Jackie Burnie

This is honestly not the greatest picture of me, but it is one that communicates my passion. I look athletic, but I am not. I was raising money in a Polar Bear Swim a few years back. It was part of an effort to support the senior’s residence where I was Chaplain.

There is such raw need in downtown Hamilton. But that need was always met in creative and resourceful ways by the more than five hundred tenants who lived at First Place, a supportive housing creation originally begun by the United Church.

This was the heart of my ministry for five years. I cannot begin to explain how it changed me, how it humbled me. It taught me to see the face of Jesus in all the people I encountered, especially those most on the margins. Chaplaincy has continued to be my passion. There are many ways to live out that call. And I am now more than happy to return congregational work.

I seem to have a thing for short stints in the church, to get to know and journey with a congregation in change. Erin Mills United was a real blessing in this ministry journey. I was there for eleven months until their new Minister came.

I am here to journey with you in whatever helpful way I can- until your new Minister is called.

On a personal note, I live in Burlington with a small dog called Fox- who sometimes comes to church with me. The rest of my animal friends have moved to Edmonton, where they live with my daughter Theresa, who serves in the Army as a paramedic.

I am a Trekkie, love amateur Astronomy, and belong to various fellowship groups that discuss Astrophysics and Medieval Philosophy. I grew up in India, was born in Scotland…. but do not like Haggis, particularly because I am vegetarian. I find great energy in interfaith initiatives and am part of many ecumenical activities, as well as a local Buddhist community.  

I am here, as I told Erin Mills, “for a good time, not a long time.” I really look forward to sharing your story, and glimpsing your hope for the future- which is in Gods good hands.

Peace and Blessings, Jackie: Supply Minister



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Barb Cogan Interim Handbell Director

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

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

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 6 years working at Eden United.

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




On behalf of your Joint Search Committee, I want to give you an update on where we are in the process. We started last February, with a mandate from the Joint Needs Assessment Report, and with two Presbytery Reps as part of our Committee. The objective is to find a minister who will be a good, long term fit for our congregation.

Our first task was to develop a list of “must haves” and “wants” to be used as a yardstick to help us evaluate candidates who applied for the position. Since we advertised the position, we have had a total of 23 candidates apply – pretty amazing, don’t you think?   We compared the resumes and experience against our criteria, and chose to interview 10 of these people. Based on the interviews, we chose to visit 4 churches to hear the ministers preach. There were two which we were very interested in pursuing, but for different reasons we were not able to close the deal. As you know, Mississauga is a very expensive place to live, and living here does not suit everybody.

As of today, we are continuing the search. We know that it will take a special person to fill this position, and we trust that the Spirit will match us up with that person. I am sure you are as disappointed as we are that this process is taking a long time.  Just last week, our Committee received a message from the Pastoral Relations Committee of Presbytery.   They wanted us to know that there were a few churches in the not two far past, where the process took more than a year, but in the end they found the right person. They believe that the right Minister is out there for Eden, and in time we will find her/him. The Presbytery committee continues to hold our Joint Search Committee and our congregation in their prayers.

Our Joint Search Committee needs your continued support and prayers as we continue the journey. In the meantime, we are blessed to have Jackie with us until that Sunday when we can make an announcement recommending a new Minister for your approval.

Brian MacLean, Chair, Joint Search Committee