Ministry

 Clergy: Rev. Jenn Hind

Rev. Jenn Hind was ordained by Hamilton Conference in May 2017 and called to serve at Emmanuel United Church here in her hometown of Waterloo Region. She completed her Masters Degrees in Divinity as well as Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at The Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Wilfrid Laurier University. Jenn brings a passion for boots on the ground outreach and has served the community in a variety of ways through organizations such as The Working Centre, House of Friendship, Grand Valley Institution for Women and Bereaved Families of Ontario

Music DirectorMusic: Nancy Martin

Nancy’s background includes a B.Mus from WLU and she has been guiding our music ministry since 2005. She particularly enjoys working with the youth and with musical drama. Currently she shepherds both mixed adult and men’s choirs, as well as the inter-generational instrumental group.

Youth Ministry: Gord Spence

Gord Spence is a graduate of St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He grew up in Sarnia, ON where he was an active member of High Park United Church, leading a small group of young people. Currently Gord is deeply involved with Waterloo Presbytery’s Two Countries One World program, a project to create globally aware youth. Gord views relational ministry as the essential foundation for including young people in the Christian community. Outside of the church he works as a System Administrator for a local software company.

Church School: Daniel Shamess

Daniel Shamess is currently a student at the University of Waterloo studying psychology. He grew up in Waterloo and has attended Emmanuel United Church his entire life, attending Sunday school, Youth group, and currently the young adult group. Daniel believes that Sunday school should be a place to learning about God’s plan for us as well as provide a fun escape for the children. Daniel is also the organiser, director, and producer of the yearly Christmas pageant which allows the children their chance to shine on the stage.

Office Manager: Vanessa Spence

Vanessa was an Administrative Assistant for 5 years, the Manager of a Computer Repair Shop and has been a Video Editor for the past 10 years. Graduating from the Media Fundamentals program at Lambton College she has created several video productions and has produced many educational and awareness videos for the United Church of Canada specifically designed to reach the online community.

CustodianCustodian: David McGinnis

David was a software developer for almost 30 years. In addition to working at Emmanuel, he performs ecoEnergy audits for Natural Resources Canada as well as home inspections. David and his wife Trenny have a blended family that consists of five daughters and one grandson. David has been an avid curler for 46 seasons.

Treasurer: Heather Jacklin

As Treasurer, Heather keeps track of our finances and assists the Stewards in managing our money.

Senior Service Coordinator: Rev. Brenda Woodall

Brenda has been a United Church minister since 1990 and has served churches close to Sarnia and Windsor, then in Guelph and Waterloo. She has also trained in chaplaincy in mental health facilities and at St.Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Recently she completed the certificate program for Marriage and Family Therapy through the University of Guelph. She has two daughters adopted from China, Laura who is 13 and Emily who is 9. Brenda’s extended family live in Guelph. She enjoys the personal connections which pastoral ministry provides.


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