Our Parish is blessed to have very devoted Clergy who are always engaging with parishioner as well as the whole community of Mount Pearl. Reverend David Burrows and Reverend Lynn Courage provide leadership for our Parish in a variety of ministries and also personify the Parish mission statement, Reaching out to Others. Our Clergy are dedicated to giving spiritual guidance or direction to all who seek it.
Reverend David Burrows
Rev.’d David is a priest of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador that has been rector of the Parish of the Ascension since 2005. He has passions for social justice, music in the liturgy, and ministry with the entire people of God. Rev.’d David has been heavily involved in ministries that connect our parish to the community in many ways from advocating for Social Justice and Poverty Reduction to incubating the Home Again Furniture Bank homeagainfb.ca .
While David is serious about his passions, he also has a fun and creative side as well. In 2009 he initiated a project that combined his passion of learning and teamwork in the project ‘Dancing with the Priests” where together with ten other priests and six dance studios, we learned to dance, and performed before 1000 persons, supported by over 150 volunteers from various segments of society, enabling core funding to be provided to Vibrant Communities St. John’s.
In both 2012 and 2014 David spearheaded teams from the Parish of the Ascension to compete in Targa NL http://targanfld.com/, an International Motorsport Race, in order to raise funds and advocacy awareness for Autism Society NL.
From David, “Apart from dancing and driving, I enjoy walking, cycling, writing, and kayaking. Together with my wife Krista, daughters Leah and Phoebe, and dog Brodie, we enjoy hiking the East Coast Trail, exploring beaches, and preparing and enjoying great food. In the hard places of my ministry, it is life giving to be able to come home, unwind, and relax with my family.”
David can be contacted at [email protected] or 709-368-5693.
Reverend Lynn Courage
Rev.’d Lynn Courage, Associate Priest, joined the staff in 2015. Lynn grew up in St. John’s and was ordained in 2006. She has served as Associate Priest at St. Mark’s Church, St. John's and as Rector at the Parish of New Hope (Goulds, Petty Harbour, Bay Bulls and Aquaforte). Lynn plays a full and active role in the education, nurture and development of lay leadership in the areas of pastoral care and small group development. She participates in the worship life of the parish community and works closely with the office staff and the groups and organizations in the parish. She enjoys meeting people and sharing in their life story. In Addition, Lynn has served as the Battalion and Assistant Regimental Chaplain of the CLB, is the Assistant Chaplain to the Mt. Pearl # 4507 CLB Company and Chaplain to the Conception Bay South Fire Department as well as the Bishop’s representative on the St. Luke’s Board of Directors. Lynn enjoys time at the cabin with Wayne, her husband as well as reading, baking and rug hooking. Her children Tyler and Rebecca live in Iqaluit and Halifax.
Lynn can be contacted at [email protected] or 709-682-8500