Staff

Rev. Michael Stol.
Interm Pastor

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

Email:  revmjstol@gmail.com

Rev. Mike Burns
Interim Moderator. 

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.

Jeff Hopkins
Youth & Young Adult Ministry Leader
 
Jeff was born and raised in London and began his faith journey right here at OPC at a young age.  After receiving God’s call on his life as a teenager to become a youth pastor, he continued on his path and attended Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Graduating in 2009 from the Bachelor of Theology program with a Major in Youth Ministry.

He desires to see people begin a personal relationship with Jesus and a passion to share God’s love with all those around him.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Brittany,  and they have three young children: Charlie, Benjamin and Sawyer.
 
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Wilma Boyce

Wilma Boyce
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.

Sonia Brule
Children & Family Ministry Coordinator
 
Sonia joined the OPC staff in April 2009. She gives leadership to our children from birth to grade five, including Kids Ministry, Camps and various family activities throughout the year.  Once a month she takes on the persona of the Mad Scientist bringing Bible stories to life using science.

She graduated from Sheridan College with a Diploma in Classical Animation and has been known to animate a lesson or two. She is currently studying M.Div at Huron University College.  Sonia is married to Chris. They have two children Connor and Giuliana.

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them –not because you must, but because you are willing; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.” 1 Peter 5:2
 
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Allan Bevan 
Music Director

London, Ontario composer Allan Bevan is widely recognized for the beauty, intensity, and craftsmanship of his choral music. Over the past decade and more his work has garnered many awards in Canada, the U.S.A., and European composition competitions, and he has been performed and commissioned by many noteworthy choruses including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Pro Coro Canada. He holds graduate degrees in music from the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary and he is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. Dr. Bevan has approximately sixty compositions in print primarily in the catalog of the Vancouver-area publisher Cypress Choral Music.
 
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Susan Lee
Susan Lee
Korean Ministry Coordinator
 
Susan graduated with M.Div from Pacific Theological Seminary and was ordained in the U.S. in 2007. She also graduated from the University of the Nations. She worked for 12 years at OPC until she retired in 2015. Then, she came back again since February 2017. She lives with her husband, Ian, and has a son, Stephen, a daughter, Esther, and four grandchildren.

"You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well." 2 Timothy 2:1

"I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!" John 16:33
 
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Kathy MacDonald

Kathy MacDonald
Office Administrator
 
Kathy has been the Office Administrator at OPC for several years and a member for over 20 years. She is kept busy with the day to day running of the office in this very busy church.
 
Kathy acts in community theatre in London where she lives with her husband Rick, son Mathew and doodle Aussie.
 
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John Radossevich,
Business Administrator
 

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.

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Lawrence Mizzi
Lawrence Mizzi
Custodian
 
Lawrence was born in Malta and came to Canada when he was a child. He has been working at OPC for more than 15 years doing cleaning, set ups and maintenance. He has been in the cleaning business for over 40 years.
 
Lawrence is one of the youth leaders on Friday nights. 
 
He is married to Karen, has two sons, Tyson and Joshua.
 
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