Minister, Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adults
Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council
Location: Teleworks and works in the Guthrie office
Jeffrey encourages and connects communities of faith and the regional council in youth and young adult ministry and matters of faith formation and liaises with the General Council in this regard. Contact Jeffrey about: Affirming Ministry; Camping Ministries; Faith Formation; Harm Reduction; Worship and Music; Youth and Young Adult Ministry, United Church Women (UCW)
Jeffrey’s approach to ministry has always been intergenerational with an emphasis on engaging young people in the mission and ministry of the church.
Jeffrey enjoys connecting people and resources. When communities of faith reach out to him he tries to match them up with people and materials that meet their needs. Jeffrey looks for openings to connect people in churches who want to make a difference with wider community efforts.
Jeffrey supports a network of church musicians in the region. Together with Susie, he supports Affirming Ministries in the region.
Currently, Jeffrey giving leadership to the church’s engagement in life-saving community-based work of harm reduction.
Jeffrey Dale (they/them/he/his) Experience and Biography
Jeffrey comes to the region having worked at Grace United Church in Barrie, Living Waters Presbytery and London Conference in Youth and Young Adult ministry. Jeffrey has worked in the United Church of Canada in a variety of capacities for over fifteen years.
Jeffrey brings a strong background in the arts to his work as a theatre practitioner and author. Jeffrey was the winner of the James MacRae Canada 150 Award for Poetry and was voted Person of the Year at the 2020 Fierté Simcoe Pride Gala Awards. He holds his Grade 8 in piano from the Royal Conservatory of music. Jeffrey holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Currently he is working on play about the statue of the Crucified Woman who stands at Emmanuel College as a painful reminder of the misogyny that exists within the church and society.
Jeffrey is a student at Emmanuel College in the Masters in Divinity program.
Jeffrey enjoys connecting across the region and working closely with communities of faith on the array of faith formation related topics. Jeffrey truly believes that “if we are open to seek justice, pursue creativity, and love unconditionally; we will truly know what it means to be together in humanity.” He has a special place in his heart for the Muskoka Parry Sound areas where he has strong connections.
Jeffrey has recently moved to the west end of Toronto where he and his dog Max enjoy the wilds of High Park.
One thing I really miss in the pandemic is the opportunity to meet with people face to face and to travel around the region to different communities. I love having the opportunity of supporting worship and ministry in all the various locations of the region.