Chalmers United Church Front Entrance

Chalmers Reverens and Ministers

Barry King Reverend Barry King

Intentional Interim Minister

Rev. King received his Master’s in Divinity from Queen’s University in 1985 and accepted his first charge later that same year in Bonnyville, Alberta. His Ministry work has taken him to various parts of the country with much of it being in the greater Toronto area. Reverend King has had extensive training in Mediation & Arbitration and in Conflict Resolution. More importantly, he has a Certificate in Interim Ministry and has a wealth of experience in this area, including 2½ years as the Interim Minister at Sydenham St United Church, during a particularly difficult time of transition – from January 2000 to June 2002. His strengths include: leadership development, visionary work and the ability to help congregations discern their ministry. In 2014, Rev. King was chosen by General Council – Division of Mission along with 17 other UCC ministry personnel from across Canada to be involved in a 2-year program on developing new models of ministry in faith communities.

When asked what he would like us to say as an introduction of him, he provided the following:

“I was born and raised in the city of Kingston, as was my wife Linda. Enthusiasm and excitement embrace me as I prepare myself to begin this new spiritual journey in Intentional Interim Ministry with the Chalmers and Sydenham Street faith communities.

 Before entering ministry, I spent time in the business world in different vocations. During my time in ministry I have been fortunate to live in a variety of places in Canada and experience the great multi-cultural diversity we share as a country.

A couple of my passions in ministry are in the areas of social justice, Habitat for Humanity, multi-faith dialogue and contemplative spirituality.

I consider myself to be an evolutionary mystic who is passionate about “living the questions”. Always wondering how as a faith community we can use the sacred texts, tradition and experience to lead people into new places with the Holy One, with life, with themselves.

I look forward in joining you on this new spiritual journey as we wrestle with what it might mean for us to be the church, in new and relevant ways in the 21st century. – Shalom”

David Melhorn-BoeDavid Melhorn-Boe

Minister of Music

David Melhorn-Boe grew up in Kingston, where he attended Winston Churchill and Rideau Public Schools, and well as KCVI. He studied music at Queen’s University, followed by a master’s degree in folklore studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Returning to Ontario, he pursued a doctoral programme in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, focussing on contemporary music of the First Nations community in that city. After obtaining a teaching degree, David moved with his family to North Bay, where he lived and worked until his return to Kingston in 2010.

David has performed internationally in a wide range of musical styles, and has taught music in elementary and secondary schools and universities in Toronto, North Bay and Sudbury. He has taught both children and adults privately in voice, piano, pipe organ, theory and composition, with special interests in improvisation and music as therapy. He is in demand as a guest artist, teacher, festival adjudicator, and clinician for workshops in performance, composition and music education. He was founding artistic director of the Rapport Singers of North Bay, conducted the Sudbury Chamber Singers for six years, and served as Minister of Music at Trinity United Church in North Bay. He also served the national church as Chair of Music United and as a member of the United Church’s Worship and Music Advisory Committee.

David is passionate about music and worship, and about exploring ways in which creativity can deepen our relationships in community.  He enjoys making music for and with others.

Reverend Dr. C. Wayne Hilliker

Minister Emeritus

Wayne Hilliker was ordained by The United Church of Canada in 1966 and has served as a minister in a wide diversity of congregations throughout Canada. His tenure as Minister at Chalmers United Church began in 1983 and continued until his retirement in 2005 when he was named Minister Emeritus.The citation for his Doctor of Divinity degree which he was awarded by Queen’s University in May of 2006, reads in part: “Wayne Hilliker’s ministry has been unfaltering…particularly in lifting up the significance of preaching and by keeping matters of theology, faith, and life in the public eye. His voice has become one of the most clear and most provocative in Canada’s liberal Christian community.”It was fitting, therefore, that at his retirement, the Chalmers congregation established a Preaching Lectureship that would justifiably honour into the future such a thoughtful and engaging ministry of the spoken Word.

Chalmers Staff

Carol Sleeth

Office Administrator

Carol Sleeth hails from Toronto where she worked in the film, television & video production industry for fifteen years. After moving to Kingston in 1994 to raise her family, she worked part-time in a church environment, as well as for Queen’s University. At Chalmers she provides administrative support to the congregation and to the Ministry staff and other church employees, liaises with volunteers and maintains church bookings.

Ivan Brandsma

Custodian

Ivan Brandsma is a long-time member of Chalmers. He is conscientious and dedicated member of the support staff at Chalmers. His personable disposition makes him a joy to work with, for both other staff members and members of the congregation.

Previous Chalmers Reverens and Ministers

Rev. Drew StricklandReverend Drew Strickland

Minister of Word, Sacraments and Pastoral Care

RETIRED

Rev. King received his Master’s in Divinity from Queen’s University in 1985 and accepted his first charge later that same year in Bonnyville, Alberta. His Ministry work has taken him to various parts of the country with much of it being in the greater Toronto area. Reverend King has had extensive training in Mediation & Arbitration and in Conflict Resolution. More importantly, he has a Certificate in Interim Ministry and has a wealth of experience in this area, including 2½ years as the Interim Minister at Sydenham St United Church, during a particularly difficult time of transition – from January 2000 to June 2002. His strengths include: leadership development, visionary work and the ability to help congregations discern their ministry. In 2014, Rev. King was chosen by General Council – Division of Mission along with 17 other UCC ministry personnel from across Canada to be involved in a 2-year program on developing new models of ministry in faith communities.

When asked what he would like us to say as an introduction of him, he provided the following:

“I was born and raised in the city of Kingston, as was my wife Linda. Enthusiasm and excitement embrace me as I prepare myself to begin this new spiritual journey in Intentional Interim Ministry with the Chalmers and Sydenham Street faith communities.

 Before entering ministry, I spent time in the business world in different vocations. During my time in ministry I have been fortunate to live in a variety of places in Canada and experience the great multi-cultural diversity we share as a country.

A couple of my passions in ministry are in the areas of social justice, Habitat for Humanity, multi-faith dialogue and contemplative spirituality.

I consider myself to be an evolutionary mystic who is passionate about “living the questions”. Always wondering how as a faith community we can use the sacred texts, tradition and experience to lead people into new places with the Holy One, with life, with themselves.

I look forward in joining you on this new spiritual journey as we wrestle with what it might mean for us to be the church, in new and relevant ways in the 21st century. – Shalom”