Minister:  Rev. Dr. Abiel Khalema 


A leader with over 20 years ministerial experience leading congregations in South Africa and Canada.

A leader with experience as a counselor working in religious institutions and hospital settings.

A leader who has 12 years’ experience working as a Program Coordinator for Ministry Personnel Programs and Resources – interpreting and developing policy, developing resources for mentoring ministers and interviewing ministers across cultures.

A leader who has worked tirelessly dealing with racism in the church.

A leader with a gift for languages and studied Mandarin and extensive experience in building an equitable, faithful, intercultural Church and working respectfully with people and communities from diverse racial and minority identities, genders, cultures, and faiths.

An effective communicator, educator, and deep empathetic listener in a variety of racial and cultural contexts in Canada.

A leader with a collegial and collaborative leadership style and lifelong co-learner, a leader who demonstrates strengths in research and analysis.

A leader with a wonderful sense of humour.


Office Administrator: Dianne Dixon 

Phone: 519-245-0276        e-mail:

Dianne 2015-10-14

Hello, I’m Dianne Dixon.  I have been the office administrator for Strathroy United Church since January 2000.

My duties include reception, secretarial assistance to the pastoral and other staff members, envelope steward (which includes yearend statistics and receipts), book keeping, and rental contracts for use of the facilities.  I also stand as the secretary for the Church Council and am a member of the Finance, Congregational, and Community Life Teams as a helper.

I love to sing and to read.  I am a member of the senior choir and the book study group (that also provides the monthly Hospitality meal here at Strathroy United Church). 



 Music Director: Andy Cloutier

Phone: 519-854-8574

AndyCloutier2017-02-12a 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
Phone: 519-245-0276

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.

Kaeleigh grew up in Midland, Ontario and has recently moved back down to the Strathroy area, where her parents grew up, with her husband Zachary Stubbington. She just graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology and she is currently in her first year of the Veterinary Technology program at the University of Guelph: Ridgetown Campus. She loves working with youth and animals and she can’t wait to see God’s love work in the youth of Strathroy.


Custodian: John Larocque 

Phone: 519-245-1304

JohnLarocque2015-10-22Hi! My name is John Larocque and I am the custodian at Strathroy United Church.  In 2004/05 I took on this role as a way to ease into my retirement as a letter carrier with Canada Post.

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:

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.