Growing Leadership, Together
Rev. Michelle, Lead Minister
Michelle grew up in the United Church of Canada and loves its commitment to diversity, seeking justice and nurturing community for all. For almost 20 years, she has been leading growing churches. Every day, Michelle helps people to know and experience the unconditional love of God, to grow as followers of Jesus, and to change the world together. Michelle loves the stories and traditions of the Bible and is good at exploring and sharing how these ancient stories have life and meaning , challenge and comfort, for us today. She loves to sing, read murder mysteries, quilt, wear funky shoes, and play with her husband and son.
Reverend Michelle Slater
t: 250-598-5021 ext 204
Tressa, Children and Families Ministry
In addition to serving Oak Bay United, Tressa is single mum to three young children, a visual artist, graduate of the BC Conference Certificate Program in Youth Ministry, trained Rainbow Kids Yoga Instructor, and lifetime cheerleader for the United Church of Canada. Tressa knows congregational ministry well, having served a number of United Churches since 1993,including positions at the Presbytery, Conference and National Church levels. Tressa makes art daily, is fascinated by trends, skilled in leadership training and development, pushes comfort zones (how else do we grow and engage?), and passionate about making space for relevant and sacred experiences with children.
t: 250-598-5021 ext 203
Amy, Music Ministry
At the age of 6, Amy van Wensem would spend hours in her bedroom listening to choir classics with a cassette player under the covers. She knew, even then, that she was addicted to those transcendent moments that happen in worship and communal song. Now a grown-up with a grown-up music degree and teaching certificate, Amy continues to cherish music and its transformational power in our lives. She and her husband, Casey, have been called to lead music through out the usual United Church haunts (First Met in Victoria, Naramata, First United Church in Kelowna); she also is passionate about honouring other denominations and their views of the Spirit. Outside of work, Amy also has a fiery one year old (red haired but also full of personality) and a rescue dog that climbs trees. She and her family are excited to call Oak Bay United home.
Amy van Wensem
t: 250– 869-7629
Zach, Youth Ministry
Zach is a law student at the University of Victoria and thrilled to be sharing stories, questions, and adventures with the Oak Bay United Church Youth Group again! Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Zach has been at Oak Bay United Church since moving to Victoria to study Political Science and Philosophy in 2012, and involved with the Youth Group since 2014. Zach has a youthful spirit and combines contemplative, humorous, spiritual, and whimsical ideas to facilitate a joyful and caring community.
Devon, Office and Communications Coordinator
t: 250-598-5021 ext 200