The Abbey Leadership:
We’re working on forming a creative collective of artists, activists, prophets, contemplatives, liturgists, preachers, teachers, musicians & priests-ministers… There are a good number of folks who help week-to-week with creative and hands-on stuff… Here’s a growing list of the creative team:
The Rev. Meagan Crosby-Shearer, EC – Abbey Creative Team Member and Priest. Meagan has a rich and varied life experience. Born in Victoria, she has a passion for creative liturgy and prayer, social justice and engaging ways of telling our faith story. She has been involved in musical theatre, gospel choirs and loves reading and the beauty of the West Coast! She served in the Philippines for a year as an ‘ecumenical-intern-in-mutual-mission’ with the United Church of Canada. She is trained as a Registered Nurse and is a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. She works part time at St. Matthias Church and is a mother to Amaya and Zion.
The Rev. Rob Crosby-Shearer, EC – Abbey Creative Team Member and Deacon. Rob has worked in Christian ministry for the last 15+ years. Rob has been part of the Emmaus and Jeremiah Communities (New Monastic) and lived for 5 years in Zacchaeus House, a Catholic Worker community house of hospitality. He served as music director at the campus-based Wine Before Breakfast, was National Youth Coordinator with justgeneration.ca/PWRDF, directed the the Nidus Festival with the Canadian Council of Churches in 2006, worked in campus ministry and congregational ministry in the Anglican and United Churches of Canada (most recently at St. Philip Anglican Church in Victoria) and was involved for over a decade at Parkdale Neighbourhood Church (a Baptist ‘street church’ in Toronto now called “The Dale”). He is also the Conference Minister for Embracing the Spirit with BC Conference of the United Church and is ordained in the Anglican Church. He has co-owned an organic bakery, made all kinds of music, loves bike riding and touring, hiking and loves cooking and coffee! He is a parent to Amaya and Zion.
Jeff Horncastle – Abbey Creative Team Member. Jeff Horncastle was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Growing up he attended St. John’s Anglican Church in Duncan. When Jeff moved to Victoria to go to University, he worked as the Youth Worker for the St. Peter’s Anglican Church Lakehill and then later at Christ Church Cathedral. Jeff also ran a Young Adults Bible Study program at St. George’s Anglican Church in Cadboro Bay. Jeff is a Highschool Physics and Math teacher at Parkland Secondary School. He is passionate about all things physics, hiking, surfing, snowshoeing, biking, camping, bowties and puzzles. He also loves learning, teaching, and going for adventures!