Staff and Leadership
Rev. Canon Robert Hurkmans
Rob joined St. James and St. Brendan in 2006. Raised in Fisherville, Ontario on the family dairy farm, he went on to study at the University of Waterloo (B.Sc) and Queens (B. Ed) and Mac (M.A). After a stint as a high-school science teacher, Rob attended Wycliffe College (M. Div) and was ordained in 2004. Rob and Sally have four girls. Rob is chaplain to Bishop Michael Bird, and chairs the Innovation Vision group in Niagara. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, and chasing chickens on the family hobby farm (Jubilee Acres). Contact Rob.
George Duma & Tami Zacharias
Directors of Mission: Tami joined Operation Mobilisation (OM) and served in England as a youth leader and trainer for three years before moving back to Canada to work as Human Resources Director in OM Canada’s office in 2014. George joined St. J&B in 2015 bringing with him a great knowledge of our community gleaned from years working as a local journalist and teaching journalism at Niagara College. He presently works as the Quality Control Editor for the Calgary Herald at Postmedia Editorial Services.
Shaun & Lynn Poirier
Directors of Community Life:
Director of Children's Ministry:
Sally was born and raised in sunny South Africa, emigrated to Canada at age 12 and has been trying to find a sunny spot ever since! Sally studied at Queen's and worked as an Occupational Therapist. She is married to Rob and together they have four daughters. She feels called to minister to children, helping them know the deep love of God and the presence of His Spirit. "Let the little children come to me for such is the kingdom of heaven." In her "free time" you can find Sally washing eggs, plunking the piano or weeding her overgrown garden! Contact Sally.
John grew up in Port Colborne. He was baptized and confirmed at St J&B, was a server and a member of the junior choir. John met his wife Marie when he was 15, and was married at 21. They have a daughter Leslie , son-in-law Matthew and 2 grandkids Taya and Tristan who live in Port. John has always been drawn to water and enjoys sailing swimming and water skiing. After living in Edmonton, Moncton and Toronto, John & Marie returned to Port Colborne 22 years ago. John seeks to live in faith and try to follow Jesus.
Cheryl and her family have been attending at St. J & B since 2011, when they moved to Port Colborne from Niagara Falls. She is wife to Mark and mother of five very busy boys. Her family enjoys being part of a community church that is rooted in the faith. Cheryl is part of the pastoral care team; she also teaches Sunday School, assists with Alpha, and is Crafts Co-ordinator for Messy Church. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going for walks and listening to music. "All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well" -St Julian of Norwich
Coordinator of Messy Church:
Lori was a youth leader at St. J&B for over 10 years where she coordinated countless events for our youth. She worked both at the Diocesan and parish levels in the realm of children's minstry. She has a great passion in seeing children & youth succeed and loves working with kids of all ages. Born and raised in Port Colborne. Lori currently works for the District School Board of Niagara as an Educational Assistant. She enjoys reading, walking, gardening, and most of all spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters.
Pat Davis was baptized, confirmed and married at St. J &B. She is a member of the choir, and is also the envelope secretary. She serves on Diocesan committees and on the Board of Directors for Community Living. Pat and Alan have two children. Tanya (married to Chris) has Ethan, and Ryan (married to Sarah) have Evan and Emily. The three grandchildren are the light of her life. She sings in The Port Colborne Chorale and The Harbourlite Singers. She is a world traveller which includes mission work but is always happy to be home.
For 10 years Christie was a regular, weekly attender at St. J & B's youth group program. Now that she's no longer (technically) a "youth", it only makes sense that she takes on a leadership role. Christie has a passion for Christ and a desire to see young people grow in their faith. Christie is a great role model for our younger youth, and she brings energy and enthusiasm to this ministry. Christie is currently studying to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Niagara College.
