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Minister of Worship

Rev. Jim Gill @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioRev. Jim Gill, Coordinating Minister, came to Walton having previously served the Bruce Mines/Desbarats Pastoral Charge near Sault Ste. Marie and Islington United Church in Toronto.

Under his leadership of 40 years, Walton has experienced growth in membership, church facilities, activities, programs, staffing and community involvement through outreach. Jim welcomes people into the Congregation through Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Group Studies. He was acknowledged for marrying more couples each year than anyone else in The United Church of Canada.

Jim has overseen five major renovations and expansions during his tenure, as the church has worked to meet the needs of the Walton expanding community of faith. A major commercial kitchen reno was completed during Covid.

Jim is Walton’s longest-serving pastor. He was instrumental in instituting a Student Minister Internship program, which became the longest-running congregational program in the denomination. His ability to reach out to people, his energy and his organizational skills continue to be a blessing to the congregation and community. His dedicated service to his congregation and his tireless ministry to reach those without a church home will surely provide for the well-being of the church in these post-pandemic years.

Contact Jim via the church office: office@waltonmemorial.com

Voluntary Associate Minister

Rev. Karen Inkster @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioKaren Inkster taught Physical Education and Science for 8 years before returning to university for her M. Div. degree. She was ordained by Hamilton Conference in 1984 and settled in Ivan, a three point (congregations) Pastoral Charge just north of London. She served in a team ministry at St. Paul’s (Oakville) from 1988 to 1994 and was minister of the Nelson-Palermo Pastoral Charge from 1994 to 2003. Karen retired from Barton Stone United Church in Hamilton in February 2013.

Karen’s hobbies include swimming, genealogy, gaming (the old fashion way i.e. board games and cards!) and is a big TV sports fan.

Karen is married to her partner, Sharon. They live in Burlington.

Student Minister

Gill Le Fevre and her family (husband Stuart, and 2 children Caitlin and Lachlan) have lived in Canada for over five years and been part of the Walton community for almost as long. Canada is the fourth country Gill has lived in – as well as Scotland, Australia and England – which explains her unusual accent!

Gill is our Student Minister at Walton, and her involvement includes preaching (about 15 times a year), as well as frequently assisting with worship leadership and the preparation of the bulletin prayers and liturgy. Gill writes the Advent and Lent Devotionals and serves on the Worship Committee. She also assists Stuart with the preparation of the Easy Worship slides for our services, and is one of the coordinators for our Fruit of the Vine women’s group.

Gill is currently enrolled in the Masters of Theological Studies program at Emmanuel College (part time) and in addition to her position with Walton, Gill works in Communications for Cancer Care Ontario. When not working or studying, Gill enjoys playing tennis and planning family (car) camping trips

Parish Nurse

Cathy Winn @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioCathy Winn has been the Parish Nurse at Walton United Church for over 16 years.

Her nursing experience has included working in most areas of a local acute care hospital, including surgery, medicine, ICU, emergency, with some home care experience throughout the years, recently retiring from the outpatient Oncology Clinic.

Parish nursing is a very different kind of nursing from hospital and community nursing. Parish nursing allows her opportunities to get to know people on a much deeper level than hospital nursing ever could allow. Cathy feels that experiencing one’s faith journey together, sharing the joys, the challenges and sorrows of life with others, through her role as parish nurse is a real blessing and a true privilege for her.

Facilities Coordinator & Administrator

Family Ministries Coordinator

Val Waldron @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioVal Waldron is proud Nanny, Mom, and wife and feels very privileged to partner with other parents (grandparents) in the nurturing and faith development of children, youth and families together. Supporting and encouraging families to know and love Jesus, to learn and grow together in Christ.

Val is blessed to have two wonderfully enthusiastic grandsons, Jack and Jacob and is a proud Mom to her 2 sons and daughter and daughter in law. Family is her passion.

Val was first hired at Walton part time as the Senior Youth Coordinator, so she could be a stay at home Mom and work too. Realizing that Teens need a place to be on Sunday mornings, Teen Talk became a great place for teens to live, talk and grow in their faith. Val’s love for teens, children, and babies, has blessed her to share many Senior and Junior Youth Group nights, events and Retreats, Confirmation programs and services, and Sunday School lessons. She has been given a wonderful gift to share in these young ones lives, some amazing celebrations and through some very difficult times as well.

Val loves music, and dancing, and just having fun! Playing the piano and guitar is a special time of praise and worship she offers to God, and occasionally with Upside Down Church.

