RECTOR AND STAFF
The Rev. Judie Cooper, Rector
The Rev. Judie Cooper is currently the Interim Incumbent at St. Thomas’ Church
and Lake of Bays Parish.
She graduated from both McMaster University and Thorneloe College/Laurentian University, and has been
employed as a newspaper publisher, a probation office, and the pioneer founder of the Victim Crisis
Assistance and Referral Service now in place across the Province of Ontario. Her 12 years of work
designing, writing training curriculum and teaching hundreds of volunteers to assist policing
services was rewarded with the Ontario Amethyst Award for excellence in Public Service. In 2000,
Judie was ordained Deacon then Priest by former Bishop of Algoma, Ronald Ferris. Her ministry has
been primarily at St. Luke’s in Thunder Bay, but also in 13 churches scattered throughout the
Muskoka-Parry Sound Deanery.
She loves music, plays a mean piano, enjoys hiking, swimming and track, and is known to read great
books into the wee hours. She has three adult children, and nine grandchildren who bring light and
joy to her life.
Her goal in serving St. Thomas and Lake of Bays is to help them continue their generous outreach
programs, including Messy Church and Winter Pantry, and to assist them to explore some fresh
expressions of communicating the love of Jesus to each other, to those with whom they share their
daily lives and to those they have yet to meet and welcome. And…to prepare to welcome their new
Priest with great joy!
The Rev. Barbara Graham
Barbara was born in England where she trained as a State and Sick Children's Registered Nurse.
She came to Canada to nurse in 1955 and met a theology student in Saskatoon who became a missionary
priest in the Diocese of the Arctic, where they married and had three children. Due to his health
problems, they came south to Ontario in 1975 where he was Rector of the Milford Bay, Port Carling, Mortimer's
Point and Beaumaris churches, and later Archdeacon of Muskoka. He retired to Bracebridge in 1988 and
died in August 1991. Barbara was a Parochial and Diocesan Layreader. After completing
an A.Th. and B.Th. from Thorneloe University, she was invited by the Bishop to become a Vocational Deacon and
was ordained in 2004. Barbara continues to serve her Lord at St. Thomas', the local hospital,
Fenbrook Federal Institution, and as Muskoka Deanery Warden of Layreaders.
The Rev. Barbara Nangle
Human Resources and Volunteer Screening
Bob and Nancy Hyslop