The AbbeyChurch Leadership Team:
In addition to the clergy, and the amazing leadership shown each week by so many who attend, The AbbeyChurch has an amazing leadership core team of about a dozen people who are responsible for guiding the overall vision of the church.
The Rev. Meagan Crosby-Shearer, EC - 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 - 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”) and worked casual at the Mustard Seed here in Victoria. 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 hiking, brewing beer, cooking and coffee! He is a daddy to Amaya and Zion.
Liz Dieleman was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. As far back as she can remember, she's been a liturgical singer. As a child, she - along with her sister and mother - would accompany her father, who wrote and performed praise music, at their Dutch Reformed church. Through her teens and 20's, she performed in honors choirs, musical theatre, and praise bands across Western Michigan, even taking a trip to Germany and the Netherlands sing with a choir in cathedrals. In 2009, Liz moved to Woodstock, New York. Initially struggling to find a church to call home, she turned to writing and recording her own music, as well as attending seminary and receiving ordination in 2014. While planning her move to Victoria this year, the Holy Spirit lead her to the Emmaus website; Liz immediately felt it was the perfect fit for her faith walk and worship style. She feels blessed beyond measure to be graciously accepting the position of Music Director at The Abbey Church and looks forward to praising the Lord with the brothers and sisters in this community. Liz has a son, Pythagoras who turns 7 this month. She is also a professional birth and death doula, and the web designer/ editor-in-chief for the online ministry Promise Bible Study. You can check out some of her music there at https://www.promisebiblestudy.com/liz-dieleman/
Children's Ministry Coordinators:
Aleesha Barkemeier and Bridget Graham are our Children's Ministry Coordinator - and is responsible for teaching and accompanying the youngest members of our community. Aleesha and Bridget bring a breadth of leadership experience from growing up the Lutheran and Anglican Churches, respectively - and they shares their passion for teaching our ancient stories of faith in creative ways, and accompanying children through the liturgy each week - and having a LOT of fun.