Our Leadership Team
The Rev. Geoffrey Chapman
Reverend Geoff is the Incumbent priest at Epiphany. He arrived in August 2012. Rev. Geoff grew up in London, Ontario with his mother and father, John and Catherine Chapman, and his younger siblings, Simon and Sarah.
Prior to arriving at Epiphany, Rev. Geoff spent five years in the United States doing graduate work at the University of the South and at Yale Divinity School, where he completed a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion degrees. He was then ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Montreal for five years, until he arrived at Epiphany.
Rev. Geoff loves music, having completed a Bachelor of Music on french horn performance at Western University in London, Ontario. As Epiphany is a rather musical place, it has been a delight to make music together as a parish. But most of all, Rev. Geoff has a great passion for helping to guide and shape the church in the 21st century.
Reverend Geoff also loves both leading and participating in bible study and reflection series, and he does his best to create sermons that make the deepest, best parts of our tradition compelling and Spirit-filled.
Reverend Geoff is also married to his beautiful wife Sarah, and they have a loud and fluffy cat named Nico, and a new baby boy named Theodore, born in October of 2019. You can see Theo dressed as a sheep in this picture. :D
The Reverend Alana McCord
Reverend Alana first arrived at Epiphany in September 2018 as our new Curate. She was ordained to the priesthood here in Ottawa in December 2018.
Not only is Rev. Alana new to Epiphany, she is new to Ottawa as well. Her father, Robert McCord, is also an Anglican priest, and Rev. Alana has lived in Onaping, Guelph, Oakville, Burlington, and Toronto.
Rev. Alana has a BA in History from McMaster University in Hamilton, a Master of Divinity from Trinity College, Toronto, a MA in History from St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and is currently completing her PhD Thesis on the Cultural Christianity of First World War Britain and Canada.
Rev. Alana is particularly interested in History and Christian Apologetics (the study of defining and defending Christianity), and has a passionate interest in Christian Education for all ages.
Rev. Alana is very happy to be making Ottawa her new home, and is thrilled to be at Epiphany as she begins her ministry as a priest in God’s Church. Feel free to introduce yourself to Rev. Alana, or ask about Apologetics, Christianity and the First World War, or if you just want to know what a Curate is!
The Rev. Canon William Fairlie
Honorary Associate Priest
(1942 - 2020)
William was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1942. After graduation from secondary school he attended McMaster University (Hamilton), Union Theological Seminary (New York City) where he lived in residence on Broadway and on the edge of a troubled Harlem. He was hired as a curate after ordination to the inner city Episcopal Church of St. Stephen’s In Lynn, Mass, USA and returned to Canada in 1971 as a member of the Canadian Forces chaplaincy. In a 25 year stint, he served at CFB Gagetown, NB (where he met and married his beloved, Anne), Canadian Forces Germany, Chilliwack, BC, back to Germany, Air Command HQ in Winnipeg, Army HQ in the Montreal area as the senior chaplain for the Army and finally National Defense HQ, Ottawa as Director of Pastoral Activities. He left the CF as a LCol and joined the staff at Christ Church Cathedral for 12 years as the Pastoral Vicar. From there he served as an interim priest at All Saints, Westboro, and incumbent at St. Margaret’s, Vanier where he officially “retired” after 5 years.
William trained in secondary school as a military highland drummer and bagpiper and has continued to move in highland circles and bands wherever he has lived. He played the bagpipes with the RCMP band in Ottawa. Bill and Anne celebrate their parenting of Andrea (Craig) and Cameron, their grandchildren Tristan and Mariah, (all in Ottawa) and share in their adopted family in New York City of William Robertson, his wife Robyn and their two children, Tim and Justin.
In retirement both Bill and Anne were thrilled to be with the Epiphany congregation. Bill was also honoured to be a volunteer at the Shepherds of Good Hope (Managing Alcohol Program) and Bishop’s appointed chaplain to the Anglican Social Services Centre, 454. He was surprised at the way his life has unfolded -- full of unexpected twists and turns. He insisted it was never as he would have planned it or even have imagined it. He went along for the ride, and in so doing gives thanks for the love, guidance and winsome toleration of the mysterious “Holy Other.”
Bill passed away peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario, January 4, 2020 due to complications from a brain injury, which occurred six months prior - Military Chaplain, Anglican priest in the Ottawa diocese, piper with the Air Force Pipes and Drums, and most recently the RCMP Pipes and Drums - Chaplain to Center 454 and volunteer with the Managing Alcohol Program at the Shepherds of Good Hope. He committed his life to helping others, especially the less fortunate, with an abundance of love and good humour.
He will be missed by all of us at Epiphany.+
This year I will have been married to my wonderful wife Wendy for 50 years. We have a son and daughter, both married, two grandchildren and recently celebrated the arrival of our first great- grandchild. We are very blessed in that they all live nearby.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Victoria and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto. My career was in Human Resources with 25 years in the R.C.A.F. followed by six in the federal government and 11 years as a civilian in D.N.D. I have been retired for a number of years and generally hibernate in the winter and play a lot of golf in the summer.
I came late to the church, being baptized and confirmed while in my early 40s. I worshipped at St. Christopher’s, which became Epiphany, and am delighted to consider the parish as part of my family. Over the years I have served in various positions, including warden, and on various committees; I currently serve as licenced Lay Reader.
Music and Choir Director
Gennaro is a loving husband to Emma and proud father of Jacob and Gabrielle.
Gennaro was born and raised in Ottawa – Dunrobin to be precise. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. By day, he teaches Music, Visual Art, and Drama to the grade 7 & 8 students at Immaculata High School. By night, he sings as a tenor with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa.
Gennaro started playing the piano at the age of 4, and music has been a part of his life ever since. His journey as a church musician began at St. Isidore Catholic Church when he was in 10th grade. A good friend coaxed him into joining the choirs at church and at school (although he had never sung in a choir before) and he has never looked back. He went on to sing in the choirs at Ottawa University and as a choral scholar at St. John the Evangelist, followed by a few years accompanying the choir at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Gennaro was introduced to Epiphany by his wife Emma who grew up in the parish, and they got married here in July 2013.
Come say hi if you can catch him chasing a toddler around. He’s always happy to talk music or to hear what you thought about the selections. And if being in the choir interests you at all, don’t be shy!
Chunson Park came to Epiphany in 2004 to serve the Lord through the role of Organist and Choir Director. In 2018, she resigned from the Choir Director due to a health issue but continues today to happily deliver music by playing the organ and piano, as well as teaching children bible songs. Chunson graduated from University of British Columbia, Juilliard, and Boston University (DMA).