Staff and Leadership

Reverend Doug Norris

Doug is the staff team leader, and responsible for Worship, preaching, outreach, adult classes, pastoral care duties, and support for the board and leadership of the congregation.

Reverend Karen Bowles

Karen is the Minister for Pastoral Care, and is also involved in adult education, outreach, preaching, planning and leading worship services.

Reverend Kristin Philipson

Kristin provides ministry to the youth and children, and the many volunteers who work with them and is also involved in preaching, planning and leading worship services.   You can email her at  She blogs at

Wayne Strongman

Wayne is the Director of Music, conducts the choir, and is an integral part of the worship team.

Christine Hanson

Christine is our associate music director

Mary Garrone

Mary is the Director of Administration, and manages the church office, supporting all staff, board and congregation.

Kelly Buxton and Steven Muise

Kelly and Steven are the Church Sextons, (full time, and part time) and responsible for the upkeep of the church buildings.  They can be contacted through the church office (above)

Lay Leadership

Rosedale United Church is both a community Church and a gathered Congregation. The majority of its members live in the Rosedale-Moore Park area but some members come from other parts of Toronto. Rosedale United is, we believe, a friendly and welcoming Congregation with about430 member households. The members have a strong sense of community which is reflected in many ways, including participation and leadership on the Board, committees, Sunday School teaching and various community programs. A significant number of the members are academically and professionally trained people who hold positions of responsibility and leadership within their chosen careers and in volunteer activities.The traditional term for the senior lay leader of the congregation is ‘Clerk of Session’ – a phrase from our Presbyterian heritage which denotes the importance of the person who gathers the wisdom and diligence of the elders of the congregation (the Session) to make decisions and set direction

SCS_COPELAND_corey_1643_RGB_headshotCorey Copeland, Clerk of Session, will be leading the Board from February 2016, for two years. Corey attended Rosedale United as a child, and after being away for many years pursuing business interests, and is back in active membership in many of our programs, from contemplative groups to compassionate outreach.



Joanne Gooding is the Deputy Clerk (incoming) and will assume the full Clerk duties in early 2018.   Joanne and her family have a long history of active engagement in the congregation, outreach work, the neighbourhood, and she brings experience in nonprofit leadership.


Sermon : ‘Just to work tomorrow again’

Doug Norris - March 11/18 Parker Palmer, a Quaker, a wise and very fine teacher - made this comment on working in a job he knew was not where he should be. ‘I pay a steep...

A second screening of this timely and helpful documentary, on Wednesday April 11, at 7pm.  No ticket cost, but please register here to hold a space.  An informed and...

Sermon, March 4 – Jason Meyers


Sermon : ‘Two Story House’

Doug Norris and Corey Copeland reflect on the work of the congregation on the Sunday we gather to conduct our annual meeting.  The audio track has both, Corey's remarks are...

Sermon: Best Beloved

Rev. Karen Bowles, Lent 1, Ashes and Assurance Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15 All religious language is by necessity metaphorical or allegorical.  I didn’t say this though I...

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Rosedale United Church

159 Roxborough Drive
Toronto, Ontario,
M4W 1X7 Phone: (416) 924-0725
Fax: (416) 924-9505
Mon. to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.