amie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada and the founding pastor of saint benedict’s table. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and of Trinity College, Toronto, he has worked in ordained ministry since 1987, serving in parish ministry, as pastoral care coordinator at Marymound – a treatment centre for adolescent girls – and as chaplain and dean of residence at St John’s College, Winnipeg. Jamie has ministered full-time within saint benedict’s table since the autumn of 2004.
Passionate about cultivating a critical thoughtfulness around issues of faith and theology, he has been called upon to teach and lecture in a variety of contexts and at events across the country. From 2004 through 2010 Jamie served as a member of the Primate’s Theological Commission of the Anglican Church of Canada. In the winter of 2011, he spent a month as scholar-in-residence at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary (New York) and a second month as a resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute at St John’s Abbey (Minnesota), during which time he wrote on the theological vision of the jazz musician John Coltrane.
Throughout the whole of his ordained ministry, he has understood study and writing to be an important part of his priestly vocation, and to this end has contributed to a variety of publications including Sojourners, The Anglican Journal, Esprit and Canada Lutheran, as well as to the books Get Up Off Your Knees: preaching the U2 catalogue (Cowley Publications) and Fresh and Re: Fresh: Church Planting and Urban Mission in Canada Post-Christendom (Allelon Publishing). His short book, Come to the Table, a reflection on the practice of communion at saint benedict’s table, was published by our own church press in 2007. His interest in the written word is balanced by a passion for jazz music, strong coffee, and the sharing of good food and wine with his wife Catherine Pate.
Jamie can be reached through the contact button on this site, or by phone at 204.781.8450
arry Campbell is a seasoned veteran of the Winnipeg music scene, both as a bass player and as a producer. In the 1970’s, during his last year at Providence College (then known as Winnipeg Bible College), he played with the band Brotherlove, and continued to travel the country with them for two years.
Along with his wife, Noelle, Larry moved on to work for two years as the youth director at Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg, which was followed by a short (and predictably unsuccessful) stint in retail.
It was at this point that Larry began his career as a professional musician, which spanned some fifteen years and found him working in over forty bands. Well known and much appreciated for his bass playing and happy-go-lucky personality, he worked in bars and clubs in Winnipeg and traveled throughout Canada and the northern States. During this time Larry had a successful career as a producer of albums and jingles, winning a SAM Award for best radio campaign for Western Canada in 1983 and then as producer of the year at the MACA awards in 1986. Several local artists have recorded Larry’s songs, with some of them landing on the top of the charts across the country.
In 1992 Larry left the music business to work as a youth care worker, first at Youth For Christ in Winnipeg, and then at Marymound. He continued to contribute musically to Grain of Wheat Church Community, where he had served on the worship team through his musical career. In the mid ‘90s, Larry joined with old friends and fellow worship team members to form Unlikely Icon to offer their many original worship songs to the wider church through worship services and concerts. A self titled album was released at that time.
Several years ago, Larry was asked to participate as a music mentor in the birthing of the new community that became saint benedict’s table, and he’s been with us since. With the help of many incredibly gifted musicians, the worship at sbt is a rootsy mix of music with mostly original songs that reflect an authentic faith journey. Larry credits Gord Johnson as the influence that has most significantly shaped the direction of worship at the table.
aylene Johson is our ministry coordinator. Jaylene joins the staff of saint benedict’s table with a lot of enthusiasm for what the community life of a church body can be. She brings experience from the creative realm, having worked as a singer/songwriter in the music industry for over a decade, and if you watch network television, you’ve likely heard one of her songs. Recently, she’s been songwriting with and for other performers as well as herself, but she has hummed, sung, tapped, rhymed, tinkled the ivories, fidgeted and been one of those “arty types” from a very early age.
It’s only recently come to Jaylene’s attention that not everyone brings almost every conversation around to the Bible, God or theology. Her past involved bible school and short term missions, as well as music ministry in various contexts, but “unofficially”, people are likely to catch her in passionate conversation about one idea or another. This sometimes involves a good deal of hand-gestures and random theatrics.
Jaylene is recently married to Scott Urwin, and resides in Fort Rouge. Good food and wine, great conversation, long walks, social networking, cinema, beauty and time with family and friends are among her varied interests. Perhaps most of all, however, she also loves figuring out “what makes people tick” and encouraging them to come alive in faith and as the unique people they’ve been created to be.
In addition to songwriting, performing and her role with saint benedict’s table, Jaylene works as a side-player, substitute teacher and creative consultant. She also sits on the board for Manitoba Music.
ord Johnson is the Artist in Residence at saint benedict’s table and one of the worship music leaders. From the earliest days of the community, Gord has been central to the musical life of the church. It started with an invitation to lead worship during the six weeks of Lent in 2004. During that initial association, Gord realized he’d found a home for the worship style he was developing. That style has become part of the DNA at saint ben’s and is the signature sound: it borrows from the Taize practice of repetition but with a more North American roots musical sensibility.
Currently, Gord is writing new music, he leads a service once a month as well as providing Sunday evening leadership on a regular basis, and periodically takes what he has been doing at SBT “on the road”. Sometimes solo, at other times with Jamie Howison, he has shared the music of SBT in such places as Victoria and Montreal as well as a number of local venues.
In addition to noodling on his guitar, Gord enjoys reading, good coffee (wonders if it’s a prerequisite for being on SBT staff) and walks through the park with his wife, Lorraine.