Affectionately known as St. Ted’s, and named for our patron, Theodore of Tarsus, St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church was built by a dedicated group of families in the late 50s. Demographic changes have strengthened our community, so that today St. Theodore’s is a deeply rooted multicultural community with a warm welcome and steady support for all who seek the Way of Jesus Christ.
Saint Theodore’s parish priest is the Rev’d Andrea Budgey. Mother Andrea graduated from Trinity College in 2006, was ordained deacon in 2007, and priest in 2008. She has served as assistant curate, honorary assistant, and interim priest-in-charge at Saint Simon-the-Apostle (now Saint Peter and Saint Simon), as honorary assistant at Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, and has also been chaplain at Trinity College and the University of Toronto since 2009. Before her theological studies, she completed an M Mus (in oboe) and an MA (in medieval studies) at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a freelance musician, university instructor, writer and researcher, and bookseller, and in radio music production and concert management; she is a member and co-founder of the SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval Music.
Mother Andrea is involved in community outreach and advocacy, as a member of the diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee, and the chair of its Poverty Reduction subcommittee; she also sits on the advisory board of the Toronto Urban Native Ministry, an organization supported by the diocesan FaithWorks program. In her university work, she is part of the board of the Student Christian Movement, a progressive ecumenical campus organization which operates at both York University and the University of Toronto, and she hopes to build stronger connections between Saint Theodore’s and the students in our area. She is committed to engagement with our local neighbourhood, and to collaboration with other churches, faith communities, and social agencies, as part of Saint Theodore’s mission to be “a living symbol of Christ’s presence” in the corner of Creation where God has placed us.