“If there are signs that God is seriously calling you, then be prepared for an unbelievable journey.”
- Where: Truro, Nova Scotia
- Current Ministry: Congregational
- Years in Ministry: If you count Licensed Lay Worship Leadership, 8 years
How and when did you know you were called to ministry?
It was the year 2000; I walked into a midnight mass at a Catholic church. Today I still have no idea why I went there, for I had not been inside a church for as long as I can remember. The sounds, the sights, and the smells seem to have taken over my sense of reality. It was something I could not explain. The next year at Easter, I became a Catholic. As I began to listen to the minister preach his sermon each Sunday, I felt as though he was talking directly to me. I knew there was some kind of connection happening, from the words he was preaching to the handshake at the door as I left. Instantly I knew that I wanted to do what he was doing.
Why did you pursue ministry in The United Church of Canada?
Coming from the States I had met my partner, who is now my husband, who is an ordained minister. He told me about the programs that were available to become a designated lay minister. I started with Christian Leadership Education (CLE). From there I did the work to become a Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL). And before I knew it, here I am living the dream of the call I have had, tried to run from, but finally answered.
What has been the greatest part of entering ministry?
What has been your biggest challenge in ministry?
Trying not to overwork. I love what I do and I find myself doing more than I should, and more than I have to. And not taking care of myself.
If someone said they wanted to be a minister, what would you tell them?
I would tell them if there are signs that God is seriously calling you, then be prepared for an unbelievable journey.
Any other comments about your ministry and vocation?
I am enjoying every minute of my vocation. My ministry is just beginning, for it is a life-long learning journey. Though it can be very busy at times. I am so blessed that God has chosen me to do his work.