Rev. Sarah Miller, Minister
Rev. Sarah Miller leads worship at Eastminster most Sundays. She has been with us since 2008 and before that served congregations in Toronto, Brantford, and Orillia as a Student Minister and since her ordination in 2004. She received her Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Human Biology from the University of Toronto. A life-long resident of the east end of Toronto, Sarah lives with her children David and Denise, and four cats. She loves knitting and other fibre arts, is vegetarian and grows vegetables on her front lawn.
Michiko Bown-Kai, Student Intern
Michiko Bown-Kai (they/them) is a recent graduate of the Masters of Divinity program at Emmanuel College. They have been an advocate for racial justice, gender justice, and LGBTQ justice in Bay of Quinte Conference, through ministry in the General Council Office, and Affirm United/s’affirmer ensemble. Before their internship placement at East End United, Michiko was the Social Justice and Outreach Coordinator at Bloor Street United Church.
Rev. Jane Brushey-Martin, Minister
Rev. Jane Brushey-Martin is a graduate of Emmanuel College. Ordained in 2002, she served churches in Hamilton Conference, Halton, and Erie Presbyteries. For the last couple of years, Jane has been the Volunteer Associate Minister at Eastminster. Jane is also a registered psychotherapist. In addition to her small private practice, she has worked for 9 years as the volunteer psychotherapist in the Outreach Program at The Church of the Redeemer.
Hilary Seraph Donaldson, Pastoral Musician
Hilary Seraph Donaldson is a musician, writer, and congregational song enlivener who grew up in the east end of Toronto. She holds a graduate degree in Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX (with a specialization in choral conducting), and is pursuing PhD studies in Musicology at the University of Toronto. She is motivated by a passion for inspiring communities to sing together, to explore the heart song of the wider church, and to discover the drama of worship. Hilary has been called upon as a worship leader and presenter at national and international conferences; her blog www.transformingeveryguest.com is on worship and the arts.
Scott Pietrangelo, Music Leader
Scott Pietrangelo is honoured and happy to be a part of the Eastminster music team. Scott is truly a jack of all trades in the Toronto music and theatre scene. Music director credits include Rocky Horror (Fallen Rock) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Port Hope), and leading Toronto’s 150-voiced rock choir, newchoir (www.newchoir.ca). Scott has appeared as a performer in the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit (Grand Theatre London), the world premiere of Mucking in the Drift (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Seussical (Silvermist Niagara) A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Rose Theatre Brampton), and most recently The Last Five Years (Big Benn Productions). He also had the honour of being a featured soloist in The World Beloved at Carnegie Hall in NYC, sharing the stage with his wonderful Eastminster Choir friends.
Jane Sanden, Manager of Communications and Programs
Jane is a recent Toronto transplant. Before joining team at Eastminster, she worked as an arts educator, public speaking coach, and theatre/film production designer in Canadian cities from coast to coast and in between. She spent the 4 best summers of her life working with children, youth and the intergenerational community at Naramata Centre, a United Church camp and conference centre in BC. She loved her time as the Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. Jane holds a BFA in theatre from The University of Victoria and a BEd from Queen’s University. On weekdays, she is the Community Manager at Twenty-One Toys.
Sarah Halikus, Church Administrator
Gerald Gordon, Property Manager (on leave)
Gerald has successfully managed several small apartment buildings in midtown Toronto on behalf of his family business over the past several years and is experienced in balancing customer service with the growth of rental relationships. With an educational background in Business Marketing and Social Work, Gerald has acquired extensive management skills along with a social conscience. His career experience includes providing political leadership, property management, fundraising, and training services to a variety of organizations. As Property Manager at Eastminster United, he has worked diligently to build upon the welcoming atmosphere within the church for all stakeholder groups and increased revenue significantly. Customer service and a high standard of housekeeping has become a priority for the dedicated team of church custodians that he supervises. Property maintenance and improvements have been a primary achievement highlighted during his tenure at the church. In his spare time, Gerald loves going to Blue Jay and Toronto hockey games – when the home team wins!