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Who's Who at St. John's

Father Michael Mitchell,
On Sick Leave

Michael and his wife, Holly, came to St. John's on May 1, 2005. In June of 2009, Michael was appointed Regional Dean of the South Shore Region of the Diocese and in January, 2012, he was named Archdeacon of the the 13 parishes of the South Shore.

Michael was born and raised in Halifax, NS. His parents are of Newfoundland stock. Michael's mother was born in Lunenburg, where, in the mid-1920's, his grandfather fished on the original Bluenose with Capt. Angus Walters. Holly was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is of Ukrainian descent.

Michael was ordained a deacon Sept. 2 of 1979 and a priest on June 13 of 1980.

In 2015, Michael will celebrate his 35th anniversary of ordination as a priest.

Within Nova Scotia, he has ministered in the parishes of St. Thomas, Fall River and St. Martin's Western Shore and earlier in ministry, in Ontario, in parishes in Fort Frances and Father Michael MitchellHamilton. Michael's experience includes ministry as a retreat director and ministry with Canada' First Nations peoples in Labrador and northern Ontario. He has been a researcher with the provincial government and has worked in the area of fund-raising in the not-for-profit sector.

Michael and HollyMichael has served as the co-chair of the Diocese of NS & PEI Leap For Faith Capital Campaign Task Force as well as co-chair of both the clergy division and the every member division of the. He has been a member of the Diocesan Planned Giving Committee since 1998 and chair of the Committee since 2005.

Michael and Holly have three adult children and are enjoying their 3 grandchildren as well as travelling and leading pilgrimages and tours to various parts of the world.

Priest in ChargeFather Michael Mitchell
Rev. Alvin Westgate • 902 640-2484








Rev. Louis Quennelle

Father Michael Mitchell 








Barbara Butler Organist – Choir Director

Barbara ButlerBarbara Butler is the Organist – Choir Director at St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg. A chamber musician, choral conductor, organist and music educator, she is a well-known champion for the arts in Nova Scotia.

Born in Newfoundland, Barbara earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Acadia University with majors in piano and organ. She is also a graduate of Banff School of Fine Arts in Arts Management, The Institute of Choral Arts (Nova Scotia Choral Federation), England’s Royal School of Church Music and the International Organ Academy (Holland). In 1990 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In 2002, Barbara was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor Myra Freeman for her service to music and the arts in Nova Scotia. She is a 2006 recipient of a Women of Excellence Award in the field of culture from the Canadian Progress Club (Halifax – Cornwallis). In October, 2011 she was honoured to receive an Honourary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of King’s College. In March, 2012 Barbara was awarded the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis.

Barbara Butler is the Artistic and Administrative Director of Musique Royale, a Festival of Early Music in Nova Scotia which has its base at St. John’s Church in Lunenburg. She is the Founder and past Artistic Director of the St. Cecilia Concert Series and former Director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Concert Series.

Barbara has strong affiliations with many arts organizations in the province and has sat on various boards including the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Debut Atlantic, Opera Nova Scotia, the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

Mary Wagner, Parish Secretary

Mary WagnerMary started her administrative position with St. John's Anglican Church September 11, 2000 after a lengthy career in the banking industry. She grew up in Mahone Bay, moved to the Lunenburg area, worked and raised her family. Mary went through the transition period of rising from the ashes due to the fire that destroyed much of the church November 1, 2001. She witnessed the hard work of parishioners, members of the community and people from many parts of the world as they came together to do all they could to help with the restoration of the church. Mary sees the church as being vibrant with an active Sunday School, a phenomenal music program, committed and caring volunteers and parishioners, who love and are dedicated to their church. She receives great pleasure coming in contact with many of these folks during a normal day at the parish office.

Duncan Crowdis, Parish Warden

Honorary Associate Priests – Supporting Clergy

Rev. Linda Macdonald • 902 634-9473;
Rev. Oliver Osmond • 902 634-8589,