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.

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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.


Huda Kandalaft

Director of Christian Development  Huda came to St. Andrew’s in October 2011. She was raised in a deeply Christian home in Syria and pursued graduate studies in Christian Education at the Near East School of Theology in Lebanon. About a decade ago, Huda emigrated to Canada with her husband Saad and their two daughters, Grace and Sophia, and continued her theological studies, receiving the Diploma of the Presbyterian College Montreal. Formerly, Huda has served as a member of the faculty at the College, and as Kids’ Animator with St. Columba-by-the-Lake Presbyterian Church in Pointe Claire.


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.


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.