York-Scarborough Area Council

Mission Statement

The mission of the Area Council is to support the Area Bishop in fulfilling God’s mission in York-Scarborough.  Our actions are guided by the mission of the Diocese of Toronto to worship God, proclaim Jesus Christ, and embody God’s reconciling love.

Area Council and Sub-Committees meetings:

Area Council meets four times a year, usually on a Thursday in March, June, September and November.  The venue for the meeting moves around the Area by Deanery.  The meetings are chaired by the Regional Dean of the hosting Deanery.

The next Area Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m at the Church of the Transfiguration.

Deadline for Ministry Development Grant and FaithWorks Grant Applications:  February 19, 2015  Please note that late applications will not be accepted for the March Area Council meeting.  They will be held for the next meeting in May.

Sub-Committees meet prior to Area Council and report to Area Council with their recommendations.


Lay Representation from each Deanery:

  • Eglinton:  Gillian Faulkner (St. Leonard)
  • St. James: Vincent Esporlas (San Lorenzo, Ruiz)
  • Scarborough: Ryan Ramsden (Grace Church, Scarborough)
  • Toronto East: Darleen Knowlton (St. John the Baptist, Norway)
  • York Mills: Carol Brunton (St. Theodore of Canterbury)

Members at Large:

  • Bob Horne (St. Luke)
  • Toni Terbenche (St. Margaret in-the-Pines)
  • Para Sathi (St. John, York Mills)
  • Leonard Leader (St. Paul, L’Amoreaux)

Youth members:


Regional Deans:

  • Eglinton: Rev. Beth Benson
  • St. James: Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave
  • Scarborough: Rev. Greg Carpenter
  • Toronto East: Rev. Chris Horne
  • York Mills: Rev. Heather Gwynne-Timothy

Elected members to Diocesan Council representing York-Scarborough Area:

  • Rev. David Giffen
  • Sister Elizabeth Ann Eckert, SSJD
  • Joyce Badley

Area Budget and Grants Sub-Committee:

  • Leonard Leader (Scarborough Deanery)
  • Carol Brunton (York-Mills Deanery)
  • Bob Horne (Toronto East Deanery)
  • Rev. Jeanette Lewis (St. James Deanery)

Elected member of Area Council to Diocesan Council:

  • Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave

Area Bishop (ex-officio):

  • Bishop Patrick Yu

Financial Resources

The Area Council’s budget is resourced directly from the Diocesan budget.

The budget funds Clergy Deanery Retreats and Lay Training, Youth Ministry, Special Project: Fresh Expressions Projects and Missional Coach, Area Bursary Grants, Area Events: NLP Workshop and Music Workshop, Retired Clergy Events, Building Inspection subsidy, Bishop’s Envoys , Ministry Development and FaithWorks grants.

Bursary Sub-Committee:

  • Rev. Chris Horne

In 2011 York-Scarborough Area Council initiated the Bursary Fund. There were 9 applicants and 5 $500.00 bursaries given out in September to students entering post secondary school education.

In 2012 there were 8 applicants and 8 $500.00 bursaries were given out.

In 2013 there were 11 applicants and 9 $500.00 bursaries were given out.

In 2014 there were 12 applicants and 10 $500.00 bursaries were given out.