The Reverend Michelle Terwilleger
Michelle Terwilleger has served as associate rector at St Peter & St Paul’s since November 2014. She moved to Ottawa from her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to coming to Ottawa, Pastor Michelle worked as a hospice chaplain for five years while serving at Anglican churches in the Lexington area. Pastor Michelle earned her Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Michelle’s first career was in journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter in various California locales. It was in Bakersfield, California that she became involved in the Anglican tradition, met Jesus afresh, and received her call to the priesthood.
The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change people and their lives – including her own – is something that Michelle continually gives thanks for. She has a passion for Christian discipleship and enjoys encouraging people to mature in the faith, as the apostle Paul writes, “We must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
Pastor Michelle enjoys the beauty and quality of life she finds in the Ottawa area, particularly the Rideau River, Gatineau Park, and BeaverTails.