The Rev. Dr. Stanley Johnstone – Interim Pastor

Pastor Johnstone is a 1975 graduate of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  He has served as a parish pastor and military chaplain.  In 2006 he was the first Lutheran to be appointed to the position of Chaplain General to the Canadian Forces.

The Rev. Dr. Barton Beglo – Pastor (retired)

The Rev. Dr. Barton Beglo was ordained at St. Stephen’s, Winnipeg, and received his first call to Our Saviour’s, Lachine, Quebec. He has served Lutheran Campus Ministry at Dalhousie, McGill, Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier universities. He received his theological education at St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Seminary, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Master of Divinity), McGill University (Master of Arts), St. Michael’s Roman Catholic University and Toronto School of Theology (Doctor of Ministry), and has
pursued continuing education in Canada and abroad.

Pastor Beglo was a lecturer in Worship at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and an internship supervisor for Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology Saskatoon. He has served the Eastern Synod as the Ottawa/St. Lawrence Conference Dean, a member of Synod Council, as well as standing committees and task forces. He has served the national church on the Board of Governors of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and the Division for Colleges and University Services, as National Advisor to the Lutheran Student Movement and international delegate to the German Lutheran Kirchentag, and as a committee member at national assemblies. He has served the Lutheran Council in Canada as Lutheran Representative on the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy. During his tenure as Chair (2007-2008), the government and the faith communities in Canada signed a joint document to update the working agreement on military chaplaincy. Pastor Beglo has been honoured with the Eastern Synod distinguished clergy leadership award for service to the wider church.

In his commitment to interdenominational and interfaith dialogue Pastor Beglo has been a Lutheran representative for the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of Ottawa, a patron of the Multifaith Housing Initiative, a member of the Ottawa Christian Council for the Capital Area, a member of St. Vincent Hospital Spiritual Care Advisory Council, a supporter of Citizens for Public Justice and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

In his commitment to the arts, he has edited two books: A Time for Building: Essays on Lutherans in Canada (1988) and co-edited with Jo Nordley Beglo, By Faith: Lutherans in Ottawa and the Valleys (1995). During his tenure as Pastor at St. Peter’s the congregation has commissioned original musical compositions for organ and choir, a baptismal font bowl and cover worked in brass, a crèche carved in wood, and other works of liturgical art.

Karen Holmes – Organist/Choir Director

Karen Holmes was born in Toronto, and completed an A.R.C.T. in piano at the Royal Conservatory. After she graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a French Government Scholarship took her to Toulouse, France, where she studied for three years at the Conservatoire, earning a Premier Prix in organ. Karen holds the diploma of F.R.C.C.O., and was national President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) from 1996 to 1998.

She has taught organ, harpsichord and Baroque ensembles at the University of Ottawa since 1973. She performs frequently as a solo organist and harpsichordist as well as in chamber music ensembles. During her term as President of the RCCO, she played recitals and conducted masterclasses and workshops in Centres across Canada, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Victoria, B.C. She is interested in unusual programming and has performed several recitals combining Baroque and 20th century music, or music for two different keyboard instruments. In the year 2000, she completed a CD recording called Kaléidoscope Bach Kaleidoscope, music by nine members of the Bach family played on organ, harpsichord and fortepiano. In 2004, she made a CD of early Canadian organ music at Eglise Sainte-Anne, Ottawa

Karen was Organist and Choir Director at St. Peter’s from 1975 to 1986. In the 1980’s and 90’s she served as Interim Organist in several Ottawa churches. In 2001, she returned to St. Peter’s, where she is again Organist and Choir Director.

Karen and her husband Hugh Eisenhauer attend many concerts, and enjoy travelling.

Elaine Graham – Associate Organist

Elaine Graham began July 2011 as St. Peter’s Associate Organist.

