Clergy and Staff
Rev. Derwyn Costinak, Priest
Derwyn brings to the Church of the Good Shepherd almost 20 years of pastoral experience from two different Christian traditions. Raised in a Christian home, he was brought up in the Pentecostal church and went on to become a pastor in that tradition for about 13 years. When he and his family moved to Toronto in 2009 so that he could pursue graduate studies at Wycliffe College, a process of openness to other expressions of the Christian faith that had begun 9 years earlier resulted in a significant change for them. Attracted to the profound nature of the Eucharistic liturgy and the openness of the Anglican approach to the Bible and Christianity, the Costinak’s were confirmed at St John’s York Mills Anglican Church in Toronto a year or so later.
Wonderfully encouraged and supported by the clergy and congregation of St John’s York Mills, under the leadership of the Rev Canon Drew MacDonald, Derwyn was quickly brought up to speed on living and serving in an Anglican context. Having been given every opportunity to do many of the things Anglican clergy do, he was ordained to the diaconate in May 2013. They moved to Calgary that summer where Derwyn became the Assistant to the Rector, the Rev Canon Arthur Sheffield, at St James Anglican Church in Ranchlands, and served there for almost 4 years. Ordained to the priesthood in January 2014, his formation as a priest not only included what he learned each day while at St James, but also through the mentoring he received from the Rev Fergus Tyson and the Rev Kersi Bird as they oversaw his post-ordination training. And, since Kersi was the priest of Good Shepherd at that time, Derwyn was introduced to the parish rather early on, which played a part in his interest in Good Shepherd when he learned that Kersi would be leaving for St Barnabas in 2016. On May 1st, 2017, he enthusiastically became the ninth priest to serve this parish.
Derwyn brings to Good Shepherd a love of life and a number of interests and experiences that he uses to assist him in his passion to communicate well. He is a musician and motorcyclist, he has worked on a pilot’s licence and has raced karts, is a Formula 1 and Tour de France fan, and believes that “maturity is simply knowing when to be immature” (and you can quote him on that). A lover of dark roast coffee, red wine, and dark ale, his motto is: “you should never drink anything you can see through,” though he does make significant exceptions for water and Scotch. And when he’s out riding his bicycle, he’s often thinking about how “real life” and “church life” come together, so that the two become one and without the quotation marks…
Jason Barnsley, Minister of Music
Jason M Barnsley was born at an early age in Regina Saskatchewan. It is said that at the moment of his birth, the skies were rent apart by a flurry of white, which ended up being a seagull crapping on the hospital window. Jason was adopted at age 2 months, so he packed his bags and went to live and work on the Barnsley Family Farm 25 miles south of Lloydminster AB/SK. His formative years on the farm were spent playing with pet salamanders, doing "wonderful" manual labour and learning that the verse "spare the rod; spoil the child" should really have read, "Spare the wooden spoon, and you'll have less ass hairs in the porridge".
His formative church years were spent at Grace United Church in Lloydminster where he started playing handbells at age 10. By age 12 he had graduated to singing Bass with the senior choir, which is when his hair turned grey, so he could blend in. (peer pressure) By age 14 he began playing the organ in church regularly, though it took a few Sunday's and several chance meetings with the wooden spoon, to learn that "Roll out the Barrel" wasn't really acceptable as an offertory, and playing "Pop Goes the Weasel" at a funeral was definitely frowned upon. To be fair, it was the only song he knew at the time, and to this day, Jason still enjoys a good polka.
Jason decided that he'd better learn more than one polka for Offertories, so he traveled to the United States to study sacred Music and Theatre at a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia, in the Amish countryside near Reading, Pennsylvania. He doesn't often speak of his interactions with the Amish, as they were very stern and quite apt to bring out the wooden spoon if you smiled at them. Jason worked for a variety of denominations through and after college from Non-denominational to Episcopalian to Lutheran. His other degree in Theatre meant he got to hang out with really cool American beatnik types who marveled at his stories of Canadian Moose, Wooden Spoons and Seagulls.
After spending 18 years in the US, having learned his trade of Pipe Organ Building, and honed his music ministry skills, and having spent enough time working in professional theatre, he decided to return to Canada and to his roots. Upon his return to Canada, the skies were once again rent apart by a flurry of white, and he was crapped upon by a seagull, confirming that he knew that he was where he was meant to be. Jason moved to Calgary and immediately fell into a rough crowd of musicians and weird beatnik types at the National Music Centre where he is known as the "dude who plays the theatre organ", and where he takes care of the exhibits. He also operates his own Pipe Organ Building firm in Calgary. After a recent vision quest, Jason was annoyed to discover that his spirit guide was a Seagull.
Kathie MacDuff, Artist-in-Residence
Kathie MacDuff is a writer, artist and instructor who has been teaching for over eighteen years. She has been the keynote speaker and facilitator at many weekend
retreats, Ladies Time Out programs and professional gatherings, has taught at
the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre in BC for ten years and, for the past eight years, has held weekly classes from her art studio located in the back of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Calgary. Click here to link to more information about the art studio. Kathie is an active volunteer, both in the community and at her church.
Favourite Good Shepherd Memories:
I remember how happy I was that my seventeen year old step-daughter Tracie wanted to come with me when I told her I wanted to check out a church. It was 1991 and we’d just returned to Calgary. The priest, Rev. Ray Brassel, had been away on holidays and I was expecting a fabulous sermon. Imagine my disappointment when there wasn’t one! Then I found out he wasn’t due back for another week and the man officiating was the warden at that time, Michael Crockford!
Since then, our family has experienced almost all of our recent “big” events (including baptisms, confirmations and weddings) under the Good Shepherd roof. It “feels” like home to us and despite the winds of change that always blow, the Good Shepherd family is always present. Our best “personal” events flow from there as well including fast friendships, Sorrento Centre and “strength for the journey”.
I would be remiss not to include the many moving moments experienced at the “back” of the church in the art studio but there just isn’t room. I truly feel blessed to have been able to meet so many wonderful people and to be part of their journeys. Together we have laughed, cried, mourned the passing of fellow creatives and have learned that God speaks to us when we are actively pursuing our creativity.