Meet our Staff

Jim Picken
Associate Director Music Ministry

Jim Picken has been an Associate Director of Music Ministry at Knox since 2000. During this time he supervised the expansion of the Casavant pipe organ from 7 ranks to 27 ranks. (Gratitude is owed to all the Knox donors and volunteers, and to Steve Miller and Hart Godden for their expertise.) Jim enjoys his work with Paul and all of our inspiring choristers, with Mark Tremblay our Minister, and with the Knox people and their receptive and encouraging support.

Jim was born in Calgary, and graduated from Henry Wise Wood High School. He earned a degree in piano performance with Robin Wood when Victoria Conservatory was at Craigdarroch Castle (B.Mus. in Piano). His Anglican roots and sense of calling led him to read theology at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford (M.A. in Theology). He was ordained at Durham and served as curate in Jarrow Parish in the North-East of England. Jim’s next adventure was with the Society of St. Francis (Anglican religious order), and he was a Franciscan for ten fruitful years. Since coming to Knox, Jim has earned his M.Mus. in organ performance (U. of C., with Neil Cockburn) and has recorded three CDs of organ music.

Jim is a proud member of Knox Mission and Justice committee; a lazy activist for LGBTQ and other justice causes; he is the regular accompanist of the Calgary Men’s Chorus; and he enjoys planning concerts, alone and with small ensembles. His extra-musical pursuits include French, hiking, and journalling.

Paul Grindlay

Paul grew up singing in the men and boys’ choir at St. Mary’s, Merton Park in London, England, then at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kerrisdale, Vancouver, and at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Toronto before coming to Knox in 2008. Paul believes that music helps to build strong faith communities and allows us to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Outside the church, Paul has appeared as a concert and opera soloist across North America, Europe, Japan and on various recording labels. He has sung with the National Youth Choir (1990), World Youth Choir (1991), Tafelmusik, American Bach Soloists, Phoenix Chamber Choir, and musica intima. Locally and currently he is a member of VoiceScapes and Luminous Voices. Paul has been the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir since 2004 and is a voice instructor at Mount Royal Conservatory of Music. Paul is also a proud father, avid fly fisherman, environmentalist, and poet.

Mark Tremblay

Mark was called to Knox church in 2012. He was attracted by the unique passion for Worship, Justice he experienced from the Knox congregation.

He has degrees in Philosophy, Religion and Theology. He has ministered to Churches in Brampton, Bermuda, and Eastern Ontario. He strives to bring recent scholarship and post-constantinian thinking to his exegesis and proclamation of the gospel; preaching should be educational, relevant and challenging. He also believes that the church is called to be part of the wider community in which it resides.

Mark and his wife, Liz, enjoy walking through Fish Creek Park with their two dogs and getting out of Calgary to explore the mountains. They have four adult children.