P. Roberto Ubertino
P. Roberto was born in the Congo, grew up in South Africa, and later moved to Italy, U.S.A., Spain, France and for the last 32 years is now serving with St John’s Mission in Toronto which he founded. Presently he serves as Executive Director of the mission and Good Neighbours. His hope is to find someday the perfect café.
Brother Luke (Gary) is originally from Chatham, lives in our community house and is a member of the community of the Brothers of Mercy, a community inspired by St Elizabeth of Moscow. He loves theatre, literature, gardening, music, art and working with youth. He always thinks outside any box you can imagine. Our hope is that someday he will learn to cook biryani! He is the Prior (Director) of the drop-in.
Cassandra grew up near our new location in Scarborough. She loves working with youth and families. Imaginative and creative, she is behind a lot of the programs at Good Neighbours. She has been involved with the Mission for almost ten years and is in charge of our diaper and free formula program.
Brother Sebastian was born in India, and now lives in Scarborough. Before coming to Canada, he lived and worked in the Middle East as a corporate executive in the hospitality industry. His search for God, meaning and community brought to him to St John’s in 2014 and he became a Brother of Mercy. He is the Cellar of the drop-in, and is in charge of all the practical and financial aspects of our community.
Connie is our first ever volunteer who came to us when the Scarborough Red Cross Drop-In closed. She is very devoted to her work and kind even in the most frustrating situations.
Misty started her time at St. John the Compassionate Mission when she was in elementary school. Now a mom herself, she animates the Drop-in on Fridays, and the Women-and-Mothers group on Thursdays. She lives near Good Neighbours, and brings a quiet but strong presence.
Mary has lived in Scarborough since 1999, and lived in the Middle East before coming to Canada. She is a social service worker, and speaks Sinhalese, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, and of course English. She likes to travel a lot, and enjoys cooking and conversations.
Reverend Pamela is an ordained pastor with Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Her passion for ecumenical growth and fellowship in the church, is evident in her broad pulpit supply and interim ministry work. Pamela’s conviction about tangible outreach and evangelism has led her to serve at Good Neighbours on a part-time basis where she has enjoyed learning about the Orthodox church and seeing the biblical and theological consensus between Baptists and Orthodox. She, and her wonderful husband Paul Schmidt will be celebrating 25 years of marriage in May and they have a miracle daughter named Victoria Rose, who will be 8 in November. Pamela’s is passionate about preaching and has been praying about doing a Doctorate in Ministry called New Testament Context which will help congregations read the Bible more authentically. She also likes a good cup of tea and chocolate!