ECORC Celebration of Ministry Service
The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) Celebration of Ministry Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Cambridge Street United Church in Lindsay, Ontario. This year, four people will be Ordained to the Order of Ministry and one person will be Readmitted to the Order of Ministry of The United Church of Canada by the East Central Ontario Regional Council.
Videos and Biographical Sketches of Ordinands and Readmittand
Ordinand – Dr. Pamela Holmes
I am someone who has always sensed Godde’s Presence in my life for as long as I can remember. As a self-professed theology nerd, my undergraduate degree is in arts and religion; masters degree is in ministry and theology, and doctorate is in theology.
After spending in time in ministry within a Pentecostal context, I started teaching in the areas of Spirituality, Theology and Practice of Ministry at the School of Religion at Queen’s University. However, when Queen’s suspended the Theology Programs, I prayerfully and discerningly decided to return to congregational ministry, this time within the United Church of Canada.
As part of my journey towards ordered ministry, Rednersville-Albury Community Church has been brave enough to take me on as their student minister, candidate supply and minister once ordained. I am married to Tom Holmes, also a United Church minister. We have 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 5 GrandGirls.
Click on the image to view a short video by Pamela Holmes, Candidate for Ordained Ministry.
Ordinand – Megan Jones
Hello, I’m Megan Jones, born and raised on Cape Breton Island. I found my way to the United Church of Canada during my time in the military. I will be forever grateful to the United Church of Canada military chaplains who introduce me to the United Church of Canada community – a place where I would be welcomed, nurtured and challenged.
It was during an overseas deployment when I began to understand my call to ministry and chaplaincy. I completed a MDiv at Emmanuel College and enjoyed my student placement with the wonderful community at Creemore Pastoral Charge. I am excited to be called to chaplaincy in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout this journey; especially my husband Steve and son Jamieson – I love you both so much. All praise and thanks to God, whose power at work within us is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.
Click on the image to view a short video by Megan Jones, Candidate for Ordained Ministry
Ordinand – Sarah Magie
I am a life-long member of the United Church of Canada, as well as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). I am the daughter of two United Church of Canada ministers, the wife of a CAF member, and the mother of two amazing girls aged 4 and 2.
After 31 years in the United Church of Canada, 4 years in the CAF, 8.5 years in discernment, 5 years in paid accountable ministry, 2 university degrees, and countless God-given, Spirit-blessed, Jesus-moments in between, the following paraphrased quote best sums up who I am:
I am evangelical, but not a jerk. I am catholic, but not Roman. I am orthodox, but not Eastern. I am traditional, but I reject the traditions of men (Mrk 7:8). I believe in the sacraments, but I am not a mystic. I believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. I have a deep love for the United Church of Canada, but my faith is pre-denominational. I hold to the Apostolic Faith that the Body of Christ has believed, taught, confessed, preserved, contended for, defended and died for the witness-of since the day of Pentecost. I am a sinner, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and I am called to serve His body through ordination in the United Church of Canada and chaplaincy in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Click on the image to view a short video by Sarah Magie, Candidate for Ordained Ministry.
Ordinand – Daniel Reed
I am writing this while the gentle sun dapples through a desk full of plants. Mason, my adorable and cantankerous German Shepherd, and I have been out for our morning walk. So far, it’s been a lovely day. I live in Toronto now, with my wife Miriam and our friends Mia, Wyatt and Ken. I’ve been here for six years, and am starting to feel like a part of the community.
I grew up on an off-grid homestead up near Uphill. My parents have just finished making maple syrup for the season. I was pretty sure I was going to be an astronaut, and my mum was encouraging me to become a plumber, and into that God invited me to imagine serving the church as a minister. I know there will be trials and tribulations along the way, but I am honoured with the sacredness yet to come.
Click on the image to view a short video by Daniel Reed, Candidate for Ordained Ministry.
Readmittand – Rev. Bradley Ford
I am being re-admitted into the Order of Ministry after voluntarily asking to be put on the Discontinued Service List in 2015; I was unhappy with the state of the church and thought it in my best interests to take a break from the United Church of Canada to experiment with new ways of doing ministry. I failed.
However, in my failing, I discovered that I missed the United Church of Canada and I come back to it even more convinced that the peculiar and particular ‘voice’ of the United Church of Canada is something that the world needs and I wish to be a part of trying to make this happen.
I am very grateful for a wonderful wife, Angela, from whom I’ve learned most of what it means to live the Way, and for our son and daughter-in-law and 5 wonderful grandchildren! I hope and pray, above all, that I am a good, wise, and faithful example to them.
Click on the image to view a short video by Rev. Bradley Ford, who is being Readmitted to the Order of Ministry.