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 – With sadness, we said goodbye to Doretha in May. Doretha joined Westminster in September 2016 and worked with the choir to produce the best singing possible from such a small group of choir members. Doretha brought lots of energy and laughs to the choir practices and was an enthusiastic leader of the children’s choir. The entire congregation wishes Doretha and her husband Jean Pierre the very best for the future.
Westminster is now seeking to fill the position of Organist/Music Director. Further information can be found in the 2019 Organist/Music Director Job Description.
Many thanks to our interim administrative assistant Susan Wice who managed our office from January until August. Susan did an exceptional job. Session and the congregation are grateful for her quiet efficiency and quick smile when new tasks popped up.
Luckily, another Westminster member, Faye Schaler, has stepped in to fill the interim position effective August 20th. We welcome Faye!
Please note the office hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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.