Spiritual Pilgrim. Curious Learner. Compassionate Leader. Rev. Cari brings a passion for the Christian story that is evident in her preaching, liturgical leadership and teaching ministry. She is a collaborative leader who seeks to discover and release the gifts of others into the life of the congregation and the world. She is a grateful to be in ministry among such a faithful, courageous body of Christ’s followers, and really enjoys a good fermented pickle.
Rev. Cari has offered spiritual leadership to the Crossroads congregation since its formation in 2009. In May of 2015, Rev. Cari was voted in as President-Elect of BC Conference for the United Church of Canada, and and serves as President of the Conference from May 28, 2017 to early June 2018. Prior to Crossroads, Rev. Cari ministered with St. John’s Strawberry Hill (03-09) and Gilmore Park (98-03) United Churches, as well as Park United Methodist Church (New Jersey) and St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (Vancouver). She has a Bachelor in Music from the University of British Columbia and an M.Div. from the Vancouver School of Theology.
Minister for Children and Youth
Preschool. Children. Youth. Families. Gabrielle has her roots in ECE and Special Education. She has a passion for the spiritual growth of young people and supporting the well-being of families. Gabrielle has a basement suite full of children & youth resources (clip-board, anyone?) which are not for sale…and she’s not a hoarder.
Crossroads has been blessed to have Gabrielle in the position of Minister of Children and Youth since 2014. Gabrielle brings a wealth of experience in Children & Youth ministry to Crossroads, with over 20 years working in the United Church. Her background in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and her Diaconal Ministry training combine with her passion and commitment to spiritual education and growth of children and youth in a safe and welcoming environment.
Ministry of Music
(Evensong Worship Resources, Contractor)
Musician. Singer. Songwriter. Bruce is passionate about lifting up the gifts of instrumentalists and singers of all ages in our community. He is excited about helping Crossroads to be a place of Spirit and healing for the North Delta and Surrey community. Bruce generally refuses dessert but does enjoy some really good dark chocolate (fair-trade, of course!)
A church musician for 30 years and multi-instrumentalist, Bruce brings a wealth of giftedness, training and experience to the ministry of music at Crossroads United Church. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the development of hymn tune repertoire in The United Church of Canada. Bruce is a past co-chair and current member of the executive of Music United: The United Church of Canada Association of Musicians, and was the managing editor for More Voices. Please visit his website at evensong.ca for more information about his ministry.
Accompanist, Children’s Choir Director
Nicole adds her musical and dramatic talents to Crossroads. She is passionate about enlivening worship with children and the participation of the whole people of God. In her “spare” time she teaches elementary school, knits like a machine (she always has at least 5 projects on the go) and can even tap dance!
Diane brings her organizational skills and warm personality to serve in the Crossroads Office. She is passionate about spiritual growth in her own life and the Crossroads community. Diane loves to listen to eclectic tunes while she works; it helps her think creatively!
Crossroads was thrilled to welcome Heather to the staff team in April 2017 as our part-time bookkeeper. You can find her in the office after about 2:30 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays, working her magic to make the numbers all line up. Heather is also an avid baker who can’t eat her own products because of her gluten free diet. (Built-in generosity!)
Janis takes pride in preparing the building for ministry, offering her time and attention to creating a hospitable space for everyone to enjoy. She understands that the state of the building impacts peoples’ experience of Crossroads United Church, and is committed to welcoming everyone into a clean and friendly space. If you pop into Crossroads you may hear her singing like no one is listening while she’s mopping the floor.