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 welcome Pauline Schneider to Westminster. In 2018, Pauline returned to Canada from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she loved her job as Executive Director for two thriving senior centres. During much of that time, Pauline was also a member of a hospice team and provided music therapy support to the patients. Pauline was also a choir member and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe. Since moving to Ottawa, Pauline has continued her involvement in services for seniors as a dementia consultant and respite volunteer. Pauline and her husband are now members of St. Andrew’s Ottawa. Pauline is enjoying living close to her parents and sister and family here in Ottawa. Home in Canada seems to be the right place to be these days.
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 12 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.