Rev. Hillary MacDonald, Coordinating Minister
Hillary 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 fiancé, Kevin, enjoy life with their puppy, Yogi.
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 Bible Stories to life for children in 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.
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.
Rev. Joel Den Haan, Director of Regional Ministries
As Director of Regional Ministries, Joel works with St. Andrew’s Regional Ministry project leaders to plan, network, and collaborate on implementing their vision. He provides technical guidance to facilitate the internal work and infrastructure for the project, and works with St. Andrew’s Council and the Regional Ministries Management committee to offer resources and build a clearer understanding of the directions we seek to go in. With thirteen years’ prior experience as an Alberta and Northwest Conference staff person, along with an extensive background in non-profit governance and United Church regulatory frameworks, Joel seeks to provide practical guidance as St. Andrew’s moves into the future. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Queens University, Kingston. Joel is married and has a son and two daughters.
Andrew Scott-Davies, Office Administration
Andrew joined St. Andrew’s staff as Office Administrator in May 2015. Andrew is the friendly person who one first likely meets when coming into St. Andrew’s Centre. He has a background in hospitality and customer service.
Rev. Shelley Den Haan, Communications Consultant
Shelley works with St. Andrew’s and its partners in communicating the work of St. Andrew’s United Church and the Regional Ministries. Shelley values that St. Andrew’s bases its work on values of partnership, shared ministry, camaraderie, shared and consultative leadership and always learning more about God and the world. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology. Prior to becoming a United Church minister, Shelley worked in communications in the health care and post-secondary education fields. After 16 years in congregational ministry, she now combines the theological background with her vocation as a communications professional.