Retired Supply Minister: Rev. Linda Butler
Rev. Linda Butler started working halftime with our congregation on October 1st, and shall be here until your new minister can be called. My responsibilities are primarily for worship and pastoral care, plus participation in Council meetings and other meetings where a minister must be present. Since she is new to Sharon-Hope United Church, it is important that we let her know of any pastoral care concerns so she can arrange visits in hospital, long term care facilities and homes and / or set up meetings at the church. She can be reached at the confidential church voicemail and / or email at.
To give you a little background, Rev. Linda was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1984. She served on three point charges in Southern Manitoba (Emerson, Dominion City and Greenridge) and Ontario (Coldwater, Eady and Waubaushene) and in team ministry with Warren McDougall at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto and Richmond Hill United. Both retired in 2016. Since then, she held a 10 month supply appointment at Countryside (Thornton), and has done pulpit supply in Aurora, Bradford, Parkwoods and Richmond Hill. She is also on the Candidacy Board for Central and Northern Ontario and part of the leadership development group at Toronto United Church Council.
Minister: Rev. Sadekie Lyttle-Forbes (coming July 1st, 2020) Sharon- Hope is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Rev. Sadekie to our community of faith on July 1, 2020.
Rev Sadekie has been serving at Emmanuel United Church in Windsor, ON since September 2015. She is passionate about making connections between faith and day-to-day living. She believes that what we do at Sharon-Hope should impact the community and support all areas of our congregational life. Sadekie seeks to bring together spirituality, prayer, social justice and community engagement by following the teachings of Scripture and sharing the love of Jesus. She is warm, inspiring and faith filled with the added gift of bursting into song during a sermon. She comes with significant gifts and training in Counselling, Education and Ministry, with a high level of ministry effectiveness with children, youth and adults alike. She fully engages in the local community and currently serves on three committees at the national level. She is described as an inspiring preacher, engaging teacher, responsive pastor, supportive leader and a warm and considerate person. Rev. Sadekie is married to Imran for 14+ years and together they parent three children Zaheer (13 years old, passionate about sports, especially basketball), Zianne (10 year old, enjoys the arts, especially dancing) and Zaiden (8 years old, enjoys video games, plays soccer and speaks French fluently).
Donna Corbett has been a member of the Sharon-Hope United Church congregation since 2010. She was initially drawn to Sharon-Hope UC by the warm welcome she received as well as the energetic and eclectic music program. Over the last eight years, Donna was grateful for the opportunities to become part of the musical life through accompanying the annual cantatas and filling in as needed for the Music Director.
Donna was appointed as Music Director in the spring of 2018.
Donna is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. She also holds a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy; Her first career was as a school teacher where she was an Instrumental and Vocal Music Specialist (Grades 1-13) as well as teacher of core curriculum.
Donna is also a Registered Nurse with added qualifications as a Parish Nurse, a position she held at Sharon-Hope from 2012 to 2018. Even as she entered a second career in healthcare, Donna continued to participate actively in music.
She has extensive experience as an accompanist for soloists, groups and choirs. In addition, since coming to the GTA in 1987, Donna has been involved with more than thirty community theatre productions as actor, musical director, conductor, and show pianist. She has been nominated for awards for her work as musical director and actress and was honoured to be named York Regional Police Volunteer of 2010 for her work as accompanist for the York Region Police Male Chorus.
Donna is an experienced musician, educator, nurse, and choir director whose lifelong love of the arts has enriched her physical, mental and spiritual health and happiness. She is delighted to share those loves with the wonderful Sharon-Hope Choir and congregation.
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Tell us your story. Do not go unnoticed. Explain why you are a winning candidate. Sharon-Hope United Church is looking for someone who is warm and hospitable, finds joy in working within a great team, wants the opportunity to share in the planning of the church program. Grow with us.
This role will ensure the efficient administration of the church office, assisting the minister, staff, volunteers, and community of faith. All activities associated with this position must be achieved in a manner consistent with the church’s vision statement, faith profile, policies and procedures.