Read why these active ministers chose a ministry vocation, what they love about it, and what challenges they face.

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The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea

My Story: The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea, Ordained Minister

John shares the story of his call to leadership: "My minister ... suggested that I enter ministry. At first glance I thought he was out of his mind. After much prayer and reflection ministry called me with the holy sledge hammer."

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Melanie Kirk

My Story: Melanie Kirk, Ordained Minister

Melanie shares the story of her call to leadership: "It is an exciting and challenging time to be part of the church… I rejoice for all the various ways that the United Church is wrestling with what it means to be church in this time."

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Adam Hall

My Story: Adam Hall, Ordained Minister

Adam shares the story of his call to leadership: "So often we all get caught up in the bottom line... When we do that, we forget that we are ... children of God, and God is constantly speaking to us through a variety of means."

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Matthew Fillier

My Story: Matthew Fillier, Ordained Minister

Matthew shares the story of his call to leadership: "The Spirit will not relent in the pursuit of abundant life. My greatest hope is that leaders…will rise up in response to the times."

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Mark Laird

My Story: Mark Laird, Diaconal Minister

Mark shares the story of his call to leadership: "It is life giving, fun, creative, and blessed to show people how God is at work in their lives."

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Lorna King

My Story: Lorna King, Designated Lay Minister

Lorna shares the story of her call to leadership: "I pursued ministry because it wouldn’t let me go. And I’m in ministry in The United Church of Canada because…[it] is the church in which I am at home."

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