Priest-in-Charge:  The Rev. Canon David Smith

The Rev. Canon David Smith became Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Marysburgh on September 1, 2013.  David began his career as a social worker in a Salvation Army centre for men struggling with poverty, substance abuse, and mental illness.  He felt called to ordained ministry, and went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto in 1988. 

Since then, David’s ministry has taken him from his home diocese of Fredericton to Kenya where he taught at an Anglican seminary; as an incumbent to a rural parish in New Brunswick and the Parish of St.Mary Magdalene in Napanee, Ontario. Most recently, David took up the position of  Stewardship and Congregational Development Co-ordinator for the Diocese of Ontario.  He will serve our parish in a part time capacity while continuing in that role.

Outside of parish ministry, his interests include travelling, playing sports, going to movies, enjoying chocolate chip cookies, listening to classic rock, and having his heart broken by his beloved hockey team, the New York Rangers. He also loves spending time with his wife Esther, his daughters Kathleen, 21 and Miriam, 16, and his Yorkshire Terrier, Charlie.  The Smith family has very recently expanded to include Johnathan and Elisha Kashira. It is with great pleasure that we welcome them all to the parish.

The Smith Family L to R:  Elisha; Esther; Miriam; Father David; Jonathan

Missing from the photo: daughter, Kathleen

Honourary Assistant Priest:  The Rev. Dorothy Lancaster

The Rev. Dorothy Lancaster was born in Northern Ireland and attended school both there and in England. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from the University of Toronto. Before becoming a priest Dorothy was an educator who served in three countries as a teacher, consultant, and a junior school principal. She was ordained in 2001 in the Diocese of Ontario, following in the footsteps of the late Rev. Ted Goodier as priest-in-charge of the Ministry to Seniors in Prince Edward County. Dorothy is licensed to all three Anglican parishes in the County and ministers to people of all denominations in ten nursing and retirement homes and in one condominium building. 

She has two children and two granddaughters and enjoys being involved in the activities of all the parishes. Leadership of the Marysburgh Women's Bible Study group is a particular joy to her.