(in alphabetical order)

Archdeacon Perry Chuipka

Perry ChuipkaI love my work involving coaching. As a coach I have been given the privilege of being invited into congregations where I work alongside them. I feel blessed to gain their trust as we discern together the resources they feel would fit for them. Listening to their stories and how God has been involved in their life has been life-changing for me.

I was asked by the bishop to be the archdeacon of Congregational Coaching. I now work with Paul Townshend as co-chair. The sense of teamwork at our coaching meetings with all our coaches has been an invaluable gift to me.

Prior to coming to the Diocese of Huron, I had spent 20 years as a priest in the Diocese of Algoma. I am currently the interim pastor for St. John the Evangelist Church in Kitchener. I enjoy spending time with my wife Lore and my four children, Noel, Peter, Sydney and Serena. I  find enjoyment in my daily walks, playing tennis with my wife, and caring for our two dogs and two cats.

Helen Cole

Helen Cole
I began my working career in local municipal government and later moved into the non-profit sector. Along the way, I was elected to St. Thomas city council for 9 years. I served on a variety of committees and boards while on council. A second marriage to my husband, Glynn Cole, a Sarnia native, required relocation to Sarnia. I continued my work in the non-profit sector retiring in 2013.

Over the past 15 years, I was also extremely active outside of work, including serving on the board of directors of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and a term on Bluewater Health board of directors.

Retirement brings self-employment with Cole & Company. I offer clients, business, organizations or charities assistance with event management, fundraising, or meeting facilitation. I also volunteer as a board member of Tourism Sarnia Lambton, as a patient experience volunteer at Bluewater Health, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and am a member of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Sarnia.


Sandra Coulson (on sabbatical)

Sandra CoulsonI got into coaching because of my experience as a church warden during the amalgamation of the church I attended in London and three other churches. It was a six-year process (1996-2002) that taught me a lot about the dynamics of church change, the need for vision, the call to courage, the importance of hope and trust . . . and the advantages of sharing a meal and a laugh. When I answered the call for new congregational coaches, I hoped my experiences could be helpful to other churches that were ready for change, regardless of whether they do something as radical as a four-church amalgamation or not.

On a professional level, I’m a journalist. I currently work full-time as a copy editor at the London Free Press. Like churches, the newspaper industry is also undergoing its own process of change.

I enjoy congregational coaching because it is uplifting to help churches discover and unlock their abilities. Despite the challenges we face, as Christ has promised, our churches can have life and have it abundantly.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Hendry

steve hendryI’m the priest and pastor at St. Geoge’s of Forest Hill in Kitchener. I’m married to Joyce and we have four grown children.

I have a B.A. in philosophy and have also completed a Master of Divinity degree. Most recently I received a Doctor of Ministry degree.

I have enjoyed radio and television broadcasting experience. Currently, I co-host the local radio show Oh For Heaven Sake with Archdeacon Rich Jones on Hope FM.

I was the chairman of Senior Support Services in Port Rowan and have been president and zone chairman in the Lions organization. I am also the former chairman of the National Service Council for the Canadian Diabetes Association for Canada.

I have been a guest lecturer at St. Clair College in Windsor and was the director of the Deacon program at Canterbury College in Windsor.

I was recently certified with the John Maxwell Team as a certified coach, mentor and international public speaker.

I enjoy several leisure activities including golf, canoeing and relaxing with a great book.

Cheryl Highmore

I grew up in Cambridge, Ontario, having moved there with my family from Bell Island, Newfoundland, and attended Trinity Anglican Church. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, I was married and have one daughter. Work took us to various cities in Ontario before settling in Kitchener. I returned to Cambridge and home to Trinity 10 years ago.</

Since then I have been involved in many areas of parish life: on Parish Council, as Rector’s Warden, Sunday School Co-ordinator, Outreach Committee, Stewardship Committee, Small Group facilitator and Lenten Series leader. When Trinity underwent a two-year transitional ministry, I served on the transitional team and the subsequent Selection Committee for a new Rector.

I began my religious education with courses at Wycliffe College and then received a Certificate in Christian Studies from Renison Institute of Ministry in 2012.

At Trinity I serve as a lay administrator, lector and intercessor. I am part of our Trinity SONshine Group, helping new members be welcomed, helping them understand what we do as Anglicans and in faith formation. I am a member of Anglican Churches in Cambridge (ACIC). We are lay volunteers and clergy from each of the five churches in the city who work together to meet needs in our community through our combined gifts; we jointly worship together and share meals together.

For many years I have been a volunteer at the Bridges Homeless Shelter in Cambridge. Now that I have retired from work in Risk Management, I have become a volunteer with the Community Justice Initiatives, as a volunteer with women in the local prison, helping them find their way back into the community.

I joined the Congregational Coaching Team, drawn to the great work the team does in the diocese helping congregations discern where the Spirit is leading them in times of change and renewal.

Rev. Matt Kieswetter

matt kieswetter 2I’m happy to be surrounded by such an energetic and positive group of people in Congregational Coaches.

I’m ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Huron, after graduating from the master of divinity program at Trinity College in the University of Toronto.

My wife Leslie and I make our home in Kitchener, where I lead St. Andrew Memorial Church.

I have served as a synod delegate and churchwarden, though these days I am more active in the liturgical part of the life of the church.

As a warden I learned (often from my missteps) about the importance of communication, consideration of the congregation’s bygone and ongoing story, and creative and outward-oriented visioning.

To relax and re-energize I enjoy playing with our little calico cat, Alice, watching Formula 1 racing, and reading.

Two important figures in the development of my spiritual and theological thought are Thomas Merton and William Stringfellow. For Biblical studies I particularly enjoy and recommend Raymond Brown.

Shirley Sewell

Shirley SewellMy church involvement has included being organist, warden, Sunday School superintendent, Fresh Start facilitator (for clergy and laity), member of the Imagine Huron Implementation Committee, member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Kent Deanery Council secretary, Kent Deanery Council deputy lay chair.

I studied music both at the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music as well as at the University of Western Ontario. During my teaching career I taught kindergarten to Grade 13. While working as a program consultant, I chaired the London Region Ministry of Education initiative Reaching Higher Supports for Higher Achievement. I have also presented literacy and numeracy workshops for educators throughout Ontario. My biggest passion while teaching was initiating the Tribes process in schools in Lambton Kent. This resulted in being invited to present my Tribes philosophy internationally.

In retirement, I support my four grandchildren in their school and other endeavours. I also sing in a cappella quartet called Dulce Jubilo (www.dulcejubilo.com). I serve on the Board of Directors for the Westover Drug and Rehabilitation Centre.

Coaching for me is a very rewarding experience. I learn much and hopefully am able to share my church experiences and facilitate many worthwhile discussions for us both to grow.

Paul Townshend

paul townshendI am one of the wardens at St. John’s, Arva, which is just north of London. Other roles which I enjoy at our church include eucharistic minister, intercessor, lesson reader, lay delegate and strategic planner. As a Christian community, we are making strides to try new ways to meet the current challenges of being church.

As an elementary school teacher, I received coaching training from Joyce & Showers, who were pioneers in the peer coaching field. Later, I also received training from the Adler Institute and the Ontario Principal’s Council. After 30 years in education I retired as a school principal and took coaching courses from the Coach Training Alliance.

I have seen coaching make a successful difference for individuals and groups. Coaching encourages the discussions which lead to new outcomes in addressing the transition issues accompanying change. I first heard about congregational coaching at one of the early Lay Leadership Days. It sounded like a great idea and something I wanted to part of. Since then, I have enjoyed working with a number of churches to assist them in making successful decisions for their future.