Meet the Team

 
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Joanne Anquist, Lead Worship & Service Minister 

Joanne had wanted to become a minister since she was kid, but it wasn’t until three children, several careers later and at age 50, that she went back to school to complete her MDiv. After practicing law and working at several United Churches in Calgary, felt the call yet again and answered “okay God.” She attended Seminary in Halifax, interned in Oyen and was called as Lead Minister at McDougall in July 2016. Her Sunday services are a balancing act.  Joanne believes God enters when people are truly human -- when they’re honest with themselves and who they are. Stories often include the good and bad of humanity. They can be unsettling and sometimes even wrong, other times the ancient writings serve as insights to our everyday lives.

P: 403-252-1620 ext 222 or
1-587-404-0723 I E: joanne@mcdunited.com 

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Tony Snow, Coordinator Community Care

From the Stoney Nakoda Nation, Tony joined McDougall in what he calls a full circle step that reinforces his community's historic partnership with the man who shares our church's namesake, Rev. George McDougall. He worked in Communications in the oil and gas industry, but as job opportunities dwindled in the thick of the economic downturn, Tony began studying theology at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. He believes his path to becoming a minister was eventual, with the influence of his late father Dr. Rev. Chief John Snow, a renowned spiritual and political leader in southern Alberta. Tony has seen first hand how people often lose their faith in hard times. In his new role, he hopes to bring light to our church's struggling and vulnerable members. 

P: 403-863-2756
E: tony@mcdunited.com

 

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Pam Rocker, Director of Family & Spiritual Development 

Pam comes to McDougall with 15+ years of experience working with faith communities. Pam's role is to provide support and direction to our family ministries, and to innovate new programming and community engagement that will resonate with people who want to get connected! 

She is passionate about LGBTQ+ equality, faith, love, and comedy, and has training in theology, writing and marketing. She is deeply involved in arts, justice, and spiritual work in the city and across the country. She is past Chair of Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble, current Vice-Chair of The United Church Observer Magazine, and an advisor to many others. She also plays frequently with her ukulele comedy band!

Pam believes laughter and story are the most powerful tools, that our connection to the arts and creativity are spiritual, and that we all have equal access to experience and live out the faith that is authentic to who we are. 

P: 403-252-1620 I E: pam@mcdunited.com  

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Gregor Schoenberg, Music Leader 

Gregor has held similar Music Leader roles at other churches, but his experience also includes parts in musical theatre, and dates back to instilling a bit of jazz in his Newfoundland garage bands and deconstructing pop music’s accapellas. As the Music Leader and head of the worship band Collective Spirit he brings music from Mumford & Sons, James Taylor and other contemporary artists in songs that lends emotions and set the scene for Sunday sermons. 

P: 403-252-1620 I E: gregor@mcdunited.com

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Aileen Berridge, Faith Friends 

With a passion for children's education, Aileen brings years of experience working with kids. She completed her education in Child Development and works as a pre-school teacher when she's not organizing some of McDougall's most popular events. Some of her favourites are the Teen Challenge, Christmas Musical and the Hot Dog Fundraiser for the annual Christmas Hamper program. 

Aileen has a husband named Douglas and they share three kids together; 17-year-old Kayla and 10-year-old twins Thomas and Isabella. 

P: 403-252-1620 I E: aileen@mcdunited.com


Honorary Associate: Rev. Bob Mutlow                         P: 587-890-1721             

Office Administrator: Lori Wilson                                  E: office@mcdunited.com P: 403-252-1620                        

Administrative Assistant: Leanne Kempt                     E: office@mcdunited.com P: 403-252-1620  

Communications Coordinator: Crystal Laderas          E: crystal@mcdunited.com P: 403-252-1620  

Facilities Coordinator: John Naylor                              E: john.muc@shaw.ca  P: 403-252-1620 ext 223

Faith Friends Leader: Donelle Elliott                         

Caretaker: Harpal Chahal