Ministry

Minister Clergy: Rev. Dr. Bruce Sweet

Bruce was ordained by London conference in 1976 and settled in Saskatchewan. In 1979 he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as a military chaplain for twenty years. He was called to Emmanuel in January 2006 after serving 7 years at Glenburnie Pastoral Charge in Kingston Presbytery.

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 CoordinatorYouth Ministry: Gord Spence

Gord Spence is a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Church of Canada. His studies began at Lambton College in the Professional Aviation Program, where he earned a commercial pilot license then discovered that nobody was hiring pilots! He is currently studying for his M.Div at Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. Having grown up at High Park United in Sarnia, he led a small group of young people, and helped lead a number of annual youth retreats. Young people are his focus in ministry, and he strives to help them attain a greater role in the church.

Church School LeaderChurch School: Devin Howard

Devin came to Emmanuel while studying Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo. He’s also a long-time United Church camper, being a camper at Silver Lake Camp for ten years and being a counsellor at Golden Lake Camp for five. He now leads worship for the children at Emmanuel with the help of a really fun team of volunteer teachers and mentors.

SecretaryChurch Secretary: Ilona Gormley

Ilona has been our church secretary for over twenty years, and she is one of those exceptional people who can please all of the people all of the time! Ilona is the friendly person who answers the telephone when you call the church office. She always knows what is happening, where it is happening, when and who to talk to if you need more information.

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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