About Us

St. Simon’s Anglican Church is a family-oriented centre for Worship, Ministry, and Fellowship. We welcome you to come and enjoy one of our Sunday services, and we extend an open invitation to join the St. Simon’s Family. This 65-year-old parish is located just south of Upper Middle, off of Trafalgar at 1450 Litchfield Rd. in Oakville, Ontario.

Ministry Team

Who's who at St. Simon's? Click on a name below for a biography:

The Rev. Canon Dr. Darcey Lazerte

Rector

Darcey Ryan Lazerte was born in North Vancouver and after several moves settled in Oakville, Ontario in 1983. He attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and a minor in Political Science in 1993. He completed his Master of Divinity studies in 1995 and was ordained into the Anglican Church of Canada on January 14th, 1996.

Darcey first served as the Assistant Curate at St. Jude’s in Oakville. He was then rector of a two point charge, St. John the Divine in Cayuga and St. John’s in York. In 2004 he returned to Oakville to become rector of St. Simon’s. In 2008 he was made a Canon of Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton. Darcey earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2013 from the University of Toronto and Trinity College. The title of his dissertation was “Evangelism in the Emerging Ecumenical Paradigm”. In addition to his role at St. Simon's, Darcey is an Adjunct Faculty member at Trinity College in The University of Toronto.

He currently resides in Oakville with his wife Dawn and together they proudly parent three children, Kienan, Trinity and Denver. As his Facebook page states, his broader interests in life are theology, politics and sports. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and playing hockey and getting away from it all at the cottage.

Under his leadership, St. Simon's has been a place which is inclusive of people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. With an emphasis on children's and youth ministry, and a heart for outreach, St. Simon's is a place which is relevant to its community and important to those who call St. Simon's their faith home.

The Rev. Garfield Wu

Assistant Curate

Garfield Wu was born in the main land of China in 1976, where he lived and worked for over 30 years. He heard the calling of God around 12 years ago and started his journey of pursuing the priesthood to serve the Lord. Before he moved to Canada, he was an engineer, a project manager and an entrepreneur. He has three Bachelor’s Degrees, including a Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Literature, and a Bachelor of Law. He attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 2014 and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies and Diploma of Ministry. He completed his studies in 2017. He was ordained into the Anglican Church of Canada on Feb 11, 2018.

Garfield studied and served at St. Anne’s in Toronto, St. Cuthbert’s in Oakville, Grace Church in Arthur, St. Paul’s in Mount Forest, and St. Paul’s in Palmerston. He also attended the Clinical Pastoral Care Education program at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, and Toronto Western Hospital.

Garfield’s faith journey is a vivid portrayal of theological stories, which enriched his life and inspired many people who heard the story.

He currently resides in Oakville with his wife Aileen and their lovely two-year-old boy, Philip. He has a wider interests in sports, readings, and creative events to bring the good news of Jesus to the wider world.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Alan Hayes

Honourary Assistant

Professor Hayes, who earned his doctorate at McGill University, is Bishops Heber and Frederick Wilkinson Professor of Church History at Wycliffe College, where he has taught for over 30 years.

He is a distinguished church historian, who is author of several books and articles on English, American, and Canadian church history and an editor of a professional historical journal. He has also served in various offices of administration and institutional leadership at Wycliffe College and in the TST.

Alan is married to the Rev. Morar Murray-Hayes, Minister of Maple Grove United Church in Oakville, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. He is an Honourary Canon of Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton.

The Rev. Robert George Gardner

Honourary Assistant

Father Bob comes to us from Jamaica where he grew up and was trained at St. Peters Theological College at Cross Roads in Jamaica. Bob was made a Deacon in October 1948 and was ordained Priest on June 19th, 1949 at the Cathedral Church of St. Jago de la Vega in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Bob served at Christ Church, Vineyard Town and was also an Assistant Curate at St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads before serving as Rector of the combined parishes of Balaclava, Keynsham and Siloah with five mission churches.

He came to Montreal in 1953 and served for a while as an honourary assistant at St. Stephen's Church in Lachine, Quebec. Later, Bob came to Ontario where he served as Assistant Curate at St. James Church, in Guelph before becoming Rector at St. Philip-by-the–Lake in Grimsby. He then went on to become Rector of St. John the Divine, Cayuga and St. John's, York from which he retired in 1990.
In retirement, Bob has served as Honourary Assistant here at St. Simon's and is also a member of our Senior Choir with his wife, Gloria.

