Colin was born and raised in Hamilton, and is twice a graduate of McMaster University: in 1976, with a Bachelor of Music, and in 1993, with a Master of Divinity.
Music Director at St Pius for over 14 years, Colin has previously served in a Baptist church, three United churches, and began as organist and choir director at St Lawrence the Martyr parish in Hamilton, for a total of over 46 years (he was four when he began…)
As a theatre organist, he has played concerts in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and he was associate organist at the Organ Grinder restaurant in Toronto for five years.
He taught adults and children piano, organ and theory for over thirty years.
Colin has two adult daughters, but, like their Dad, not necessarily grown-up, Bronwyn and Tamara. They all share a love of music, old houses, art and architecture, and a sense of adventure.
Colin has a unique sense of humour, which comes out in cartoons, poems and silly songs.
I was brought up in the United Church (the obvious choice with a Baptist father and an Anglican mother), but my family quit going to church when I was little.
When I became organist at St Lawrence in 1974, I began attending church regularly again, but I had always had an interest in faith, religion and the Bible. My Gramma knew her Scriptures very well and shared them with me.
As time progressed, I became friends with many clergy and our discussions led me to want to know more, experience more, and see where that led me.
In 1989, I began training as a pastoral counsellor at the Pastoral Counselling Centre in Hamilton. I stayed there as an intern, a specialist and a provisional teaching supervisor for well over ten years.
Also in 1989, I enrolled for a Master of Theological Studies degree at McMaster Divinity College. On the verge of graduation, I felt led to change to the Master of Divinity program, and graduated in 1993.
Although I preached for a call in several different Baptist churches, none of them seemed to fit and I prayed that the Holy Spirit would show me the Way I was meant to go.
In 2001, with a clear path before me, I was ordained at Dundas Baptist Church as a Pastoral Counselling MInister, in the presence of family and friends, and with the Laying on of Hands by those who had prayed with me and encouraged me.
Since that time, I have been a bi-vocational minister, leading music in the church and helping clients with life issues.
I sometimes believe myself to be the luckiest, or maybe, better, the most blessed, person I know: I have two half-time professions, radically different from one another, but both of which I love.