Church Leadership: Father Anthony

Anthony Gordon Edwin Jemmott, BA (Theol), MA (Rel), Dip. Min. - Incumbent
Canon Jemmott will be retiring from parish ministry on 31 January, 2016
His last services in the parish will be on 3 January, 2016

447 Madison Avenue
Oshawa ON. L1J 2P7
Tel: 905 571 6193

HIGHLIGHTS - Career Profile
Ø In the four years I spent at All Saints’ Church I had the opportunity to work with parishioners, many of whom are among the most successful professionals and business people in the area.
I was able to oversee the completion of a half million dollar capital campaign and provide leadership to complete no fewer than six major capital projects; some restorative and some completely new.
At All Saints’ I was able to foster cooperation and a greater sense of accountability among the various leaders in matters of finance, administration and liturgy. I was successful in exposing them to a broader spectrum of Anglican spirituality, while attempting newer expressions. This allowed many to gain a greater sense of personal ownership of their spirituality. The Alpha Programme was one such effective tool.

Ø Witnessing in June 2004 the ordination to the vocational diaconate the first two Caribbean Montrealers whom I mentored while serving in their parishes as parish priest.

Ø My appointment as a Director of the King City Chamber of Commerce as a result of my taking a stand on the importance of building bridges between people who are divided on controversial issues in the city.

Ø Succeeding in bringing together different social groups at Trinity Memorial Church in Montreal to build up the parish in the wake of a failed development proposal, which was supposed to have secured the survival of the parish. While at Trinity, being the inspiration behind the formation of the “New Exodus Singers”, a pan-Anglican community choir, which sang traditional evensong and gradually built up a broader repertoire. During my incumbency there I was a major contributor to the tri-parish initiative of the deanery of Western Montreal. I also forged links between the city,
the surrounding neighbourhood and the parish to address areas of common concern such as security and grounds maintenance.

Ø Moving St. Lawrence parish in Lasalle to rectory status for the fist time in its history within two years of my incumbency there.

Ø Collaborating successfully with Business professors from Concordia University to:

(a) Develop “First Step”- a seminar to help high school and college students to make the transition from school to the work force;
(b) Develop “Improving Management Skills- a workshop for the Anglican Church”; 3-session seminar with accompanying workbook for churches in the Deanery of Western Montreal.

Ø Working successfully with a task force of the NDG CLSC to found Black Star (Black Big Brothers) in 1993


Church related:

Trusts Committee, Diocese of Toronto 2010

Commissary for Diocese of Jamaica and Cayman Islands 2010

Clergy retreat conductor - (Episcopal) Diocese of South East Florida, February 2008

Retreat Conductor, Clergy Diocese of Jamaica 2006

Commissioner for Canon 13 Diocese of Toronto 2006

Synod review Committee –Diocese of Toronto 2005

Candidates Committee-Diocese of Toronto 2004 to 2008

Social Justice and Advocacy Board of the Diocese of Toronto 2004

York Simcoe Episcopal Area Council: [Helped to plan Area Day] 2003 to 2004

The Bishop of Montreal’s Commission on Christian Education 1996-2000

Clergy Conference Planning Committee of the Diocese of Montreal 1996-1999

The Search Committee for the Principal of MDTC 1990.

The Diocesan Financial Development Committee-Montreal 1984

The Board of Governors of MTDC 1984-1990


King City (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce - director 2004-2005

The David Busby Street Centre, Barrie, ON - board member 2004

The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, Montreal, Que. - board member 1997

Black Star (Black Big Brothers) Montreal - founding member 1993

The National Commission on the Status of Women in Barbados - member 1976-1978


MA - History and Philosophy of Religion [Christianity and Judaism]
Concordia University, Montreal 1989

Post Graduate Certificate in Christian Education
The Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia 1975

BA - Honours in Theology
The University of the West Indies 1973

Diploma in Ministry
The United Theological College of the West Indies, Jamaica, W.I. 1973

Anglican Studies
Codrington College, St. John, Barbados, W.I. 1973

Extra-mural law student
The College of Law, London, England 1968-70
[Articled Solicitor’s Clerk at Hutchinson & Banfield in Bridgetown, drawing up minor legal documents]

