Meet Our Staff

Reverend Billy Isenor

Rector
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Reverend Billy Isenor, OSF was first ordained on September 14, 2017 and served as rector of St. Augustine Parkland Anglican Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Prior to ordination, beginning 2005, he has served in a variety of ministries. He was a chaplain at Alberta Hospital; St. Francis of Assisi hospital in Philadelphia, PA; Edmonton Institute for Women; the Edmonton Institute (men’s maximum-security prison). He has also served as Associate Pastor at Inner City Pastoral Ministry; campus minister at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta; and adjunct guest lecturer in Christology for vocational deacons through Newman Theological College. Additionally, he is a brother in the Anglican religious order called the Order of Saint Francis (St. Francis of Assisi). As a personal theological pursuit, he is enthusiastic about exploring how indigenous stories and practices intersect with Christianity.

Prior to living out his vocational calling, he worked as a chef at many restaurants in British Columbia. He won the title of Grand Gold for his cuisine in the Western Canadian Culinary Arts Festival in Kelowna, May 2002. Although most of his vocational experience speaks to his life being in Alberta, the Reverend Billy was born and raised in Penticton and he lived in Kelowna, and Vancouver in his career as a chef.

When not involved in serving the church, he has a keen interest in food, local wines, music (especially a good fiddle tune), art, and running. Additionally, he is an avid learner of his mother tongue (Michif) of the Metis people and is invited from time to time to share knowledge about the stories, traditions, practices and faith of the Metis.

Lastly, but certainly not least, he is a devoted husband to Danna. Together they have three wonderful children, Alison, Florence, and Micah who teach him many life lessons – he dubbs them the “little elders of the future.” Reverend Billy and his family are very pleased to join our community at St Mark Ocean Park.

Elizabeth Gilchrist

St Mark Music Director
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Elizabeth has played, taught music, and directed community and church choirs, since she was a teenager.

She earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree from UBC and now, as a Registered Music Teacher, Elizabeth inspires her students to develop a lifelong passion for music as they prepare for exams, festivals and recitals. Discipline, coordination, the joy of striving for perfection, and the ability to perform and express oneself, are all life skills that Elizabeth teaches. In festivals, recitals and concerts, Elizabeth has been a performer, teacher, accompanist, conductor and director.

Specializing in Classical and Christian music, Elizabeth was previously choir director at the Church of Epiphany in North Surrey, and has been Music Director at St Mark since August 2019.

Cecilia Wong

Assistant Music Director
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Cecilia started her musical career, playing piano, at age 3. She completed the ABRSM in pianoforte, Performer’s Certificate Diploma and LCCM Theory course at Trinity College in London. Cecilia also sang and acted at schools in Hong Kong and Vancouver.  Cecilia attended UBC, SFU, and KUC, and with top marks completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Canada Voice, Piano, and Theory courses. She also learned to play the organ. Cecilia is a passionate educator, and taught numerous piano, voice and other disciplines at her studio for two decades.

Cecilia worked at TD Financial Group, was a Security Analyst at Transport Canada, and helps run Pace Inc. Currently, she is a WestJet agent, Community of Practice member and Cultural Ambassador, for which she received 15 WestJet awards this past year.

Cecilia has served in numerous church leadership capacities for over 20 years. With servant hearts, Cecilia, her husband Ben, and their two sons, moved to White Rock. God has led them to renewed purpose and growth at St Mark Ocean Park and White Rock Christian Academy.

Sheila Johnston

Office Administrator
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Sheila Johnston was raised in Stratford, Ontario. She earned a B.A. in English in 1980 from the University of Western Ontario, London.  During a 20-year career in arts marketing, Sheila worked at The Stratford Festival, The Globe Theatre in Regina, The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton England, The Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover Ontario, The Grand Theatre in London Ontario, and the Gateway Theatre in Richmond B.C.

Sheila has written several books, including “Buckskin & Broadcloth: A Celebration of E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake, 1861-1913”, and “Let’s Go To The Grand! 100 Years of Entertainment at London’s Grand Theatre”.

Sheila is also the Founding Director of The Canadian Friends of Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service (Cdn. Friends/CCRS) and is a recipient of the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. She lives in Surrey with her husband, the novelist Simon Choa Johnston, and their cat named Dash.

Heather Higginson

St Mark Custodian
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Heather was born in Morris Minnesota, attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota and in 1993 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology. She worked in this field for over 13 years before pursuing massage therapy training.

Heather is currently the custodian at St Mark’s and is self-employed as a house cleaner. Heather moved to BC and married her husband Geoff in 2006. They have 2 children.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and joined St Mark’s Ocean Park in 2013. She is a member of the Canonical Committee and is also active in St Mark’s childrens’ ministry