Val also works in the Church Office as Assistant Administrator, where she facilitates the liturgy in the services and prepares the bulletin each week. She oversees a wonderful ministry of ladies “The Friday Morning Angels” who have shared and taught her many life lessons She also co-ordinates the baptisms and funerals and is blessed to share with families in both of these seasons of life.

Val has found great comfort and hope in this scripture and loves to share it with others.

Contact Val – familyministries@waltonmemorial.com

 

“For surely I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper and protect you, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart.”

~ Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Financial Administrator

Stu Le Fevre @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Contact: stuart@waltonmemorial.com

Stuart Le Fevre and his family (wife Gill and 2 children Caitlin and Lachlan) are “new Canadians”. They moved here from the UK in 2013, primarily for the better weather and the great outdoors, thereby triggering two of the worst Canadian winters in four decades. Since arriving in Canada they have been warmly welcomed into the Walton community and into several aspects of church life, including Stu’s role as Financial Administrator and singing in the Walton choir.

Stu’s background is Accounting and Finance, and prior to working at Walton had spent all of his working life in the UK banking sector, but please don’t hold that against him. He is now enjoying working in the church office with the rest of the team, and is grateful for having swapped the lengthy daily commute into London in the UK, for a 5 minute stroll to Walton.

The Le Fevres are very thankful for their new life in Bronte. When not at work Stu enjoys playing tennis, cycling, running and (watching) soccer, and making the most of the great Canadian outdoors by going on camping trips with his family.

Director of Music

Linda Fletcher @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioLinda Fletcher, Hons. B.Mus., B.Ed., A.Mus. (Gold medalist), RMT., is actively involved in the music community as a teacher, composer, singer, adjudicator, clinician, accompanist and music director. She studied piano with Grace Vandendool and Reginald Bedford, organ with Keith Hopkins, and voice with Gladys Whitehead and Tom Oliver.

A dedicated voice teacher, she maintains a busy private studio and has been the organist and music director at Walton United Church in Oakville for over 30 years. Her students and choirs have won many local, provincial and international awards for piano, singing and composition including numerous RCM silver medals. Several of Linda’s students are now performing internationally. Her student Scott MacIntyre was in the top 8 of American Idol in 2009.

A featured composer in the 2002 Canadian Composer’s Calendar, her vocal and choral compositions have been selected for music festivals and performed internationally. She served as chorus director for two Juno nominated recordings of children’s entertainer, Eric Nagler.

In 2006, Linda was the recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award, in recognition of her many contributions to the teaching of music. She was recently featured in the magazine Arts About Town. Linda was the 2012 recipient of the ORMTA Special Teacher award.

Linda was part of the creative team for the 2012 RCM voice series and some of her songs are included in the syllabus. She is the compiler and editor of a new series of Canadian songbooks entitled “Sing!” published by Leslie Music.

Linda has adjudicated major music festivals across Canada. She is actively involved in local music festivals arranging fundraising concerts and as syllabus adviser and accompanist. She also accompanies voice and theatre at the OMFA provincials.

Linda is a member of ACTRA, NATS, SOCAN, CFMTA and ORMTA where she served on the executive for ten years. She was a workshop clinician for the ORMTA convention 2012. She and her husband John are blessed with four children who also share Linda’s love of music and five grandchildren.

Linda is the director of the Chancel and Youth choirs.

Junior Choir Director

Jillian Vander Dolen grew up in Bronte and joined Walton’s Youth Choir in 1999 while taking voice lessons with Linda Fletcher (Walton’s Music Director). From the ages of 10 to 21, Jillian participated in vocal competitions across the GTA. She was selected several times to compete provincially as well as in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition. Jillian attended Sheridan College in the Performing Arts Preparation Program.

Jillian has been self-employed for over 14 years and currently owns two retail stores in Burlington and St. Catharines. She is now an active member of Walton’s Chancel Choir and feels the choirs are one of the greatest blessings in her life.

For information about our Junior Choir, click here.

Contact: office@waltonmemorial.com

Senior Youth Group Coordinators

Wendy & Craig SIlva @ Walton United Church, Oakville, OntarioWendy and Craig Silva have been members of Walton since they moved to Oakville in 2006. In 2012, they were called to the Senior Youth Group coordinators position and jumped in with 4 feet!

Wendy and Craig make a great team — Wendy organizes Teen Talk on Sunday morning and Craig organizes Friday Night SYG — but most of the time you’ll see them together.

When not laughing and having fun with the teens, Wendy is a cartographer for a nearby municipality, and Craig is the Senior Account Manager for a marketing agency in Toronto. They are the proud parents of 2 amazing daughters, Rachel and Lauren, and proud adoptive parents to their rescue dog, Storm.

Contact: senioryouth@waltonmemorial.com