Reverend Beth Walker
Beth is skilled at creating community and a sense of belonging. Her passion is to create and to experience connecting our everyday life story to the ancient Biblical stories and faith traditions. Her ministry in the United Church both volunteered and paid, spans 15 years. Before that, she practiced interior design. She is a diaconal minister, a graduate of the Center for Christian Studies and Spiritual Director from the Pacific Jubilee program. She says her understanding of God comes from the abundant community at Fairfield and Moss. She experiences God in dialogue and through spiritual practice such as silence and the Healing Pathway. She loves to have coffee with the folks – don’t be afraid to say hello!
“Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving – it doesn’t matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come even if you have broken your vow a hundred times.
Come, come again, come.”
– Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
Community Engagement Manager
Children & Families Leader
Rev. Dr.Keith Howard
Rev. Dr. Keith Howard is profoundly curious about the interface between the Christian gospel and the social context in which we live. This curiosity has drawn him into many roles within and outside The United Church of Canada over the last 40+ years including: preacher, writer, blogger, broadcaster, Conference staff, executive director, project team leader, and teacher. Keith holds degrees from the University of Victoria, the Vancouver School of Theology and the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is married to Gaye Sharpe and is the father of five and the grandfather of seven.
Rev. Dr. Murray Groom
The Reverend Doctor Murray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He has been formed as a mathematician (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), a theologian (St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon; St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton) and as a trained spiritual director/soul friend (The Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, Vancouver). His vocational life has involved him in a number of pilgrimages and he continues to work as a retreat leader and church consultant. Having recently “crossed the Jordan” of retirement from parish ministry, he is intent on exploring the promises of this new land. His current interests include singing, drawing, hiking, gardening and conversations with meaning. A father of three, he lives with his wife Susan in Shawnigan Lake and continues to adjust his culinary practice to reflect a more post-modern diet.
Linda Mulhall is a Spiritual Guide and Adult Educator. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance programs offered by Atum O’Kane (Sufi and Jungian Analyst). Linda’s life’s work has been to assist others in unearthing their authentic self: to find their own spiritual path. She draws from the mystical traditions within Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sufism.
“Our own soul, our own deep self remembers why we have come and who we are. The soul is continually leading us to ever deepening wholeness, and to greater expansiveness and joy.”
Gaye is a skilled storyteller which she credits to her passion for the Bible and eavesdropping on her parents and friends. Her ministry in the United Church, both volunteered and paid, spans 50 years. She says her understandings of God come through the generous and open hearts of children and the straight talk of elders. She is also Fairfield United’s former minister and coordinator of the internationally-acclaimed program, Godly Play.