Rev. Tom Vais and Rev. Heather Vais
The Rev. Tom Vais and the Rev. Heather Vais were inducted as the Ministry Team at Thornhill Presbyterian Church in June 2007. Prior to coming to Thornhill, Tom and Heather each served in different congregations.
Tom served from 1990-2007 in Caledonia Presbyterian Church in the Hamilton Presbytery. Caledonia was his first charge. In addition to congregational ministry, Tom has served on many boards and committees of the National Church. He has served on Assembly Council, Canada Ministries Advisory Council, and is presently the Convenor of the Committee on Education and Reception for the P.C.C. Tom was the Moderator of the Presbytery of Hamilton in 2005 and has served on committees on the Synod level. His interests include reading, listening to and collecting music in his iTunes library, mountain biking, walking and spending time at the cottage in Muskoka with his family. Tom has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Divinity Degree from Knox College at the University of Toronto. You can reach Rev. Tom directly at
Before coming to Thornhill, Heather served in two different pastoral charges. From 1991-1999, Heather served at Alexandra P. C. in Brantford and from 2001-2007 she served in Kirkwall and Knox, Sheffield Churches. Heather has also served on boards and committees of the National Church. Most recently she is a member of the Board of Governors for Knox College and is presently the Chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Board and is serving on the Executive. Presently Heather is half way through a five year Doctor of Ministry degree at the Toronto School of Theology. Her area of research interest is multiculturalism in the church. Heather enjoys cycling, running, photography, reading and time spent at the cottage with family. Heather has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Divinity degree from Knox College at the University of Toronto. You can reach Rev. Heather directly at
Heather and Tom have two children, Brett (18) and Elizabeth (16).
Stephanie Vandermey - Office Administrator
Stephanie enjoys her position at TPC as Office Administrator and has been here since July 2005. She is part of the choir and spends her off time painting; loves photography and when she's able, loves to be at their Muskoka home away from home in Gravenhurst. She has three children, Steven (28), Jenna (26), and Eric (23). You can reach Stephanie directly at
Maria Lim is a professional musician as organist, choir director, recitalist, accompanist and piano pedagogue. The highlights of Maria’s career are her pipe organ performances at the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York City; St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan; and Cathedral Church of St. James , Metropolitan United Church and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto. She also represented the Philippines as a featured soloist at the Second International Bamboo Organ Festival sponsored by the Royal Belgian Embassy, the German Cultural Center and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Maria received her Master of Church Music (Organ Major) from Golden Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. Since February 1989, Maria has held the position as Director of Music Ministry (Organist and Choir Director) at Thornhill Presbyterian Church (Ontario, Canada).