Clergy for the Parish of March

The Reverend Dr. Jon Martin

JonMelanieMartinJon Martin was born in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, and before the age of two moved to the small town of Ingleside, along the St. Lawrence River. Jon stayed in Ingleside until he left home to pursue post-secondary education. At Carleton University Jon graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and then went on to complete Masters of Pastoral Theology (MPth) and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degrees. 

Jon was ordained in 2006 and started as the assistant curate at Christ Church, Bells Corners. In 2008 Jon was appointed as the Incumbent of The Anglican Parish of North Dundas where he oversaw the amalgamation of a four point parish into one point and new church building: St. Clare’s.

In 2015 Jon was appointed as Incumbent to the Anglican Parish of South Dundas (his home parish) where he oversaw the amalgamation of a three point parish into one primary point and a chapel. He also worked with the parish as they began a significant building project that aims to restore the current historic church and build a hall so that the building may become a community events venue. 

Jon arrived in the Parish of March in July 2021. Jon is the co-chair for the Shape of Parish Ministry Consultation process, as well as a member of Diocesan Council and Provincial Synod. 

Jon is passionate about social justice, Christian hospitality, and developing and repairing the relationship between the church and the wider world. Jon would describe himself as theologically progressive, and very much as practical theologian, takes an interdisciplinary approach to theology and discernment. 

Jon is married to Melanie and together they try their best to wrangle their cat, Lord Alfred Stormageddon the 1st (Alfie). Jon also sings and plays guitar in the East Coast band West of the Rock. He cheers for the Ottawa Senators, Manchester United, and when the England and Canadian women’s soccer teams compete against each other, it is a stressful occasion! Jon also has a guilty pleasure in horror movies and reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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the Ven. Sally GaddThe Venerable Sally Gadd, Honorary Assistant Priest

The Ven. Sally Gadd is honorary assistant priest for the three local church congregations of the Parish of March.  She is a retired, full-time parish priest of the Diocese of Ottawa.

Reverend Sally, who in the fall of 2013 celebrated the 25th anniversary of her mid-life ordination to the priesthood, is a native Vancouverite who grew up mostly in Vernon, B.C.  She  met her husband Ed while both were attending the University of British Columbia (UBC).

In her youth, Sally Gadd was an accomplished track and field star; in fact at one point a record-holder – good enough at the hurdles and relay races to have been named, at the age of just 20, a member of the Canadian team at the Rome Olympics of 1960.

She once thought she would like to become a veterinarian but in her younger life has actually held jobs as diverse as in the retail industry (briefly), and a much longer career as an invertebrate identifier and then biological illustrator with the Canadian Oceanographic Identification Centre.

Dr. Ed Gadd is also retired.  His work, for many years as a senior Health Canada scientist running Canada’s screening and approval processes for new anti-biotic drugs, had brought he and Sally to Ottawa and in the early 80s she decided to pursue and obtain her bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Carleton University.  It was after this -- and after experiencing what she says was a powerful, very personal experience of the felt presence of God, that she decided to explore becoming a priest and entered St Paul University’s Anglican Studies Program.

During these, her student and deacon days, she served at parishes including Almonte, Blackburn Hamlet, and St Mark’s, and St Matthias, Ottawa.  Ordained to the priesthood in the autumn of 1988, she was posted to Campbell’s Bay, Que., in the Pontiac;  and then to nearby Shawville where she spent three more years before being named Rector of St Thomas Church, Stittsville from 1998 until her retirement in 2005.

In addition to her ministry filling in for and assisting our regular and full-time priests, Sally has found great pleasure in regularly leading well-attended Christian Education courses in the parish.   She has also taken on a multi-year role as the interim Archdeacon of the Deanery of Western Quebec – overseeing the small, mostly rural parish territory west and north of the City of Gatineau that she knows well as a former full-time priest in the Pontiac.

She also serves on the diocesan parish growth and renewal committee – which provides consulting and practical advice to parishes on how they might restructure or reorganize to most effectively and efficiently deliver ministry within available resources that may be experiencing either growth or decline.

An avid golfer, the energetic Rev. Sally also keeps fit year-round by walking.

She and Ed have two children - daughter Jennifer, and a son, James.