Before beginning her Assistant Curacy at St. Cuthbert’s Leaside, Sherri worked in chaplaincy for the past ten years, first as a chaplain in the youth correctional system, and then in hospital and long-term care settings. It was in the context of this work that Sherri received her call to ordained ministry. She was ordained a deacon on May 5th, 2019 at St. James Cathedral and a priest on October 18th, 2020 at St. Cuthbert’s, Leaside.
Sherri received her Master of Divinity from the University of St. Michael’s College. She has completed placements at the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields and St. Timothy’s Agincourt, and was baptized and confirmed as an adult at the Church of the Redeemer. Her passion for mission, outreach, and social justice found its start in her earlier volunteer work with the Salvation Army, where she contributed to various ministries of a diverse urban church in the neighbourhood of Regent Park.
Sherri is passionate about Christian discipleship and the building of community. She enjoys being an Auntie to her nephews and niece, and has a love for writing poetry, hiking, kayaking, and retreating to the rocks and pines of Georgian Bay.
Gary Forbes holds a Bachelors of Music from Brock University and an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music, having studied Piano with Dr. Karin DiBella, Dr. Christopher Foley, and Mr. Peter Longworth, and Pipe Organ with Prof. Lesley Kingham. Gary is presently pursuing a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano under the direction of Prof. Stephen Philcox at the University of Toronto.
Gary works as a private piano teacher in Toronto and Oakville. Most recently he served as Staff Accompaty, accompanying the choral music program on the piano and organ, while actively working as a freelance collaborative pianist at Brock and McMaster Universities, and throughout Southern Ontario. Gary previounist at Brock Universsly worked as Music Director for a number of amateur and professional theatre companies in the Niagara Region, and performed as an accompanist with The Niagara Men’s Chorus, Choralis Camerata, The Niagara Children’s Chorus, The Shaw Festival Theatre, and Niagara Symphony.
Gary joined St. Cuthbert’s as our Music Director in August, 2015.