Elaine was born and raised in Ottawa, beginning her organ studies with Godfrey Hewitt in 1979. Two years later, she received a four-year Senate Scholarship from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) where she continued her organ studies with Hugh J. McLean and was awarded the Gold Medal in Musicology and the Dr. Sherwood Fox Organ Prize upon completion of her B. Mus. (Hon. Musicology) in 1985. Later in the 1980’s, she completed an M.A. in Musicology and a B.A. in French, both from the University of Western Ontario, after having spent a year studying courses in French at Université Laval in Quebec City (1988). Then in 1989 she graduated with a B.Ed. (French) degree from the University of Ottawa. She was awarded the Royal Conservatory Silver Medal for Ontario in Grade 10, and later the Gold Medal for Canada upon completion of her A.R.C.T. diploma in organ performance in 1993.

Since 1989, Elaine has been teaching for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. On the music front, she was organist/choir director at McLeod-Stewarton United Church (now Centretown United) from 1989-2009. She created a C.D., McLeod-Stewarton in Song, celebrating the end of this church’s ministry, in 2008. She has also accompanied several area choirs in performances of C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, Fanure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

In her spare time, Elaine sings with the Centennial choir and participates in a number of sports. In September 2009, she decided to take up a new challenge: learning the oboe. She has been playing in the New Horizons Band ever since. Elaine also enjoys traveling and walked the Camino de Santiago da Compostella (800km) during the summer of 2009.

Church Secretary

C. Gaim started as Church Secretary in May 2011.


Carlos Cardoza is St. Peter’s custodian. In addition to extensive experience in custodial work, he has completed course work in practical nursing.

Leadership Chronology


July 1910 – December 1910 … Rev. M.J. Bieber, D.D.

December 1910 – June 1915 … Rev. John J. Clemens

June 1917 – December 1918 … Rev. Herbert Siegner

July 1919 – August 1934 … Rev. Luther McCreery

September 1934 – 1940 … Rev. Albert Lotz

November 1940 – 1946 … Rev. Lloyd Schaus

July 1947 – December 1988 … Rev. Arthur F. Conrad

August 1986 – December 1988 … Rev. Jan Malina and Rev. Joanna Malina, Associates

January 1989 – October 1989 … Rev. Gerald Schaus, Interim

November 1989 – December 2016 … Rev. Dr. Barton Beglo

December 2016 –  … Rev. Dr. Stanley Johnstone, Interim

Interns / Parish Workers

October 1957 – July 1960 … Sister Betty Swinehart, Parish deaconess

December 1963 – July 1971 … Sarah Shatto, Parish worker

June 1971 – June 1972 … Thord Einarson, Intern

June 1971 – June 1972 … Jimalee Grusnick, Parish worker

June 1972 – August 1973 … Marslene Mork, Parish worker

June 1972 – June 1973 … Nicholas Eichelberger, Intern

September 1973 – April 1974 … Carole Odland, Parish worker

January 2006 – June 2007 … Pastor Gilbert Kabila, Intern

September 2009 – August 2010 … Adam Snook, Intern

September 2011 – August 2012 … Anna Thede

September 2013 – September 2014 … JoAnne Chung Yan Lam, Intern

Organists / Choir Directors

1930 … Mary Roeske, Arnt Loa

1938 … Arnt Loa

1955 … Leslie Smith

1959 – 1960 … Mrs. George A. Proctor

1960 – 1963 … Howard Leroy

1964 -1966 … Arnold Earl

1966 – 1976 … Albert Smith

1976 – 1986 … Karen Holmes

1986 – 2001 … Danielle Dubé

1994 – 2010  … Mai-yu Chan

2001 –  … Karen Holmes

2011 –  … Elaine Graham

Church Office Staff

1959 – 1960 … Stella Messerschmidt

1960 – 1963 … Doris Kletke

1976 – 1982 … Dorothy McKay

1982 – 1983 … Brenda Newman

1984 … Doris (Kletke) Thorsteinson

1985 – 1991 … Irene Carr

1991 – 2006 … Heather Harwood

2002 –  … Willem Lenselink, Accountant

2006 – 2011 … Margaret Booth

2011 –  … C. Gaim