Bethany Baptist Church




Church Staff

Pastor Jim Parker



Pastor Jim has given leadership to Bethany since 1996. Living just blocks from the church, Pastor Jim enjoys the people of Bethany and the community as a whole. His major responsibilities and giftedness include leadership, teaching, and encouragement. Conducts baby dedications, baptisms, funerals and weddings, as well as regular pastoral duties. 



Pastor Jim also serves in various community roles: 

     Founding and active Chairperson of East York Strategy, working to reduce crime and create good in East York-Danforth (


     Executive board member of Pape Village Business Improvement Area.


     Chaplain for 54 Division, Toronto Police Services.


     Member of the Community Policing Liaison Committee for 54 Division.


     Coordinator of Chess Clubs at William Burgess Public School and Westwood Middle School.


     Is married with two daughters.


     Enjoys sports, woodworking and reading.


Carolyn Parker (Youth Worker)

Carolyn Parker is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a BScN. After moving to Toronto she spent a number of years as a stay at home mom. 

Currently she works part-time as an itinerant science teacher with Scientists in School and part time at Bethany Baptist Church. Carolyn is also an active volunteer on the school council of two local schools.



Marina Simeonova (Music Director)

Marina has served Bethany since September, 2015, playing piano for us during services, leading our Choir, and coordinating our overall music ministry. We believe music is a gift from God, and is, therefore, very valued around Bethany.

Marina grew up in Bulgaria and came to Canada in 2014 to study music and train as a classical pianist at the prestigious Glen. We are grateful for Marina's kind presence, talented playing, and capable leadership.



Address: 1041 Pape Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M4K 3W1
Telephone: (416) 425-9472

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