About St. James

St. James the Apostle Anglican Church has been a worshiping community in Sharon/East Gwillimbury for over 150 years (est. 1869). The church retains its charm from the original white clapboard building of 1869 and provides an intimate yet familiar worship space just south of the historic Sharon Temple on Leslie Street.

 We've been honoured to serve God and the people of Sharon within a relatively small community that is about to see enormous growth. We are continually adapting to the changing needs of our community and are always looking for new ways that we can join in God's good work. 

We are a gathering of God's beloved children who seek to do God's will by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and welcoming the stranger. We are an open and inclusive community that upholds the dignity of every human being, and we strive to be good stewards of creation.

There are so many ways to get to know our community; worshiping with us on Sundays or Wednesdays, stopping by for movie night, joining us for Burgers and Berries in the summer, volunteering at our clothing depot, or coming as a patron to our food closet...the list goes on and on (see our events list on the front page for more ideas)!

The Reverend Johanna Pak, 

Interim Priest-in-Charge

We are both blessed and delighted to have The Reverend Johanna Pak, as our Interim Priest-in-Charge.  

Rev. Johanna, a native of Hong Kong, has made Canada her home for many years. Baptized as a Roman Catholic, she was involved in many denominations before finding a home in the Anglican Church. Johanna has a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, was ordained deacon in 2018, and priest in 2019. She served her curacy at St. Timothy’s Agincourt, and at Havergal College where she worked as a part-time chaplain. Prior to her present post, Johanna worked at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene Toronto, first as a Curate, then as an Associate Priest, and finally, as the Interim Priest-in-Charge. Johanna is a trained facilitator of the Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism (ABAR) program of the Diocese of Toronto.

Johanna holds degrees in Economics and Management from institutions in England and Scotland, and was a licensed paramedic in Ontario. Johanna worked many years as a Clinical Research professional before pursuing her vocation. Outside of work, Johanna enjoys photography, cooking, exercising, and playing the piano and various stringed instruments. 

Our Team

The people who make things happen!

Janice Hodgson

Rector's Warden

After serving for many years as our treasurer, Janice became the rector's warden, adding to her already vast list of roles at St. James. Janice chairs our building committee, clothing depot/food closet and Community Meal. She also coordinates outreach, serves on the stewardship committee, ACW, and chancel guild. If you need to know something, ask Janice!

Roy McConnell

People's Warden

Roy is a long-standing member of the community who, on top of his duties as Warden leads our Servers Guild and is our Alternate Lay Member of Synod. We're thankful to Roy for sharing his gifts with us!

Connie Scriver

Music Director

Connie has been the musician at St. James for 26 years and still finds the time to tour with her various bands ( yes- she's that cool). She's committed to "praying twice", as she says, with the music at St. James. She's written many sacred pieces of music for the liturgy at St. James and our worship has been greatly enhanced by her contributions!