Rev. Rob Selby
Minister of Word, Sacrament & Pastoral Care
Rob has over 30 years experience in ministry and the business world. He was ordained in the Baptist Convention of Ontario & Quebec in 1982.
He spent quite a few years in the business world and entered student ministry in The United Church of Canada in 2006. In 2008 The United Church of Canada recognized his ordination.
Rob served the Baptist Church in Quebec, in Chicago, USA, and in Ontario from 1977 to 1986, and worked with Scouts Canada as Director of Camping for 19 years from 1987 to 2006. He entered ministry again in the early 2000’s and completing his internship at St. James Rosemount United Church in Kitchener, Ontario where he continued to serve until 2008. He completed a special non-degree program at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto that same year, and was settled as full-time Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care at Claremont United Church in 2008.
Rob’s "ministry objective" is: To be in team ministry in a program-sized congregation, focusing on new possibilities and directions of ministry which enrich the spiritual life of the membership through recruiting, equipping, and inspiring lay leadership. Rob enjoys cycling, travel, reading, home repair and antique automobiles.
Rev. Linda Petrides
Minister of Visitation
I have returned to Knox UC as the Minister of Visitation. My previous position at Knox was just over 15 years ago from Feb. 1999 – Jan. 2002 as Minister of Church Development and Christian Education. Some of you may remember me from the Thursday night worship program where many of you took part by either telling stories, reading dramatic scripts or playing a musical instrument.
Following my time at Knox, I went back to school to complete my education at Emmanuel College. I was Ordained in June 2002. It was a fun day with a lot of people from Knox in attendance.
I was then settled at Wesley Mimico UC in Etobicoke and later transferred to Cosburn UC in East York in Feb. 2011. I retired in May 2015.
It was a lovely retirement until one particular day. On that day, I was leaving the dog park near my home with my new puppy, Charlie. As I was exiting the park, a woman started a conversation with me. The woman told me all about her dog that had recently passed away. It was a rescue dog and a special needs dog that had to be lifted in and out of the van. The woman was obviously still grief stricken over her dog. After a heartfelt conversation, I headed home. All I could think about all the way home was that I really missed talking to people and being involved in their lives. The feeling was quite intense and I couldn’t shake it off. When I got home there was a telephone message from Knox, saying that a position was available at the church for visiting with people and would I like to come and apply. The timing of this phone call was impossible to ignore.
I am delighted to be at Knox once again. As some of you know, I live in East York and have two adult daughters, Michelle and Christine. Christine was Confirmed at Knox during my prior time here. I am a qualified Supervisor for Student Ministers and I play the clarinet in several bands and orchestras.
It has already been a joy catching up with old acquaintances and meeting with new people. I would like to thank the Pastoral Care Committee and Rev. Rob Selby for making me feel welcome.
Director of Music ext. 204
Ross Inglis began violin studies at the age of three, and added piano in the following year. Mr. Inglis completed his A.R.C.T. diploma in performance piano from the Royal Conservatory in 1989. Mr. Inglis then entered the Eastman School of Music, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in 1993.
Since returning to Canada, Mr. Inglis has been involved in countless collaborations with musical organizations throughout Ontario. He was Musical Director of Mountainview United Church in St. Catharines for 15 years before taking up the position at Knox United. He was an instrumental music teacher for the Niagara District School Board for four years, teaching string, brass and woodwind instruments. In a return to theatre, Mr. Inglis has been Musical Director for the Carousel Players, co-creator and Musical Director for Oh Canada, Eh?, musical director for several shows for Garden City Productions, and on stage as the lead in Three Penny Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Man of La Mancha. He runs a private studio of forty students and accompanies singers and cellists at the Glen Gould School of the Toronto Conservatory of Music.
Ross was the Assistant Conductor and Assistant Accompanist of The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and The Mendelssohn Singers, singing as a member of the professional core, the Elora Festival Singers. Mr. Inglis conducts the professional choir for the High Holy Days at Temple Sinai.
Ross has run 25 marathon or ultra-marathons including 4 Boston Marathons, several 50 km, a 50 mile and a 100 km race. He and his wife Carolyn are enjoying the incredible experience of raising 2 beautiful children, Ella and Ethan.
Christian Education Coordinator ext. 205
Jayne Bossert is Co-coordinator of Christian Education with children and young families here at Knox. As the title suggests, Jayne is responsible for all aspects of the Christian education of our children from preschool through eighth grade. Jayne has specialized in coordinating and carrying out such ministries as our Sunday Church School program, Vacation Bible School, special events such as our Children’s Christmas Eve worship service and Advent Potluck Supper, as well as our Annual Family Picnic, Fall Fair, Family Bowling Event, and Easter egg–travagenza. She assists in recruiting and training volunteer leaders for each of these areas. She has also worked to develop policies for the children’s ministry area, such as child safety policies. A group of dedicated CE Committee people work closely with Jayne to provide leadership for all our children’s ministries within the congregation.
She is a graduate of Medaille College where she received a Masters in Education. She is a full time elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board alongside joining our staff in 2007. Jayne loves working with children and youth and has a passion for praising our Lord Jesus Christ through positive infectious energy.
Jayne is also an avid Dramatic Arts (Broadway and movie) fan and now a lifelong Tim Horton’s Phanatic. She has a loving husband and wonderful stepson.
Chinese Ministry Coordinator ext. 206
I always had this wish, to establish and serve a church in the overseas Chinese community. Towards this goal, I was admitted to the School of Church Music, Singapore Bible College in 1990, where I received vocal training with a focus on church music for 3 years. Afterwards, I entered Trinity Theological College, Singapore for a further 4 years training in theology. I served in Singapore Christ Methodist Church and another Chinese church for 6 years after graduation.
In 2003, I immigrated to Canada with my family, and joined Knox United Church, which I found to be a truly Canadian local church. I am pleased that we've found a place of worship where the Church leaders willingly accept people of all cultures, including those of Chinese background, a pastor with broad vision, and caring and loving members.