Rev. Michael Stol.
On December 31st of 2015, Rev. Michael retired as Minister to Westmount Church where he served for 15 years. Prior to coming to Westmount, Michael was Minister at two Presbyterian Churches in Alberta – at Riverside Church in Medicine Hat and St. Andrew’s Church in Olds.
Before being ordained within the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Rev. Michael spent 6 years serving as Chaplain at the Scott Mission in downtown Toronto.
Michael and his family – wife Catherine, daughter Jessica and son David – reside in London. Catherine is an elementary school teacher. Jessica graduated (in Dec. 2020) with an M.A. in Library Sciences and is currently seeking employment as a librarian. David graduated with his B.A. and is currently working as freelance journalist for several online magazines.
In his spare time, Michael likes to cook, to read poetry, mystery/crime novels and theology. Michael used to play basketball, but now is satisfied to support and cheer on the London Lightning and Toronto Raptors. He loves jazz music and has an extensive collection of rock, classical and jazz CDs.
Home phone: 519-870-3849
Church: 519-471-2290 Ext. 222
The Reverend Michael D Burns began his ministry at Burns, Mosa on November 1, 2017. Previously, Mike served at Mount Forest/Conn and prior to that was a missionary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for 3 years and served in Malawi, Africa where he served as associate minister to St James Presbyterian in Blantyre. In addition Mike worked in prison chaplaincy and helped run a weekly program for disabled children and their families.
Ministry is a second career and, after working for 16 years at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Mike graduated with his Master of Divinity from Knox College at the end of 2010. He has always believed in volunteering and the importance of working in the local community. Over the years Mike has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, student exchange programs, The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region and Bereaved Families of Ontario.
Lifelong learning is important–both formal and informal. Mike is currently enrolled part-time in the Master of Pastoral Studies program at Knox College and is specializing his studies in the area of trauma and PTSD. Upon completion, he will be eligible to register with the College of Psychotherapists.
Mike has been married to Debbie since 1997. Debbie currently works for VON as a Coordinator of Volunteers and Client Services.
Pastoral Care & Adult Ministry Volunteer Coordinator
Wilma has been a member of OPC since 2001, and a staff member since 2016. She quickly got involved in the community as a volunteer on the Board of Managers and in the Bethel Bible study, and then in other capacities: as an Ordained Elder and Session member, as a Pastoral Care Visitor, as Chair of the Fellowship and Service Committee, in small group studies and on social committees for larger events.
In 2010 Wilma felt called to go back to school full-time to study theology and she graduated from Huron University College at UWO in 2013 with a Master of Divinity. As a life-long learner, Wilma enjoys furthering her education in both classroom and practical settings.
In her working world, Wilma enjoys providing and coordinating pastoral care, developing social venues, adult ministry coordination, and leading worship services. Her passion is to be engaged in the building and nurturing of relationships with the Lord and with people.
Wilma’s family has grown to include three sons, three daughters-in-law, and 9 grandchildren – she loves spending time with all of them! … and with friends, neighbours, other families, other people, and with the Lord. She finds joy in all of these relationships.
John has been the Business Administrator of Oakridge Presbyterian Church since March 2019. He is in charge of many different tasks including bank deposits, rental bookings for events, maintaining the church calendar, cheque requisitions, and building maintenance, etc.
John has been married for 21 years and has two teenage boys. In his spare time, he likes to keep active. He enjoys playing squash, working around his home, and going for walks with his family.