Mrs. Dena LeCompte

Parish Administrator

Dena was born and raised in the U.S.A., where she grew up in the Midwest. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Missouri State University and worked as the controller of a printing company in Chicago before switching careers to be a stay-at-home mom once her son was born.

Dena and her husband, John, moved to New Jersey a few years later where they were very involved in their Episcopalian church and Dena worked as the bookkeeper for 7 years. In September 2012, Dena and her family moved to Oakville, Ontario and joined St. Simon’s in October of that year. In January 2013, she began serving as Treasurer for St. Simon's and following that accepted the position as Parish Administrator in March 2014.

Dena and John, who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2014, are the proud parents of Christian and Ava.

TBA

Music Director

Mrs. Janine Maxwell

Children's Ministry

Janine grew up in Niagara Falls and was educated in Toronto where she worked as a Medical Microbiology Technologist before ``retiring`` after her third child was born.
Janine has been involved with children’s ministry for over 17 years now (Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth mission trips), and is currently our Sunday School Coordinator.

Janine and her husband, Troy, made Oakville their home for almost 20 years with their three children before recently moving to the Port Credit area of Mississauga.

Ms. Robyn Michell

Youth Ministry

Robyn has been working with St. Simon's Youth for many years now and has created a wonderful program for our boys and girls in grades 6-12. In addition, she has helped to lead all four mission trips to Belize and will do so again for our fifth mission trip in July of 2017.

Robyn has worked in the field of education for over 30 years and currently works with people who required extra attention and support.

She is interested in social justice issues, feels it's important to give back to others, and will try to accomplish this whenever possible. She also likes to ski and to enjoy the outdoors.

Robyn believes that our youth are our future.

To be caring people, committed to building community, growing with God and serving the world through Christ's example.

St. Simon's Vision

The History of St. Simon’s Oakville (1955 – Present)

In 1954, Canon Jackson of St. Jude’s Church, Oakville, attended a meeting with eight other people to decide if another Anglican Church could be established in the Upper Middle Road and Sixth Line area. They all decided that such an undertaking would serve this community well.

Munn’s Public School had just been completed and its auditorium, equipped with its own piano, became the foundation of St. Simon’s Church and the beginning of the Mission of St. Simon’s.

An orange crate served as our first altar until Jean Bougard, one of the parishioners, carved a new altar out of wood and donated it to the church in memory of his mother.

The congregation of St. Jude’s contributed lots of inspiration and advice as well as many start-up items such as a brass cross and some candlesticks. That cross, wooden altar, and candlesticks are presently still being used at the Lifecare Centre in Oakville.

The local grocer volunteered to buy the prayer books that could not have been purchased otherwise.

Canon Smith, a retired clergyman, and some other clergy from the surrounding area, administered Holy Communion about once a month. It was Canon Smith who gave St. Simon’s our inaugural Lectern Bible. All the other services were either morning or evening prayer celebrations led by a theological student who was one of the original eight people at the initial meeting with Canon Jackson.

The Mission of St. Simon’s was then moved from Munn’s Public School to two small portable buildings by Canon Rigby, who at that time administered the church funds for the Diocese. These portable buildings are still used by the Rod and Gun Club of Oakville. It was about this time that the Mission of St. Simons’s amalgamated with St. Luke’s Anglican in Palermo. Our clergy now had a two-point parish to look after, St. Simon’s was considered a suburban congregation and St. Luke’s a rural community. St. Simon’s had the 9:30 a.m. service, and St. Luke’s the 11:00 a.m. service so everyone could get their chores done in the morning before church. This partnership was to continue for the next seventeen years. Our church continued to evolve.

By 1962, the congregation had grown to 142 households and in 1963 a campaign was initiated to encourage support for the building of a permanent church. In 1964, plans for this building were developed and construction of St. Simon’s was completed in 1967. This building was located at the comer of Sixth Line and Culham Street in Oakville.

It was not until June 8th, 1975 that St. Simon’s finally became an independent church. The Mission, and partnership with St. Luke’s ended.

St. Simon’s stayed in the Sixth Line church until April 17th, 1988 when the congregation moved to its present building, off Trafalgar Rd., across the street from Sheridan College. In its time at its present site, St. Simon’s has grown to more than 330 households and two services – a traditional 8:15 a.m. service and a blended-style of worship at 10 a.m. Presently St. Simon’s is known for its dedication to outreach at the local, national, and international levels; its accessible worship; and for its diverse congregation.