Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea

Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea gives a sermon before the congregation on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea was called to Metropolitan United Church as Minister of Congregational Care and Development in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Ministry of Spirituality degrees, all from the University of Toronto. John Joseph completed his Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2009. Ordained in 1989, he is a certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Stephen Leader, and Spiritual Director following in the footsteps of Ignatius of Loyola.

John Joseph believes in nurturing body, mind, and spirit. Physical activity at the local gym, reading, and meditating daily, weave together the three key components of life. “Nurture for self to nurture for others." John Joseph has served congregations from the Maritimes, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, and rural Quebec, to urban and suburban parts of the Greater Toronto Area. John Joseph has served as the Chairperson of the Toronto Southeast Presbytery Pastoral Relations Commission, member of the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Co-Chair Person for the Parliament of World Religions Steering Committee-Toronto 2018, Police Chaplain to 51 Division, member of the Toronto Rotary, Chairperson for the Toronto Rotary Community Services Committee, Chair of the Voices of Hope Concert Committee, a benefit for Casey House, and member of the Fife House Board.

His volunteer ministry includes Chairperson of the Worship and Liturgy Committee of Toronto Conference, Chairperson of the Planning and Development Committee, Co-Chairperson of the Christian Development Committee in York Presbytery (north of Toronto). He was a delegate to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, in February 1990. John Joseph served as an interfaith Chaplain to the Toronto 2015 Panam and Parapanam games and the 2017 Invictus Games.

John Joseph was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. Today John Joseph seeks to meet people where they are and build bridges of compassion.

Dr. Patricia Wright

Dr. Patricia Wright sits in front of Metropolitan United's Casavant Organ.

Dr. Patricia Wright has been Director of Music and Organist at Metropolitan United since 1986. In September of 2010, she was covenanted as a Congregational Designated Minister of Music, a first in theUnited Church of Canada. She earned degrees in organ performance from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, with additional studies in France. Dr. Wright has been heard in recital in Canada, the United States, and Europe. A founding member of the United Church of Canada Association of Musicians, Dr. Wright is a past national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and holds an honorary Fellowship from the RCCO. She is also Adjunct Professor of Organ for the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and is cross-appointed to Emmanuel College for the Master of Sacred Music degree program. Recently, in collaboration with poet Patricia Orr, she released a CD recording Bach in Time: Let There Be Beauty.

In 2017, Dr. Wright served as a juror in the preliminary round of the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal and will serve as an international juror in the final round of the 2020 CIOC.  In July of 2017, she served on the faculty of the Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby, Ontario, and was awarded an honorary fellowship.

 

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