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About Us

Our Misson

The St. Peter’s Community is a family of Christians committed to the gospel of Christ.

Our Vision

We are a family of believers being transformed by the power of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Together, we will make a difference in the world through intentional ministry. As with any family, people are always welcome at the table.

We fulfill this mission through:

  • Providing meaningful, accessible, inspiring worship
  • Studying God’s Word individually and in small groups
  • Integrating prayer into our daily lives
  • Empowering individuals to discover and use their spiritual gifts
  • Offering ministries of outreach to our community and world that let eople know that they are valued
  • Extending compassionate care to those in need
  • Welcoming new ideas and methods of doing ministry inspired by the movement of God’s Spirit

Welcome from Pastor Mark

Thank you for dropping by… 

We in the St. Peter’s Community are truly pleased that you stopped by our corner of the cyber world because we believe that everyone who enters our doors, electronically or at 49 Queen Street North in Kitchener, is God’s guest.

Our services are open to all, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, or creed, and we will welcome you when and if you stop by.

There are a whole bunch of great reasons to attend St. Peter’s Church. With years of history, St. Peter’s is passionate about following Jesus and about helping people be who God is calling them to be. We believe that everyone is worthy of love and belonging and that there is a place for everyone in this community. For real.

Our Sunday worship time is 10:00 am. We endeavour to offer a “user-friendly” church service and delicious treats, coffee and tea are offered every Sunday after worship – and you don’t have to lift a finger. Plus, the spiritual food of bread and wine at an open communion table will be even more fulfilling.

So, thank you for your interest in the St. Peter’s community. We hope that you will join us for worship or one of many other community opportunities. In the meantime, if you would like information about participating more fully in the life of the St. Peter’s Community or have questions or needs to which we may respond, give us a call at (519) 745-4705 or email us anytime.

We look forward to meeting you!



Pastor Mark
Email | Phone

Our Leaders

Rev. Dr. Mark Ehlebracht

Pastor – Email | Phone
(519) 745-4705 ext.25

Mark became St. Peter’s pastor in 2009 and the dress code at church has never been the same.

A diversity-focused leader who is open to all faiths, belief systems and religions, Pastor Mark enjoys working with, and serving alongside, a diverse population. Throughout his 21-year role as a pastor, he has grown to fully appreciate the church’s storied history and his privilege in standing on the shoulders of a great cloud of witnesses. Pastor Mark is a firm believer that a spiritually-rich tradition can empower us to do bold things, rather than weigh us down. The phrase “there’s a strong sense of possibility brewing” embodies a posture that is continually present in his work and life.

Pastor Mark’s values align with a multi-faceted mission of being a pluralistic community of learning, nurturing community leaders, serving others, encouraging and challenging individuals and communities to discover their deepest passions, and holding space for courageous initiatives. As an active participant in the Christian tradition, Pastor Mark has great respect for the institution’s relationship to the wider church.

During his PhD in Human Relationships (Pastoral Leadership) at Martin Luther University College/Wilfrid Laurier University, Pastor Mark published a journal article about social media and othering in Consensus: A Canadian Journal of Public Theology. His dissertation, which he successfully defended in August 2021, explored the impact of social media on the religious and spiritual beliefs of emerging adults, and he is excited to share the outcomes of this research and put his learning into praxis.

When Pastor Mark isn’t thinking “church”, he’s enjoying time with his family; his wife Karen, his sons Joshua and Caleb and his daughter Rachel. Their favourite getaways involve water, snow and the local coffee shop. An Eiffel Tower would be a major bonus.

Vladamir Soloviev

Director of Music

Vladimir Soloviev is a Toronto-based pianist and vocal coach whose performances around the globe includes appearances at Carnegie Hall and Bohemian National Hall in New York. Vlad has won the Pattison Piano Competition and the London Scholarship Foundation Competition, and the Concerto Competition at Western University. He completed his studies at the University of Western Ontario, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College, and The UofT Opera School.

Vlad currently holds the position of a repetiteur at the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. Apart from this work, Vlad has coached at the Classical Lyric Arts Opera Studio, Highlands Opera Studio, UofT Opera School, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Vlad remains active as an organist and choral conductor, holding the positions of Music Director at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, and Assistant Conductor at the Mississauga Festival Choir.

An avid traveller, Vlad has toured around the globe in performance and competition, but also for pleasure — he loves exposing himself to cultures of the world, particularly through museum visits and sampling of local wine. Outside of opera, Vlad holds a deep love of Beethoven’s piano compositions and bad British TV (Vlad believes that “Taskmaster” is an accurate and poignant commentary on the human enterprise). A former lover of philosophy, Vlad has recently finished the 11-volume A History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston. Vlad is looking forward to never reading again.

Dr. Peter Nikiforuk

Director of Music Emeritus

The recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, in 1993 Peter received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale University. Peter studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, graduating with an Advanced Course Diploma. In 1996, Peter won the prestigious Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting. Peter was the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener from 1989 to 2022. Prior to beginning his work as an instructor at the Beckett School in 2000, Peter was Executive Director of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) for 11 years. He is also an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and the RCCO. An active recitalist and clinician, Peter is co-owner of Kelman Hall Publishing, which specializes in sacred music. In June 2009, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community honoured Dr. Nikiforuk for his contributions to Kitchener-Waterloo.

Alison Wolff

Interim Church Coordinator

Alison be reached by phone or by leaving a message at 519-745-4705, or by email at

Board of Directors

Members of the Church Board (Leadership) Team are elected at the annual meeting following a nomination process. This team supports and directs the church in keeping with the St. Peter’s Mission and Vision.

Our Current Board

  • Helga McDonald, Chairperson
  • Joan Hartwig, Vice Chairperson
  • Kris McGee, Secretary
  • Roland Wolff, Treasurer
  • Mark Ehlebracht, Pastor (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Willi Bauer
  • Susan Dietrich, past chairperson (non-voting)
  • David Gellner
  • Erica Holz

St. Peter’s History