Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong, Rector

Peter Armstrong was born in Ontario in 1963, and grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.   Following an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S., in 1985, he worked in England before discerning a call to ordination. Peter graduated with an M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto, before being ordained in September 1989. After assisting in an Anglican parish in Liverpool, N.S., he went on to serve in the rural parish of New Germany, N.S. [1990-1997], St. Matthias’, Halifax, N.S. [1997-2006], and in a team ministry in northern Nova Scotia [A.C.P.C., 2006-2015], before accepting a call to serve currently as rector of St. Brice’s, North Bay, beginning in March 2015. Peter earned a  Doctorate of Ministry on the topic of “team ministry” in May 2015, from the Toronto School of Theology.  Peter and his wife, Nancy, have two adult daughters. Peter likes the characterization of his theology as “generous   orthodoxy.”  While  self-identifying generally within the evangelical tradition of Anglican Christianity, he is firmly committed to ecumenism and working within the wider Church. Hobbies include reading, canoeing, and  working on the family summer home in Nova Scotia.

Rev. Marie Loewen, Honorary Assistant

Marie has lived most of her adult life in North Bay. Born and raised in a Christian home in Southern Ontario, she moved to the north as a young bride and now considers herself a Northerner. She is a life-long follower of Jesus who previously enjoyed time as a stay at home Mom, a banker and an insurance industry professional. She values, deeply, her evangelical heritage while finding the rich Anglican tradition a home for her spirit. Her discernment for ordination was formed at St Brice’s and so “coming home” as she retires has been a blessing for both her and husband Robert. She is profoundly thankful for the privilege of having been able to serve the loving congregations of St. Mary Magdalene in Sturgeon Falls and Christ Church North Bay. She has a particular interest in Spiritual Direction and companioning. In the community she is involved with a number of activities, most notably Near North Palliative Care. She and Rob enjoy time with their three adult children and their families, traveling, gardening, reading just being with people.

Fay Ivany, People’s Warden

Fay Ivany has been a member of St. Brice’s for 24 years. She has worked in many groups at St. Brice’s over the years and loves the welcoming and giving spirit of our church. She and her husband Craig have three grown children. When she is not at work, she like to read and spend lots of time in her sewing room making quilts.

Dennis King, Rector’s Warden

Dennis was born and raised in North Bay and has attended St. Brice’s Church for many years. His grandfather laid the corner stone for the Church and served as a Warden. Dennis worked in several locations throughout Ontario and he returned to North Bay to manage his own business. Dennis has two children and three grandchildren and is enjoying his retirement. Dennis declares: “Life is good”.

Debra Young, Deputy People’s Warden

Born in the 60’s, I am a proud mother and grandmother. I have been in North Bay since 2006 & share my life with my common-law spouse, Bradley Gordon. From Haileybury, ON, I attended St. Paul’s Church for many years. Most of my career is in the social services industry. I have volunteered for many organizations over the years. I am the sole proprietor of Footcare Extraordinaire (mobile foot care business.) Since 2006 at St. Brice’s I have worked with the Altar Guild, reading lessons and working in the office.

Rose Savage, Deputy People’s Warden

Rose Savage first came to St. Brice’s by invitation of her mother-in-law on “Back to Church Sunday” in 2012. Then Rose got involved with the Anglican Church Women, the yard sale and the Altar Guild. She found these groups were very welcoming, and that made her feel part of the Church family. Rose is an active participant in the take-home meals program. Having served as the Deputy, Rose was elected People’s Warden in February 2017.

Lay Leadership

Lay Leadership Members of the parish take part in the services: Eucharistic (Communion) Assistants, Lectors, Intercessors, Servers and layreaders. Training is provided from time to time.