Reverend John Brown is a retired United Church minister and provides Pastoral Care to our members. Pastoral Care has always been an important and loved aspect of his work. Rev John works with the Pastoral Care Committee and visits our members in retirement facilities, hospitals and in their homes.
Reverend Pegi Ridout is our Intentional Interim Minister. She brings a breadth and depth of experience to this work in a variety of congregational sizes and settings. She will guide Central in evaluating our ministry and discerning where we are headed. She is on the faculty of the Interim Ministry Network, coordinates the national Credentialing Committee that oversees Intentional Interim Ministers, and is a ministry coach and consultant. Pegi grew up in Toronto and lives in Hamilton.
Pastor Paul began his ministry at Granton-Wesley United Church in 2005 following a career in the banking industry. He also took on the ministry of Bryanston United Church in 2009. In 2012, Pastor Paul and Rev. Kathy Wreford joined their time and talents to minister to the Group of 7 United churches which combined surrounding rural pastoral charges. This group eventually became known as the Villages United Rural Ministries where Pastor Paul continued to minister until his retirement in 2019. He came to Central United shortly after his retirement and is assisting our congregation, as we prepare to search for a full-time minister.
Lauri Ladd is our Music Director for both our Junior and Senior choirs. As a child she grew up immersed in the joy of music and has been providing music for churches, nursing homes, weddings, funerals and public events for over 30 years. Lauri believes music creates community and reaches people in ways words never could. She lives in St. Thomas with her energetic family.'.
Cathy Rivest is our Office Support and produces our Sunday Bulletins as well as keeping records of our donations and membership. She is indispensable to our congregation and a great support person. Cathy also assists the Inn out of the Cold while they are housed in our church basement. She accepts donations and provides information and support as needed.