Minister: Rev. Brad Morrison
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.
Office Administrator: Patti Baratta
Phone: 519-245-0276 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! My name is Patti Baratta and I am the office administrator for Strathroy United Church. I am responsible for the daily work in the church office, including reception, facility coordination, communications, and record keeping.
I was raised outside Adelaide village before I went to Ottawa to attend Carleton University, where I earned a B.A. Honours in Psychology. Later, I attended the Sprott School of Business to earn a Management Certificate in Human Resources and eventually attained my CHRP. I also worked in an administrative capacity for two charitable organizations in Ottawa and was also a very active volunteer for the church I attended before I decided to return home in 2017.
In addition to the work I do for Strathroy United Church, I am employed as the Communications Coordinator at St. John the Evangelist. As well, I volunteer at SARI Therapeutic Riding as either a team leader or an instructor.
Music Director: Andy Cloutier
Born in Toronto, Andy Cloutier began musical studies at the age of five. After many years of study and performing, he entered the University of Western Ontario, where he completed a bachelor of music degree, with honours specialization in music theory and composition. He has played in master classes and studied with many world renowned musicians, including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Roland Dyens, the Assad brothers, and many more. He currently teaches young musicians in the London area, and is organist and music director at Strathroy United Church in Strathroy, Ontario.
Child Youth Leader: Kaeleigh Berdan
Kaeleigh is our newest member to the Strathroy United Church team as our new youth director. She is very excited to be starting a brand new youth program here at our church. She has grown up going to youth group, became a volunteer leader once she was in highschool and continued with her volunteering while attending post secondary studies. She has been working with youth for almost ten years and is ready to bring her passion and experience to our church.
Custodian: John Larocque
As custodian, I am responsible for keeping the church property clean, safe and secure. I enjoy and take pride in my work and in being part of our church family.
My wife Nancy and I grew up in Strathroy (and Kerwood) and have lived here most of our lives. We have both been very actively involved in many, many ways in our community, as well as our church life. We raised our 2 daughters here and are delighted and grateful that our 2 granddaughters are growing up here as well.
When I am not working at the church, I enjoy working in our yard, cheering on the Strathroy Rockets, “cruising” or relaxing in my recliner – reading, watching TV or just napping.
Chair of Council: Barb MacKinnon
Phone: 519-245-0276 e-mail: email@example.com
Hello! My name is Barb MacKinnon and I became the Chair of our Church Council in March 2017. This is a new role for me but in the past, both here and in other United Church’s where I have lived, I have been a Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Chair of the Christian Education committee and most recently a member of the Congregational Life Team.
My role as Chair of Council is to oversee the governance of the church. We recently implemented a new model of governance and under this new model we have different teams which oversee different aspects of the church. These teams include the Congregational Life Team, which oversees anything related to the worship experience; the Community Life Team which handles all things related to the work of the church beyond worship; the Property Team, which looks after the building and grounds; Finance, which oversees our financial situation; and our Ministry and Personnel Team which handles anything staff related.
I began attending SUC seven years ago when our family moved here and have been actively involved in the church ever since. Outside of our Sunday worship services there is always something to take part in if you are interested. Besides team involvement there is always something going on at the church to participate in, be it the Roast Beef dinner, trivia night, pancake supper, Christmas bazaar or the hospitality meal. If you would like to become involved in any of these things please feel free to contact me.