Andy comes to Westdale with the experience of 25 years of ministry, and an enthusiasm for intellectual honesty, heart-felt faith, and compassion for people (of all ages, conditions, orientations and stations of life). He values the simple everyday gestures of kindness and integrity as containing the DNA for how we can meaningfully live and love in a sometimes cynical and complicated world. Above all Andy values that it is being ‘in community’ that we experience our greatest hope for enabling faith. Drawing from the rich life of the Christian tradition, as well as the gifts of critical thought, art, science and literature, Andy invites all who come into the company of our church to be open to an inner and communal dialogue intended to encourage our journey.
Andy may be reached by email at [email protected]
Ministry of Music:
Shirley has been our Music Director at Westdale since January, 2010, following several years as a member of the Chancel Choir. She is a native of Newfoundland and a graduate of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Shirley taught Music and Grade Three in schools in Newfoundland and Hamilton before retiring in 2007. She has been a church organist at various churches in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Shirley has lived in Hamilton with her husband Peter.
Church School Co-ordinator:
Hi. My name is Carol Pickup. I have recently retired from teaching, and miss working with children. I co-ordinate the Westdale United Church School, and this gives me an opportunity to continue to do the work that I love. We have a team of caring adults here at Westdale who are ready, willing, and able to work with the children in our midst. We welcome all children, and appreciate the opportunity to share Bible Stories and faith with them. We want them to know that they are precious in God’s sight, and that his spirit is always with them.