Rev Derwyn Costinak
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…