Diocese of Toronto St. Margaret home

Rev. Simon Bell

Parish Priest

Simon Bell Simon is the incumbent of St Margaret of Scotland in Barrie, Ontario. While he was born in England, he grew up in South Africa. His background is primarily in youth ministry, theological education, Social Anthropology and consultancy work. He has served the church on three continents - Africa, Europe and North America - and has served in a number of parishes as a youth and children's minister and is the author of a book on youth ministry in a multi-cultural context titled Happy in my Skin. He has served as the Advisor on multiculturalism to the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England and as a Congregational Development Consultant to the Diocese of Toronto. He has a passion for the out-doors and keeping critters. He enjoys canoeing, hiking, horse-riding and road trips and farms sheep in Tiny Ontario.

Michael Peterson

Honourary Assistant

Michael PetersonMajor the Rev. Dr. Michael Peterson is a serving military chaplain, and works as senior instructor and research director at the Canadian Forces Chaplain School at Base Borden. Michael did his theological training at Wycliffe College and was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 in the Diocese of Huron. He holds post-graduate degrees in medieval literature and religious studies. Michael became a parishioner of St. Margaret's in 2016 and is delighted to be the Honourary Priest of this thriving and dynamic parish.

“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15