St. Andrew’s Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Karen Dimock, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa

The Rev. Dr. Karen Dimock

Minister - Karen Dimock was called to be the Minister at St. Andrew's in November of 2014. Prior to entering the ministry, Karen’s background was in the sciences and she has always had a passion for discovering the world in which we live, and our own place and calling in it.  If you ask her what she enjoys most in her ministry, Karen will tell you it is the people and journeying together in faith and in Christ. Karen received her M.Div. from Knox College, University of Toronto in 2008 and served as Minister at Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church in West Toronto for six years before coming to St. Andrew's. She is married to Hugh, they have three children and two dogs.



Thomas Annand

Director of Music - Thomas Annand was a student of Graham Steed, John Grew, and Marie-Claire Alain.  In 1987 he won First Prize at the RCCO National Organ Competition and since then has pursued an active career as a performer on organ, harpsichord and as conductor. He has been Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church, Ottawa since 1992, giving over 200 recitals there including a series of weekly recitals where he performed a vast repertoire including the ten symphonies of Widor, the complete organ works of Liszt, Franck and Mendelssohn.  As harpsichordist he performed all the major works of Bach in 7 marathon recitals in 2004-2005. He has performed as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy, touring with them to Carnegie Hall on three occasions.  He has been a featured artist in the Boston Early Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the International Congress of Organists and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. As a conductor he was the founder of Capital BrassWorks with whom he recorded for the CBC SM5000 series, and a frequent guest conductor of the Thirteen Strings. He has appeared on film (Denys Arcand’s Le Règne de la Beauté), radio and television.  In addition he has had his choral music published and performed and has contributed continuo realizations to editions of early music.  Thomas Annand is a Fellow of the RCCO for which he has worked as an examiner and a jury member for the Organ Playing Competition, and is a past-Chair of the Ottawa Centre.

Sydney Johnson, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa


Christian Education Coordinator - Sydney joined St. Andrew’s in September of 2018. Sydney’s background is in Christian youth leadership at Camp Mini-Yo-We and Navigators as well as at Baptist and Wesleyan churches in Ottawa. When talking to Sydney you can see her passion for sharing the Good Word and her love of Jesus, with children and families alike. Sydney received her Bachelor of Arts at Carleton University in 2017 and is excited for the opportunities that working with St. Andrew’s church presents. She can be found outdoors running, spending time with friends & family, and enjoys fostering animals with the Ottawa Humane Society.




Kirk Session

St. Andrew's is served by over 50 elders who comprise the Kirk Session. The elders serve the families within their districts and meet at monthly session meetings and take part in all aspects of life and service in the church.




Office Administrator - Vivian joined St. Andrew’s in December of 2017.   Educated in the life sciences and business, she has an eclectic work experience encompassing management, teaching and administration in finance,  economic development, small business and sport.



Gabrielle Côté-Picard

Junior Choir Director - Gabrielle joined St. Andrew's as junior choir director in Fall 2019. She holds a cegep degree in liberal arts, a bachelors in vocal music performance from the university of Ottawa and is completing a graduate performance diploma in classical voice as well. Gabrielle has a passion for working with young children and youth in order to help them blossom and discover their passions. She loves opera, haute cuisine and her two very fluffy cats. 


Michele Clarkson


Web & Graphics Coordinator - Michele comes to St. Andrew's with a background in fine art, graphic design and web design and development. Michele was educated at The Ontario College of Art and recently earned an honours diploma in Web Design and Development. She will often be found at her easel with a paint brush in hand.




Church Officer - James joined St. Andrew's in May 2008. He also works to maintain the effectiveness of the physical building, specializing in the needs for Sunday morning worship.




Church Officer - Sean came to St. Andrew's early 2016 and works hard to keep the church building clean and well maintained. Like James, he also accommodates groups that make use of the facilities.