For over seventeen years, our congregation was richly blessed as the Rev. William Ball and his wife Christine, helped us to seek God’s plan to serve Him in our church, the Westboro community and beyond. After Williams’s final service in June, we bid them a happy and heartfelt farewell, as they drove off with their canoe to serve Mill Woods Presbyterian Church in Edmonton.
And now, a new journey begins for the Westminster family to seek God’s plans for our community.
The Presbytery of Ottawa appointed the Rev. Karen Dimock from St Andrew’s Presbyterian (downtown) as our interim moderator. Rev. Dimock marked the pulpit vacancy in a special service on June 24th. Throughout the vacancy, she will guide our congregation, chair the search committee, chair the Session, assure pulpit supply, and assist with the operation of our church.
During this interim period, the Westminster community will work together to look after one another, run our programs and keep the building operating.
The Rev. Dr. Karen Dimock
Interim Moderator – Karen Dimock was called to be the Minister at St. Andrew’s in November of 2014. Prior to entering the ministry, Karen’s background was in the sciences and she has always had a passion for discovering the world in which we live, and our own place and calling in it. If you ask her what she enjoys most in her ministry, Karen will tell you it is the people and journeying together in faith and in Christ. Karen received her M.Div. from Knox College, the University of Toronto in 2008 and served as Minister at Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church in West Toronto for six years before coming to St. Andrew’s. She is married to Hugh, they have three children and two dogs.
Pastoral Care Coordinator – Marina joined Westminster in 2013 as the Spiritual Growth Worker. Her role changed in 2016 to focus more on pastoral care, providing Communion to the senior community and special services. Marina works to ensure that pastoral care is everyone’s ministry at Westminster.
Doretha L. Murphy
Organist/Music Director – A versatile singing teacher, coach, and professional performer with many years of experience in performing and teaching, Doretha has a B.Mus, magna cum laude, and an Honours B.A. in Communication, magna cum laude. She has given vocal workshops for groups, and has conducted choirs for a number of years in addition to teaching privately. Her students have won Gold Medal awards from the Royal Conservatory of Music, have excelled and won a variety of competitions, performed in operas at the National Arts Centre, and have won entrance and scholarships to vocal programs at universities.
In addition to performing as soloist at official functions both in Canada and the United States, Doretha has given solo recitals in the U.S. and Canada, performing both classical and contemporary music. She was a member of Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Associate Artists’ Program, and sang in over 40 fully staged operas, concerts, and recitals with Opera Lyra Ottawa. She toured Italy with the Ewashko Singers and the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Taiwan with Cantata Singers of Ottawa. Other performing experiences include appearing in a CBC mini-series, as well as in a number of movies.
Doretha is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).
This position is currently vacant and being filled by members of the congregation during the staffing process. During the vacancy, the office hours will vary from Tuesday to Friday. When the office is closed, please leave a message and someone will get back to you before too long.
Custodian/Maintenance Worker – Sandy has been the custodian/maintenance worker at Westminster since April 2016. Sandy works with members of the Board of Maintenance and Finance and others to keep the church clean and safe for the many people and groups using our facilities.