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. She served as President of BC Conference in 2017-18, offering significant leadership during the United Church’s recent structural changes. 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!
Andrea was welcomed to the Crossroads’ team in November 2020. Since joining Crossroads in the middle of a global pandemic when “pivot” is the primary mode of ministry, Andrea has proven herself a flexible thinker, an able organizer, and a computer-savvy resource. Her empathy and warmth offer a welcoming presence to anyone who calls, drops in, or reaches out via email. When Andrea is not in the Crossroads office, she is studying to become a counsellor, enjoying her family, and learning vocabulary in Arabic and Icelandic — just for fun.
Crossroads was thrilled to welcome Heather to the staff team in April, 2017 as our part-time bookkeeper. These days you can find her in the office on Sunday afternoons and Thursday late afternoons, 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!)
Crossroads welcomed Sukhdeep into the position of Caretaker in February, 2021. Sukhdeep was born and raised in Punjab, India. After completing her university education, she moved to Canada in 2004. Sukhdeep has her ECE license and has been working at One World Childcare (on the Crossroads premises) for over five years. She said in her interview that she already has a relationship with the Crossroads building and she will clean it like it is her own home. Sukhdeep is happy to contribute to a safe and healthy environment for people of all ages at Crossroads.