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The Rev. Gary van der Meer, Pastor & Incumbent

posted 12 Nov 2012, 19:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 31 Mar 2016, 10:35 ]

I'm really interested in the role our church can play in the health of the whole neighbourhood. I support the interlocking contributions of so many neighbourhood organizations, each of us doing our part in partnership and face-to-face friendship. Meet me for an Americano at one of our great local coffee spots, and let's talk.

Do you like to read? I always have books on the go, and I'd love to hear what you're reading. My favourite authors these days: Miroslav Volf, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, René Girard, and Walter Brueggemann. I especially enjoy young adult fiction, and that's the section of the bookstore where you will find me browsing. My next vacation novel is ready to go: The Count of Monte Cristo.

Do you like athletics? I would be happy to go for a bike ride or a run with you. I also enjoy rockclimbing, bikram yoga, canoeing and kayaking. But first and foremost, I'm a cyclist - everyday and all winter. I've done some long distance bicycle trips, and my dream vacation is the Tour d'Afrique, which goes from Cairo to Cape Town in four months. 

Do you like to cook? I like to play in the kitchen, and try foods I have never had before. I like the challenge of figuring out what I have and figuring out how to put it all together. Tell me about your favourite recipe...though recipes bring out the rebel in me; I never quite follow them.

You might want to talk about church too. It's important to me to challenge the church to be more welcoming and inclusive. We're making great progress on this at St. Anne's. I enjoy sermons, both giving them and hearing them. I find that I'm listening for connections between the very different time when the sacred texts were written, and the challenges in our own times. If on the day after you've heard a sermon, you remember what you heard, God has something to work with. 

Originally from Brockville, the Rev. Gary van der Meer came to Toronto to study. Following a history degree from the University of Toronto, he completed the MBA program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Gary studied theology at Trinity College and was ordained in 1993. He served parishes in Orillia, Port Perry and High Park before coming to St. Anne’s in October 2011.