Rev. Margaret (Maggie) Enwright,
Maggie was raised in the United Church. She has an undergraduate education in psychology and law. She has a Master of Divinity from VST and was ordained in 1991.
Maggie was settled to a two-point charge at Lake Cowichan and Youbou. After 3 years serving there, she accepted an overseas posting to Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua – employed by the United Church and serving our partner church, the Moravian Church of Nicaragua. Upon her return to Canada she spent three years at Knox United Church. Maggie then served for 16 years at Comox United, leading the congregation through the AFFIRM process and a major chancel renovation. After sabbatical time looking at the growing edges of the United Church, Maggie has most recently been serving at Sylvan United while they search for a new minister.
Maggie was drawn to us through our Ministry Profile Report. She is excited about the building project – for its complexity and the possibilities it creates for new relationships with our neighbours. She is a fine preacher and has a beautiful singing voice. Maggie enjoys working collaboratively but is not afraid to make decisions and looks forward to working with our strong staff team. One congregant told our Search Team we had to find someone who had the energy of a 20-year old and the wisdom of a 50-year old. We think we have found those gifts and more in Maggie.
Rev. Deborah Laing,
Community Life and Development Minister
Deborah is a life long member of the United Church, raised in Saskatchewan. She was ordained through St. Andrews College in Saskatoon in 1985. Deborah served at Highlands United in North Vancouver for 9 years, in three different team configurations. She has served in BC, Quebec and Alberta, most recently for 13 years at Rimbey United, near Edmonton.
We were impressed by her curiosity about people, her use of imagery, her imagination and her pragmatism. She has a strong focus on small group ministry, accompaniment and pastoral care. She believes in building up the body of Christ through faith-based study and spiritual groups; through meeting with and connecting people; through listening carefully to what might be needed and working intuitively to create it. She has a very appealing warmth and joyfulness. She is a strong preacher and has a relaxed manner in worship. The Search Committee believes the congregation will be very well served, loved and nurtured by Deborah.
Minister with Children, Youth and Families
Cathy found her way to the United Church in 1984 through the camping ministry. Captivated and compelled by the theology, vision and mission of the United Church, she became a volunteer in youth and young adult ministry at the congregational, conference and national levels. Cathy worked as the Fraser Presbytery Minister with Youth and Young Adults and the CGIT Provincial Resource Coordinator. In the early 1990’s Cathy worked for various school boards counselling, teaching and supporting children and youth with severe behaviour disorders. While living in Port Hardy, in the early ‘90’s, she taught a grade 5,6,7 class at the Gwa’Sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw Band School. She also worked part time as a Youth Treatment Worker and Young Parent’s Support Counsellor for the North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre. In Victoria, Cathy was employed as Youth Counsellor with the Summit Program, an alternate program that incorporated outdoor education as a means of treatment for severe behavioral challenges. In 1996, Cathy was drawn back to the United Church when she was appointed as Minister with Children, Youth and Families at Shaughnessy Heights United Church where she worked for 8 years. Since 2004, Cathy has been a part of the ministry staff at Dunbar Heights United Church; and since amalgamation, Pacific Spirit United Church.
So, what does a Minister with Children, Youth and Families do?
Collaborate, integrate, create, celebrate and motivate… these are just a few of the words that emerge in the quest to define the role of Minister with Children, Youth and Families. Together with an extraordinary team of volunteer and paid leaders we strive to build space and relationships that declare, “Children and youth have an important place in the heart of this community.”
We teach children the language of our faith—the language of story, ritual and symbol… the language of space, community and relationship… the language of silence—we give children the tools they need to participate fully in the conversation and call of our church. We also equip children and youth with valuable tools to go out into the world and make a difference.
We support families in their quest to raise children that live lives infused with faith, compassion, meaning, hope, wonder and resolve.
We help people of all ages remember what it feels like to play, to be wise like a child and to be attentive to the divine in the complex and simple things in life.
We enrich the present and inspire hope for the future of our church and the world.
This is rich and rewarding work! I am excited about the opportunity and the abundant resources provided to explore, to lead and to live into Jesus’ call to, “…become like children.”
Director of Music
Bryn Nixon received his early music training as a boy chorister at All Saints, Anglican Church, Winnipeg. Bryn studied piano, organ and voice with Donald Hadfield at All Saints’ and continued organ studies with Conrad Grimes at the University of Manitoba. In 1983 Bryn moved to Vancouver to study with Patrick Wedd. Bryn has been the Director of Music at Ryerson United Church since 1989 and is now Co-Director of Music at the amalgamated congregation of Pacific Spirit United Church. Bryn has recorded with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, trumpeter Christopher Robertson, The Vancouver Cantata Singers, Elektra Women’s Choir and the former CBC Radio Orchestra.