Rev. Joseph Dirbas
We are pleased to welcome Reverend Joseph Dirbas as the new Pastor at the Church of the Holy Trinity
The Reverend Joseph Dirbas was ordained to the priesthood in December 2010. Fr. Dirbas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton, CA. Fr. Dirbas worked as an engineer and business unit manager for a small defense contractor in San Diego for nearly 20 years before his seminary education at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York. Upon completion of his MDiv, Fr. Dirbas served as the associate rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar, CA. In February 2014, Fr. Dirbas was called to serve as rector of All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma. Fr. Dirbas resigned his position as rector in preparation for his family’s move to Vancouver as his wife, the Rev. Terry Shields Dirbas, had been called and appointed as the rector of St. John’s, Shaughnessy. Fr. Dirbas and his family immigrated to Canada in December 2021.Fr. Dirbas and Mother Terry Dirbas have five children: George and Jeannie, age 10, Chatham, age 5, and James and Mary, age 2.
REV. PAUL RICHARDS
Deacon Paul Richards was ordained in 2015 to the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock and has carried out his diaconal ministry at this location. Growing up in Vancouver, he has had an extensive career in law enforcement and public safety for over 30 years across Canada and abroad.
In addition to his participation in the liturgy as a deacon, his varied ministries include pastoral care for the sick and palliative care in many of the regional assisted care facilities and hospitals, assisting with settlement of sponsored refugee families and street outreach ministry in Surrey.
He is involved with the Order of St. Lazarus Canada at the rank of Chaplain, as well as having carried out Chaplain duties for St. John Ambulance BC/Yukon. He continues his education in studying for a master’s degree in theology from Wycliffe College in Toronto, and he lives in Surrey with his wife Lenore and two dogs.
Mr. Valdma was born in Sweden, grew up in Toronto, studied at the Conservatory, and University of Toronto, resulting in an A.R.C.T., B.Ed., M.Mus., MA (University of Toronto) and M.L.S. (Kent State). He has taught at Douglas College and at present teaches music theory at the Jean Lyons School of Music in Vancouver (www.jeanlyonsmusic.com) and at the Langley Community Music School (www.langleymusic.com).
In addition to music, Mr. Valdma’s interests include various sports, collecting minerals and photography. Photocards by Mr. Valdma are available at some local retail outlets.