Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 306-966-4861 (o), 306-716-2955 (c)
Tracy provides staff support for the work of the Pastoral Relations Commission in the area of pastoral relations, including support for ministers and communities of faith in search, support for Ministry & Personnel committees, support for a new pastoral relationship with the United Fresh Start program, and appointment of ministers for short-term needs. She also supports the Committee on Lay Leadership Support (Sacraments Elders and Licensed Lay Worship Leaders), the Committee on Community of Faith Support (covenants and annual reports), and the Committee on Ministry Personnel Support (including Voluntary Associate Ministers). Tracy’s office is in St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon.
Bev provides support to the program staff working within the region, with a primary responsibility to the Regional Pastoral Relations Minister. She is the voice answering your call to the Regional Council office as well as the person responsible for sending out Regional Rambler every other Wednesday. Bev works out of Moose Jaw.
Madeleine reviews, collects, documents, preserves and makes available for research historical records of the United Church in Saskatchewan, including those from local churches, former presbyteries and Conference, and several of our predecessors (from before 1925). She works closely with the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, as well as other United Church Archivists and related staff across the country, to maintain and enable continued access to archival collections throughout the United Church. A graduate of the University of Manitoba Archival Studies M.A. program, she has worked in archives since 2006 and has been the Conference Archivist (now Region Archivist) since 2012. Madeleine works from Regina.
Youth and Young Adult Minister
Phone: 306-221-5529 (c)
Kent brings an odd background of youth ministry and small business operations, and supports the ongoing youth & faith formation initiatives throughout Living Skies Region. When no one is looking, Kent & Lindsay love to disappear into the bush with a canoe, a tent, and an active toddler(!) named Emmett. Most of the time though, they all live and work out of Saskatoon with a much less-active geriatric dog named Sadie.
(These folks serve Northern Spirit, Living Skies and Prairie to Pine Regional Councils)
Heather is the Financial Administrator for Northern Spirit Regional Council, Living Skies Regional Council and Prairie to Pine Regional Council. Previously Heather worked for Saskatchewan Conference for 5 years as the Financial Administrator. Heather has 30+ years of working in the not-for-profit sector, in a variety of roles, both administrative and front-line. Heather works from Regina, Saskatchewan.
Regional Minister: Justice and Communication
Julie’s work with the three Regions focuses on communications strategies and tools, especially during this time of major restructuring; support for Networks and Clusters; and support for people and groups in the three Regional Councils whose work focuses on justice, right relationship, and ecological concerns.
Julie fell into communications and social justice work by mistake as a young adult and layperson active in the United Church and has just kept at it, mostly in ecumenical and interfaith settings. She has served BC Conference, Ten Days for Global Justice, KAIROS, and Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble.
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext 2028
Shannon McCarthy is the Executive Minister for three Regional Councils: Living Skies, Northern Spirit, and Prairie to Pine. As Executive Minister she is responsible for: supporting the governance decision making bodies in each regional council by providing leadership, support and counsel (Regional Councils & their Executives); supervision of the staff deployed throughout the three regional council;, leadership and connection with the General Council and other regional councils. Shannon also offers policy and polity advice to congregations as well as dealing with property matters within the regional councils. Shannon enjoys traveling throughout the three regional councils connecting and building relationships with congregations and ministry personnel.
Shannon is a life long member of the United Church who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Robinson/Superior Treaty, is an ordained minister of 23 years and has spent all of her ministry in western Canada. She is based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory, where she enjoys cheering for the Winnipeg Jets and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Shannon is a proud aunt and loves to spend time with her six nieces and nephews. In her down time you can often find her reading, camping, playing video games, watching tv or getting in some exercise.
Regional Executive Assistant
Office of Vocation Minister
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext 6103
The Minister of the Office of Vocation is a member of the general council staff who is deployed to work in the regions. Karen works in three key areas as part of the wider work of the Office of Vocation.
She is staff support to the Candidacy Board for three regions, Northern Spirit, Living Skies, and Prairie to Pine. She helps them interpret and implement United Church policy as it relates to candidates for ministry. She also helps inquirers and candidates navigate the Candidacy Pathway which lays out the requirements to becoming ordained, commissioned, or recognized in the church
The second piece of her work is helping those already in paid accountable ministry, or candidacy, ensure that they have all the correct mandated training and police records checks. Part of this includes hosting Boundary training workshops in the three regions. She also ensure that personnel files reflect the most up to date information on this training, which will assist personnel and congregations in the search process.
The third large piece of her work is working with the Board of Vocation with the smooth running of reviews and investigations that are required in the regions she supports. Her role is primarily to ensure that the ministry personnel understand the process before, during, and after an investigation or review.
Other Shared Staff
Community Capacity Development Coordinator (Western Canada) Indigenous Ministries Circle
Charlene supports twenty one Indigenous communities of faith in the west – British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She’s responsible for supporting the priorities as named by Indigenous Ministries Council, including;
-Real Property and Capital Plan
-Mission Support Grants
-Move toward becoming sustainable and vibrant communities of Faith
-Staff support on committees.
All this can be summed up as: Community (Congregational) Development; Training, Education and Leadership Development; Research and Resource Development
Charlene Burns is Cree from Treaty Six Territory. An experienced educator and long-time teacher and administrator, Charlene’s experience includes working as a teacher, Cree instructor, college librarian, vice principal and principal. She taught in her home community of Maskwacis, formerly Hobbema, Alberta for many years.
Since 2011, Charlene has been the Community Capacity Development Coordinator (Western Canada) for Indigenous Ministries with the United Church of Canada. Charlene has served as a board member on Central Alberta Provincial , is currently President on the Red Deer Friendship Center Board, and serves on the Red Deer College Board of Governors. She has also volunteered through Samson United Church throughout her life. Charlene and her husband, Russel, reside in Ponoka and have three grandchildren.
Financial Development Officer (Western Canada)
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext.2045
Vicki Nelson, a member of the United Church Philanthropy Team, serves in the role of Stewardship Animator for Western Canada. She works closely with Communities of Faith on congregational giving programs and stewardship education, primarily through the resource, Called to Be the Church: The Journey, as well as with Regional Council staff to support Communities of Faith that wish to improve their stewardship practices and encourage the formation of generous disciples.
Vicki is a life-long United Church member and has served in staff positions at Eastside United Church and Knox-Metropolitan United Church, in Regina; and as the Executive Director of Lumsden Beach Camp in the Qu’Appelle Valley. Camps, and especially that camp, have been a long-time passion for her. Beyond camp and church organizations Vicki has several years’ experience working and volunteering with various non-profit organizations.
Vicki is looking forward to connecting with people in the Living Skies Region. Please reach out with stewardship questions, ideas or inspiration.