Our Staff

Our Music Director: Deborah Park

Deborah Park is an accomplished composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and educator with international experience. She has also performed formal concerts in Korea, Germany, Canada, and the US, and won international competitions which resulted in being invited to perform in Carnegie Hall.

Deborah completed her Master of Sacred Music majoring in Choral Conducting at Emmanuel College, at the University of Toronto in May, 2021. She has completed the Licentiate Diploma and the ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto.

Deborah has won numerous international competitions: The American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2014, the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 2016, the Golden Classical Music Award Competition 2016, and the Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition 2017. These awards resulted in Deborah being asked to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on four different occasions.

As a composer, she has been writing hymns, choral music and solo piano works, and chamber music, all of which are inspired by her life experiences in many countries. Her musical portfolio includes explorations of spirit, theology, philosophy, nature, and human relationships. Her academic research explores Korean musical traditions and Christian contextual theologies as resources for liturgy and liberation. She won the 2020 Stephen Chatman Student Award from Choral Canada Composition Competition and the Roberta Stephen 2021 Award from ACWC. Her composition was premiered at the Jubilate concert in June, 2023. And her hymns will be published in the new United Church Hymn Book, “Then Let Us Sing.”

She has released two CDs – see https://www.deborahpark.ca

Email: deborahparkmusic@gmail.com

Our Administrator: Chris Higgins

In 2021, Chris Higgins retired from the Toronto District School Board, after 29 years as a teacher, and published a book about the Humber River called, “Riverstoryz.” Besides writing, he enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking and music. He and his family live in the neighbourhood. In the summer of 2022, Chris joined Humbercrest United Church, where he feels right at home in a community of welcoming, forward-looking people, and in the midst of so much architectural, musical and artistic beauty.

Our Evening Custodian: Besnik Gjunkshi

Besnik Gjunkshi is our very reliable and friendly evening custodian. Four evenings a week he can be found either monitoring the East Door or taking care of the grounds. Besnik and his wife own the wonderful Europasta, which provides catering to many Humbercrest events.

Our Cleaner: Felix Kelon

Felix Kelon is thorough and accommodating, as he serves the multiple needs of our busy church.