral associate, deacon, and priest.

Liska is a member of L’Arche, a worldwide network of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. At L’Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill, she has served in various roles over the past two decades: caregiver, house leader, liturgist, retreat facilitator, and youth ministry coordinator. Her spiritual journey has been profoundly influenced by the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. It was in the context of L’Arche that she began to discern a call to sacramental ministry.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Liska went on to pursue theological studies and earn a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College at the Toronto School of Theology. She was ordained in 2010 in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto.

Liska’s vocation is rooted in both the church and in L’Arche. She presently serves part-time as Pastoral Minister to the L’Arche Daybreak community, and part-time as Associate Priest at St. Timothy’s. She is delighted to join in the ministry of our parish, helping to support, nurture and build community among our younger members and their families.

Our Music Director:
Edward Connell

EdEdward Connell comes from Edmonton, where he won the Royal Conservatory’s gold medal in piano performance while still a teenager. His early musical career was devoted to creating and directing music for professional theatre, including eleven original musicals. He has been head of music theory, piano and choral music at the Alberta College Conservatory, and was for several years Music Director of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, where he led one of the largest church music programs in Canada. His choral career includes being a singer, pianist and conductor with ProCoro Canada, the Artistic Directorship of Cantilena Consort, and founder and first conductor of Edmonton Vocal Minority. Mr. Connell has been the artistic director of Forte — the Toronto Men’s Chorus since 2002. This past season, he led this fine chorus to enter the CBC Choral Competition, where Forte was named a national finalist. Mr. Connell’s many academic honours include degrees and diplomas in piano, organ, music theory, composition and conducting. Although he is entirely self-taught as an organist, he is an honoured Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists with the Doreen Porter Prize, the Heather Spry Prize and the Healey Willan Prize. Since 2005, he has been concert pianist with the National Ballet of Canada, where, during the past season, he has performed 24 Preludes by Chopin, Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Rubies (Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra) and Polyphonia (solo piano pieces by Gyorgy Ligetti). He joined St. Timothy’s as organist in 2008.

Our Office Administrator:
Sharon Phillip

sharonSharon joined St. Timothy’s on September 2, 2008 after serving as the Office Administrator for Colin Johnson, the Diocesan Bishop of Toronto for a little more than a year, filling in for the previous incumbent while she was on maternity leave. Sharon has held a broad range of business and church positions, having spent 30 years with the Government of Ontario in a variety of roles including managing a staff of 21 offering a full range of savings banking services to clients at the Queen’s Park Branch of the Province of Ontario Savings Office. She has also variously been a school teacher, a consultant/trainer and has had several years experience as an office administrator.

On the church front, Sharon has served as Rector’s Warden at her home church of St. Ninian’s and as Warden and Church School Superintendent at the Church of the Nativity. She also served as Parish Administrator at St. Luke’s Church before being lured away to work for Bishop Johnson last year.