Reverend Nancy Talbot – Lead Minister
Nancy has been the lead minister at Mount Seymour since 2004. Ordained in 1995, she has a natural, unpretentious way of leading worship, a spontaneous sense of humour and a passion for helping people connect with their faith in ways that shape and form their living. She is curious about new and creative ways of being church while staying rooted in the Christian tradition and is always up for a good theological conversation. A practitioner of Ignatian Spirituality, she values exploring the many ways people connect with the sacred both inside and outside of the church.
Nancy lives in North Vancouver with her partner Brenda, their two children Nathan and Joel, and their guinea pig Fuzzy.
Nancy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her confidential work phone: 604-929-4114.
Reverend Carla Wilks – Associate Minister
Carla is our Associate Minister of Community Outreach and Pastoral Care
She began at Mt. Seymour with us in November 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UBC and graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology with her Masters of Theological Studies in 1998. She has spent time working in the church in Hanover and Durham, Ontario, and in a variety of volunteer positions at South Burnaby (now Jubilee) United Church.
She has a warm and welcoming personality and is approachable and easy to talk to.
She is passionate about hearing and seeing how people live out what it means to be Christian in our current context.
Carla lives in Burnaby with her two teenage daughters, Angela and Heather.
Carla can be reached at email@example.com | 604.340.4009
Anne Ellis – Children, Youth and Family Minister
Anne is the Children, Youth and Family Minister at Mt Seymour. She leads her amazing team of leaders by encouraging the same wonder, curiosity, and exploration of faith as the leaders do with the children.
Anne has a Bachelors of Divinity from the Heythrop College; London, England and a Certificate in Education and Liturgical Ministry from the Center for Christian Studies; Winnipeg, Manitoba. She leads spiritual practices at Mt Seymour as well. Anne is a mum, artist, writer, avid reader, knitter, gardener and cat lover.
Anne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org | 604-319-2048
Cindy Nelms – Office Administrator and Communications Coordinator
Cindy is our full time Office Administrator and Communications Coordinator.
The administration office is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Summer Hours – July and August: Monday – Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Call or drop by the office for rental inquires, event details and assistance.
Cindy can be reached at email@example.com | 604.929.1336
Julian Pattison – Music Minister
Julian found his passion for music at an early age. His piano style combines elements of pop, jazz, Latin, blues, gospel and folk; his secondary instruments include voice, guitar, percussion and organ. For over twenty years, Julian has served as a music leader to United Church congregations and regional/national events. Several of his compositions have been included in the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum as well as the More Voices hymnbook.
Julian holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University, a Grade 10 Piano Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Royal Roads University. When not leading music at Mount Seymour, Julian can be found accompanying the Higher Ground Women’s Ensemble, emulating Oscar Peterson and Billy Joel at local cocktail receptions and weddings, and accompanying choirs in his community. He is a manager with the Greater Vancouver YMCA and continues to be a popular choice for on-call music opportunities within BC and beyond.
Dominique Hogan – Gospel Choir
Dominique Hogan has worked across Canada and the US as Artistic/Musical Director, Coach, Voice Teacher, Accompanist, Concert Producer, and Arranger. She is best known in Vancouver as the Founder and Artistic Director of Burstin’ with Broadway, a 175 member non-auditioned performance group/chorus in North Vancouver. Dominique was also the founding Director of the PALS Chorus a seniors choir in Vancouver, and has produced numerous fundraiser concerts in the lower mainland in the last decade. Her biggest passion is teaching voice to adults and demystifying the myth of “tone-deafness”. She holds a MMus in Musical Direction for Lyric Opera and Musical Theatre (Arizona State University) under full scholarship, a BMus in Music Theory (McGill) and a DCS (Marianopolis College) in Music under full scholarship. www.dominiquehogan.com
Marcus Mosely – Gospel Choir
Marcus, originally from small-town Texas, has sung all over North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, thanks to 10 years of missionary service. Since moving to Vancouver in 1986, he’s performed in Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Gold Revue, and Show Boat; and earned a Jessie Richardson nomination for his starring role in his musical gospel creation, It’s Time To Sing.
Six years ago Marcus formed The Sojourners, a roots gospel trio now with two acclaimed CDs to their name. The Sojourners conduct workshops, perform in festivals, and make media appearances across Canada and Europe. Last September, Marcus launched The Marcus Mosely Chorale, a 60-voice community gospel choir.
Marcus believes Gospel music is a major vehicle for emotional and spiritual release and expression. It is about joy and celebration. It opens up one’s heart and mind to unseen possibilities. His goal in directing the Gospel choir is to bring together a company of individuals who come from different backgrounds… different spiritual paths… different cultural experiences and to journey with them in an exploration of those “unseen possibilities”. If this interests you… all he asks is that you come with an open mind ready to sing. Contact Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheldhan Simonss – Caretaker
Sheldhan is our Caretaker.
“Love is the current of life that flows through and energizes everything that we are, do and share. After being here for over 25 years and hearing “Sheldhan is not going anywhere, he is family” I feel very fortunate to be serving behind the scenes in building maintenance and experiencing the love that’s in this church.” – Sheldhan