Transition Team, Meet the Transition Team who are following the process of three United Church of Canada Conferences sharing two Executive Secretaries.  Last Summer, a Memorandum of Understanding was struck between the Conferences of Alberta and Northwest, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and North Western Ontario.  Part of the Memorandum was that a transition team  be established to follow the process, be support with the executive secretaries and available for conference persons to contact if there are concerns on the sharing process etc. As well, the Transition Team has set up goals for the transition process which will be approved by each Conference Executive in mid-March and then reported to the wider three conferences.

In the meantime, we present to you the six-member Transition Team:

Gord Waldie has been in ordained ministry for 15 years. Since 2010 he has been with the folks of St. Paul’s United in Grande Prairie Alberta (Northern Lights Presbytery, Alberta and Northwest Conference). Before that, he was at Riverview United in Atikokan, ON (Cambrian Presbytery) for nine years. He has chaired both Cambrian and Northern Lights Presbyteries and also served on both Conference Executives. He also serves on the Business and Technology Committee of ANW Conference.  Contact Gord.

Tricia Gerhard ministers with the people of Whitmore Park United in Regina. A graduate of Vancouver School of Theology, she has been in ministry for 12 years.  She is a member of Wascana Presbytery and that Presbytery’s Vice President. She has held various positions on presbytery committees such as Pastoral Relations and Education and Students. Activity at Conference level includes being recording secretary for Conference Executive and other committees. Contract Tricia.

Annette Taylor  is an ordained minister currently serving First United Church in Swift Current, SK. She previously served as Executive Director of Calling Lakes Centre and minister in Wynyard, SK. She was a commissioner to the last General Council and is a member of Saskatchewan Conference Executive and convenor of Education and Students Committee for Chinook Presbytery. Annette has held various leadership positions in presbytery and conference.  Contact Annette. 306-773-9353;

Heather Lea is a retired ministry personnel living in Gladstone, MB. She is a  member of Agassiz Presbytery in Manitoba and North Western Ontario Conference and served rural pastoral charges in both SK & MNWO as well as two short-term transition ministries in urban congregations. She has convened a variety of presbytery and conference committees and currently chairs Agassiz’ Pastoral Oversight. She has family connections in ANW. 204-385-3838; Contact Heather.

Lloyd Baker retired in 2000 as a healthcare manager and has a deep commitment to the church at all court levels.   He has served on the Crossroads (MB) Pastoral Charge Council  since moving to Carman in 2002 and represented  Crossroads on Agassiz Presbytery since 2003.  He has served as Agassiz’ Chair and currently as co-chair. Served as chair-elect, chair and past-chair and currently as co-treasurer. He was a Commissioner to the 2009 and 2012 General Councils. He currently serves on MNWO’s Staff Committee and the Process and Polity Committee and has served on that Conference’s Executive. He also was part of the Academic Committee and the Finance Committee for St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon.  Lloyd has been married to his partner for 51 years and in his spare time enjoys golfing and curling. Contact Lloyd.

Sue Brodrick is the Transition Team’s Chair. She loves her United Church in which she has been an active lay leader all her adult life. She enjoys understanding the governance of our Church. She has served in multiple roles: leadership positions in her home congregation; Chair of Calgary Presbytery as well as that Presbytery’s Planning and Administration; ANW Conference Executive representing Calgary as well as currently Chairing the Conference’s Planning Administration and a Lay Rep to the General Council Executive.  She was a Commissioner to the 2009 and 2015 General Councils. Sue is a Director on the United Church of Canada’s Foundation. Contact Sue.