White church in field against a sunset
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Rural town halls are a temporary meeting space for the new Growth Department to get to know, learn about, and engage with rural ministry folk. Knowing that ministry vitality looks different in rural areas and valuing those differences, these gatherings are a chance for the Growth team to develop an understanding of what might be most helpful for rural ministry going forward. Any learnings from these gatherings will enhance our understanding as we work with regional councils to support rural ministry.


  • Wednesday, January 31, 1-2 pm ET – Meet Growth Animators, Listening to the Rural Church
  • Wednesday, February 28, 1-2 pm ET – Deep Spirituality
  • Wednesday, March 27, 1-2 pm ET – Daring Justice          
  • Wednesday, April 24, 1-2 pm ET – Bold Discipleship
  • Wednesday, May 29, 1-2 pm ET – The United Church of Canada Vision – Connected but Evolving Church

Zoom Link

Please e-mail the Rev. Bronwyn Corlett at bcorlett@united-church.ca to receive the Zoom link.


12:30 Optional Social Gathering
1:00 Opening – Land Acknowledgement, Prayer, Announcements
1:15 Topic
1:55 Closing – 1 Next Step, Closing Prayer

Growth Team

Call and Vision

Deep Spirituality - Bold Discipleship - Daring Justice

Called by God, as disciples of Jesus, The United Church of Canada seeks to be a bold, connected, evolving church of diverse, courageous, hope-filled communities united in deep spirituality, inspiring worship, and daring justice.

Regionally Deployed Growth Animators

UCC East | Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne sballantyne@united-church.ca
Eastern Ontario & Quebec | Rev. Tori Mullin tmullin@united-church.ca
Central & Northwestern Ontario | Rev. Calin Lau clau@united-church.ca
Southwestern Ontario | Rev. Greg Smith-Young gsmith-young@united-church.ca
Prairies | The Very Rev. Jordan Cantwell jcantwell@united-church.ca
Mountains | Rev. Scott Reynolds sreynolds@united-church.ca

Growth Department Staff, General Council Office

Director, Growth and Ministry Development | Cameron Fraser  cfraser@united-church.ca
Innovation and Renewal Coordinator | Alexandra Belaskie abelaskie@united-church.ca
Rural and New Ministries Coordinator | Rev. Bronwyn Corlett bcorlett@united-church.ca
Administrative Assistant | Lori Houle LHoule@united-church.ca
Growth Coordinator Diaspora and Intercultural | Emo Yango eyango@united-church.ca