Rev. Michelle Slater, Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care
Michelle’s mission is to lead people of all ages to know and experience the love of God,
and to grow as followers of Jesus.
Her goals are children, youth and adults who:
- know and live the biblical story
- know and share the good news of Jesus Christ
- have a relationship with God, both individual and communal
- belong to a small group in the congregation
- share their gifts: time, skills, money, service
- practice prayer and other spiritual practices
- know a basic repertoire of hymns, responses, and prayers
- care for and build one another up in the Body of Christ
- worship weekly
Her gifts include vital and faithful worship, teaching the faith, leadership development, and vision development and leadership.
Tressa Brotsky is our Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry
She thinks she has the best job in the world.Tressa welcomes you to be in touch with any questions about our children's Church and Family programs. Or maybe you'd like to volunteer in our Children's Church? Or in a non-leadership way - like being our Supplies Coordinator? Or Birthday Card fairy?
We are always welcoming Senior Highs to Seniors, women and men, as leaders and support leaders for our programs. We offer training and support, and all volunteers are required to satisfy a criminal records check (which is free).
Tressa can be found in person at Sunday worship,
or Wednesday mornings at the Church Office at 1355 Mitchell Street.
Gordon Miller, Music Minister and Director of Communications
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 Burrill, Youth Minister
Working with all ages from Grade 7 onwards, and drawing from a variety of media sources, Zach seeks to engage Oak Bay's youth in critical conversation about what it means to be Christian in a fast-paced, technology-permeated culture of images.
How can we make conscious choices about what we consume and allow to mould us? For in spite of the cultural categories of "secular" and "spiritual" our faith knows no such limits. As Rob Bell says: "every act is a spiritual act--it's whether you're or not you're aware of the implications of what you're doing." Through discussion and prayer then, let us become more aware of the implications of our actions for ourselves, our world, and our faith.
Melanie Ihmels, Lifetree Café coordinator
Melanie Ihmels is the new Lifetree Café coordinator at Oak Bay United Church. She comes to us from Esquimalt United with an extensive history of United Church involvement. Currently a Diaconal Candidate for Ministry attending the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, Melanie also works as a Volunteer Spiritual Heath Care Practitioner with Glengarry Hospital. In addition, she recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Canadian Women’s History from the University of Victoria. In June Melanie celebrated 25 years of marriage to her husband Richard and is the mother of two teenage sons, Nicolas, 19, and Alexander, 17. She is also owned by their dog, a Husky Shepard Cross named Riley and a slightly crazy cat named Maximillian.
The Lay Leadership
We recently restructured the way we govern our organization and engage our ministries. Our focus was to spend more of our gifts, time, energy, money and resources on ministry rather than administration and management. We continue to create a leadership environment that is based on the gifts of those offering leadership. Current lay leadership on the board: