Our New Minister
Christine Smaller became Bathurst United’s new minister in January 2019. She will be with us on a part-time basis until at least the summer. For the past three years, Rev. Smaller has been the minister at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church in Scarborough. Before that, she was at Humber Valley United Church, Mono Mills Pastoral Charge and Lemonville United Church.
Christine is a graduate of Emmanuel College’s Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies programs. In 2014 she returned as a PhD student in Pastoral Theology. She has also worked as a sessional instructor and graduate assistant. Currently, she teaches in our denomination’s Lay Licensed Worship Leader Program. Christine is an appreciative inquiry and coaching professional and offers congregational consulting and clergy coaching services. The United Church Observer has highlighted Christine's work with appreciative inquiry
While at Birchcliff United, Christine helped the congregation secure funding for and launch Toby’s Place, a safe space for LGBTQ2SI+ youth. She also helped open a safe place for seniors, called Dorothy's Place. Christine is the Chair of the Communities of Faith Commission in Shining Waters Regional Council, which is responsible for supporting communities of faith in areas such as clusters, networks, visioning, amalgamation, disbanding and all property matters.
Bathurst United began recruiting a new minister due to the retirement of Ralph Carl Wushke in August 2018. The Reverend Wushke had served for 18 years.
Our Volunteer Pastoral Associate
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.