As our Minister, Beth brings to the community a warm heart, deep curiosity in others and an infectious down-to-earth nature. Beth makes time for people and space for the big questions with which we all wrestle. She thrives on the multi-generational nature of our community, offering space and a listening ear to seekers of every age. Whether leading worship, visiting those in crisis or managing administrative duties Beth brings to her ministry a deep sense of the sacredness of each moment and a commitment to be authentic on the way.
Beth has been Minister with us since July 2012. A graduate of the Atlantic School of Theology, she was ordained in the Maritimes in 2000. Her first posting was to a church with six congregations in rural Newfoundland. Since then she has served two churches and an outreach ministry in Ontario. Beth offers a breadth of experience in: preaching, pastoral care, faith formation for all ages, administration, writing, curriculum development and designing programs for youth at risk. She comes to us most recently from Trinity United in Kitsilano.
Beth is mom to Leah and Anna and married to Steven Chambers, also a United Church minister.
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Minister of Community Life
Christine is a community organizer raised on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. She grew up in the United Church of Canada, and has a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from UBC, and an MA in‘Religious Leadership for Social Change’ from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She was ordained by BC Conference of the United Church of Canada in May 2017.
Christine brings a plethora of experience in programming and community development rooted in faith, purpose and spirituality. In 2011 Christine launched Spirited Social Change, an initiative aimed at engaging people across generations to explore the intersections between faith and our work for a better world. Through that work she initiated and helps coordinate The Self Care Project and Fossil Free Faith Canada, and consults on a variety of other projects.
Chris regularly talks about feelings, contemplates purpose, rides her bicycle, tends to her garden, and preaches about the need to create social, political and economic systems that reflect our desire to care for one another and the earth. She lives with her partner, toddler and stepdaughter in East Vancouver.
Director of Music
Lonnie Delisle is a seasoned music director, performer and conductor and has enjoyed leading projects with many celebrated musicians all over the world.
Along with directing music at CMUC, he is the Music Director of the Universal Gospel Choir, Music Director of the PALS Chorus and Artistic Director of the Delisle Vocal Project. Lonnie also takes on a variety of music director, tenor soloist, keyboardist and choir/voice coaching roles for live and studio productions.
Lonnie’s formal training includes a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity Western University.
Alison wears many hats as the Office Administrator at Canadian Memorial. She draws on a rich background in theatre and music production, support work in the non-profit arts and labour union sectors, community organizing, and clowning. Alison is a practicing Buddhist and is honoured to contribute to CMUC’s work of cultivating compassion, love and peace in the world.
Denis has a diverse background, spanning Child & Youth Work to studies in Biotechnology. Previously he has worked as an Administrator for Fast Response Fire Protection Systems Inc., and has worked extensively as a High Needs Education Assistant for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. He has a passion for social justice, the sciences, and art – and brings that passion into creating a welcoming and customer service oriented atmosphere. Please contact him regarding room rentals and event collaboration.
Marion is the person to call to arrange a wedding date or to work out answers to questions you might have about wedding planning. As she works largely from home it is best to send her an email or leave a message at her home number. She will get back to you promptly. Marion is available to meet with wedding couples every other Tuesday evening at 6pm for a site tour (by appointment only), and from time to time at other prearranged times. Have a look at the Weddings page for more information.
The board discerns values and priorities for Canadian Memorial by listening to the ownership. This rotating nine-member team oversees and inspires the work of the congregation, meeting monthly with the minister in their role as spiritual elders.
Read our 2016-2017 CMUC Board bios.
2017 M&P Committee
The Ministry and Personnel Committee (M&P) is a confidential standing committee reporting to the Board. Its role is to support communication between the congregation, minister, and staff, and generally work to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. It oversees personnel matters, makes salary recommendations, welcomes enquiries and treats concerns in confidence
The members of the committee are (clockwise from upper left): Colleen Cruickshank (chair), Carol Sutton, Graham O’Neill, and Lillian Zaremba
Minister of Children, Youth & Families
Finding meaningful points of entry into the biblical story for children and youth is a vocational pursuit for Tama. She believes that the stories of the Bible, at their best, can lay the course for a deeply engaging and lifelong spiritual path. She has an MDiv from McMaster University in Ontario and has previously worked with Baptists, Catholics, Muslims and First Nations and in Ontario, BC, Mexico and Kenya exploring the value of sacred stories and sharing those stories across faith and cultural traditions. She founded the story guild method, a program that combines the energy, capacity for belief, and artistry of children and youth with the cultural, visual and performing arts to embody and tell stories of faith.
When Tama is not dabbling in sacred stories you’re likely to find her milking cows at a dairy farm in Pitt Meadows or writing creative non-fiction and memoir in a coffee shop on Main St.
She lives with her partner, Loren, and their teenaged children, Abigail and Oliver, in East Vancouver.
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