Called as lead pastor in October 2009, Marilyn came to TUMC from a six-year ministry as chaplain at St. Clair O’Connor Community, an intergenerational Mennonite housing project in east Toronto. She holds a master of divinity degree and a master’s in theology, as well as a diploma in spiritual direction. She has lived and worked in Toronto for 24 years, where she raised three sons. Her love of the natural world regularly takes her to a little cabin in the woods near Bancroft. “TUMC is a place where all are called in one way or another to worship and learn and to live out their vocation to follow Jesus Christ in life,” Marilyn says. “It is the place where I have been called to do this in a formal way. You are welcome to join us.”
Michele Rae Rizoli
Michele grew up in Brazil, where she was shaped by the culture and her parents’ work as missionaries with the Mennonite Church. She has been back in Canada for many years, working and raising two sons in Toronto. A member of TUMC since 1993, she has served in various roles, including an extended period on the preaching team. This affirmation from the church led her into formal ministry. Michele earned her Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College at the Toronto School of Theology and has worked with young adults through the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto. She previously worked in editing, translation and administration, though she holds a bachelor’s degree in music. Michele loves travel, word games, movies, and good conversation, especially when it comes to talking about the joys and struggles of a life of faith, telling stories or jokes. She believes firmly in the importance of working for peace and nurturing inter-generational, inter-cultural and inter-religious compassion.
TUMC Office Administrator
Many TUMC members know Mike as a member of the Danforth Mennonite Church and a supporter of the St. Clair O’Connor Community and of the Toronto Mennonite Festival (MCC Relief Sale at Black Creek Pioneer Village).
Mike had programmed mainframe computers and worked in Quality Assurance before becoming self-employed. He began this part-time position on April 30, 2013.