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.

Marlin Nagtegaal

Director of Music

Marlin directs our choir, is our organist, plans music for all our services, invites musicians to join us for special services, and arranges recitals and concerts.

Marlin holds a BMus degree in organ performance from the University of Manitoba, an Uitvoerend Musicus diploma from the Rotterdam Conservatory, and an MMus degree in organ performance from the University of Western Ontario.

Marlin has given numerous recitals in Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany. He has taught at various institutions including the University of Manitoba and Queen’s University. Marlin presently teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and the Beckett School. He has been the Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church since 1988.

Rebecca McKay

Parish Administrator

As parish administrator Rebecca provides administrative assistance for St. John’s, including scheduling and coordinating internal and external groups, maintaining records, preparing documents, and answering inquiries.

Rebecca also provides administrative support to various parish ministries. She works with the Rector, the wardens, other staff, and members of the parish

A Kitchener native, Rebecca obtained a Bachelor’s of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Voice and Music Education, and recently completed a Master of Arts in Community Music at WLU. In addition to her studies in voice and choral leadership, Rebecca studied piano, organ and church music from Marlin Nagtegaal. She has been an active choral singer performing with the Laurier Singers’ Chamber Choir, Spiritus Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Choir, and is an active recitalist. She has also conducted numerous ensembles including masterclass work with the Elora Festival Singers. ‎Rebecca is a vocal instructor at the Laurier Conservatory. As well, she is the Program Coordinator for the Community Music School of Waterloo Region. Rebecca has been a member here at St. John’s since 2011, joining the choir as a choral scholar while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Rebecca brings with her a wealth of knowledge in non-profit administration, Anglican service music and liturgy, and office administration.