Ralph Wushke began serving as Bathurst's minister in September 2000. He is a former Lutheran pastor. Ralph also has a degree in journalism and experience in adult education. He worked in the Canadian HIV/AIDS movement for the decade of the 90s. As well as being our part-time pastor, Ralph has completed the Master of Theology (2004) at Toronto School of Theology, working in queer theory and ethics. Ralph was admitted to the Order of Ministry of the United Church of Canada at the annual meeting of the Toronto Conference in May 2004.
Frances Combs joined Bathurst in 1980 and became a member of the church staff in 1982. She served as lay minister for worship and pastoral care. Frances was ordained in 1987. She continued to serve as part-time minister until her retirement in 2000. Frances is now our Volunteer Pastoral Associate. She is active in pastoral care and staffs the Pastoral Care Committee, and she occasionally provides leadership in Sunday services. Frances is a member of the Joint Bathurst/Trinity St. Paul's Middle East Working Group, and is active in keeping the congregation abreast of issues of peace and justice in Israel/Palestine.