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).

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

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!

Tyler Belgrave: Youth Leader

Tyler 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.


Jesse Peters: Worship Arts Director

Jesse is an artist, amateur theologian, Masters Student at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary and the music director here at Red Deer Lake United Church. You can follow his work at http://www.jessepetersmusic.com and can find him on twitter @paramedicmusic


Jillian Spangler: Communications & Marketing Administrator

Colleen Micklethwaite: Administrative Coordinator

Bill Holman: Custodian

Pamela Linley

: Kidz Zone Teacher Lead, Int. Group

Kathleen Knox

: Kidz Zone Teacher Lead, Jr. Group