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 so he tagged on a Masters of Divinity (Emmanuel College) to his education. Nick's passionate about exploring how the faith and spirituality of Jesus are about what it means to be human and alive in the world. 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 playing dodgeball, reading, writing, listening to good music, cooking, and hanging out with friends. He is the co-host of Prayer & Private Parts: a Podcast about Sex & Jesus.

Find Nick's work at and follow him on twitter (@nickacoates).

Rev Nick will be away on sabbatical and study leave from January 1 to April 22. Learn more about what that means here.

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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!


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 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