Huronia Cluster Ministry clergy team includes the Rev. Maureen Hair, the Rev. Ron McLean, Associate Priest, the Revs. Sue Curtis, and Jim Ferry, Deacons.
ESTABLISHED IN 2014
On October 1, 2014, the parishes of Coldwater-Medonte and Washago-Price’s Corners (neighbouring churches) joined to form the Huronia Cluster Ministry, by the authority of Bishop Peter Fenty, Area Bishop York-Simcoe. This is for a two year period at the end of which time further decisions about alignments will be made. The incumbent of the Huronia Cluster Ministry is the Rev. Maureen Hair. The cluster clergy team also includes the Rev. Ron McLean, Associate Priest and the Revs. Sue Curtis and Jim Ferry, Deacons. Maureen Hair is also the Regional Dean of Huronia Deanery, by appointment of Bishop Fenty.
2016 CLOSURE OF St. JOHN, MATCHEDASH
The vestry of St. John, Matchedash in the parish of Coldwater-Medonte met on October 5, 2016, in order to vote on a motion to disestablish the congregation. With twelve members present the motion passed unanimously.
The main reason for deciding to close was the small number of people who had been participating and providing necessary leadership for several years. Attempts to engage the wider community in the ministry had not been successful. The members believed that the congregation's ministry in this form had come to an end. Accordingly, Bishop Fenty, area bishop for York-Simcoe, diocese of Toronto, led a service of thanksgiving at the final gathering of the congregation on October 16, where seventy people were in attendance. Arrangements for St. John Cemetery to continue to function under alternate legal responsibility are currently in progress.
The Clergy OF HURONIA CLUSTER MINISTRY
The Reverend Maureen Hair
After a career in business and social services and a period of theological education, volunteer and paid lay ministry, Maureen entered ordained ministry in 2001, starting out as incumbent of the 4 point Lake of Bays Anglican parish in the diocese of Algoma. In 2005, she was appointed to the parish of Washago-Price's Corners in the diocese of Toronto. In 2014, her responsibilities expanded to include the parish of Coldwater-Medonte. The churches comprise the Huronia Cluster Ministry. She is also Huronia regional dean by appointment of Area Bishop, Peter Fenty. Maureen lives with her husband Ralph and they have two adult sons, a daughter in-law and a granddaughter.
The Reverend Captain Ron McLean
Following fifteen years of working for the Ministry of Correctional Services in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Hillsdale, ON and then operating his own construction company for ten years, Ron pursued his calling to be in professional ministry. His career started out in the diocese of the Arctic, with his first appointment at St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2001. In 2006, Ron was invited to become the rector at Holy Trinity Church in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. While there, he served on the board of directors for Side Door Youth Ministry, was a member of the spiritual care committee and the ethics committee for Stanton Hospital and was on the board of directors for the Yellowknife Seniors Society. He served for six years on the executive committee for the diocese of the Arctic and also served as an interim chaplain for the department of National Defence in Yellowknife. After retirement in 2012, and moving back to his home town of Orillia, Ron was appointed as honourary assistant at St Luke’s, Price’s Corners. In 2014, he was appointed by Area Bishop Peter Fenty to be the interim priest-in-charge for the parish of Coldwater-Medonte and subsequently associate priest for the Huronia Cluster Ministry. Ron lives with his wife, Carol in Orillia. They have three children and three grandchildren.
The Reverend Sue Curtis
Following a career in the photographic industry, Sue completed theological education in 2004, and was ordained as a vocational deacon to the parish of Coldwater-Medonte. Her diaconal ministry is administrator of a food bank in Christ Church, Waubaushene. In 2009, the make-up of the Coldwater-Medonte parish changed and Christ Church, Waubaushene was joined with Penetanguishene. Sue has continued as deacon in both parishes and now in the Huronia Cluster Ministry. Sue mentors diaconal candidates and parishes and is chair of the Archbishop’s Diaconal Review Committee for the diocese. Sue is married to Jim, has two married sons, 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
The Reverend Jim Ferry
Jim grew up in Washago, and after graduating from Georgian College, Barrie he first worked as a developmental instructor at Huronia Regional Centre, Orillia. As a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church he became a lay reader and in March 1997 he was ordained as a vocational deacon. Jim was also a volunteer firefighter in Severn Township and became a career member of the Innisfil Fire Rescue Service for 12 years until his retirement, totalling 34 years of service. Jim continues to serve liturgically with the parish of Washago-Price’s Corners and Huronia Cluster Ministry. His diaconal ministry is chaplain for both the Innisfil and Severn fire departments. Jim is married to Heather and has two married sons and 2 grandchildren.