Meet Our Church Staff
I joined the team at Christ Church in mid-June of 2021. I handle all front desk administrative duties such as answering the phone, assisting in preparing the weekly church bulletins and notices as well as a variety of different tasks. I am very positive and have a hard working mind set and I am passionate about finding help to solutions to any challenges. I have over 20 years’ experience in customer service and always enjoy learning new things. I look forward to my continued journey with my wonderful coworkers at Christ Church.
Brandon has been on staff at Christ Church since 2017 and was made Interim Priest-in-Charge in May 2021. Originally from central Alberta, Brandon grew up Roman Catholic, spent a decade with the Baptists in his teens and twenties, and found a permanent spiritual home in the Anglican Church while living in Belgium where he earned a MA in Church History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The rootedness in tradition, the beauty of the liturgy, and the capacity for intellectual engagement with faith that are natural to the Anglican tradition drew him to pursue ordination and study for a M.Div. at Wycliffe College in Toronto.
Brandon is passionate about spiritual formation (his BA from Rocky Mountain College is in Christian Spirituality). His call is to equip people to live into the fullness of life God has for them through a life of service rooted in communion with God.
Interim Assistant Priest
Commander (ret’d) Rev. Canon John Wilcox grew up in Alberta attending elementary school in Edmonton followed by High School and University in Calgary. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Music Canon Wilcox went on to attend Seminary in Toronto at Trinity College receiving a Masters of Divinity. Canon Wilcox then returned to the Diocese of Calgary where he was Ordained in 1984 and placed at St Gabriel’s Anglican Church. In 1986 Canon Wilcox felt called to ministry in the Canadian Armed Forces retiring in 2014 at the rank of Commander. Canon Wilcox went on to serve in several Parishes in the Diocese of Ottawa until 2021. In the fall of 2021 Canon Wilcox along with his wife of 38 years, Mary-Lynn, moved back to Calgary to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Canon Wilcox accepted the invitation of Christ Church Elbow Park to be their interim assistant Priest where his focus has been on Family Ministry.
Organist and Director of Music
Margaret Newman came to Christ Church in 1969 as organ scholar, becoming the assistant organist in 1970. She graduated with a music degree in organ performance, took the education route and was a travelling music teacher in Calgary schools for several years. Upon the retirement of John Searchfield she assumed the position of music director. She met her husband Forbes in the choir, they were married in 1979 and their sons grew up singing in what was then the boys choir. In addition to coordinating and providing the music for services, Margie and the choir have produced several CD’s and have made four singing tours to England since 1999 where they were the choir responsible for supplying the music for daily services in various cathedrals.
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Dean Emeritus, Honorary Assistant
The Very Reverend
Colin Redekop brings extensive academic and practical experience to his role as Assistant Organist at Christ Church.
After completing undergraduate studies in church music in his hometown of Winnipeg, he earned a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Seminary (1999) and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Calgary (2011).
He has served churches in Kentucky (Highland Baptist), Florida (Community Church of Vero Beach), Manitoba (Portage Avenue Church) and Calgary (Grace Presbyterian).
An active member of Calgary’s music scene, he sings in the Spiritus Chamber Choir, and has accompanied numerous school and community choirs.
Heather Marples is the Program Director for Christ Church Preschool. She has been a member of Elbow Park community for 15 years and is a parent alumna of Christ Church Preschool. Heather has a background in Human Resources and Finance, having worked in such industries as Banking, Information Technology Consulting, and Oil & Gas. During her time away from the workforce raising her family, she was very active in school volunteering and fundraising efforts. Heather is delighted to be working in such a welcoming and nurturing environment in both the Christ Church and preschool communities.