Clergy, Staff and Vestry
Val From - Rector
Val was ordained a pastor in the Lutheran Church (ELCIC) in 1996 and since then has worked in parishes, healthcare chaplaincy and in ministry in
the core of Saskatoon.
Everywhere Val has worked she has enjoyed people with their diverse cultures, ages and interests. She joins her parishioners in looking for God’s presence
in the ordinary places of life, and trying to serve the community around us any way we can.
In her spare time, Val enjoys yoga, music, walking
and camping with her husband, Paul, and getting together with their grown kids.
Dayle Michaud - Deacon
Dayle is our Deacon. Responsibilities of a deacon include assisting with worship, pastoral care and community outreach, in keeping with their traditional role of manifesting the church in the world.
Rev. Bob English - Hon. Assistant
Bob is one of our honourary assistants.
Rev. Canon Brian Bjerring
- Hon. Assistant
Ordained for more than 40 years, Brian has served the Anglican Church of Canada in various positions across Western Canada. He also contributed to the report on the Restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the ACC, and participated in diocesan and national church assessment processes for persons seeking ordination in the ACC.
Recently relocated to Winnipeg from Arborg, MB, Brian is a member of the Henteleff Park Foundation board, a long-time amateur winemaker, and a proud grandfather and afi of five.
Nancy Aasland - Choir Director
Nancy has a B.A. degree in Music and Religious Studies. She has been active as a church music and choir director since 1992, and has held the position at St. Mary Magdalene since 2008. She is a life-long musician with classical training in piano and voice
as well as choral conducting. She also plays guitar, djembe, ukulele, recorder and more.
Nancy also owns Canada’s most successful Kindermusik studio, running 60 classes a week for children birth to age 7, including several at St. Mary Magdalene!
Judy Asker - Administrator
Judy’s background lies in community development, management, health promotion, injury prevention, music, recreation and wellness. She holds a degree in Commerce as well as a degree in Community Development and
Recreation Management with a minor in
Judy is a champion of increasing the quality of
life and independence for all Manitobans!
Judy is also Executive Director of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. Judy has had the privilege of working in Winnipeg, in a variety of client-based environments, for over 20 years and does public speaking across the country on a variety
Back row (l-r): Shiraz Khan (Deputy People’s Warden), Carol McPhaden (Deputy Rector’s Warden), Heather Birtles, Darryl Melnyk, Hope Bettess, Joan Hill, The Ven. Val From (Incumbent), Chima Chira.
Front row (l-r): Barbara Jalibat (Rector’s Warden), Mary Jane Turner, Brian Crow (People’s Warden).
Missing: Alan Forrest, Carey Isaac, Abid Munir, Charles Olagbuji, Judy Asker (Administrator)