Mission & principles
The Bishop’s Youth Ministry Committee’s mission is to empower youth and those who work with youth in the Diocese of Toronto to connect with their faith, their communities and each other.
Our core principles are:
- Engaging – Bringing
- Formation – Building
- Connecting – Relationships
Hello! My name is Jillian Ruch. I’m so excited to be the chair of the BYMC. I’ve been an area coordinator since 2014, and I love meeting all our youth leaders as we journey together in youth ministry. I’m passionate about all things related to youth and those who work to better their lives. I’ve been working with youth in one way or another for more than 20 years.
My work as the chair of the committee is to bring together those working with youth in moving youth ministry forward in the Diocese and in our communities.
I would love to connect with you and network together with others in our Diocese so we can continue to grow in faith and camaraderie within youth ministry and the larger Church. Please contact me either by email or on our Facebook page (click the links below).
Finally, if you’re a young person looking for a youth program to connect with, please email me and I’ll put you in touch with the youth leader in your neighbourhood.
With many blessings,
Cormac Culkeen is the Area Youth Coordinator for Trent-Durham. Cormac works to strengthen networks of young people in the area and help them get involved with social justice issues.
Youth are not only the future of our Church – they’re also the present. In York-Credit Valley, we’re committed to helping teens grow into committed followers of Jesus Christ.
The position of YCV Area Youth Ministry Coordinator is currently vacant.
I’m so excited to be not only the chair of BYMC but also one of the York-Scarborough Area Youth Coordinators. I work mainly in the deaneries of Toronto East, St. James and Eglinton.
The youth in our area have so many different needs, and through our work together, I look forward to building networks of youth engaging with God intentionally and meaningfully. My work as the area coordinator is twofold:
- to give youth leaders the support and resources they need
- to plan events for youth in the area
I would love to connect with you and network together with others in our area and the Diocese so we can continue to grow in faith and camaraderie within youth ministry and the larger Church. Please contact me at either the email address or on our Facebook page.
With many blessings,
Greetings! I’m honoured to be working alongside Jillian Ruch as one of the area youth ministry coordinators for York-Scarborough. Working with young people has always been a passion of mine. In my full-time work, I’m employed as a child and youth worker for various organizations in the Toronto area. I’ve worked primarily with young people in residential care (group homes), as well as in the youth criminal justice sector.
Being a cradle Anglican (and the son of an Anglican priest) I was fortunate to be raised within a rich faith tradition steeped in history, and one that allowed for a myriad of opinions and expressions. Another aspect that excited me (and continues to excite me) is the fact that the Church is so active in social justice, echoing the call to “seek and serve” all persons and to be active witnesses to Christ in the world.
I’ve also been fortunate to come across many helpful and influential people in the Church. I was a member of St. Margaret in-the-Pines from 2008-2015. I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve in youth ministry there, and to be part of an inviting congregation that encouraged my own growth as I developed a greater understanding of the wider church structure. I now worship at St. Peter, Scarborough, where I serve as the youth group leader. I’ve been blessed once more to be part of a church that is actively seeking to make a real difference in the lives of so many young people.
My particular hope and aspiration is to connect churches in York-Scarborough in a meaningful way so our various youth groups and ministries feel an encouraging and growing sense of togetherness. We have been blessed with the greatest message on earth: the redemptive and life-changing power of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ! I would also like to thank those volunteers who spend countless hours working with our young people – without your dedication and perseverance, my job would be ever more challenging.
Amy de Sousa serves as the York Simcoe Area Youth Coordinator for South of Hwy 89. She shares the role with Sarah Layman. Amy is also the Youth and Family Pastor at St. Philip’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church in Unionville and a member of the Bishop’s Youth Ministry Committee. She has over 20 years of experience with children and youth spanning between various roles such as a certified Ontario teacher, an overseas ESL teacher, Special Education Specialist, Church School curriculum writer, director and pastor. As area coordinator, she hopes to support leaders in youth ministry by providing practical support and resources to ensure those in ministry feel part of a wider community, equipped to lead youth.