Leadership

Rev. Eleanor Scarlett
escarlett@edenunitedchurch.com

Eleanor was born in St. Thomas Jamaica, to Veneta Fagan and Philip Scarlett the oldest of seven children. The family were actively involved in the Methodist Church where her faith was nurtured. Eleanor believes from an early age she was able to recognise inequality and began to cultivate a deep sense for social justice.

She states that in the early years she struggled to find a welcoming faith community. She was aware of a call to ministry from a young age but instead chose other carrier path, a call never really leave and ultimately she said yes to the voice that kept nudging at her. She attended York University Atkinson College and obtained a BA (Hons) in Environmental Sciences and Sociology and later attended Emmanuel College in the MDIV and was ordained by Toronto Conference in 1996.

Eleanor did her Internship at Cole Harbour United Church so when she was settled in Halifax Presbytery, Maritime Conference. She later answered a call to Toronto West Presbytery and returned to Ontario. She is a founding member of the Journeys of Black Peoples of the united Church of Canada. Served as chair of Toronto Conference Racial Justice Committee, Emmanuel Alumni, Conference Interview Boards, Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committees as well as the National level.

Following her time in Toronto West she went to Dufferin & Peel and it was while she was there that a colleague told her she would be a great Interim Minister as she had exercised such care and compassion for those she served. She reflected upon what her colleague had said and later explored, and discern Interim Ministry.

Eleanor is passionate about Interim Ministry and truly believes she has found her niche. She is a lifelong learner. Eleanor shares a home with one of her younger sisters and her children; they have a dog ruby and a cat mitzi. She loves to read, gardening, entertaining, travelling, going to the theatre and hanging out with her friends. She is looking forward to journeying with you as you explore Transitional Ministry.


Staff

Barb Cogan Interim Handbell Director
music@edenunitedchurch.com

Barb is an Elementary Music Specialist who teaches full time in Mississauga. She has been a ringer with Eden Bells aPeel for over twenty-five years specializing in four-in-hand ringing, and has dabbled in solo ringing. She directed Eden Bells from 1993-2008, and resumed directing in 2015. When she’s not ringing, you’ll find Barb singing with the Mississauga Festival Choir, reading with a book club, or tap dancing!

Bev Killen – Interim Music Director
music@edenunitedchurch.com

Bev has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) Piano Performance and a Voice Minor from the University of Western Ontario.  She has been a soprano with the Eden Choir for several years, prior to taking on the position of Music Director.  Bev has considerable choral experience, having sung in the Ontario Youth Choir for five years, 1975 to 1979 inclusive, the Stratford Youth Choir as part of the Stratford Festival 1980, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for several years with Elmer Iseler, the Exultate Chamber Singers for 15 years with John Tuttle, and was a soprano soloist and section leader at Deer Park United Church for 23 years with William Wright.  She has also taught voice and piano privately.  When she is not singing or conducting, Bev works as a court reporter in Toronto.

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Sharon Rowsell, Office Administrator
office@edenunitedchurch.com

Born in Corner Book, Newfoundland and moved to Ontario in 1984 with her husband, Blair. Worked for a few years with a Mississauga Chrysler Dealership as a Sales Consultant.  Then worked with a non-profit organization as their Event Coordinator for a number of years.  After that, worked over 13 years as an Office Manager with Scouts Canada in their Mississauga Regional Office. Returned to the Chrysler Dealership for a few years as their Customer Relations Manager. Now have spent the last 5 years working at Eden.

Catherine Ambrose, Organist/Accompanist

Catherine Ambrose has been the Organist/Accompanist at Eden for many years, working with a number of choir directors.  She was the Junior Choir leader for a few years during which some biblical musicals were presented at Eden.  A retired elementary music teacher, she is currently a member of the Mississauga Festival Choir and accompanist for community music theatre groups.


Vision + Mission

Gather, Grow, Go

Led by the Spirit, inspired by the Word,
as followers of Jesus Christ, 
We strive to create a safe, inclusive, welcoming community where we can: 
Gather in fellowship as we explore
Our personal faith journey
Grow in Faith, Love and Service
Go together into the world, reaching out to all people


Governance


JNAC

THE JOINT NEEDS ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

The Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC)’s report.  Council has accepted the report and has approved the recommendation that Halton Presbytery declare a vacancy for a full-time ordered minister to start at Eden as soon as possible, ideally July 1, 2017!

A meeting of the congregation is being called to be held after church on Sunday, November 13th.  The purpose of the meeting is to review the report and its recommendations.  If the congregation approves, this report would then be reviewed by the Halton Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committee.

This is a very exciting time for Eden and we encourage you to read the report thoroughly before the meeting!  Many, many thanks to our hard-working JNAC:  Jenn Begin, Karen Campbell, Kim Fletcher, Robert Leschied, Helen McKay, Dave Pratt, Cecile Robinson, the Rev. Allison Playfair (Halton Presbytery) and Mel Matthias (Halton Presbytery).

We hope you will be able to attend the meeting on Sunday, November 13th!

In anticipation of great things to come. Click here to review report.

Kerry Withey, Council Chair.


Transition Team