In May, TMUC approved a call to the Reverend Robert Reed to serve as this faith community’s Ministry Personnel beginning this summer! We welcome Rob and look forward to sharing with him the life and ministry of this community.
People of Transcona Memorial,
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rob Reed, and the congregation that inspired my call to ministry through its handbell choir and youth program was Camrose United Church in Alberta. In 2002, I received an opportunity to become part of a team ministry as a Staff Associate, in Sherwood Park, Alberta, where my focus was with youth, and where my discernment for diaconal ministry was undertaken and completed. I was commissioned in 2010, in Alberta and Northwest Conference. In 2007 I began serving as a student with the people of Gainsborough and Carievale in southeast Saskatchewan. These congregations saw me through my theological studies and training with the Centre for Christian Studies, Transfer and Settlement, and 16-years worth of pastoral occasions, to today.
My call to ministry has been nurtured and sustained by opportunities to express creativity through worship, music, education and leadership. My motivation to pursue a call to Transcona Memorial United Church was the stories I have read and heard about the ways in which you live out your call to be God’s people. I am excited to learn more about your journey to becoming an Affirming congregation, and how you continue to live this out. I am excited to learn about and share in your environmental initiatives to care for Creation. I am excited to explore and claim with you, the responsibility of our United Church’s part in reconciliation with our Indigenous kin. I am excited to join in and contribute to the vibrant energy of Messy Church. I am excited to participate in the events that create community and fill the spiritual needs of people who seek the fulfillment of these at Transcona Memorial. I am excited!
When I arrive in Winnipeg in July, to take up this call, it will be in the company of my partner, Susan, who has recently accepted a call to North Kildonan United Church, and our adorable fur-babies, Charlie and Simba. We look forward to exploring Winnipeg, and have already talked about taking in music and theatre events, as well as scoping out interesting restaurants. Thank you for approving my call to serve you. We’ll see you soon!