Reverend Lynda Harrison
Reverend Lynda Harrison began her ministry here at St. John's United Church in October 2006. Born and raised in New Richmond, Quebec on the Gaspe Peninsula, Rev. Lynda received her B.A. from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec then attended McGill University and the United Theological College in Montreal, attaining her Master of Divinity in 1994. She was ordained by the Maritme Conference in 1994 and settled in Yellow Grass - Trossachs Pastoral Charge in Saskatchewan. She then served at the Waterville/Hatley/North Hatley church in the Quebec/Sherbrooke Presbytery for six years. Rev. Lynda's covenanting service was held on October 29, 2006 at St. John's, presided over by Mr. Lorne Bender, chair of the Seaway Valley Presbytery.
Rev. Lynda's spirit is nutured by reading, prayer, reflection and devotions, theatre, movies, music and laughter. Lynda's interests include golf, skating, and playing squash.
Rev. Lynda has an interesting perspective about her chosen role and what it means for her personally:
"I would say that I find being on a journey of faith with others fulfilling and exciting. I believe that ministry can be described in terms of being on a journey with people. This imagery helps me to articulate my understanding of ministry as walking with people on a journey of faith. When people accompany each other in love we can learn more about God who guides and sustains at all times. Ministry is standing on "holy ground" -- sharing joys and sorrows, tears and laughter with the 'whole people of God.' Ministry involves meeting people where they are on their journey of faith. Faith is an active, on-going, and exciting journey.
I believe that ministry involves encouraging one another to reflect God's love in all that we say and do as a community of faith. Ministry needs to be linked closely with the mission of the faith community. I view ministry as 'team work' involving all people of the congregation."