Our Ministry Team
Rev. Dr. Philip Mathai
Pastor Philip found his way to Waterloo and Mount Zion from the Karnataka region of southern India where his father was a seminary professor. After completing his bachelor degree in science, he did his basic theological training while still in India. Then he worked for a year with the church of his roots, the Marthoma Church, a reformed church of the St Thomas tradition.
He received his MTh (Master of Theology) and spent the next nine years working for an organization involved in theological education.
Philip continued his studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey for a year followed by several years at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he received his doctorate.
Mount Zion’s Church Council is made up of up to 7 members elected by the congregation
at its Annual Meeting which is held on the 2nd Sunday of February each year.
Church Council members for
2018 - 2019 are:
Karen Gastmeier Chairperson
Ginny Ehrlich, Vice Chairperson
Stephanie von Schilling, Secretary
Richard Brubacher, Treasurer
Cynthia (Sue) Simpson
Use the contact page to leave Church council members a message.
Amy Di Nino, Director of Music
Amy had only been with Mount Zion for two short weeks before COVID 19 required us to close our building. With Amy's guidance, we began presenting our services on Zoom. Since the early days of crigingly bad sound, through Amy's guidance we are now using the techonlogy far beyond what it was designed for. She has coached many singers in the congregation to prerecord thier voices in order to have music thorugh the services.. She is most excited about - what the furture of music might be at Mount Zion whenever we are permitted to be back together!
When she is not in her role at Mount Zion, she operates her own music psychotherapy private practice, Connecting In Rhythm, where she provides clinical sessions at her office in Cambridge or on site at several addiction facilities. Additionally, CIR has a team of music therapists who provide clinical services in the southern Ontario area, to a variety of populations including; neurodiverse children, NICU, deafblind individuals, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's/dementia, palliative, oncology and various neurologic conditions (Parkinson's, stroke, TBI).
She is also the conductor of the Grand River Voices based in Kitchener, and the drummer of Cootes Paradise, an original blues/R&B based out of Dundas, ON. She enjoys travelling, reading and gardening when she is not musicking!
Christine Ramseyer, Parish Nurse
A parish nurse is defined as “a registered nurse with specialized knowledge, who is called to ministry and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness”. Christine is a perfect fit for the job. She tells us that she loves being a nurse and believes that the experiences and lessons learned by working the profession have enriched her life. Christine brings over 20 years of nursing experience but more importantly enthusiasm and excitement for her new position at Mount Zion where she is integral part of the Mount Zion Cafe, a seniors ministry.
Christine is married to Tim and together they have two daughters Alyssa and Katie.
Diana Groften, Administrator
Di was born Toronto and attended the University of Waterloo, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science.
In 1990, Di and her husband, Bill Redekop moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, where she managed a variety of technology start-up companies and non-profit organizations. She also obtained a master’s degree in conflict resolution.
In her last position, she served as Executive Director of Project Literacy, a charitable organization that matches volunteer tutors with adults who want to improve their English or math skills. At any given time, Project Literacy manages more than 100 tutor-learner matches.
Di and Bill returned to Waterloo last year to be closer to both of their families. Di hoped to find part-time work with a community minded organization, so she was pleased to find our job posting for an office administrator. She liked the variety of duties it entailed, but what appealed to her most “is the quantity and quality of community programs we run and/or support … she loved the idea of supporting volunteers dedicated to public service.”
Di started on January 6th 2020. She loves “the warm and friendly atmosphere of our church” and is “very happy to confirm that we truly are a welcoming, caring community, called by Christ and enabled by the spirit, to share God’s love by living our faith!”