Clergy

Rector

The Reverend Robert J. Mitchell
Tel: 416-769-5686, ext. 1
Email: rector@stolaves.ca

The Reverend Robert Mitchell was installed in July 2016 as St. Olave’s sixth Rector. Prior to coming to St. Olave’s, Rob served in parishes in Peterborough, Cookstown and Churchill, and most recently, at St. Thomas’s, Huron Street in Toronto. Born in Saskatoon and raised in a clergy family, Rob moved to Toronto in 1999, after finishing his undergraduate degree in economics, to study theology at Wycliffe College. He was made deacon at St. James Cathedral in 2002 by the Most Reverend Terence Finlay, and ordained a priest in the same year by the Right Rev’d Douglas Blackwell. Rob is married to Caroline and together they are delighted to be a part of the St. Olave’s and Swansea communities.

To listen to Rev. Rob’s sermons click here.


Deacon

The Reverend Dr. Jim Leatch
Contact at deacon@stolaves.ca

The Rev’d Dr. Jim Leatch has been a parishioner and chorister at St. Olave’s since 2012. He is also a long-time history teacher and Chaplain at Royal St. George’s College. In 2021 he was ordained by the Rt. Rev’d Andrew Asbil as permanent deacon at St. Olave’s.


Honorary Assistants

Reverend Canon Ruth Smith

The Reverend Canon Ruth Smith
Contact through the parish office at 416-769-5686

The Reverend Canon Ruth Smith is a ‘cradle Anglican’, educated in England and Canada, with an MDiv from Queen’s University Theological College. She was ordained in the Diocese of Ontario at age 60. Prior to that she was a Teaching Master in the Early Childhood Education Department at Loyalist CAAT in Belleville, and is still a Professional Member of AECEO. After ordination she served in three Belleville churches for three years while developing and teaching a course for Lay Pastoral Visitors throughout the Diocese. Following that she was incumbent in the three-point Parish of Kitley. She retired in 2005 and moved to Kingston where she served as Honorary Assistant at St. Thomas’ Reddendale. She has six children, 13 grandchildren, and (to date) two great-grandchildren. In 2011 Rev. Ruth was named an Honorary Assistant at St. Olave’s. Here she regularly reads the Gospel and offers healing prayers in the Chapel during 10:30 communion services, and is also an active member of the ACW (current president).


The Reverend Peter John Achiek

The Reverend Peter John Achiek
416-653-1174

The Reverend Peter John Achiek is the priest-in-charge of the Sudanese Community Church in Toronto which worships in St. Olave’s Church on Sunday afternoons. Peter John started church activities in 1979 at age 13 and was ordained an evangelist in 1990 in Ethiopia as a refugee, where he also served as assistant to the pastor of the Episcopal Church (Anglican). In 1995 Peter John went to Kenya and started a Church in a refugee camp. He was ordained a priest in 1999 at St. Ngummo Nairobi, Kenya by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nathaniel Garan Anyieth, the former Bishop of Bor Diocese, the capital of Jongeli State in South Sudan. In 2000 Rev. Peter John moved to Canada as a refugee. He graduated with a diploma from Wycliffe College in 2004 and also has training in payroll accounting and nursing. Reverend Peter John was appointed Honorary Assistant at St. Olave’s in 2010.


The Diana SpencerReverend Diana Spencer
Contact through the parish office at 416-769-5686

Reverend Diana Spencer was born in England in 1935 and came to Toronto at 21 where she met and married her husband, and then promptly moved to Vancouver Island. In 1989 she graduated from the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad in Saskatoon and was named Incumbent of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. She served there for seven years before retiring and moving back to Victoria. Rev. Spencer was the second woman to be ordained an Anglican Priest in the Diocese of B.C, the first full-time female parish priest in the Diocese, and, to the best of her knowledge, the first woman to celebrate the Eucharist in the Cathedral in Victoria. In 2012 she returned to Toronto to be with her son and his family. Rev. Spencer was appointed Honorary Assistant at St. Olave’s in 2016. She is an active participant in Wednesday Bible Study and regularly attends Sunday morning services.