Staff

Rev. Hillary Van Spronsen, Coordinating Minister

Hillary MacDonaldHillary comes to St. Andrew’s after serving two congregations in South Western Ontario. She was ordained in May 2018 in London Ontario and holds a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Previously, Hillary worked with the United Church’s Go Project for children and youth, working from coast to coast (Newfoundland to British Columbia – St. John’s to Vancouver) in differing capacities over seven years. She has participated in four General Councils and has been involved with Rendez Vous and Worship Matters (both large, national church conferences) and for five years sat on the London Conference Aboriginal Rights and Relations Committee, providing a non-aboriginal youth voice, addressing concerns and building relations with Aboriginal peoples. Hillary also comes with experience as being a volunteer in non-church environments and coordinating volunteers in those settings. Hillary and her husband, Kevin, enjoy life with their puppy, Yogi.  Email Hillary

Lisa Penzo, Children and Family Ministry and Connections Ministry

Staffbios-LisaChildren and Family Ministries staff person Lisa delights in children’s curiosity. “They remind us that things don’t need to be so complicated.” Lisa and the volunteers she works with go the extra mile to bring stories from the Bible Stories to life for children in the Sunday morning program. For example, children don’t just get told Bible stories such as the Wise Man built his house upon a rock. The children actually built a house together with their adult leaders. With the story of feeding the 5,000, programing involved cooking and, of course, collecting food for food programs as outreach. Her work is expanding into Regionalized Ministry to provide Family ministry beyond traditional Sunday morning formats. Lisa also works with YMCA Canada as a Training Educator, Team Leader, Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, Ottawa. She is married to John and they have two children. Email Lisa

Brenda McKellar, Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Staffbio-BrendaBrenda joined St. Andrew’s staff in 2005. In 2013 Brenda’s work expanded to coordinating Youth Ministry for the Calgary area as part of the Regional Ministries Project. A youth minister for approximately 15 years, Brenda previously worked with  First United, Salmon Arm and Trinity United, Vernon in BC as well as a camp director. She grew up in United Church youth programs in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.
Brenda is passionate about youth ministry and brings to her work a good listening ear, insight, much laughter as well as stamina to handle many a youth sleepover or weekend camp. She works with young people to develop programming together and to encourage their faith, independence and leadership ability. Now that the youth ministry work is also regionalized across Calgary, Brenda seeks to work collaboratively with youth and adult leadership, other churches and non-profit organizations to provide multi-facetted programming across the city. She is married to Hamish and they have three children.  Email Brenda

Jennifer Aldous, Office Administration and Communications

Jennifer AldousJennifer joined St. Andrew’s staff as Office Administrator in July 2019. Jennifer is the friendly person who one first likely meets when coming into St. Andrew’s Centre. Jennifer has more than five years of experience in United Church office administration, 13 years as a small business owner. She is married to Rob and they have two children.  Email Jennifer