Staff

Minister – The Rev. Teri Meyer

Serving within the community of Terrace since the fall of 2014, Rev. Teri has embraced the beauty and adventure of coastal Northwest British Columbia.  A “Home-grown BC Girl”, she arrived already loving the wild spaces: hiking, snow shoeing, canoeing, camping and fishing. Since coming to town, she’s become an active golfer on Ladies’ Day; a ‘kind of’ bowler when it is too cold to play outside; a some what regular singer of Karaoke at a local establishment; and, learned how to ride a motorcycle, rolling down the highways and back roads with the local “Women in the Wind” chapter. And, on occasion, she has been recruited to assist in coaching local youth fastball teams.

Rev. Teri comes to our community with a small dog (hypoallergenic) named Karma (who also likes to ride on the back of Rev. Teri’s motorcycle).  You may sometimes find her sitting under the Minister’s desk during the week. And you will definitely see her at our annual “Blessing of the Animals” service the first Sunday of September.

Called to Knox United Church with a mandate for change, we set about the work of exploring and redeveloping our “Mission & Vision”; naming our collective “Values”; developing a “Behavioural Covenant” (Holy Manners); and setting new goals, in the areas of outreach, worship, youth, community building, stewardship and leadership development.  She is excited about the rich potential for vibrant ministry initiatives within Knox United Church, and is appreciative of the many gifted and committed folk who call Knox “home.”

Already, since her arrival, we have introduced new seasonal worship services, like: Blue Christmas, Blessing of the Animals, Blessing of Bikes & Riders, HomeComing Sunday. And other events, like: Memorial Hymn Sing.

Rev. Teri has been described as a healer; a story-teller; a visionary; a prophetic voice; a creative force; a change-agent. She plays guitar and writes songs. She loves to create new liturgy and share the Good News in joy-filled, thoughtful ways.  She also volunteers as the local RCMP Spiritual Care person; and as a Community Justice Forum Facilitator, trained in CJF, Victim-Offender Conferencing, and is a Peace Making Circle Keeper.

She looks forward to meeting you! Visits with the Minister can be arranged directly or through the Church Office. Come “walk and talk” with the Minister, chat over a beverage in a local shop, or another location.  She offers Pastoral Counseling, Marriage Prep, Spiritual Direction, Healing Pathway sessions upon request.

Regular work days: Sunday-Thursday (Friday/Saturday Off – unless otherwise scheduled).

 

Church Office Administrator – Trish Coggan

Arriving in Canada, all the way from New Zealand, in February 2015 (and she stayed?), Trish brings her infectious joy, compassion, liberal dose of humour, conversational skills and multi-tasking administrative gifts.

With the Knox family since November, 2015, she has become an integral part of the KUC landscape and the Staff Team.  If you need it, she can find it; and if she can’t find it, she will find the person(s) who can. And if she can’t find the person who can, she will pray to St. Anthony (Patron Saint of lost things) with you until help is found.

She enjoys coming to work, though she never knows what each day will bring.  Usually, it offers lots of friendly visitors and not too many battles with the computer, or the photocopier (TBTG!).  Trish has worked as a Church or School Administrator for most of her working life and serving others is something she is passionate about.

On a personal note, Trish and her husband of 36 years, Garry, and their dog, Boh, love to hike in the wilderness and explore this beautiful region. They are blessed to have a constant stream of New Zealand visitors from home with whom to share new adventures.  She enjoys entertaining and cooking, and can often be found in her garden on her days off, reading a good book.   She truly believe s that laughter is the very best medicine. And, so you know, a ‘flat white’ is her preferred hot beverage (if you are planning on stopping by). And her favourite hymn is, “Be Thou My Vision”.

Also in the Office, when Trish is away, more than capably filling in, you may meet, Pat McGinlay (retired but not forgotten KUC Office Admin); and, new to our congregation, Sharon Van Damme (former Office Admin from First Met in Victoria).

Regular Office Hours:    Tuesday/Thursday: Noon to 3:00 pm         

                                                   Wednesday/Friday: 9:00 am to Noon

 

Director of Music Ministry – Lynn Turner

Long-time member of Knox United, she sang in the Church Choir long before she stepped in to the role as its Director. She has played the piano and the organ for many years, and leads both our Junior and Senior Choirs.  She also provides accompaniment up at Terraceview Lodge when Knox leads Sunday afternoon worship with the seniors. For the weekly service, Lynn chooses special music including the Choir Anthem, prelude and postlude pieces, and has been known to write a, “Choral Amen” or two.  Her range and style of musical selections is great, from classical to contemporary. Her gifts are appreciated.

Lynn also makes arrangements to bring in local musicians and singers for special occasions, or for the times she is off on break or taking a “professional day”. Some of these special folk include: The Classical Act, Carole Harrison, Amy Klepetar, The Shaw-Carter Family, Sam & Sunhwa Kim, Andrew Johnstone, Bonnie Juniper, Cheryl Wyatt and Sarah Kirwin, and more.

She is an avid (‘avid’ is an understatement) fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. She serves as Knox’s representative to Naramata Centre (an education and spiritual centre for the United Church in the Okanagan).

All are welcome to join the Choirs:

September to May:   Junior Choir: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm     

                                      Senior Choir: Thursdays, 7-9:00 pm