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 – Doretha has been the Organist/Music Director at Westminster since 2016. She has brought new approaches and voices to enrich worship through music. Prior to joining Westminster, Doretha was the Organist/Choir Director at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Almonte, Ontario. She has a strong background in choral work having sung with the Ewashko Singers, Cantata Singers and Opera Lyra Ottawa. She gives private vocal lessons in her home and teaches some students at Ecole Secondaire De La Salle. Doretha is using her strong choral background to promote singing of all ages here at Westminster and in the local community.
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.