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Our Minstry 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.

Sarah Cardwell, Interim Director of Music

Welcome to Sarah Cardwell, our Interim Director of Music. She holds a BA (music) from The University of Western Ontario, an ARCT (piano) and an A.Mus. (pipe organ).

     Since 1970 she has worked as an organist and choral director for the Anglican Church in the dioceses of Keewatin, Moosonee, and Niagara.

     In 2005, Bishop Ralph Spence conferred on her the Order of Niagara in recognition of exceptional service to the church.

     Since retiring and moving to Kitchener in 2013, she has been an associate organist at the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

     She and her husband, Archdeacon Ken Cardwell, are the proud parents of a daughter and two sons and have two grandchildren.

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.

Muriel Tillich, Church Secretary. 


The friendly voice of Muriel Tillich is usually the first greeting visitors hear when they telephone or drop in to Mount Zion's administrative office. A prime contact for members as well as visitors, Muriel is responsible for the daily operation of the office. That means handling telephone calls and correspondence, as well as assigning and managing the use of church meeting rooms and facilities; keeping track of schedules, committees, and records of congregational membership and giving. Loosely translated, that means she lends a helping hand to ministry team members, as well as church councillors and committee members, when unusual needs arise - which they do, and have been regularly - ever since she began her part-time role as Secretary in 1991!

Church Council

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  

David Murrison

Betty Behm

Cynthia (Sue) Simpson

​Use the contact page to leave Church council members a message.