The Revd Dr. Preston Parsons


After working in youth and camping ministry in Winnipeg and Northwestern Ontario, Preston began his training for the priesthood in Berkeley California in 2001. After his ordinations in 2004 and 2005, Preston served as a hospital chaplain in Sacramento, California; not long after, he was appointed to St. Mary Magdalene, a multi-cultural parish in the south end of Winnipeg. In 2012, Preston moved to England, where he pursued a PhD in Christian Theology at the University of Cambridge, while serving as Priest Vicar at St. John’s College, and Director of Studies at Westminster College.

Preston moved to Waterloo in 2017 with his wife, Karen Sunabacka, who took a position as Associate Professor of Music at Conrad Grebel University College.

The Reverend Paul Kett

Assistant Priest

Paul serves as an Honorary Assistant at St. John’s. In this role he assists in Sunday worship and preaches and presides occasionally.

Paul also provides leadership for an adult study group that meets regularly from September through May. This lively and committed group are stimulated and supported in their common Christian journey by these study opportunities. Paul has begun meeting with a small group of university students, who wish to explore their place in the church and Christian faith.

Paul and his wife Kathleen joined St. John’s parish after he retired from active parish ministry in the Diocese of Toronto. Before ordination in 1980, he taught in the Ontario secondary school system for ten years.

The Venerable Ken Cardwell

Assistant Priest

As an Honorary Assistant Ken assists with worship services and preaches on occasion. Ken is a graduate of Hamilton Teachers’ College, McMaster University, and Huron College.

Ken retired in 2003 after 34 years as a parish priest in the Dioceses of Niagara, Keewatin and Moosonee. He also served as Archdeacon of Brock. For ten years after retirement Ken served in a number of Interim Ministry positions for parishes in transition.

Ken and his wife Sarah moved to Kitchener in 2013.

The Reverend James Brown

Assistant Priest

As an Honorary Assistant, James preaches and presides occasionally at worship and leads or assists in various short-term projects relating to the mission and ministry of our parish.

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in 1991, he has served Lutheran parishes in Stratford and Waterloo, participated in a cross-denominational, trans-Atlantic pulpit exchange in the Church of Scotland during the summers of 2010 to 2015, and was Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. Columba Anglican Church, Waterloo (2019-2020).

A lifelong, self-confessed ecumaniac, James is Chair of the Steering Committee of Christians Together Waterloo Region (successor organization to the Kitchener-Waterloo Council of Churches). He also served people of all faiths and no faith as an on-call chaplain at Grand River Hospital for 27 years.

Prior to ordination, James was a full-time church musician for parishes in Brantford and Kitchener (1971-1989). James and his wife, Paula, live in Baden, Ontario.