about us & staff 

 

St. Andrew’s United Church (Westwood) & Norwood United Church are distinct church locations which:

-form The Norwood-Westwood Pastoral Charge

-share a full-time Ordained Minister and part-time Administrative Assistant

-co-operate and seek to be mutually supportive

In non-Covid times, the congregations

​-serve free Community Suppers year round, on the last Sunday of the month

-host the Annual “Strawberry Supper” (on the 3rd Wednesday in June) 

-observe a month of Sabbath in July, and combine for services during August

​​-combine for worship (Sunday after Christmas, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, Annual Picnic, and Church Anniversaries etc.)

-continue to be organized with a "Session" (Elders) which, with the Minister, oversees worship and related areas, and a "Board of Stewards" which oversees finances and maintaining our fine church buildings and property.  The Pastoral Charge Official Board generally meets spring/autumn or when necessary to oversee matters that affect both church locations.   Occasionally, a joint meeting of the Sessions is convened to consider matters under consideration by the whole United Church, i.e., "remits."

(for more about us click here)

our staff

 The Norwood-Westwood Pastoral Charge

 

Minister

The Reverend Don McLean CD, ThM, MDiv, BA (Music) - see below

 

Administrative Assistant

Deanna Archer joins our staff shortly.  Rosemary is assisting through the transition.

​St. Andrew’s United Church (Westwood) (click here)

An Affirming Ministry within the United Church

established 1833

Organist & Choir Director

Marilyn McMillan

 

Caretaker

-monthly volunteers-

 

Norwood United Church (click here)

established 1836

Organist & Choir Director

Kerstin Walsh

Children & Youth Ministries Coordinator

Emily Jones (on leave)

Youth Animator

Ingram Bianco

Caretaker

Bill Scott

The Reverend Don McLean (he/him)

-lives in Asphodel-Norwood township with Anna, Evelyn & Ian (and Bailey) 

-begins the 36th year of Ordained Ministry in 2022

-has served 12 years with St. Andrew's & Norwood United Churches

​-prefers to embrace mystery than proclaim "certainties"

-attempts to put in practice insights gained in continuing formal and informal studies at various centres, including:

The University of Winnipeg

The Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto)

The Canadian Forces Chaplain School & Centre (CFB Borden)

Université St. Paul (Ottawa)

Supervised Pastoral Education at Université St. Paul & St. Vincent's Continuing Care Hospital (Ottawa)

Five Oaks Centre (Paris, Ontario)

-earned 3 degrees  at Queen's University:

Th.M. (Master of Theology) 2001

M.Div. (Master of Divinity) 1987

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts - Music) 1984

-is a life-long musician

-performs as a ‘cellist in the Kingston Symphony (and has since 1981)

-has taught ‘cello lessons locally

-served more than 12.5 years among shipmates in the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) of the Canadian Armed Forces Lieutenant (Navy) McLean was Unit  Chaplain alternately at HMCS CARLETON (Ottawa) and HMCS CATARAQUI (Kingston), and fulfilled (short-term) Chaplain duties at CFB Halifax & Shearwater, CFS Alert, Naval Reserve HQ (Quebec City) and during the 1998 Ice Storm in Eastern Ontario.   Padre Don McLean received the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) in February 2009.

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