Welcome, Ministers!

Canadian Unitarians extend an enthusiastic welcome to ministers who begin new partnerships with congregations this fall. Congregations in Winnipeg and Kingston have called newly settled full-time ministers, and several others embark on developmental, interim and intern journeys.

Settled ministers

Meghann Robern – Winnipeg

Rev. Meghann Robern comes to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg following a stint as sabbatical minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, where she had also served as an intern minister from 2015-2016. A graduate of Claremont School of Theology, she also holds a BA in English from the University of Southern California.Beckett Coppola – Kingston

Beckett Coppola – Kingston

Rev. Rebecca “Beckett” C. Coppola comes to the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship from Colorado, where she served as a chaplain resident of a large medical campus serving the Northern Denver metro area. She was ordained in January, 2017 by Jefferson Church in Golden, Colorado and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado. A graduate of Naropa University, Rev. Coppola is a native New Englander who also holds a BA in philosophy from Boston University.

Meg Roberts – Nanaimo.

Rev. Meg Roberts comes to the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo having served congregations in Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary, and the Comox Valley. She will be serving the Nanaimo congregation as a consulting minister. A native of Saskatchewan, Rev. Roberts worked in the the theatre before coming to ministry. She is currently co-chair of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Task Force.

Samaya Oakley, South Fraser

Rev. Samaya Oakley has been called as the settled minister for South Fraser, after serving as their consulting minister. Rev. Oakley is currently president of the UU Ministers of Canada (UUMOC), and co-chair of the CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Task Force, and has been instrumental in providing training to facilitators interested in carrying on reconciliation work in their congregations.

New Interim:

 Len DeRoche  – Ottawa

Rev. Leonard DeRoche comes to the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa after serving churches across the US over the past 20 years, most recently in West Hartford, Connecticut. A former US Air Force officer, Rev. DeRoche grew up in New York City and also lived in England for 13 years, where he attended two Unitarian congregations.

Interns:

Pat Trudeau – Hamilton

Pat Trudeau will be serving the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton after experience leading services at several Unitarian congregations in Ontario. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, she also holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Toronto.

Rosemary Morrison – Kelowna

Rosemary Morrison is a member of Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation in British Columbia, who will be serving the Kelowna Unitarians, supervised by Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz. Rosemary is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology.

The following ministerial transitions are also recognized and honoured:

Congratulations to Karen Fraser-Gitlitz, who  has completed her contract ministry with the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina; Danielle Webber, who has finished her Internship and Summer Ministry with the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto; and Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana who has completed his Internship and has transitioned into his role as Affiliated Community Minister with the Saskatoon Unitarians.