Minister and Staff

the Rev. Deborah Elliott

The Reverend Deborah Elliott is the temporary full-time minister at St. Mark’s and can be reached at

Reverend Deborah Elliott is a graduate of Ottawa University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Hospital Administration and from Queen’s University, with a Masters Degree in Divinity. She holds several advanced certificates from the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.

An ordained United Church Minister for over 25 years, Reverend Deborah has served the Sebright Pastoral Charge (Kawartha Lakes); Mountjoy United Church (Timmins); St. Paul’s United Church (Sarnia); First Moravian Church (Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua); Central Moravian Church (Managua, Nicaragua); Cold Springs Pastoral Charge (Campbellcroft); Heritage United Church (Salem); and New Hope United Church (Welcome). Within the United Church she has been involved at the presbyterial, regional, and national levels, in (among others): national response sexual assault team; internship committee; education and students committee; mission and outreach committee; Lambton Presbytery chair; Ontario multi-faith council; and General Council representative.

Reverend Deborah has served as Chaplain at the Timmins and District Hospital and is now leading grief support groups at funeral homes in Cobourg and Trenton. She is a contributor to her local area newspaper(s) religion page(s) and is a regular contributor to the National website Reflections page.

Henry Remiz
Organist/Choir Director

 003Henry Remiz was born in Toronto; his parents had a deep appreciation of classical music, and he started taking piano lessons when he was about five years old.  He attended St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, where he continued taking piano lessons, and also learned how to play the organ. Henry sang in various choirs there.  Soon after, he was appointed organist for a church in west Toronto, and from 1977 to 1999, was the organist and choir director for a number of churches in the Toronto area.  He gave up these weekend responsibilities in 1999 and started attending church more with his family, while occasionally filling in for other organists and choir directors.

Henry’s family moved to Whitby in 1993. He have four not-so-young children. Some of them like to sing. All of them have complained about taking piano lessons.  He had been filling in occasionally at St. Mark’s since early 2006 and was appointed organist and director of the Chancel Choir in 2009.

Henry is very pleased to be here at St. Mark’s. He can see how important music is to the congregation, as part of the tradition and worship experience. He has enjoyed working with the Chancel Choir, with the parish staff, with the Worship and Music Committee, and with the other musicians in the parish. The congregation has been very friendly and welcoming.


Arleane Ralph
Church Administrator



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