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). 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 theatre 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.
Victoria Beauchesne – Director of Music
Since then, her musical path has been diverse. She has composed and performed, directed three different handbell choirs, and worked as a MusicTogether early childhood educator. She currently teaches piano to all ages; and has worked as a church musician since 2007. Her love of song has grown to encompass accompanying congregations and choral directing in a broad range of musical styles. She welcomes creative collaboration.
Her wide interests have led her to paint murals, obtain her Masters in theatre directing (University of New Mexico), work in film and television, and co-found Victoria Contra Dance. She has lived and worked abroad in Rome, London, Albuquerque, Georgetown Guyana, and Durban South Africa. When not working, you might find her trying to understand her teenage son’s Dungeons and Dragons dilemmas.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore
Michael C. King – Parish Administrator