Christ Church Bells Corners (CCBC) is a Christian community in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa that seeks to be a dynamic presence in the world God loves. With a rich history and a hopeful future, we embrace the challenge of relevancy and faithfulness.
We are rooted in the Anglican tradition of common prayer, friendship and social justice. The involvement of people of all ages means that this is an exciting and active place.
Our programs focus on nurturing faith in Christ through worship, education and pastoral care. We also serve God's world by continuing Jesus' ministry of compassion and hospitality. All of this is made possible through the stewardship of the many blessings given to us by the Holy Spirit.
The Reverend Kathryn Otley
The Reverend Kathryn Otley was born in Montreal and considers herself a child of the Maritimes as much of her family lives there. She came to Ottawa in 1980 to attend Carleton University and stayed to live, work, and raise a family. Kathryn was ordained in June 2006 after graduating from St. Paul's University, Ottawa. She has a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology, a Baccalaureate in Theology, and a Certificate in Anglican Studies.
Kathryn was appointed curate at St. John the Evangelist (inner city) and then was called to the Parish of Fitzroy Harbour as their incumbent (rural, multi-point parish). Her call to CCBC is like coming home as she worshipped here with her family for almost 20 years. Kathryn is presently serving as coordinator for the Diocesan Summer Internship Program. She serves on the Doctrine and Worship Committee, the board of the Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre, and the Community Ministries Committee. She is also one of the Diocesan Representatives to Provincial Synod. Kathryn is a chaplain on the Perinatal Bereavement Team for the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Before ordination Kathryn was a sessional lecturer at Carleton University in Classics and later at St. Paul's in the MPTh program. Kathryn was the Managing Editor of a Geosciences Journal, a cub leader, community and school volunteer as well as a La Leche League Leader. Her training includes conflict mediation, crisis intervention, bereavement training, suicide prevention, and human relations enrichment. She is an enthusiastic outdoorsperson, enjoying kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and travel. She is an avid needle worker and reader and enjoys spending time with her children, Derek, Ben, and Heather and with her pets, Fionnagan and Maebh.
Parish and Welcoming Administrator
Susan, along with her husband Alan and their four children, has been an active member of Christ Church Bells Corners since the early 1990s.
Susan joined our staff part time in 2008. She served as our Church School Coordinator and then as our Director of Children's and Welcoming Ministries. She now serves as Parish Administrator. Susan has also served at CCBC as a volunteer church school coordinator, Atrium catechist, synod delegate, and parish council member.
Susan's wide range of interests, commitments, and creative gifts has seen her involvement in church and community expand over the years. Whether it was her time as a Girl Guide Leader and District Commissioner, or as a basketball and rugby mom involved at many levels of the sport, Susan brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and know-how to all that she does.
Church choirs, military bands, teacher, music arranger, conductor, rock bands, arts administrator, worship ensembles, multi-instrumentalist, and much more.
Terry O'Connor has been a professional musician since the 1960s; his resume bears witness to his great diversity and musical gifts. From 1966 to 2001 Terry served in many capacities as a musician in the Canadian Armed Forces. All during that time he was deeply involved in music ministry in the many Christian communities of which he was part, moving from here to there as military folks are apt to do.
Terry's love of all kinds of worship music makes him an ideal Music Director for Christ Church Bells Corners as we seek a balance within the traditional and contemporary realities of Christian music. Directing the Senior Choir, accompanying the Junior Choir, and leading our own music ensemble are central to Terry's work here at CCBC. Behind the scenes Terry is organizing, arranging, and planning for our multi-faceted music ministry.
Junior Choir Director
Pat enjoyed a wonderful career teaching primary children in Hamilton and Ottawa for 33 years and is now enjoying retirement with her husband Larry and family. As a teacher, Pat's musical skills were utilized and appreciated by many primary, junior, and intermediate choirs while working for the Ottawa and Ottawa-Carleton District School Boards. Pat has always had a special gift and love of music, and being able to share that joy with children has been a very rewarding experience for all.
Since joining the Christ Church Bells Corners congregation in 1983, Pat has volunteered with the Bazaar, Spring Barbecues, Children's Activity Days and has been involved in the music ministry with both the senior and junior choirs. She has conducted the Junior Choir for over 20 years, and feels very blessed to have worked with so many talented, enthusiastic, and dedicated children. The Junior Choir sings monthly and on special occasions, and has enjoyed performing several musicals over the years. Singing with the Senior Choir is always a highlight.
Pat says "It is a real privilege to serve in a field you feel so passionate about. I can't think of a better way to show God's love, than by ministering to others through the gracious gift of music. Music truly does make your heart sing!"
Director of Children's Ministries
Megan and her children, Julia and Mark, have been attending CCBC since the fall of 2011, having moved back to Ottawa after six years in Sudbury. Megan first researched Anglican parishes online, trying out CCBC initially because of the location close to their Arlington Woods home, but more importantly, because of the extensive children’s ministries described on our website.
Megan, who has taught in and coordinated church schools previously, has been part of the CCBC teaching team since her second year here. She has also served as a Synod delegate and on the Food Truck Rally team.
Megan works full-time managing and editing the bilingual research journal and other publications of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, and occasionally does freelance editing and indexing work from home. She enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening, and has recently taken up curling. Something you may not know about her is that before her marriage, she spent a year living in France, teaching English in a Paris high school—a life-changing adventure!
Looking ahead, Megan hopes to implement additional programs for 11- to 13-year-olds, and to enhance intergenerational learning experiences. She also intends to continue with the excellent programs already in place, to provide continuity and stability. “Church School is a team effort,” says Megan, “and I want everyone to know that their talents and skills are welcome, anytime, for a one-time visit, or as an ongoing contribution.”
Tony originates from the beautiful country of Poland. He decided to broaden his horizon by visiting new countries, including Canada, in the late 1980s.
When he arrived in Ottawa Tony took an Electronic Assembler course at Algonquin College at the same time as learning English. He worked for Digital until they closed down their Canadian operations and moved back to the United States. Tony began working at CCBC in 1997. He enjoys interacting with the CCBC community and finds the teamwork here amazing.
Tony keeps busy outside of his work at the church doing painting and general repairs through his small company "General Service". In his downtime Tony enjoys skiing, dancing, and camping.
In 1853, a small group of Anglicans began to worship in Bells Corners as participants in the local Union Church. In time, this group evolved into the congregation of Christ Church Bells Corners, gathering in a small country church near the crossroads at Bells Corners where it worshipped for its first hundred years as a small, rural parish. With the development of suburbs that affected so many cities in the 1950s and 1960s, CCBC grew very fast and in the 60s and 70s most worship services were held in Bell High School. In the 1980s two building projects allowed CCBC to expand adjacent to the little country church that is now our chapel.
Today CCBC is an active, intergenerational parish of approximately 300 households. Regular worship rooted in the Anglican tradition is the fountain from which all of our life flows. The nurture of children, adult Christian education, pastoral care, community service, fellowship, and the stewardship of our many blessings are key elements of our life together. Ultimately, we believe CCBC is a family of disciples. There are so many groups, activities and events that give shape to our life.