People

Rev. Meagan Crosby-Shearer 

Meagan comes to St. Matthias after serving both as a Curate with St. Barnabas Anglican Church and as Priest to the Emmaus Community  (a Neo-Monastic Community in Victoria) where she is a vowed member. She is also part of the leadership team at The Abbey: an emerging church plant in the city. Meagan has had a rich and varied life. Born in Victoria, she has lived in a variety of places across BC as well as Saskatchewan, Australia, the Philippines and short trips to Vietnam and El Salvador. She served in the Philippines for a year as an “ecumenical-intern-in-mutual-mission” with the United Church of Canada and trained as a Postpartum Nurse. Meagan has a passion for creative liturgy and prayer, for social justice, and for engaging ways of telling the story of our faith rooted in the place we have been planted. Meagan has a secret love of musical theater and gospel choirs and cherishes time spent with her incredible family (her husband Rob and their twins) and walking the ocean and forest paths of the beautiful West Coast! She co-chairs the liturgy Commission of the Diocese and is thrilled to be serving St. Matthias and the wider Fairfield community.

Mr. Jim Hill — Director of Music

jimhillJim has directed the music for nearly one hundred and fifty musicals, reviews, industrials and all that jazz. He wrote four of them and arranged fourteen. Educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton, he has worked, taught and directed with Berthold Carriere, Robin Phillips, Bill Hutt, Martha Henry, Bernard Hopkins, Howard Dick, Anna Russell, Eugene Ormandy, Robert Shaw, John Rutter at the Stratford Festival, The Shaw Festival, Huron Country Playhouse, The Grand Theater, The University Of Western Ontario, the U.N., Langham Court Theater, The Royal York Hotel, the CBC, Sheridan College, The Royal, Chemainus and McPherson Theatres in Victoria and Fanshaw Community College.

Jim has received the Award Of Merit from the Government of Canada and founded and/or co-founded nine theater companies, written for a National Theater magazine and played church organ for forty years. He is currently Director of Music at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, B.C. He composes, arranges and accompanies and recently won the Critics Choice Award for Best Musical (Songs For A New World) and Best Runner Up (Into The Woods) 2006. Please visit his St. Matthias Music website!

MICHAEL C. KING — PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

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Michael was born in the UK and came to Canada at 9 months old. He doesn’t remember that trip much but has traveled extensively since. He was raised in North Vancouver and moved to Downtown Vancouver at 19. Then in 2005, he had his passport updated, got his shots and moved to Vancouver Island. His career started as a restaurant manager. That developed into becoming a chef, bar manager and then hotel manager. From 2013 to 2015 he owned and operated The King’s Deli on Fort Street. He also worked for Elections Canada and is a certified florist. (Arranging flowers is not as much fun and you think it might be!)

He worships at St. John the Divine and he and his husband Paul were the first same sex couple to have a Blessing by the Bishop in our diocese.

Michael has three loves in his life, his dogs Bandit and Beau, his husband Paul and the theatre. Not necessarily in that order. He has directed and acted for both Langham Court Theatre and St. Luke’s Players, the Fringe and KISS Productions.