The Rev. Canon Dr. Travis O’Brian holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he wrote his dissertation on the work of Søren Kierkegaard. He was ordained in 2004 and has been Rector of St Barnabas since 2007. Travis is concurrently Director, Anglican Studies, at the Vancouver School of Theology. He doesn’t blog, but some of his sermons can be found at

Pastoral Care Assistant

The Rev. Francis Lynford Smith hails from a Welsh dairy farm and is descended from a distinguished line of Welsh horse thieves. Fr Smith served in the Royal Air Force in Malaysia then became a teacher and worked both in downtown jungles and academic schools. After ordination he served in a South London parish, then became a missionary in Mauritius. On the return to the U.K. he was appointed as Chaplain to Dulwich College in London and in 1991 became Chaplain of St. Michael’s University School. About 12 years ago he joined St. Barnabas as Honorary assistant, and has recently been appointed to the position of Pastoral Care Assistant.He has two sons.

Honorary Clergy

The Rt. Rev. Barry Jenks, The Rt. Rev. John Hannen, Canon Peter Shurvin (pictured), Fr. F. Lynford Smith, Fr. Edwin Taylor, Fr. Walter Donald, Fr. Rylan Montgomery & Fr. Kim Murray

Family Life

Community Life Minister

Jasmin O’Brian grew up in Germany. She studied at the Albert-Ludwig University, Freiburg. There she completed her Master’s Degree in Philosophy and German Literature. She met Travis while studying in London, England, and they have four children together. Jasmin been Community Life minister at St Barnabas since 2015.  She loves especially the opportunity to create special spaces that bring people of all ages and backgrounds together.

Michael Jarvis

Music Director

Michael Jarvis was most recently the Director of Music at St. Jude’s Parish and Shrine in Vancouver. Previous to that he was (for 17 years) the Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Church, Hamilton, whose choir recorded two CDs and toured Italy. From 2001 to 2006 Michael was the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mohawk College Singers. His performing editions of 17th and 18th century choral and organ music have been published by GIA, Chicago. He has taught harpsichord and continuo, and has lectured many times at the University of Toronto. On the performance side, he has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s finest harpsichordists, fortepianists and continuo players. He has performed with many of Canada’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and is featured on two national Canadian television specials “A Baroque Christmas” and “A Baroque Easter”. He was also co-host and star of the 13-part television series “Come into the Parlour” for Bravo-tv.

Parish Admin

Parish Administrator

Jessica Ziakin-Cook has attended St. Barnabas since 2010. A practising artist and mother of two small children her background is in Art History & Criticism, and religious studies. Previously she worked as a Chef, and as St. Barnabas’ Campus Life Minister. She holds a diploma of Fine Arts from the Vancouver Island School of Art and a bachelor’s of History in Art from the University of Victoria.

 Rector’s Warden

Benjamin Jones has been attending St. Barnabas since 2007, though on a regular basis only since 2013, when he returned to Victoria to live after many years’ absence. He has two young daughters. Benjamin is currently writing a dissertation on international economic law.  Previously he worked as a bush pilot in the Canadian north, and as an administrator on an Indian Reserve in northeastern BC. He also studied philosophy at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and spent many evenings discussing theology there with the current rector!

People’s Warden

Angie Townend grew up in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a BA in Sociology at Wilfred Laurier and then went on to study Social Work in Ottawa. She worked for many years as a Social worker with aboriginal communities, persons with disabilities and children with FAS. She moved to Victoria in 2002 and has three lovely daughters.



Alf Birch holds a PhD in agricultural economics.  He and his wife, Robbi, lived in Edmonton for 20 years and then 18 years in south and southeast Asia where Alf worked as a development consultant. They have 3 sons.

Parish Council

Fr. Travis O’Brian, Ben Jones, Angie Townend, Alf Birch, Charles Douglas, Alison Lockhart, Gregor Craigie, Heidi Teal, Daryl Elving – Klassen , Jeremy Maddock.

Sacristan and Leader of the Sanctuary Guild

Sacristan and Leader of the Sanctuary Guild

Dr. Ralph Fram is head Sacristan and leader of the Sanctuary Guild. Ralph attended Saint Barnabas numerous times while on holidays, so his choice of parish was well-established before his permanent arrival in town with his beloved Airedales more than a decade ago.

Head Servers

Rita & Glen Isaac have been members of the St. Barnabas community since 1997, along with their son Matthew.  They became members of the Servers’ Guild soon after joining the parish.  Rita is a French Immersion Grade One Teacher and Glen has just retired from a career as a manager of records management and archives in the BC Government.  Rita has Bachelor and Masters degrees in French with teaching emphasis.    Glen’s degrees are in History and Archival Studies.

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator

Allison Lockhart comes to the position of Pastoral Care Coordinator with experience  in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field, particularly in Home and Community Health. This forms the background of interest in the Lay Pastoral Care Ministry.

Envelope Secretary

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