Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext 6322 (o),
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.
Youth and Young Adult Minister
Phone: 306-291-5943 (c)
Lindsay is the regional support staff for youth and young adult programming in Living Skies Region. She loves working with all of the awesome people who also care about this ministry! Lindsay is also a minister serving the congregation of Delisle-Vanscoy United Church. She and her husband Kent have two double PK’s (preacher’s kids) who will spend their childhood days playing with the great toys in church basements. When they get a chance, Kent and Lindsay love to throw the kids in a canoe and go for a paddle in northern Sask.
(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.
National Staff working with our Regional Council
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.
Community of Faith Stewardship Support Staff for Pacific Mountain, Northern Spirit, Chinook Winds, Living Skies and Prairie to Pine Regional Councils
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2045
Vicki is your go-to for all aspects of community of faith stewardship, including annual giving programs, year-round stewardship, Mission & Service, planned giving, the United Church Foundation and more. Vicki also brings her experience to the modules of Called to Be the Church: The Journey, the United Church stewardship program. To book a meeting with Vicki click here and choose Book 30 minutes with Vicki Nelson.
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. Beyond church organizations Vicki has several years’ experience working and volunteering with various non-profit organizations.
Office of Vocation Minister
Phone: 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2005
Laura Fouhse, a diaconal minister, is part of a team of regionally deployed General Council Office staff in Northern Spirit, Living Skies, and Prairie to Pine. As Vocational Minister, she supports the processes for the discernment, training and accreditation of people who feel called to ministry in the United Church. Laura also supports ministers who were seeking to fulfill the continuing education standards, and she also accompanies ministers engaged in the formal processes for oversight and discipline.
Laura has lived her entire life on the prairies. She grew up in Saskatchewan and spent several years living in Alberta and then Manitoba. She returned to Saskatchewan 16 years ago to serve in congregational ministry at McClure United Church. Laura and her partner, Jordan, live in a fur covered home with 3 cats and big dog. When she isn’t walking the dog you can find her paddleboarding on the river or playing pickleball.