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, and play Pokemon Go 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 a single mum to three young children, a visual artist, graduate of the BC Conference Certificate Program in Youth Ministry, a 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 is passionate about making art, is fascinated by trends, skilled in leadership training and development, pushes comfort zones (how else do we grow and engage?), and enables anyone who shows up to create dynamic, relevant, and sacred experiences with and for children and youth.
t: 250-598-5021 ext 203
Gordon, Music Ministry
Gordon’s musical background includes training through the Canadian Armed Forces School of Music. He is an accomplished trumpet player, pianist and choral director. His contemporary and jazz styling on piano and guitar frequently come through on Sunday mornings. A life-long United Church adherent as a musician and musical director, he embodies a deep respect and appreciation for the musical traditions of the church.
Zach, Youth Ministry
Zach is 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.
Karen, Interim Office Administrator
t: 250-598-5021 ext 200