The Rev. Jordan Ware
I'm a native Texan who is new to Alberta. Music has always been my passion, ever since I was a little girl growing up in the United Methodist Church. When I attended my first Choral Evensong while studying in London, my heart belonged to the Anglican church forever.
After studying at Yale Divinity School, I was ordained a priest in 2013. I served as the Associate for Youth & Young Adult Ministry at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth for four years before moving to Edmonton.
My husband, Derek, was an elementary school teacher for 18 years. He now teaches visiting school groups at the Telus World of Science. Together, we rescued a retired racing greyhound named Thor.
I'm pretty new to GSAC, but not at all new to the Edmonton region. I enjoy solving problems and sneaking clever jokes into my day to day work as much as possible. I promised Jordan that there would be three sentences in this bio, and I'm very glad to deliver on my promise.
I've been the Music Director at Good Shepherd since the fall of 2014. I lead a group of about 10 musicians in worship every Sunday morning, and we perform a variety of traditional hymns and contemporary songs.
I achieved my Grade 10 RCM certificate at 15, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree in piano in the spring of 2014.
Apart from my position at Good Shepherd, I work as a manager at Quiltessential Co. in St. Albert, am a freelance musician in the Edmonton and greater area, and am the president and one of the arrangers for the Edmonton Pops Orchestra. I frequently music direct musicals for theatre companies, and my most recent project was assistant music directing and leading the band for a musical entitled "The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee" at this years Fringe Festival in August.
I really enjoy worshipping on Sundays at Good Shepherd, and we have a very welcoming family if you wish to join us!
The Rev. Tom Dean
I am a native Albertan who, after a career in IT, discerned a call to the priesthood in the early 2000s. After serving at St. John the Divine in Onoway for 6 years, I accepted the position of Honorary Assistant at Good Shepherd. I have been delighted to be part of this community and to assist the rector in ministry since 2014.
I have been married to Linda for 44 years, and we are blessed with 3 wonderful sons.