Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto announces new senior pastor

Community Jul 18, 2017 East York Mirror

With a puff of pink smoke, the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto has begun a new chapter in its 44-year history.

Following a rigorous and thorough selection process, Rev. Jeff Rock was selected by the diverse congregation as its new senior pastor earlier this month.

Much like the tradition of the Vatican’s papal elections, the Riverdale-based church confirmed the news with coloured smoke emanating from its chimney.

Rock, who is presently a minister at Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer, Alta., preached for the first time as MCC Toronto’s senior pastor elect that evening.

The 33-year-old Sudbury native is set to officially begin his duties at MCC Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 1 and will be preaching for the first time as the church’s new senior pastor the following Sunday.

Rock will be visiting Toronto a number of times between now and then.

“This congregation has a 44-year legacy of building an inclusive community, city, country and world. But the work here is not done,” Rock, who holds a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and immunology and a masters of divinity, said in a July 9 release.

“I am honoured to have been elected to lead the next generation of social justice and faith at Canada’s most progressive Christian church.”

For the first four months, Rock will be working closely with MCC Toronto’s retiring pastor, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes.

Hawkes, who is marking 40 years of service in 2017, will preach for the final time at MCC Toronto’s Christmas Eve service. His retirement party is set to take place on Oct. 19 at the Carlu.

“The search for my successor was a patient, transparent and inclusive process and I am so proud of the result,” Hawkes said in the communiqué.

“We had a very diverse pool of applicants. I am thrilled to pass my life’s work on to Jeff. You could say I’m tickled pink.”

Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto announces new senior pastor

Rev. Jeff Rock officially starts his duties at Riverdale-based church on Oct. 1

Community Jul 18, 2017 East York Mirror

With a puff of pink smoke, the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto has begun a new chapter in its 44-year history.

Following a rigorous and thorough selection process, Rev. Jeff Rock was selected by the diverse congregation as its new senior pastor earlier this month.

Much like the tradition of the Vatican’s papal elections, the Riverdale-based church confirmed the news with coloured smoke emanating from its chimney.

Rock, who is presently a minister at Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer, Alta., preached for the first time as MCC Toronto’s senior pastor elect that evening.

The 33-year-old Sudbury native is set to officially begin his duties at MCC Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 1 and will be preaching for the first time as the church’s new senior pastor the following Sunday.

Rock will be visiting Toronto a number of times between now and then.

“This congregation has a 44-year legacy of building an inclusive community, city, country and world. But the work here is not done,” Rock, who holds a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and immunology and a masters of divinity, said in a July 9 release.

“I am honoured to have been elected to lead the next generation of social justice and faith at Canada’s most progressive Christian church.”

For the first four months, Rock will be working closely with MCC Toronto’s retiring pastor, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes.

Hawkes, who is marking 40 years of service in 2017, will preach for the final time at MCC Toronto’s Christmas Eve service. His retirement party is set to take place on Oct. 19 at the Carlu.

“The search for my successor was a patient, transparent and inclusive process and I am so proud of the result,” Hawkes said in the communiqué.

“We had a very diverse pool of applicants. I am thrilled to pass my life’s work on to Jeff. You could say I’m tickled pink.”

Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto announces new senior pastor

Rev. Jeff Rock officially starts his duties at Riverdale-based church on Oct. 1

Community Jul 18, 2017 East York Mirror

With a puff of pink smoke, the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto has begun a new chapter in its 44-year history.

Following a rigorous and thorough selection process, Rev. Jeff Rock was selected by the diverse congregation as its new senior pastor earlier this month.

Much like the tradition of the Vatican’s papal elections, the Riverdale-based church confirmed the news with coloured smoke emanating from its chimney.

Rock, who is presently a minister at Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer, Alta., preached for the first time as MCC Toronto’s senior pastor elect that evening.

The 33-year-old Sudbury native is set to officially begin his duties at MCC Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 1 and will be preaching for the first time as the church’s new senior pastor the following Sunday.

Rock will be visiting Toronto a number of times between now and then.

“This congregation has a 44-year legacy of building an inclusive community, city, country and world. But the work here is not done,” Rock, who holds a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and immunology and a masters of divinity, said in a July 9 release.

“I am honoured to have been elected to lead the next generation of social justice and faith at Canada’s most progressive Christian church.”

For the first four months, Rock will be working closely with MCC Toronto’s retiring pastor, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes.

Hawkes, who is marking 40 years of service in 2017, will preach for the final time at MCC Toronto’s Christmas Eve service. His retirement party is set to take place on Oct. 19 at the Carlu.

“The search for my successor was a patient, transparent and inclusive process and I am so proud of the result,” Hawkes said in the communiqué.

“We had a very diverse pool of applicants. I am thrilled to pass my life’s work on to Jeff. You could say I’m tickled pink.”