The Reverend Jason Francis Meyers is Metropolitan's Minister for Worship and Faith Formation. He hails from Saskatchewan where he completed an undergraduate degree in Commerce with a major in Marketing. A move to Toronto brought a change in vocation and he began his journey to ordination in the United Church of Canada in 2012. Jason completed his Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College in 2019 where he was awarded the Dr. Hugh Pritchard Memorial Preaching Scholarship and the Sanford Gold Medal for academic excellence. He did his field education here at Metropolitan and his internship at Jubilee United Church in Don Mills. Jason's spirituality is intertwined with the care of creation and the experience of being on the land. He has embarked on pilgrimages in Spain, England and Canada, including a two week journey from his convocation to ordination. Jason and his wife, Bri-anne Swan, have two young boys, Isaiah and Simon.
You can watch Jason's message to the congregation on Sept. 12, 2021 below.
We welcome Rev. Mark Aitchison to Met's staff as our half-time summer Supply Minister from June 1-Sept. 30, while we wait for our new ministerial staff to begin. During the summer, worship and pastoral care will be Rev. Aitchison's primary responsibilities. He will also provide support for community service and outreach activities when required. Rev. Aitchison brings to Met a wealth of experience working in a team at Islington United Church. Please join the Search Committee in making Mark feel at home here at Met.
And here in his own words, Rev. Aitchison introduces himself: "I was born and raised in the small town of Harriston, Ontario, in Bruce Presbytery. After high school I attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and studied Business Administration. My first job as an accounting specialist was at IBM. However, soon after I felt called to ministry and became a student minister in Conn, while attending Emmanuel College in Toronto. I was ordained in 1980 and since then have served in Plenty, Saskatchewan; Paris, Ontario; and Toronto where I retired after 24 years as the Lead Minister at Islington United. I also had the pleasure of two international appointments, in Edinburgh, Scotland and Newcastle, Australia. I am blessed with a wonderful life partner, Pattie, and three adult sons and one very special granddaughter. I love serving the church in retirement as a VAM at Islington United, the co-leader of the IUC Food Bank and the staff support to Stephen Ministry. I am excited to be joining the team at Met for the next four months and look forward to meeting you. Please reach out to me if I can be of service to you."