Rector and Priest in Charge
The Rev Dr Michael Dobson and his wife Janet came to St John's from the picturesque coastal area of Vancouver British Columbia in Canada. There he served a lively parish in a busy metropolitan suburb; a parish that enjoyed a diverse range of cultural and ecumenical backgrounds; but which was supernaturally held together by a love for Christ and a strong sense of mission. Rev. Michael is dedicated to pursuing God’s purpose and vision for parish life and the wider Church. He is a devoted Bible teacher, a student of the Spiritual writers of the early Christian era, and a founding member of the Canadian Council on Catechesis started by Dr. James Packer. Michael is a strategic and founding member of several new Anglican Church plants in the Vancouver area. His vision for parish ministry is comprehensive and builds both on prayer and study of scripture, as well as, on a radical re-envisioning of skills learned from consulting, research administration and in parishes. Michael brings a careful approach: to bring the love of Christ to the myriad complexities of individual faith lives, and at the same time, to hold very high the unity of the one true, holy and apostolic faith. Michael loves the Anglican way and while he prioritizes pastoral considerations he is also a mission-minded leader. Rev. Michael is married to Janet and they have two amazing children: Gordon, who is a Sports Performance expert and a great junior coach with a kind and wise pastoral heart; and, Emily: a skilled linguist, geographer and pretty awesome mid-field soccer player.
Associate Priest in Charge of the Sudanese Congregation
The Rev Emmanuel Benison Sapana is in charge of the fabulous membership mainly from South Sudan who make St. John the Baptist their Spiritual home from home. Rev. Emmanuel is a graduate of seminary in Cairo and served before coming to Ma'adi in the Anglican cathedral in Zamalek with our Bishop Mouneer. He arrived as we planted this new congregation in 2014. He is a wise counselor with a kind pastoral heart and a great love of God's Word.
Associate Priest in Charge of the Egyptian Congregation
The Rev. Hamdy Daoud is our priest in charge for the growing Egyptian Arabic speaking congregation at St. John the Baptist. Rev. Hamdy came to us from Holy Trinity Church in Algiers in 2016 and has had an extensive life of ministry experience.
The Church Vestry
The vestry or parish church council meets regularly with the Rector. It is comprised of elected members of St. John's congregation and assists the Rector in: managing the financial affairs of the church, appointing various committees of the church, maintaining the church property, and finding adequate funds to cover all expenses incurred on behalf of the church.
The Church Warden
The current Church Warden is Richard Kaiser who is the senior member of the congregation and deputy chair for the Vestry and Council meetings. Richard brings considerable experience of life and business in Egypt and takes special interest in caring for the wonderful buildings and facilities we are so fortunate to have at St. John's. Richard runs our monthly "DeVine Time Movie nights" and serves as a Lay Assistant in our services.