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
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
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 comtemplative, homorous, spiritual, and whimsical ideas to facilitate a joyful and caring community.
See what the youth group is doing here!
Khalilah Alwani, Coordinator of Communications
In this role, Khalilah seeks to support communication and thus, activity, connection and relationship building, amongst members of the congregation, and between Oak Bay United Church and other diverse communities.
Khalilah has, with gratitude, lived the majority of her life thus far on unceded Coast Salish Territories, with mixed South Asian and western European ancestry. She is passionate about community health, social justice, and cultural arts, as well as the practices of dance, cooking, yoga, and meditation. You can often find her in the garden hanging out with plants/worshiping the divine.
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: