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
Office Phone: 250-384-2425
Children & Families Leader
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. On November 20, Keith will use humour, insight and challenge to provoke our own curiosity about pilgrimage, discernment and God.
Rev. Rob Crosby-Shearer
The Rev. Rob Crosby-Shearer is a member of the Emmaus Community , a neo-monastic community in Victoria. He is currently a minister at the Abbey Church , and is starting a ‘nano-brewery’. Rob lived for 5-years in the Toronto Catholic Worker , ran a festival with the Canadian Council of Churches, worked with a street church, was the music director at “Wine Before Breakfast” and worked with an international development organization. Until recently, Rob was Community Life Minister at St. Philip Anglican Church. Rob loves hiking, walking, good coffee and time with his family; twin 6-year olds Amaya and Zion and his spouse Meagan, who is an Anglican priest.
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.
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