Rev. Dr. John J. Mastandrea
The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea became minister of spiritual growth and pastoral care development at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto in 2000. John Joseph cut his teeth in the Etobicoke area of Toronto and now resides in Cabbagetown. He is “connected with the urban landscape, with the internal and eternal song.”
John Joseph has earned Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Master of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, Master of Arts and Ministry of Spirituality degrees, all from the University of Toronto. He completed his Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary, May 2009. Ordained in 1989, he is a certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Stephen Leader, and Spiritual Director following in the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola and Teresa of Avila. John Joseph believes in nurturing body, mind and spirit. Monday to Friday at the local gym, reading and meditating daily weaves together three key components of life. Nurture for self to nurture for others: this is the credo he lives by. John Joseph is a Christian Mystic who lives by these words.
John Joseph has served congregations from the Maritimes, Saskatchewan, northern Ontario and rural Quebec to urban and suburban parts of the Greater Toronto Area. His volunteer work for the church and community includes work with the Presbytery Pastoral Relations Commission, the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, as Police Chaplain to 51 Division, and Chair of the World Aids Concert Committee. John Joseph was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 to celebrate the ongoing spirit of his community work in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Today John Joseph seeks to meet people where they are and build the capacity for relations between people in a diverse spectrum of society.