Our Team

Rev. Nicholas Coates, M.A, M.Div

Nick arrived at RDLUC in June of 2013. Growing up in the Maritimes, Nick moved to Toronto in 2007 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Theology (Liturgical Ecclesiology) at The Toronto School of Theology. It was there that he had a call to ministry in the United Church of Canada, so he tagged on a Masters of Divinity (Emmanuel College) to his education. Nick's passionate about connecting faith and spirituality to every day life and how it's there we can discover a life that is full of truth, meaning and beauty. Before arriving to us, Nick has worked with churches and faith-based organizations across Canada, as well as a pub or two.

When not at work, Nick enjoys being active at the gym and through playing dodge-ball, reading, writing, drinking too much coffee, listening to good music, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Some of his writing can be found on his blog. You can follow him on twitter (@nickacoates).

Vi Sharpe, M.S.W., R.S.W
Congregational Care Counselor and Coordinator

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Vi has been attending RDLUC since 1999, after returning from Malaysia where she lived for 9 years.  She considers Canada her home, but has ties to other continents, having grown up in Ireland.

She has extensive experience as a counselor; last count was well over 30 years (!), having practiced in several countries in private practice, hospital and clinic settings. A Wife and mother of 4 children, Vi is also a Spiritual Director.  She is passionate about supporting and guiding all peoples in their journey of life and faith, through illness and good health, life changes, celebrations and challenges, beginnings and endings of life passages, grief and bereavement. Vi embraces life to the fullest, enjoying diverse music, yoga, reading, and all things associated with the great gift of nature and the outdoors!

Marty Antonini
Music Director

RDLUC is pleased to announce that on June 30, 2016 a contract was accepted by Marty Antonini to serve as our Worship Music Director effective August 1, 2016. Mr. Antonini is a very accomplished musician with an extensive background in producing, directing and performing music throughout Canada. He has taught piano for more than twenty years, served as Music Director at three different churches, performed at numerous concerts and worked with both Ian Tyson and Lisa Brokop. More recently, he created a gospel group: "Seventh Heaven” which specializes in Southern, Contemporary and Traditional Gospel Music.

For all of the above reasons, your M & P Committee is honoured that Marty has joined our ministry team. We sincerely believe that he will take our already excellent Worship Music Ministry to new heights. Please circle AUGUST 14th on your calendar as the first Sunday that our new Worship Music Director, Marty Antonini, will be joining us for worship.

Tyler Belgrave
Youth Leader

Tyler joined the staff at RDLUC in August 2016 as our Youth Leader. He has been active bridging cultural and faith gaps with the goal of uniting community members in providing a cohesive approach in optimal youth development. Tyler is an enthusiastic, energetic, patient and creative individual who has worked with youth in many capacities. He appreciates the unique ways youth learn about life, has a gifted sense on how to meet youth wherever they are in life and understands that relationship is key to being part of a youth’s life.

Colleen Micklethwaite
Administrative Coordinator

Colleen joined the staff at Midlands United Church in 2006 and moved to Red Deer Lake United Church in 2007 when the two congregations joined together prior to the amalgamation.

 Sarah Friesen
Communications & Marketing Administrator

We welcome Sarah to our team on May 1, 2017.

Pam Linley
Kidz Zone Teacher - Senior Group

I am getting my Bachelor of Arts in History at St. Mary’s University in Calgary. I was part of the congregation at Midlands United Church. My family is very involved in the church community as my sister was the previous Sunday School teacher. In my spare time I work with senior citizens, like to draw and paint and travel.

Kathleen Knox
Kidz Zone Teacher - Junior Group

Kathleen joined the congregation at RDLUC in September 2013. She has been teaching Sunday School where ever she goes since she was 13, including Moncton, Fredericton, and now Calgary. She has two young boys, William and Richard who also love coming to RDLUC. The whole Knox family is also part of Home Church and have made many new friends since moving to Calgary. They look forward to many more fun times with the RDLUC community.

Bill Holman - Custodian