Welcome Reverend Brad Morrison: July 1st, 2019
I am excited to be your new minister at Strathroy United Church. Sarah and I move to our new home in Strathroy in July, and we look forward to meeting you at church and in the community. Perhaps we’ll meet at the Canada Day celebrations or at the Downtown Strathroy Market. Honk if you see me cycling around town early morning or after dark.
Both Sarah and I were born and raised in Chatham. Sarah is a Chinnick, and her family farm is in Dover Township. We first met at Victoria Ave United Church, where we attended youth group together. We have three adult(ing) children. Lexi works for the Lambton Kent District School Board and is completing her CPA exams. Wesley is mid-way through the instrumentation program at Lambton College. Monica is completing her business degree at Laurier.
I worked for a summer at Strathroy United Church as an intern in 1990. Rev. Derek Shelly was my internship supervisor, and Anne Pelkman was the office administrator. Now, 29 years later, we’ll see where God is leading us together.
After seminary I did graduate studies in marriage and family therapy, and I was ordained in 1994. My settlement charge was Teeswater & Salem United Churches in Bruce County. After six years in the Bruce, Sarah and I moved our three young children to Sarnia, where I served Grace United Church for 19 years.
I’ve always held a second job in addition to congregational ministry. I had a counselling private practice for 15 years, first at Wingham & District Hospital and then in Point Edward. Then ten years ago I started teaching at Huron University College, where I am assistant professor of practical theology.
I teach courses to students preparing for ministry leadership in a variety of faith traditions. Students include United Church candidates in the VST@Huron M.Div. program, along with Designated Lay Minister students taking online theology courses across Canada. My pastoral care and counselling course is required for Roman Catholic students at St. Peter’s Seminary and Islamic Studies students in Huron’s M.T.S. program.
For fun, Sarah and I enjoy playing pool and board games with family and friends. I cycle all seasons, and I’ve already met Doug and Marion at their downtown bike shop. I’m not the best cook you’ll meet, but I know my way around the kitchen.
That’s my story so far. I’m interested to learn your story. Thank you for welcoming Sarah and me into Strathroy United Church’s mission story. The next chapter will be great.