Presently Mount Paul does not have a minister, as our last minister resigned effective May 6, 2019. However, Rev. Elizabeth Bowyer will be moving to Mount Paul effective August 19, 2019. She is a retired minister who has agreed to temporarily serve at Mount Paul. Until she arrives worship will still be held at 10 am every Sunday with visiting clergy leading the service.
Tomas Bijok’s journey in music began at an early age. Having come from a musical family it was understood that music was to be part of his life.
Tomas began his formal vocal training under the instruction of Dr. Wendoline Pazitka Munroe at Canadian University College. At the age of 22 Tomas began to study under the guidance of Lynn Vernon, then studied for two years at the University of British Columbia with Roelof Oostwoud, after which he auditioned for the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. In Prague he completed his B.A. and M.A. in vocal performance under the tutelage of Ivan Kusnjer and the guidance of Magdalena Hajossyova. Tomas made his Czech debut in Bohuslav Martinu’s comedy on the Bridge at the Northern Bohemian Theater of Opera and ballet, and since has sung in theaters in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In 2010 Tomas recorded the lead role of Lucas in the world premiere recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s “Le Jour de Bonte” under the Arco diva label. Tomas has currently moved to his hometown of Kamloops. Dedicating more time to teaching, he presently acts as choral instructor at Thompson Rivers University, and continues to spread the secrets of Bel Canto in his private studio. In 2015 Tomas founded the TRU Chamber Chorus which won third at the 2018 Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts in BC. Most recently Tomas has been acting as the conductor of the Kamloops Happy Choristers, Music Coordinator at Mount Paul United Church, and Chorus Master of the Kamloops Symphony. When not singing, Tomas can be found in the kitchen making a mess, and preparing exquisite food. Mount Paul is blessed to have Tomas as our splendid accomplished musician.