Rev. Gary Clark
Gary hails from PEI and sees himself as a down-home kind of guy. He and his partner Kathy Douglas share six kids, seven grandchildren and continue to be in relationship with their now grown foster kids. He studied primarily in Halifax receiving his Masters of Divinity in 1988. He has served congregations in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. He has worked in solo ministries and with other ministers. He was drawn to Forest Hill United Church (FHUC) because it follows the Holy Currencies philosophy (he loves talking about Holy Currencies).
FHUC embraces a team approach to leadership where we celebrate each person’s best gifts. We take their guidance in their expertise seriously. I hold leadership in worship and administration. I am tasked with holding the needs of the congregation and world, the trends of our society, and the Spirit’s calling together so that dreams for FHUC’s future may be given a voice. I am open to hearing where your heart and soul calls you so that we may journey together.
Rev. Ellen Baynton-Walker
I am a United Church of Canada Diaconal Minister commissioned in 2014 to a ministry of education, pastoral care and social justice. I taught Special Education for 25 years before my call into ministry. My theological studies were at the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg and Martin Luther Seminary at WLU. I love to travel, read and have a spiritual practice of mindfulness and centering contemplation. At Forest Hill my ministry focus is faith formation and pastoral care and support.
M.J. has been working professionally in the theatre since the age of 17. Having spent the beginning of her career as a performer, she now works regularly as a voice teacher, vocal coach, music director, pianist, and vocalist. In her former life as music theatre performer, M.J. appeared onstage as an actor and accompanist in the touring production of “Piaf: Love Conquers All” (LVR Productions). She performed on Disney Cruise Line, at Stage West Mississauga, and Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, to name a few. She is a graduate of the Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. M.J. is a new resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, where she moved after 23 years of living and working in Toronto. On Sunday mornings, she can be found directing the choir at Forest Hill United Church in Kitchener.
Kelly has lived her entire life in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Here she met and married her husband of 35 years, Dave, and together they raised a family of four sons.
After achieving a BSc. from the University of Waterloo, Kelly’s multi-faceted career has spanned the industries of real estate, banking administration and for several years, she was owner and operator of a specialty food business. She has also dedicated her time to animal care at a wildlife rescue, as well as teaching seniors exercise.
Kelly grew up with a passion for the outdoors, a love she has passed on to her sons. She regularly partakes in kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and travelling. While at home she finds peace in the hours spent maintaining the beautiful and bountiful gardens around her home.