Office of Vocations, Shining Waters Regional Council
Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council and Shining Waters Regional Council
Location: Teleworks from home in Paris, Ontario
Kellie supports the processes for the discernment and training of ministry personnel, the determination of their fitness/readiness for accreditation, the fulfillment of continuing education standards, and the formal processes for oversight and discipline of ministry personnel.
Kellie regularly fields questions from ministry personal about their annual declaration or their status related to up-to-date training, for example, racial justice, or boundaries.
Together with other colleagues in the Office of Vocation, she provides workshops and refresher courses for ministry personnel to meet the UCC training requirements.
Kellie’s door is open for informal coaching with a conflict situation or a situational issue that a minister faces.
She is the lead contact for questions of discernment in ministry including ideas for next steps, sabbaticals, and continuing education.
With respect to a formal complaints process, Kellie is the person who keeps the process moving forward and keeps people up to date in terms of where the process is.
Kellie responds to students and people who are discerning a call to ministry and helps to map out the candidacy pathway. She is also the staff resource person for the North and Central Candidacy Board.
Kellie is a diaconal minister who has served in team ministry at First United Church, Waterloo, Ontario, for more than ten years. As a student, Kellie served Mount Pleasant pastoral charge and then Norwich Gore United Church both within the current Horseshoe Falls Regional Council. She was settled in, and served for four years, the Thessalon pastoral charge, which is now in the Canadian Shield Regional Council.
After that Kellie served the Indigenous Church through Grand River United Church for four years during which she was Co-Chair for the Council on Learning for Great Lakes Waterways Presbytery. Kellie was a member of the General Council Executive and was their representative on the Aboriginal Ministries Council.
Kellie is an Educational Supervisor and brings lots of experience in pastoral relations including being a facilitator with the United Fresh Start program. Kellie is an artist, curler, and spiritual director and offers leadership with a pastoral approach, grounded in the Spirit.
Kellie lives in Paris Ontario with her partner.
I love having conversations with people who are discerning a call to ministry, or discerning what to do next in ministry, because there is life in those transformational conversations.