Meet Our Staff

Christopher Page

Priest
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The Rev. Christopher Page is our parish Priest (also known in some parishes or traditions as pastor, rector, vicar, or incumbent). 

Christopher came to St. Philip’s as Associate Rector in October, 1987, and has served as Rector since the end of 1993. Christopher completed his second Masters Degree (ThM) in 2001 with a thesis on the nature of mysticism in the work of Thomas Merton. He has an interest in the contemplative tradition, and in the classical spiritual writings of Christian history.

Gifted in preaching, teaching, and writing, Christopher is the author of five books:

Christ Wisdom (2004), Mark’s Gospel, Awakening the Voice Within, (2005)  and The Way of Courage, Being God’s People in a Broken World (2006), Spirit Life: Living the Fruit of God’s Spirit (October, 2007) ; Shadow Dancing Living with the Dark Side The Temptations of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew

Christopher is married to Heather and they have two grown daughters and three granddaughters.

Click here for a recommended reading list from Christopher.

To read current musings from Christopher, click to visit his blog here:  blogger blog icon

He can be reached by email at christopher[at]stphilipvictoria.ca

Shannon Carmichael

Children's Ministry Worker
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We are blessed to have Shannon as our Children’s Ministry Worker. Shannon develops the curriculum for Sunday mornings, coordinates the Teacher’s roster, maintains all the supplies, works on special events, but most importantly she prays regularly for each child and teacher and the programs they run. And run they do! When our children come to Sunday School they experience a place that is designed to let them know that God cares about them. The children are accepted and respected and they participate in a very active and sometimes noisy environment. God’s world is presented to them to experience and explore. When they return to the church service, there are crafts at the back tables which relate to the theme downstairs – or they can sit with their family – or they can sit with their friends! They are a pretty fluid lot!

Caleb Hosie

Youth Worker
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Caleb loves fun, adventure, and people. Over the past few years, he has been spending his time working at summer camp and going to bible college where he has been filled with hope and a passion discipleship. He is very excited to now be working with the youth here at St. Philip, where he has been attending since he was a toddler. He gets stoked about lots of stuff, and is particularly excited to share his passion for Jesus with many.

Alice Jourmel

Office Administrator
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Alice is the Office Administrator at St. Philip. She works in the church office on weekday mornings (9:30am – 1pm), answering emails and phone calls, preparing and printing the bulletins for each week’s services, and providing assistance to the other staff and many volunteers at St. Philip. Alice joined the staff – and congregation! – at St. Philip in November 2015. She has a Community Mental Health Worker Certificate from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, plays cello, and volunteers with The Victoria Poetry Project. Alice was previously the Interim Parish Administrator at The Anglican Parish of St. Peter, Quamichan (Duncan).

Alice can be reached by email at office[at]stphilipvictoria.ca

David Rolfe

Honorary Assistant Priest

David Rolfe is a retired Anglican priest. He is  with us now as an Honourary Assistant and will be presiding occasionally.

David  and Faith moved to the Cook and Hillside area of Victoria in July, 2013. They are happily settled in the in-law suite of a comfortable older home owned by their daughter and her partner. . . . plus one grandson . . .  and another grandchild on the way!

1962 David came from England to Canada and the USA. He earned a BA, then took graduate studies at Michigan State University. After a career on both sides of the border working as a family life educator and family therapist, he returned to England to read theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Recently widowed with two young daughters to care for, he found more than enough challenges trying to co-ordinate studies with being a single parent.

After successfully negotiating the quirks of training to be a priest, he and Faith were married in England. With the two girls they moved to the Kootenays where David was dropped in to ordained parish   ministry first in Trail and then in Fruitvale and Salmo.

In 1991 the family, now with the addition of a two year old son, moved to Colwood. David was on staff at St. John the Divine, Quadra Street and later, Rector of Church of the Advent. Faith, who had taught school for several years in England, worked up to become the administrator of a physiotherapy clinic. Following David’s retirement the family moved to Cobble Hill and later to Lake Cowichan.

They came to know Christopher and Heather Page through The Contemplative Society. Faith was, for three years, the administrator of the TCS. Moving to Victoria and drawn by the gentle contemplative spirit of this parish, David says, “we were honoured when Christopher asked me to assist him on Sunday mornings.” Faith and David very much look forward to the 4PM Sunday afternoon worship services.

Jill Ann Siemens

Music Director for 11:15am
Jill Ann Siemens grew up in Vancouver, BC and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto with a degree in Pedagogy and Performance. She went on to become a Faculty member for 28 years at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she inspired many students to a rich musical life – several who have become distinctive musicians themselves. As well, Jill Ann is fluent on all keyboard instruments and has held many church Music Director posts in Victoria. She is an award-winning composer and following the tragic events of 2001 in New York City, with a deep desire to help, she composed “A Child’s Prayer for Peace” which went on to win the International Song of Peace contest in Tipperary Ireland. From there, Jill Ann vowed to do her part in using her musical gifts to assist needy and suffering children around the world. On this vow, she turned to music production founding The Canadian Tenors and Tenore who have raised substantial life changing dollars for children in Africa.
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