Mon, Tue, Thu: 9:00 to 3:00
Wed, Fri 9:00 to 12:00
Minister of Pastoral Care:
Youth Music Program Leader:
Director of Music, 10:30:
Director of Music, 9:02:
Director of Music Emeritus:
The Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes
The Rev. Scott Beckett
Jane Christmas Wamsley
Christine Barlow, Janis Cowie
“There’s life in dem dry bones yet!” So said The Rev. Clifford Elliott when he married late in life. For me, after 6 years of ministry and 7 years of teaching practical theology and 31 years of a fulfilling ministry at Maple Grove United, I thought I was in for a rest. God had other ideas! I find myself in a ‘late marriage’ with a wonderful group of Christians seeking a new creation: bringing together the best of two cultures and working toward a creative, sometimes chaotic, always evolving, never perfect, people – connected with one another, spiritually engaged, and community focused.
I grew up here, in the suburbs of Mississauga, under the care of the former First United Church. My call to ministry came while completing a degree in History and Creative Writing, both of which had a part to play in my work now. As the Minister of Pastoral Care, I hope to accompany members as they form a new identity as church and continue to experience the joys and sorrows of life.
I also serve as the minister of Trinity United Church in Oakville.
I have been lucky to call Christ First (and formerly Christ Church) my home ever since I was baptized within these walls. I studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, where I received my Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education, with a Minor in Religion and Culture. I firmly believe that music can bring anybody together, and strive to provide fun and exciting Christian Education to the children and youth of Christ First. With my own two young children (Evelyn and Lucas) actively involved in church, it is important for me to provide the same amazing church experience to them that I grew up with here!
9:02 Contemporary Service
I’m pleased to be the Music Director for our 902 Express Contemporary Worship Experience. I served Lorne Park Baptist church for over 10 years, and joined the Christ First team a while back. In addition to 30 years of exposure to a myriad of musical settings and spending time at McMaster Divinity College, I’m also a Red Seal Chef by trade. I’m very passionate about the 902 service, and always interested in meeting potential additions to the band! My beautiful wife Sarah and I live in Hamilton with our son Aedan.
10:30 Traditional Service
Church music and Music Education have together been my passions. I started as a Church Musician in Blenheim at 14, then completed degrees in Organ and Church Music at Wilfrid Laurier University; Education at U of T.
I have served many churches, while teaching music and becoming Music Consultant/Coordinator of the Arts for Halton District School Board. Since retirement I have been teaching Music to Teacher Candidates at Brock University.
At Christ/Christ First United, my focus has been to engage the Choir and Congregation in sacred music that expands and deepens our faith journeys.
I come from a long line of Welsh church organists and began playing when I was 14 years old. I participated in the music program at the legacy First United for 23 years and then took on the role of organist officially in 2000.
I do not have any formal music education as I went to school for physiotherapy and my ‘real’ job is as the Director of the Cancer Program at the Oakville Hospital. However making music at the Church brings joy to my life and so I greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue to play at Christ First.
Christ First has been my faith home for the past 35 years.
I love Music! I have been involved with both ringing and then directing our BELL CANTO group for more than 20 years. As a retired Elementary Music Teacher and a member and director of numerous vocal choirs both youth and adult, I have found the joy of ringing Hand Bells to be a truly unique musical experience.
I am thankful for the privilege of supporting the life and work of the United Church for the past 10 years. Little did I know that leaving my profession in the corporate sector to seek a better work-life balance for my family would bless us with a loving and supportive extended family. I'm grateful for the continued opportunity to serve and support the Christ First family and manage the office of our community hubs.
I’ve enjoyed volunteering at Christ First for many years. It is a wonderful way to get to know people, and fully experience the many aspects of church life. Among life’s many curves, after serving on various committees, I then took the leap to join the office staff as a part time office administrator. My previous career in marketing, event planning and organizational