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.
Rev Nick will be away on sabbatical and study leave from January 1 to April 22. Learn more about what that means here.
Rev. Dr. Grant Dawson, D.Div
Grant Dawson was born in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating in Philosophy from McMaster, he attended Emmanuel College in Toronto, then headed out to his first pastoral charge in Kazabazua, Quebec—It is in Farley Mowat’s The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be—a sprawling pastoral charge that stretched along the Gatineau River from the village of Low to Val–d’or.
Next he spent four years on the Kirkton–Woodham Pastoral Charge north of London, Ontario, during which time he and his wife, Dorothy, welcomed their first son, Shawn.
On April 11, 1977 Grant was invited to Knox in Calgary for an interview. When he walked into their quiet sanctuary that morning, he immediately felt at home and and ended up staying with the congregation until his retirement in 2013. During his time at Knox, he taught lay leadership courses for the United Church, chaired Calgary Presbytery, acted as the President of Alberta and Northwest Conference, and facilitated the Conference Settlement Committee. A second son, Scott, is a native Calgarian. In 2004 Grant was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Stephen’s College.
Since his retirement he has continued working with various congregations, and has taken up writing plays. His third production will be presented this fall.
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!
: Kidz Zone Teacher Lead, Int. Group
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