Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong, Rector

Peter Armstrong was born in Ontario in 1963, and grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.   Following an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S., in 1985, he worked in England before discerning a call to ordination. Peter graduated with an M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto, before being ordained in September 1989. After assisting in an Anglican parish in Liverpool, N.S., he went on to serve in the rural parish of New Germany, N.S. [1990-1997], St. Matthias’, Halifax, N.S. [1997-2006], and in a team ministry in northern Nova Scotia [A.C.P.C., 2006-2015], before accepting a call to serve currently as rector of St. Brice’s, North Bay, beginning in March 2015. Peter earned a  Doctorate of Ministry on the topic of “team ministry” in May 2015, from the Toronto School of Theology.  Peter and his wife, Nancy, have two adult daughters.

Peter likes the characterization of his theology as “generous   orthodoxy.”  While self-identifying generally within the evangelical tradition of Anglican Christianity, he is firmly committed to ecumenism and working within the wider Church.   Hobbies include reading, canoeing, and  working on the family summer home in Nova Scotia.


Rev. John Stennett, Honorary Assistant

Born in London, ON, Rev. John served 13½ years in the Canadian Forces, during which he led a large young adult group at the Base chapel while stationed in Ottawa.  After studying at Emmanuel & St. Chad,  Saskatoon, he served parishes in the dioceses of Moosonee and Ruperts Land for 29 years. He is no stranger to the North, with family in Kirkland Lake, and living in and ministering to parishes from Hornepayne to Waswanipi and Matheson to Waskaganish.   Although retired, he presently serves as Honourary Assistant at St. Brice’s, North Bay, filling in at nearby Anglican churches as needed, and also works with young people as Civilian Instructor with the local Air Cadet Squadron.  He is husband of Mary Lee, father of four, and grandfather of nine.

Rev. Marie Loewen, Honorary Assistant

Marie has lived most of her adult life in North Bay. Born and raised in a Christian home in Southern Ontario, she moved to the north as a young bride and now considers herself a Northerner. She is a life-long follower of Jesus who previously enjoyed time as a stay at home Mom, a banker and an insurance industry professional.  She values, deeply, her evangelical heritage while finding the rich Anglican tradition a home for her spirit. Her discernment for ordination was formed at St Brice’s and so “coming home” as she retires has been a blessing for both her and husband Robert. She is profoundly thankful for the privilege of having been able to serve the loving congregations of St. Mary Magdalene in Sturgeon Falls and Christ Church North Bay. She has a particular interest in Spiritual Direction and companioning. In the community she is involved with a number of activities, most notably Near North Palliative Care. She and Rob enjoy time with their three adult children and their families, traveling, gardening, reading just being with people.


Carrie Birtch, Rector’s Warden

Carrie has been a member of the St. Brice's Family since the late 1990's.  She has had many roles in the Church over the years, her favorite being the youth work.  She is very active in the Cursillo movement, which has been a large factor in her growing relationship with the Lord.  Next to her relationship with God, Carrie’s son Charle is her great joy in life.

Carrie grew up attending Camp Temiskaming and it continues to be an important part of her life.

Carrie works as an Outreach Worker for the Crisis Centre of North Bay, which she finds very rewarding.




Wendy Richard, People’s Warden

Wendy and her husband, Sheldon, as well their teenage sons, Ashton and Avery, have been attending St. Brice's Church for over 15 years. Wendy attended a Cursillo weekend in 2005 that changed her life to deepened her relationship with Jesus Christ.  A fan of the warmer months, she likes the outdoors and is very fond of canoeing on beautiful Trout Lake with family and friends.  In Wendy’s leisure time, she finds great enjoyment playing music with Sheldon and others. She particularly likes the ukulele and is learning guitar.


Lay Leadership

Several members of the parish take part in the services: Eucharistic (Communion) Assistants,

Lectors, Intercessors, Servers and layreaders. Training is provided from time to time.


Debra Young,

Deputy Rector’s Warden

Born in the 60’s, I am a proud mother and grandmother. I have been in North Bay since 2006 & share my life with my common-law spouse, Bradley Gordon. From Haileybury, ON, I attended St. Paul’s Church for many years. Most of my career is in the social services industry.  I have volunteered for many organizations over the years.  I am the sole proprietor of Footcare Extraordinaire (mobile foot care business.) Since 2006 at St. Brice’s  I have worked with the Altar Guild, reading lessons and working in the office.



Rose Savage,

Deputy People’s Warden

Rose Savage first came to St. Brice’s by invitation of her mother-in-law on “Back to Church Sunday” in 2012.  Then Rose got involved with the Anglican Church Women, the yard sale and the altar guild.  She found these groups were very welcoming, and that made her feel part of the Church family.  Rose is an active participant in the take-home meals program.  Having served as the Deputy, Rose was elected People’s Warden in February 2017.


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