Ministers and Staff

Rev. Sherri McConnell
Minister

rev-sherrie-mcconnellBorn and raised in Winnipeg, Sherri has lived in other places but definitely prefers life on the prairies. A Diaconal Minister in the United Church of Canada since 1992, Sherri was theologically trained at the Centre for Christian Studies (when it was in Toronto), and also holds a Masters in Theology (with an emphasis on the history of the Social Gospel and deaconess and missionary training) and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy — both from the University of Winnipeg. Sherri previously served in the congregations of Kildonan United Church, Westminster United Church (1993-96), and most recently at Meridian Pastoral Charge in Agassiz Presbytery as their appointed worship leader.  She has also worked at North End Stella Community Ministry in their children’s program, as Program Staff at the Centre for Christian Studies and as a counsellor at a community agency. Sherri is delighted to be back in ministry with the good people of Westminster United Church.

Nathan Poole
Director of Music in Worship

Nathan HeadshotNathan is entering his seventh year in service at Westminster Church. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Nathan has conducted and performed as artistic director of several choral groups throughout Manitoba, including Prairie Voices, and the Central Manitoba Youth Choir. He has sung for both Henry Engbrecht and Dr. Elroy Friesen in his years in Winnipeg, traveling across Canada and to the United Kingdom with the University Singers. He is also the director of Margaret’s Choir, a community choir of 175 that raises money for different benefits and organizations around Winnipeg. Along with choral directing, Nathan teaches violin to more than forty students in the city of Winnipeg.

Don Menzies
Organist

DonM2aDon was appointed Organist of Westminster Church in October 1966. He holds several organ degrees: Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (ARCT), Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL), and Licentiate in Music Manitoba (LMM). Don has been recitalist on the CBC-FM program Organists in Recital and has performed on a number of occasions with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He is co-founder of the Westminster Concert Organ Series, which started in 1989 and performs frequently as part of that series.

Teri-Lyn Skakum
Children and Families Coordinator

TeriTeri has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg. In addition to serving as Westminster’s C&F Coordinator, Teri works as a program facilitator for the St. James Assiniboia Parent Child Coalition and is the Christian Education Coordinator at Messiah Lutheran Church. Teri’s hobbies include scrapbooking, photography, crafts, music, reading and cooking. Teri and her husband Russ are the proud parents of two boys, Zak and Tyler, and have enjoyed hearing the boys sing in many music festivals at Westminster. Teri was born and raised in the Lutheran church however she feels a connection to the United Church of Canada as her mother grew up as a member in it.

Marilyn Thiessen
Office Administrator

10999357_408899625941807_1433843313738275312_nMarilyn has a wide range of responsibilities. When someone contacts the church on a weekday, she is likely to be the first person they meet, answering questions such as “When are the services?” and “May we be married at Westminster?” A great deal of her week is also spent preparing the bulletin for Sunday service and facilitating communication among members of the Board with minutes and reports. In addition, since Westminster is known for its wonderful acoustics, Marilyn fields requests for concerts of all kinds from Japanese drums to the Winnipeg Singers and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and conducts personal tours of the facilities for prospective renters. She also oversees the work of volunteers who help in the office on a weekly basis. Public Relations, Communications, Record Keeping, Staff and Volunteers, all part of Marilyn’s work week.

Dan Beauvais
Head Caretaker

2014-09-02 DAN 275Dan has worked for Westminster Church for more than a decade. In addition to caring for the grounds and building, you can also find him helping out with virtually every function that happens at the church. From Bell Tower to Sunday morning, he’s there! Dan also acts as liaison between our administration and staff, and the several arts groups that use our sanctuary. Thanks to Dan’s hard work, concerts, talks, and other events come off without a hitch. You can find Dan at any time by following your ears- he sings while he works!

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