Peter R. Walker, Incumbent
Peter Walker was born in Toronto, and educated at Lakefield College School. He is a graduate in Arts of Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he held the position of Organ Scholar. After studying theology at Oxford. he returned to Canada to spend a year in pastoral training; he was ordained by Archbishop Garnsworthy, and served a curacy at Christ Church Deer Park, where he met his wife Ginny.
Between 1982 and 1992 Peter served successive Incumbencies at St. George, Pickering, and at Our Saviour, Don Mills. Before returning to Toronto, Peter was Incumbent at St. Peter, Cobourg, for sixteen years.
Early in his ordained ministry Peter pursued more advanced theological education at TST. He has continued to teach throughout his career, especially at the Cobourg Campus of Wycliffe College, where he launched a Lay Diploma program in Theology.
Trained as an organist and choral conductor, Peter founded the Tallis Choir of Toronto in 1977 as a skilled ensemble specializing in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. For twenty-five years he served as Artistic Director, conducting choirs and orchestras, making recordings and managing an arts organization. As he states, “Unquestionably music is one of the prime tools of worship, evangelism, and outreach available to Anglican parishes and a key to resurgence.”
During his time in Cobourg, Peter led the congregation in a $6.7 million Millennium Project, which ultimately allowed expansion of the physical structure and the opening of a Pre-School in 2005. That same year, an outreach project centered in Malawi provided food, health care, and education for 250 AIDS orphans from St. Mark’s Church in Mzuzu.
Peter and Ginny have three adult sons who grew up largely in Cobourg, Ontario, during Peter’s Incumbency there. Ginny is a retired Primary school French Immersion and Kindergarten teacher. Peter's many leisure time pursuits include running, cycling, cooking, travel, and the arts.
Irina Dubinski, Assistant Curate
Irina was raised in Moscow, Russia, and moved to Toronto when she was 17 years-old. After first completing her Hon. BA in Linguistics, she received a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. However, even as she was near the end of her PhD studies, Irina began to discern a call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. After a brief time as a research associate at a children's rehabilitation facility in Toronto, she returned to full-time studies and embarked on her journey of theological education and postulancy with the Diocese of Toronto. Five years and two kids later, Irina received her Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College and a Spiritual Direction Diploma from Regis College, and after a year of curacy at Grace Church, was ordained to priesthood in April, 2016.
Her family includes her husband William, daughter Sophia (4), and son Lucas (2). Irina has a love of animals and outdoors, rides horses and trains for traithlons in her "spare" time, and enjoys abstract painting with oils, traditional iconography, and more recently, macro photography and power yoga.
At Grace Church, Irina is responsible for most areas of Christian education, fostering of day-to-day spirituality, and spiritual companionship among our parishioners. She believes that Grace Church is a place where we should all feel safe and encouraged to grow in our intellectual and spiritual understanding of what it means to be a Christian today.
Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen Honorary Assistant
Judy is an Honorary Assistant in the Parish. Judy celebrates the Eucharist, preaches, and is available on selected Sundays.
Judy Paulsen serves as Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College. As the daughter of Anglican missionaries, she lived her early childhood years in northwest India prior to her family moving to Ottawa. She holds a Master of Applied Science from McGill University, a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College, and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Judy has served as a parish priest in four parishes in the Diocese of Toronto, and as a speaker at conferences and workshops for the Institute of Evangelism. Her primary interest lies in effective communication of the gospel in today’s culture.