Reverend Debra Schneider, Minister
Rev. Debra is delighted to be able to minister alongside the congregation at Manor Road United Church. Debra’s first career was in social work. After earning a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 1976, she worked for a number of years in counselling and children’s services. In 1979, she married Michael and moved to Toronto. Just over two years later they began their family. Debra was a full time caregiver for her three children until the summer of 1990 when she experienced a strong call to ministry. She enrolled part time at McMaster Divinity School that fall, and moved to the University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College two years later. She earned her Masters of Divinity Degree and was ordained to ministry in The United Church of Canada in 1996. Rev. Debra joined the people of Manor Road United in October of 2006 after previously serving two other congregations. She enjoys working with the people of the congregation and with the wider community in creating a place of spiritual nurture and exploration, community connections, mutual care and outreach. Debra looks forward to continuing in ministry with the people of Manor Road through the joys, challenges, and changes of life. She looks forward to welcoming many new people into the life of this congregation as we continue to discover together what it means to be a people of faith, hope, love, and service in today’s world.
Tom Marcaccini, Music Director
Tom is happy to be offering his musical style and leadership to Manor Road United Church. Tom enriches the congregation by directing weekly performances of Cornerstone, Manor Road United’s talented house band. He also directs the adult choir, the many vocal and instrumental soloists, and an occasional Bell Choir. Aside from his responsibilities at Manor Road, Tom is a conductor, educator, clarinetist, and pianist who is extraordinarily talented in working in many different musical styles. He is on staff at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto where he leads bands, choirs and has been Music Director for several school productions. Prior to returning to Toronto he was a member of the Victoria Symphony as Bass Clarinetist and worked with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Allison Marcaccini, Co-ordinator of Children’s Ministries
With a background in teaching children’s music as well as voice for all ages, Allison brings her love of kids, music and teaching to the Children’s Ministry programs. Allison has been a committed member of the Manor Road congregation for several years, volunteering as Children’s Choir Director and Sunday musical soloist. As a mother of two young girls, Allison has much in common with the families of Manor Road United. She brings compassion, kindness, a sense of humour, and theatricality to her role, winning the hearts of children and parents alike.
Jenny joins us all the way from Hamburg, Germany where she has just graduated as an elementary English and Religious Studies teacher. In her home church she was a youth leader, played piano and taught hip-hop dance classes. The youth have warmed to her open and fun nature.
Fina Aldaba, Nursery Caregiver
Fina has been working in childcare in some form all her life. Her career has been taking care of young children for the past 10 years, since she moved to Toronto. Her kind and friendly disposition helps babies and toddlers warm up to her almost immediately. Fina has been a member of the Manor Road congregation for over 8 years.
Ellen handles the day-to-day needs of the church and its participants. After retiring in 2017 after a 20-year career with Manor Road United, Ellen has kindly re-joined us temporarily until a new Office Administrator is hired. Beyond organizing church administration each week, our Office Admin provides information on baptisms, funerals, weddings and Children’s Ministry programs. They also provide information on obtaining use of Manor Road’s facilities for community or other events.
Manuel Ferreira, Custodian
Manuel is in charge of upkeep and cleanliness inside the building and on the grounds of Manor Road United Church. He has been looking after the building, its grounds and its people since 1997. His knowledge of the building, his readiness to lend a helping hand, and his warm smile makes him a priceless asset in the day-to-day business of the church’s operation.