I am Head of Staff at Windsor Park United Church in Winnipeg where I have the privilege to be part of a dynamic team ministry in an adventurous, thriving congregation. My special interests in ministry have included: spirituality in the workplace, business and medical ethics, rural engagement and environmental sustainability, and adult spiritual formation. I am a graduate of Carleton University in History and Political Science which included research into role of the United Church in Canada’s recognition of Communist China. I completed my ministry studies at Emmanuel College and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in congregational development and renewal at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. As a life-long learner, I have studied and volunteered in the land reform movement in South Africa where my congregation partners in the operation of a preschool for some 200 children, and I have been a researcher, writer or speaker at universities and events in North America and Britain.
My connection to the church in China is rooted in the ministry of my great-uncle, the Rev. Dr. Thomas T. Faichney, who served the Union Church in Tientsin from 1935-38. During those years Uncle Tom worked with Eric Liddell of “Chariots of Fire” fame while Aunt Elsie served as scrub nurse for Dr. Robert McClure. As well as decades of stories shared about those China years, my curiosity was further piqued when tasked with sorting through my uncle’s personal papers to prepare them for inclusion in the China collection at the United Church Archives. It is with much anticipation and deep gratitude for this opportunity to retrace the steps of my family in China.
My life is encircled by the love and support of her family who have encouraged me on this journey, as they have on so many other adventures.