Introducing Our Team

Get to know our fabulous staff and volunteer team. 
We are all part of the life and work of Saint Andrew's. 

Reverend Susan Chisholm (she/her)
B. Mus; B. Ed; M.A; M.Div.

Minister

Call/Text- (902) 405-3490
Email - [email protected]

Growing up in the church, Susan remembers committee meetings held at her dining room table, choir practices held around her piano, youth retreats held at her cottage, and farewell and welcome parties held around her barbecue. Her connection to God came first from her sense of belonging in a loving and supportive faith community. It was a good start, but then there are countless ways to grow in life and spirit.

Susan holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, McGill University, and Atlantic School of Theology. As an educator, Susan worked in the Arctic, East Africa, Central Canada, and Eastern Canada, always with an interest in education for social change. Susan has been involved in the healing work of reconciliation, and the collaborative work of intersectional justice. She has particular interest in progressive theology with real world engagement – personally, collectively, globally.

Her joy in Saint Andrew’s is its radical welcome of diverse expressions, perspectives, orientations, and traditions. Thank God for that! What we explore here helps us to bear more gracefully the realities and responsibilities of being human, and frankly, we need all the help and wisdom we can get. This world needs all the help and wisdom we can get.

So meeting, singing, celebrating, and belonging still matter, and with the breadth and depth of spirit at Saint Andrew’s, we keep growing.


Kevin Parks (he/him)

Designated Minister of Music
Venue Manager

Call/Text - (902) 221-1597
Main email - [email protected]
Venue inquiries - [email protected]

Kevin has been the music leader at Saint Andrew’s since July 2002. In 2015, Saint Andrew’s asked Halifax Presbytery to define this position as a Congregation Designated Ministry. Kevin’s perspective as a “pastoral musician” led him to pursue theological training which has opened him to deeper perspectives and richer understanding of how to enliven what is deep in our souls through a well-selected text and tune. Kevin prefers to work in collaboration with many others to make music in worship a source of insight and inspiration, a touchstone upon which faith is grounded and built.

Kevin wears many hats at Saint Andrew's and, in addition to worship, is involved in strategic planning, site development, mission and outreach, as well as Sanctuary bookings and managing presentations on The Stage at St. Andrew’s.

Beyond Saint Andrew’s, Kevin is University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology, and a member of the development team for the United Church of Canada’s (UCC) upcoming digital Worship and Music resources “Gathering Worship” and “Then Let Us Sing!” He is a sought-after clinician and music leader for conferences and events, and commentator on matters related to teamwork in ministry, copyright in the church, and making music in pandemic circumstances. His partner, Dana Pardy, is a candidate for ministry in the UCC, and they have three ‘mostly’ grown children.


Ken Burt (he/him)

Executive Director

Email - [email protected]

If you haven't had a chance to meet him, Ken Burt is our Executive Director. Ken works closely with the church council to plan and budget for our community's future. He can also be found sitting on a variety of committees.


Des Fennell (they/them)
B. A.; M. Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership

Stewardship and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Call/Text- (902) 580-6609
Email - [email protected]

Des is the newest addition to the Saint Andrew's team, taking on the role of Stewardship and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator. Des will be focusing on the development of our website, social media channels, community relationships, and stewardship - collaborating with Ken on strategic planning on the side.

If you'd like to communicate with them regarding any of these matters, or just want to share a story about your experience with one of the many wonderful programs going on at Saint Andrew's, please reach out!


Patricia Neves (she/her)
BAA (CYS); MA (CYS)

Financial Administrator

Call/Text - (902) 405-3163
Email - [email protected]

Patricia works out of the church office as our Financial Administrator. She's also entrenched our the Affirming Ministry process, bringing energy, commitment, and leadership.

For support with fiscal matters relating to Saint Andrew's, please contact Patricia.


Louie Santiago (he/him)

Sexton

Email - [email protected]

Louie has recently stepped forward as as our acting Sexton for the building. He maintains the interior and exterior of Saint Andrew's, and supervises our Assistant Sextons - Cassidy and Caleb.

If you'd like to reach out to Louie about the care or maintenance of our building, please send him a message.


Jillian Eisener (she/her)
B.A Child and Youth Studies; Minor Psych

Sunday School Coordinator

Email - [email protected]

Jillian has been working with children for 8 years and has been in a variety of management and family support positions throughout her career. As the Sunday School Coordinator, she is responsible for ensuring the Sunday School is running well and supporting the families and educator that are apart of our program.

If there is a way she can support you or your children involved in the program, don't hesitate to reach out.


Hannah Griffin (she/her)

Sunday School Educator

Hannah is a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator and has been working with children for 6 years. She has been working in various churches in children’s and youth ministry for the last three years and has finally found a home at St. Andrew’s. As the Sunday School Educator, she is looking forward to getting to know you and growing the program!

In her free time, Hannah loves spending time in or on the water kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. If the sun isn’t out, you’ll most likely find her curled up with a good book and a cup of tea or singing loudly in the kitchen.


Jocelyn MacLean (she/her)

Email - [email protected]

Jocelyn is bringing joy one concert at a time. She collaborates with musicians, songwriters, and concert planners. She also manages the social media for The Stage @thestagestandrews.


Strategic vision, guidance, and direction

Church Council


At the 2022 AGM, our congregation voted in favour of transitioning to a strategic Council, operating in the United Church structure of a streamlined board.

With our dedicated volunteer Council members, we continue this process towards building a board that focuses on the strategic vision of Saint Andrew's, and provides guidance and direction, empowering staff to manage the day-to-day operations of our growing mission.

New members are welcome on this team! Be a part of building the future of Saint Andrew's. Click below to get started.