Alex serves as Kortright’s Lead Pastor. He is responsible for preparing and preaching sermons, leading worship, supervising staff, moderating and leading Session (KPC’s council of elders), overseeing pastoral care, and representing KPC within the Presbytery of Waterloo-Wellington and the wider Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Alex is happily married to Judith and they have 3 children: Chloe, Callum, and Lily. Alex started at Kortright in the fall of 2010. He and his family live in the Sunny Acres neighbourhood of downtown Guelph. Alex loves to cheer for the Leafs, collect and consume hot sauces from around the world, drink pitch-black coffee, and make good use of public libraries.
While his family hail from the Island of Lewis in the Highlands of Scotland, Alex was born and raised in north Toronto. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Toronto where he became a follower of Jesus at the end of his undergraduate years. He then spent a year as a student in Beijing, China. He studied theology at Regent College in Vancouver, and went on to receive his M.Div. from Knox College, Toronto. He pursued advance degree studies in the history of Christianity at the doctoral level at Emmanuel College within the University of Toronto.
Before coming to KPC, Alex worked at Knox Church in Toronto where he served as Associate Minister for Small Groups and Leadership Development and had a particular focus on students, young adults and young families. He has taught Modern Church History at Tyndale University College & Seminary and writes occasionally for the Presbyterian Record, among other publications.
Rowena Ridder serves as the director of family ministries. She is responsible for developing the children and youth ministry programs with an advisory team and working with volunteers to execute the plans. Her love is to create space and structure for children and youth to discover Jesus and fall in love with Him. Rowena is passionate about caring for others, both leaders and children and youth, and helping them to grow in their faith and discover their identity in Christ. Rowena is a mother of three boys and married to a more than fantastic husband. She has taken courses in theology and Christian leadership.
Rowena enjoys urban subsistence gardening, reading about theology, international and national politics.
Allison serves as our Director of Discipleship at Kortright and is passionate about helping our congregation to live faith more fully as a community and in each person’s particular context.
Allison worked for over a decade in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Toronto and more broadly across SW Ontario before joining the staff at Kortright. Allison is “bi-vocational” meaning that she keeps one foot in church ministry and another foot in “the marketplace.” Allison works as a researcher for the Apostrophe Podcast Company working on a book and two shows including CBC’s Under the Influence.
Originally from Vancouver, Allison and her husband Jordan and daughter Zoe have lived in Guelph for 7 years. Allison loves to travel and spent a year living in Germany. Closer to home Allison enjoys walking by the river, doing art projects with her daughter and hanging out with her adorable nephew. Her favourite place to be is behind a boat on a waterski and she once got her head stuck in the gates at Buckingham palace.
Justin has served as Kortright’s Director of Worship and Outreach since 2019 and loves focusing on two of his greatest passions: Seeing a church full of vibrancy in our gathered worship, and seeing a church sent out to be the hands and feet of Jesus across our neighbourhood and city.
Justin has previously worked as a pastor in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and as the site pastor at Lakeside Downtown, in Guelph’s downtown core. Justin comes from more Wesleyan theological roots, with a Master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky However, he is a happy “newbie” Presbyterian. Justin also works part time as a music teacher.
Justin is married to Lindsay (also a Bible teacher and theologian!) and they have a daughter, Iris. Justin enjoys debating theology on Twitter, cooking outlandish recipes he finds on YouTube, spending summers by the pool, and the occasional video game.