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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Elder, Director of Music (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario; Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto- ARCT)
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 email@example.com
I’m Joyce Hazard of Ellerslie, PE. I’m thrilled to be starting this role with Summerside Trinity United Church and getting to know all of you.
I’m originally a bluenoser and moved to BC in 2009. While there, I found my soul mate Shawn (and his two sons Cody & Bayley) and spent 8 years working with The Salvation Army in Abbotsford.
The time came when our neighborhood was getting too hot for much of the year and apartment buildings were being constructed all around us leading to more traffic and noise.
We decided to sell our home and move to the pastoral province of Prince Edward Island. Now we enjoy each of the seasons and the beauty of quieter villages, farmlands and beaches.
I attend St John’s Anglican Church in Ellerslie where I play some basic guitar for our hymns and act as treasurer. I volunteer with Hospice PEI and the Christmas Kettles in December. Many of the decisions I’ve made over the years have been due to what I’ve considered a nudge from God. I know I have been blessed and know He still has a plan for me.
Peggy is a life-long resident of Summerside and is active in a variety of activities in the community related to culture, the arts, nature and youth. She is also employed part time at Culture Summerside with an office at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, just a short walk from Trinity.
Peggy attended Trinity United Church as a child and has memories of Sunday School classes, Christmas concerts, sharing food in the auditorium and connecting with the music during services. You may see Peggy sitting with her mother Betty at Sunday services.
Peggy is looking forward to connecting with new and longtime members and families of Trinity.
Peggy’s email is: Peggy@TrinitySummerside.ca
We are excited to welcome back Hannah as our Engagement & Communications Coordinator. Hannah will continue her work keeping everyone up to date around the happenings of Trinity as well as engaging our faith community. We are also excited about Hannah continuing work with the children and youth of Trinity.
Hannah can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagement & Communications Coordinator
Kevin Barbour – Custodian
Kevin Barbour has officially joined the staff on June 1st, 2023 assuming custodial duties. He has been a part of the Trinity congregation since 2019. During the past three years, Kevin has been active in volunteering and participating in the life of the church. He has served as fill in custodian over the past year.
Kevin was born at the Western Hospital in Alberton and raised on a family farm in Montrose. He has a B.A. ( History) and a Diploma from Public Administration from UPEI as well as a Journalism certificate from Holland College prior to attending UPEI.
In his spare time, he enjoys walking on the boardwalk in Summerside as well as going to the boardwalk at La Dune de Bouctouche in NB from time to time. Kevin is delighted to be a part of the staff at Trinity and looking forward to continuing his service as custodian.