Oxford & Cambridge General Certificates of Education
7 Ordinary, 2 Advanced in French and Spanish
[While a student at Harrison College, Barbados] 1961-1968


2015- Facilities Management-Fred Pryor Seminars

2013: Completed training on the introduction to Appreciative Transitional ministry- Clergy Leaadership intsitute- by Rob Voyle "How to write effective policies and procedures' - Skillpath seminars

2013- Virginia Theological seminary -Workshop on community networking by the Industiral Areas Foundation

2010- Appreciaitive Inquiry training- Rob Voyle

2008- Training event - Beyond diversity Insititue New Jersey

Attended the 40th anniversary Trinity Institute, Wall Street, seminar on ”Building an Ethical Economy.”

Beyond diversity institute- workshop on racism
New Jersey – January 2008

1997- Steve Covey- 7 Habits of Highly effective people.New York City

2000- Virginia Theological Seminary- Growth and Renewal in ministry'

1991-Charles Fuller instutue seminar on Church growth and small groups- Toronto ON


‘Women in the Church’ – In the Official Report of the National Commission on the Status of Women in Barbados and laid in the Parliament of Barbados 1978


Vital Church Planting, 2007
Sponsored by Wycliffe College, Diocese of Toronto

The Institute for Children’s Literature Connecticut, USA 2003-2004
Extra-mural student learning to write for children and young people

The School for excellence in preaching - St. Clement’s Toronto
2-day seminar 2003

“Growth and renewal in ministry”- Virginia Theological Seminary
7-week seminar- Alexandria Virginia 2000

“Shaping the future” 2-day seminar on Stewardship - Toronto 1998

“7 Habits of highly effective people” –Steve Covey
2-day seminar – New York 1997

“Church growth and small groups”- Charles Fuller Institute
2-day seminar- Toronto 1991

St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto - Honourary Canon 2005

“Who is who in Black Canada” © Dawn P. Williams 2002. Listed

The Caribbean Anglican Consultation- 6th Consultation
Nassau, Bahamas 2001
[Honoured for outstanding work among Caribbean Anglicans in the North American Diaspora]

Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal - Honourary Canon 2000

Married Jeanette Davis in 1979. Jeanette is a spiritual companion and active supporter of my ministry. She is professionally trained in balanced care of seniors.
We have a son John (1981) and daughter Lisette (1984)

English, French (fluent); Spanish (reasonably fluent)

Current affairs, politics, new sciences, reading, writing, and painting.

ADDENDUM (of relevance to Barbados)

Born: 13th, January, 1951
Son of the late and former Senator Clarence Jemmott and his late wife Pauline (nee Young)

1961- 1968 Harrison College
Where I served in the sixth form as a school Prefect and sub-Editor of the 1967 school magazine “The Harrisonian”
Graduated with 7 “O” level and 2 “A” level Certificates from Oxford and Cambridge.

1955 to 1961 St. Mary’s Elementary Schools

1976-1982 Priest in Charge of Christ the King Church, Rock Dundo Park
etting it started with it first Parish Council and many organizations like Sunday School. Bringing it to financial responsibility).
1975-1976 Priest in Charge of St. Alban’s with St. Silas. (Supervising the complete restoration of the St. Alban’s building from the ground up).
1973-1974 Curate of St. George’s Parish Church

1979-1982 Assistant Master – Harrison College. Teaching Social Studies in the lower school; supervising Current Affairs for the sixth form; preparing students in after school
programming for Confirmation.
1976-1982 Anglican Chaplain to the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill campus)
1975-1980 Youth Coordinator of the Diocese of Barbados. Setting up the youth department, training leaders. Planned the big open air youth rally in Independence Square to
mark the 150th anniversary of the Diocese.
1974/1977 Acted Chaplain to H.M. Prisons Glendairy
1973 Assistant Master –The Lodge School . Teaching levels one to five and preparing students for the “O” level Scripture.

1980-1981 Member – Film Censorship Appeals Board
1979- 1981 Member of the Board of Governors of the Government
Industrial Schools, St. Philip
1978-1980 Member and subsequently Chairman of the Scholarship
Committee of CADEC (the development arm of CCC)

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