Our parish leadership team
The Rev. Val From, Incumbent
Val was ordained a pastor in the Lutheran Church (ELCIC) in 1996 and worked in parishes, healthcare chaplaincy and in ministry in the core of Saskatoon before coming to St. Mary Magdalene.
Everywhere Val has worked she's 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 two grown kids.
Judy Asker, Administrator
Judy’s background is in community development, management, health promotion, injury prevention,music, recreation and wellness.
She holds degrees in Commerce,
and Community Development and Recreation Management with a minor in Geriatrics. 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 been working in Winnipeg, in a variety of client-based environments, for over 20 years and does public speaking across the country on a variety of topics.
Rev. Canon Brian Bjerring,
Brian has served the Anglican Church of Canada in various positions across Western Canada for over 40 years.
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.
Brian is a member of the Henteleff Park Foundation board, a longtime amateur wine-maker, and a proud grandfather and
afi of five.
Clockwise from bottom left: Barbara Jalibat, Mary Jane Turner, Marlene Smith, Chima Chira, Carey Isaac, Alan Forrest, Susan Grant, The Rev. Val From, Caroline Olagbuji.
Missing: Darryl Melnyk, Carol McPhaden, Nancy Zheng, Charles Olagbuji, Judy Asker (Administrator).
Nancy Aasland, Music Director
Nancy has a B.A. 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 the church!
Rev. Bob English, Hon. Assistant
A long-time honourary assistant of our parish, Father Bob English passed away on May 4, 2021.
We give thanks for his life and work; rest eternal grant to him and let light perpetual shine upon him.