On January 1st, 2018, The Venerable Cheryl Palmer began her incumbency as the Rector of Christ Church Deer Park in Mid-town Toronto.
Immediately prior to the commencement of that appointment she was the Director of Cemetery Ministries at the Anglican Church of St. John’s Norway in the Beach for over five years. Most of Cheryl’s ministry as parish priest was lived out as rector of St. Clement’s Anglican Church in North Toronto for ten years, and Associate priest there for the six previous years. Cheryl’s priestly ministry to the people of God has been in a number of interesting settings, including the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was the Anglican Chaplain, during which time she was an Honorary Assistant at Christ Church, Deer Park. She has also served as Associate Priest at St Stephen’s, Downsview, and as Assistant Curate at St John’s Church, Ancaster (Diocese of Niagara). Canon Palmer received her undergraduate degree from Queens University and her Masters of Divinity from Trinity College, University of Toronto.
In January 2023 she was appointed an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Toronto, a position she serves in while continuing to shepherd the congregation at Christ Church Deer Park.
Born in Jamaica, Canon Palmer moved to Canada with her family in 1975. Though she was ordained deacon (1985) and priest (1986) in the Diocese of Niagara, most of her priestly ministry has been served in the Diocese of Toronto. She is married to Danylo Dzwonyk.