Pastor Christopher Clarke
The Westminster congregation is pleased to welcome Reverend Chris Clarke and his family to Westminster. Chris grew up in Montreal, where he joined the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, which began his faith journey in the Presbyterian Church of Canada (PCC) and where he experienced God’s call to ministry.
Chris attended the Presbyterian College in Montreal and graduated in May 2014. Prior to Westminster, he was the full-time minister at a church on the West Coast. His special enjoyment is preaching and Bible study. He also enjoys the pastoral side of ministry. During college, he was a student Minister at the PCC church plant in Barrhaven.
Chris believes that God places our churches exactly where he wants them and that there are opportunities to minister in the immediate area. Chris, his wife Mary and three children have now moved into their home in Westboro and look forward to getting to know the neighbourhood.
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.
Organist/Music Director – David Dawson joined Westminster in the Fall of 2019. David Dawson learned piano as a child at the hands of his father. Many subsequent teachers such as Dr. Felix Bertrand and Eugen F. Gmeiner added much to his understanding and ability in keyboard music. As a university student he was similarly influenced with choral music at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. David graduated from Acadia in 1970 with a B.A. (music) degree. He has since over many years completed Dip Eng, B. Sc., B.Eng diplomas and degrees as well as electronics training. David has served continuously as an organist, choir leader or singer for 59 years. He has contributed music and leadership to congregations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario in the traditions and practices of Lutherans, Anglicans, United Church, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics and Baptists.
Administrative Assistant – The Westminster congregation is pleased to have Elaine Tsang on staff. Elaine graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor degree and worked in her hometown, Hong Kong. There, she became a Christian in 2010 and served at Solomon’s Porch Hong Kong as an Church intern officer. She then moved back to study at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Shortly after earning her Master of Divinity degree in 2015, she married her husband Tim and moved to Ottawa where she served as a youth pastor, worship leader, and Bible teacher in local churches. She has a great passion for studying the Bible and she always loves interceding and sharing the gospel. She currently attends a Solomon’s Porch church plant in New York and she is a member of the worship team. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with Tim and her pet bunnies, Bubusyu and Beeto.
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sandy Thain 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.