Linda has been the musician and choir director at St. J & B since 2003. Born in Kapuskasing, Linda began learning piano in Port Colborne at the age of 5 when her family relocated in Niagara. She studied music theory at McMaster (Hons B. Mus.) and ethnomusicology at York University (M.A.). Linda brings a wide spectrum of musical abilities to her ministry at the church. In addition to her post at St. J&B, Linda teaches at the Ontario Conservatory of Music. She loves composing music, performing live, and doing any type of puzzle. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Worship:
Ashley was born and raised in Port Colborne and is a lifelong member at St. J&B. This meant she was involved in church from an early age, taking on different roles such as serving, youth leadership, and Parish Council as the youth delegate to Synod. Ashley is deeply involved in the music program at St. J&B, where you can hear her sing in the choir, accompany the choir on flute, or lead musical worship on Sundays. Ashley's hope and calling is to help facilitate inspiring worship at St. J&B.
Hunter Muileboom & Felisha Sassano
Directors of Discipleship:
Felisha was born in Fort Erie Ontario and raised in Crystal Beach. She joined St. J & B in 2014. Felisha is currently attending Western University in London Ontario where she is studying sociology. She enjoys music, reading and talking with people. Felisha is engaged to Hunter, who also lives in Port Colborne and is apprenticing as an electrician. Both Hunter and Felicia have a passion for discipleship, and enjoyhelping people grow in their faith. They are very excited to be serving in ministry in Port Colborne at St. J&B.
Director of ALPHA
Lynn was born and raised in Port Colborne and has been active in St. J&B since 2013. Early on at St. J&B Lynn was invited to attend an ALPHA Course. While on ALPHA Lynn met new friends and experienced God in a new way. It is Lynn's desire to see others experience what she did by offering ALPHA on an ongoing basis at St. J&B. Lynn also sings in the church choir and has helped pioneer our contemporary music ministry. Lynn is engaged to Shaun and she is thrilled for the opportunity to serve as Director of ALPHA.
Rick & Heather Osborne
Rick and Heather are the pioneers of our newest outreach program: "Ozzy's Garage," where at-risk youth get the opportunity of a lifetime to rebuild old hotrods and choppers alongside Rick Osborne. Not only is Rick a master mechanic, but his story of street-life, crime, prison, and redemption enable him to mentor young people towards positive life choices and faith. Heather's experience as a teacher and her knowledge of social supports enable her to not only assist in the garage program, but also to offer outreach to young women in need.
Leslie has been an active parish member since 1975. She has been serving as Treasurer since 2002 and works full time as the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Port Colborne Inc. Leslie has served as a Board Member of the Port Colborne General Hospital and on the Hospital Foundation Board. She sings with the St. J & B choir and with The Port Colborne Chorale. Leslie is married to Tim, is mother to three grown children (Dana, Patrick and Ashley) and is “Yia Yia” to three grandchildren (Ethan, Turner and Josephine). Contact Leslie.
Tami was raised in Southern Manitoba. She joined Operation Mobilisation (OM) and served in England as a youth leader and trainer for three years before moving back to Canada to work as Human Resources Director in OM Canada’s office in 2014. Joining St. J&B around the same time, she enjoys studying (BA, BEd), drinking tea, going to the beach, and reading. Find out more about OM here. Check out Tami's blog here.
Linda has enjoyed St. J & B as her home parish for many years. She was born and raised in Port Colborne. From her childhood she has great memories of Camp Artaban. She is blessed with two daughters, Kelly (married to Angelo) with Peter and Zoe, and Larkin. Since her retirement from Canadian Tire Financial Services, Linda delights in spending more time with the grandkids. She enjoys reading, traveling, and being outdoors. Part of Linda’s ministry as a personal assistant is to help Rob make the most of his time.
Green Parish Facilitator
Robin and her family joined St. J & B in 2012 after searching for a church to call home. She is married to Pete and has 2 daughters, Taylor and Jade, now living in Guelph. Her son, Hunter
also lives in Port Colborne and his fiance Felisha lives in Crystal Beach. Robin is a part of the Pastoral
Care team and teaches Sunday school. She also has a passion for environmental stewardship and creation care. She loves the sense of community and belonging that St. J & B provides her and her family.