I was thrilled to join the Trinity United Church Summerside Team on October 7th , 2019 as the Coordinating Minister.
This is a wonderful, busy, and blessed church. Absolutely amazing!
Being born and raised in PEI, I never ventured that far from home except for higher education and my call to Ministry that brought me to my other Island home, Cape Breton. My time in Cape Breton grew me as a minister in so many positive ways and took my love of hiking to new heights… literally. If there was a mountain to be hiked… I was there. Even leading groups up mountain trails for devotionals.
Besides hiking, I love to read, sing, and bake. I am always pushing myself to learn new things and to be challenged. I would consider myself a lifelong learner and love being a student. I enjoy people and an important part of ministry for me is getting to know you. Yes, I like to visit (phone or face to face).
My husband and our family are blessed to have this opportunity to join you on your continuing faith journey.
You are all a blessing.
Rachel’s email is email@example.com
Louise Elder, DIrector of Music (Bachelor of Music
and Bachelor of Education, University of Western
Ontario; Associate of the Royal Conservatory of
Louise grew up in a musical family on a farm with seven siblings. Her parents had a dance band and on many Saturday nights they would be out playing with at least two of the kids in the orchestra. Louise’s Mom was church organist at the rural United Church where Louise went to Sunday School, CGIT, youth group, sang in the choirs and often played for service or led the choir as she was needed.
Louise studied piano and received her ARCT as she graduated from high school. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and during that time, switched from piano to study pipe organ. Bach became one of Louise’s favourite composers! Louise went on to get her teaching degree and taught in the elementary school system in Ontario where she directed both instrumental and vocal classes, bands, choirs and small ensembles from kindergarten to grade 8. Louise has always enjoyed conducting choirs and directed the Centre Wellington Singers, a community choir of 50-60 mixed adult voices, for 9 years. She accompanied solo singers as requested and continues to enjoy collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists.
Church music and worship planning have always been an important part of Louise’s life. She was music director at Elora United Church for 16 years before moving to PEI and since March of 2017, Louise has been enjoying her work with the choirs as music director at Trinity United Church in Summerside. There is much joy and fellowship kindled in rehearsing and preparing for Sunday service. The choirs of Trinity United, in their ministries of music, are key players and singers in our worship services. Louise is delighted to have such dedicated choristers and players with whom to share the music of worship. Together, we share the notes and make the music that helps us grow in our faith and community.
Louise’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! My name is Gwyn Richards, I was born and raise in Houston, Texas. In Texas, I was brought up in a very large Episcopal Church that always had a great children and youth program, which encouraged me to pursue my dreams of working with children and youth in church. I attended Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University) in Sussex, NB and received my B.A in Christian School Education with a minor in music in 2004. Following graduation, I taught for a few years in a small Christian School in Houston.
Along with my husband Chris and our 4 daughters, Gabriella, Alina, Nicola and Annika, I live right here in Summerside. Our girls are involved in various activities in the community. While Chris likes to keep to himself, our girls, for the most part, are very out going and like to get involved in as much as they can. They keep us on our toes.
My hope for the youth and children at Trinity is simple. I hope for nothing more than the very best for each and every child that comes through these doors. Our Sunday school program is open to anyone that would like to join in, even if you are only here for one Sunday. We use a rotation curriculum, which allows the children to learn the Bible stories in various ways. When researching rotation Sunday school, I read on multiple occasions how much more children learn in this model. We spend about 4 weeks in a rotation, so the children learn the same story for 4 weeks, but they learn it in different ways. We have lessons in Science, Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Bible Skills and Games, Drama & Music, but do not have all of these options for every lesson.
I consider myself to be a crafty person, and I blame my mom for that. I grew up helping her with all the crafty things she does. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, and just have fun. I enjoy baking with my daughters on snow days and playing cards when the power goes out. I look forward to the days ahead, and the things to come!
Gwyn’s email is email@example.com
A bit of a bio for the Website from your Minister of Visitation who considers it a joy and privilege to be part of a talented team and dynamic congregation.
In 2007 I graduated from the Atlantic School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. Following ordination as a Priest in the Anglican tradition I served in the Parishes of Alberton O’Leary; New London; and St James Kentville Nova Scotia.
My first career was as a Registered Nurse. It was in 1981 that I graduated from the University of Western Ontario. Over the course of my nursing career I worked in Pediatrics, a Northern Outpost, the Emergency Room, Psychiatry, Public Health, Clinical Education and Community Mental Health Nursing. While working with Richmond Centre, a Mental Health Clinic in Charlottetown, I provided individual counselling to youth and adults struggling with everyday life related to anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Our team worked alongside individuals who were labeled personality disordered, sexually deviant and violent offenders. Together we provided individual and group treatment to help build self-knowledge and improved relationships.
Chris and I retired to Summerside in 2017. We have two adult children. Meredith and her family live in Cornwall and Nicholas lives in Toronto. We love spending time with our grandchildren William (3) and Brielle(1). They are delightful!
Although retired, I continue to enjoy spending time in life giving ways. These activities include being Minister of Visitation at Trinity Church, offering support to programs of the wider church and community as well as engaging in specialized courses that enhance my skills as a pastoral presence.
Cathy can be contacted by phone at (902) 300-1457
Wendy joined the team at Trinity in 2013. Her background is primarily in Hospitality Management and she enjoys working those skills into her everyday tasks at Trinity. She resides in Travellers Rest with Milo, her husband of 30 plus years. They have 2 “almost grown” children, Mikaila and Parker. Wendy grew up in Summerside and in Trinity and her familiarity with the workings and the people of Trinity have been an asset in her role of Office Administrator. Music has always been a first love. With the sound of piano, guitar, drums, ukulele and voice it continues in her household today. Wendy sings with the women’s chorus “Arioso” and enjoys the opportunity to share her gift with others.
Wendy’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy and his family crossed the bridge for the first time in July of 2008. They settled down in the Summerside area to enjoy the lifestyle of the island.
He started with the church in Oct of the same year and has been a part of the trinity staff since. His daughters spent their growing years at Trinity United Church and have many fond memories of their time there.
He has been a welcoming face for anyone that needed help. As with most custodians his experience and skills go beyond cleaning. He has been the go-to person for many issues inside and outside the church.
Troy can be contacted via the church office.