About us

Situated in the heart of a huge city, Glebe Road United Church offers an oasis on Yonge Street in Toronto for those who are seeking a place apart for spiritual growth. We welcome absolutely everyone. A special source of joy and challenge for us is a growing group of children and infants in our church school program. As a community, we are guided by our study of Judeo-Christian scripture, strengthened through prayer and meditation and music and in a sharing of our common experiences. In all, it is our desire that we may grow to reflect the presence of Jesus Christ in our care for each other, in our care for all who are in need, and that our lives as a whole may reflect our respect for all God’s creation.

Glebe Staff

Rev. Jean Ward is Glebe Road's Interim minister

Jean Ward is a transplanted Mari-timer from Pictou County, Nova Scotia. She is the oldest of eight children and married to Rev. Nigel Weaver. Together they have five children and 9 grandchildren. Jean was ordained by Maritime Conference in 1979 and has served congregations in Manitoba, Toronto, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. She also served at General Council Office for 15 years in two portfolios – first in Family Ministries and Sexuality and later in Urban Ministries and Evangelism.

She is a story teller, walker, reader, a searcher of the holy in the ordinary, a lover of cats, a people watcher and Follower of the Way.

Maria Case has been the Music Director of Glebe Road United Church since 1991.

Her studies include an ARCT diploma in Performance, a degree in Composition from U of T, choral and orchestral conducting, graduate studies in English literature, and jazz studies at Berklee College. She balances a busy career as a teaching, soloist and chamber musician, lecturer, examiner and adjudicator. Since 2005, she has been the Music Director of the Annex Singers, a fifty-voice mixed choir in downtown Toronto. She is currently Chief Examiner, Theoretical Subjects for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

She enjoys composing for the voice, including choral works written especially for Glebe Road. Recent titles include O Living Flame, In Winter, The World's Desire, and the song cycles Nightsongs, and Songs on Texts by Travis Lane.

Jess is in their last year at Emmanuel College in the Master of Divinity program.

You can find Jess lurking in the photocopying room printing the Sunday bulletin, sending out Life@Glebe newsletters and updating our website. Jess also updates our social media platforms. The best way to contact Jess or the office is to email

In Jess' spare time you can find them on the ice, usually suited up in goalie gear. Jess also enjoys being outside, going on many Geocashing adventures or just hiding among the trees.

Our volunteers

Volunteering is at the core of our culture at Glebe. Our many activities include:
  • Serving meals at the "Out of the Cold" program
  • Monthly letter writing with Amnesty International
  • Monthly drives for clothing and other essentials for the homeless
  • Ongoing participation in a food bank

In the photo shown, some of our members are participating in local park clean-up with city counsellor Josh Matlow. Why not join us? We make it a point to participate in the causes that our members have interest in and passion for.


Glebe History


The history of the church building dates back to the Davisville Methodist Church which celebrated its first worship service in a log cabin on the first Sunday in April 1851.

Soon after that first log cabin was too small, and in 1860 the congregation built a school house, where the first worship services and Sunday school took place. Already in 1865 the congregation needed more space and built a meeting place for about 120 people. The congregation continued to grow and in October of 1886 broke ground for the first church building, where the first worship service was celebrated on the second Sunday in January of 1887.

The cornerstone for today's church building was laid in December 1924; the official opening of this church was on November 1, 1925. In 1929 a pipe organ was added to the church. And in 1946 the congregation decided to build an addition. Construction did not start until 1958, and the grand opening of the “James Carson Taylor Memorial Community Centre” was celebrated on January 10, 1960.