Profiles

There is really no “typical” diaconal minister. They are: young and old, women and men, urban and rural, gay/lesbian and straight, retired and employed.

Profiles

Diaconal ministers are young and old, women and men, urban and rural, gay/lesbian and straight, retired and employed.

Diaconal Ministers are working in congregations, theological education, community ministry, youth ministry, church administration, women’s centres, intentional interim, university and prison chaplaincy, justice education and advocacy. Many give generously as volunteers.

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Tammy Allan

Tammy Allan

Profiles  Tammy Allan was commissioned in 2000, at McDougall United Church in Edmonton, at the Service of Celebration for Alberta and Northwest Conference. Her Program of Formation was as a member of the Regional ’95 group, at the Centre for Christian Studies...

Joan Tuchlinskly

Joan Tuchlinskly

Profiles  Commissioning      2000, in Winnipeg Program of Formation    Diploma in Diaconal Ministries: Studies in Transformation and Action What called you to diaconal ministry?    I remember being at church, picking up a Centre for Christian Studies newsletter,...

Debra Schweyer

Debra Schweyer

Profiles  Commissioning     I was born and raised in Toronto. My home congregation was, as far as I know, the United Church’s first tri-congregational church building, established in the 60’s. It was a cinder block building with three sanctuaries and crazy...

Mark Laird

Mark Laird

Profiles  Year of Commissioning      Hopefully 2015 Program of Formation      Four year program at CCS What called you to diaconal ministry?  I was called to diaconal ministry through a desire to work in education.  After not being admitted to Teachers’ College I...

Terrie Chedore

Terrie Chedore

“Diaconal ministry is a model of ministry that embraces a strong commitment to lay involvement. I have chosen to work on the edge of the church encouraging a diaconal style of ministry for all people.”

Ted Dodd

Ted Dodd

“The diaconal community offers accountability for growth-oriented and prophetic questioning, non-hierarchical inclusivity, consultative collegiality, mutuality in accompaniment and I continue to long to be officially a part of this kind of ongoing, intentional feedback and responsible discerning.”

Caryn Douglas

Caryn Douglas

Profiles  Year Commissioned, location Owen Sound, Toronto Conference, 1989 Program of Formation I spent 3 amazing (tough and wonderful) years at CCS in the residential program from 1986 to 1989.  I actually lived in residence for 2 of the 3 years and that was a...

Sharilynn Upsdell

Sharilynn Upsdell

Profiles  Commissioned 2003 at Salmon Arm BC and settled to Lax Kw‟alaams (Port Simpson) – a small Tsimshian fishing village on BC‟s far north coast) Program of Formation CCS  4 year program community based program What called you to Diaconal Ministry? As a young...

Lynda Gow

Lynda Gow

Profiles  Commissioned 1978, Maritime Conference held in Sackville, NB Program of Formation  I attended the Centre for Christian Studies in Toronto as a fulltime student in a two-year program. During those two years my field placements were at the North Toronto...

Carolynne Bouey Shank

Carolynne Bouey Shank

Profiles  Commissioned in 2000 with ANW Conference at McDougall United Church, Edmonton Program of Formation CCS – 5 year Regional program which combined with the residential program after 2 years. – – – – – What called you to Diaconal Ministry? My mother had...

Heather Sandilands

Profiles  Commissioned 2004, Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Program of Formation  Diploma in Diaconal Ministries: Studies in Transformation and Action through the Centre for Christian Studies. 4 year program. What called you to Diaconal Ministry?...

Aileen Urquhart

Aileen Urquhart

Profiles  Commissioned 1994, Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (Morden, MB) Program of Formation  Western Field-Based Diaconal Ministry and Lay Professional Training Program (WFBDM) out of St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton Describe some of your...