This fall was bittersweet at SPUC as we said goodbye to our temporary minister, Rev. Alison Chisholm in September and welcomed our new permanent minister, Rev. Sarah Grady, in October.
Rev. Sarah introduced herself with the following message:
It is with a sense of joy and excitement that I begin a new adventure in ministry together with all of you! Just to help you get to know me a little better, I thought that I would share a bit about myself.
I am originally a city girl – I grew up in the West end of Toronto in Etobicoke, where some of my siblings, and my parents, still live. I also have a brother in Milton, and my oldest brother is a minister at Knox United Church in Sutton. If it sounds like I have a lot of family, I do! I am one of seven children, 5 boys and 2 girls. We are a close-knit bunch who have always been involved in the life and work of the United Church through my home congregation, Islington United Church.
Our family is also very musical, and so I learned the importance of music from a young age. I like to sing and play guitar, I also play viola, ukulele, the merlin, and sometimes chord away on the piano. Family jam sessions have been known to happen regularly at our get-togethers!
I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor in Music Therapy and Psychology, and my Master of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. In between my undergrad and my masters, I worked for several years as a claims adjuster with Intact Insurance. For the last 5 years I have had the honour of serving Oxford Centre Pastoral Charge out near Woodstock.
Despite growing up in a big city, I must admit that I love the country! I have enjoyed life on Clovercroft Farm here in Paris with two of my best friends and their 9-year-old son since 2014. In my spare time I love to spend with my partner, Paul, hang out at my family cottage in Muskoka, swim, and keep my creative juices going with pottery classes.
I look forward to this opportunity to work with all of you as we grow together in our faith, and share in the joys, sorrows, and celebrations of this life we have been given in Christ.
Rev. Sarah Grady