Rev. Nancy Knox
Nancy was raised on a dairy farm just north of Bowmanville. Her family attended the small, rural church of Eldad in the village of Solina. Nancy attended Courtice Secondary School, the University of Western Ontario, and Emmanuel College in Toronto. She was ordained by Bay of Quinte Conference in 1980. Nancy's first three years of ministry were in southern Saskatchewan with the five congregations of the Grasslands Pastoral Charge. Since then she has served three Pastoral Charges in southern Ontario; Mono Mills (near Orangeville), St. John's in Georgetown, and St. Paul's in Bowmanville. From 2002 to 2007, Nancy served Bay of Quinte Conference as Conference Minister: Personnel and Rural Ministry. On Sept 1st, 2007 Nancy moved to Bracebridge to join the team ministry here at Bracebridge United Church. Living in Bracebridge allows her to pursue favourite activities like hiking, canoeing and watching movies.
Rev. Kevin Logie
Kevin was born and raised in Toronto (no aspirations to live in Toronto again!). He spent his summers at the family cottage on Head Lake in the Kawarthas, where a love of the outdoors was developed. Following graduation from high school he spent one year at Humber College taking Hotel and Restaurant Management before going to Trent University for Administrative and Policy Studies, graduating in 1983. Kevin worked for a few years in the insurance business (both retail and general) before attending Emmanuel College. He graduated with a M.Div and was ordained in 1989. He began his ministry on the Nanticoke Pastoral Charge (1989-1992), followed by Bond Head/Newton Robinson (1992-2003) which included a one year exchange to Christchurch, New Zealand at the Bishopdale Presbyterian Church. Kevin began his ministry here at Bracebridge United Church in 2003, and feels priviledged to live and work in this beautiful part of God's creation. His interests include golf, cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking, cycling, cooking (and eating), and reading (a bit of a newspaper junkie). Little known fact - Kevin managed the Jolly Hangman Pub for a year while attending Trent University.
Barb Mason, Church Administrator
Barb was born and raised in Toronto where her family attended Thornhill United Church. She spent summers at her family cottage in Jackson's Point and on lengthy camping trips criss-crossing Canada and the United States. Much time was also spent canoe tripping in Algonquin Park and Temagami. After graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Journalism, Barb spent six months backpacking through Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and Europe, which solidified her love of travel. More recently, she has travelled to Romania, Hungary, Prague, Slovenia, Croatia, Argentina, Chile, Tanzania, Peru, and Greece. Barb has worked in administration for many years, both in tourism and the financial services sector. She has been a Director of The Counselling Foundation of Canada since 2003, and is also a Director of The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling, based in Toronto. Hiking, reading and yoga are some favourite past-times.
Verna Stephenson, Coordinator of Music
Verna grew up in the London, Ontario area on her parent's farm. Under the tutelage of her piano teacher, she began playing the organ at her local church when she was fifteen years old. Graduating and receiving her Elementary School Teacher's Certificate eventually placed her in new communities where she could also fulfill organist and choir director positions at various United Churches. The move to Muskoka 14 years ago presented Verna and her husband with the opportunity to open a Bed & Breakfast in their home, and for Verna to become a member of a handbell choir - a slightly different aspect of music. Walking, kayaking, reading and gardening are her favorite hobbies in addition to her duties as Coordinator of Music.
Joanna Shea, Youth Worker
Joanna was born and raised in Bracebridge, just steps away from her present home! She grew up in the Salvation Army church, where her love of music through singing and playing the trumpet was begun. While attending Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, she was involved in the Rotary Musicals both onstage and behind the scenes. Joanna graduated from Georgian College in Barrie, in the Hotel and Resort field of study, fully expecting to get into the tourism trade in Muskoka. But God had different plans, and she and her husband moved around from Barrie to Alberta to Ottawa, where they settled for five years, and their daughters were born. Work brought them back to Muskoka, and Joanna has been blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom. Joanna has enjoyed singing in the BUC choir, playing in the Handbell choirs, performing onstage in Narnia, and Anne of Green Gables, playing her trumpet for Sunday Worship services, and decorating the church as well as the chalet at Kerr Park for VBS every summer. Joanna is thrilled to be able to work with and learn from the youth in BUC!