The congregations of Chalmers and Sydenham Street Churches wish to welcome the Rev. Barry King as our Intentional Interim Minister
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-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.
The Rev. 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.
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.
Rev. Drew Strickland, Minister of Word, Sacraments and Pastoral Care, has retired.
The Reverend Drew Strickland is a Kingston native returning in 2013 after a brief absence of 35 years. He attended Queen’s University and Knox College, University of Toronto. Drew has ministered in numerous Presbyterian and United Church congregations in four Canadian cities over a 32 year period. He resides in Westport.Drew has a B.Sc. Hons. (Life Sciences), B.Ed. (Secondary School Science) from Queen’s University and a M. Div. from Knox College, University of Toronto. He also has accreditation in classical ballet. From 1980 to 2002, Drew served congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in Surrey BC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB and Calgary AB.
Thereafter, until coming to Kingston in the summer of 2012, he served three United Church congregations in Calgary. He was received into the Ordered Ministry of the United Church of Canada in 2006. During his more than 32 years in ordered ministry, Drew has drawn on interests and talents that range from cosmology to Celtic spirituality, from liturgical dance to longboarding, to provide challenging, creative and supportive ministerial leadership in the congregations and communities he has served. He has a rich and varied experience in the use of theatre, dance, music and visual arts to enrich worship, spiritual experience and congregational life. He has worked in contexts that are inter-generational, ecumenical and interfaith. Please see Drew’s CV here. ming to Kingston in the summer of 2012, he served three United Church congregations in Calgary. He was received into the Ordered Ministry of the United Church of Canada in 2006.
During his more than 32 years in ordered ministry, Drew has drawn on interests and talents that range from cosmology to Celtic spirituality, from liturgical dance to longboarding, to provide challenging, creative and supportive ministerial leadership in the congregations and communities he has served. He has a rich and varied experience in the use of theatre, dance, music and visual arts to enrich worship, spiritual experience and congregational life. He has worked in contexts that are inter-generational, ecumenical and interfaith.
Rev. Strickland officially retired in June 2017, and has been appointed by Four Winds Presbytery as Chalmers’ Supply Minister which ended December 31, 2017, when the congregations of Chalmers and Sydenham Street enter into a new collaborative model of shared ministry/staffing.