Amy Haynes, Coordinating Team Minister (Interm)
Amy is going into her third year of her Master of Divinity studies in the fall of 2020. She is also a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the United Church of Canada. Her particular area of interest is in Theology of Trauma, the work of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), and Preaching. She is a mother of two amazing kids who inspire her regularly. Email Amy
Rev. Hillary Van Spronsen, Coordinating Team Minister
Hillary is currently on maternity leave until June 2021. Please contact one of our other team members to assist you.
Lisa Penzo, Children and Family Ministry and Connections Ministry
Children 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
Brenda 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 Manager and Communications
Jennifer 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 the United Church office administration, 13 years as a small business owner. She is married to Rob and they have two children. Email Jennifer