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Workshop Agenda

9:00         Registration 
9:30         Gather Together – Welcome 
9:35         Pilgrimage to Kenya
10:00       Workshops
Ministers – Exploring ministers unique roles as it pertains to stewardship and Inspiring! Inviting! Thanking!
Lay Leaders – Inspire! Invite! Thank! Crack open this year’s congregational giving program. Find out what’s new and learn what will work in your community.
12:30       Lunch Break
1:30         Workshops
Ministers – Year Round Giving – Explore how to infuse your congregations’s activities with a focus on living generously and offering gifts of time, talent and treasure through all season of the year. 
Lay Leaders – Come to a deeper understanding of the Mission & Service narrative budget. Learn creative ways to use the narrative to inspire, Invite and thank people for Mission & Service giving – with Spiritual Practice Workshop.
3:30          Gather Together – Back into Sanctuary
3:35           Closing Remarks – Thank you – Next Steps
3:55           Farewell – God’s speed and safety

Guest Speaker Bios 

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 Carole Bennett is a lifelong member of Islington United Church in west Toronto where she is active in many of its social justice ministries including Mission & Service, Right Relations Circle, Mabelle Food Program, and more. 

She has also been active in the stewardship life and work of her congregation and the wider church as a contributor to Mandate magazine, early editions of Called to Be the Church, and stewardship programs for congregational giving, children and youth.  Her byword?   “Blessed with abundance – abundance to share”

Carole has been a Mission & Service Enthusiast for more than 20 years and was one of 17 United Church pilgrims who recently completed an 11-day journey of discovery to Kenya.  The pilgrims were commissioned to “go and see” how the Gospel is lived out through the wonderful work of our Mission & Service partners in Kenya.

Now retired from corporate life and stewardship ministry, she spends her spare time gardening, reading, and travelling. 


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Cheryl Curtis is the Mission and Service Funding Officer and has served as program staff and volunteer at all levels of the church. She brings extensive experience as a manager, educator, facilitator, and presenter to this ministry position in which she will provide leadership to the development and success of Mission & Service. Her role is to maximize church’s commitment to our $30 million unified annual fund, and to strongly promote a compelling vision of the Mission & Service ministries of all the people of The United Church. She has a particular interest in connecting kids to Mission & Service.

Cheryl’s ministry over two decades includes serving as Executive Director of the Working Group on Refugee Resettlement, program staff at the Toronto Conference office, board member of Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, and Executive Director of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

Cheryl holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts and has studied at the Centre for Christian Studies and the Toronto School of Theology. Cheryl, her partner Bruce Gregersen and their daughter Olivia keep honey bees, cultivate fruit trees, and grow some of their food on the land they tend in Hockley Valley. Occasionally they retreat to Algonquin Park for a break from the weeding. 



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Susan Graham Walker is the Manager of Congregational Giving and Stewardship. Susan brings a decade of experience in stewardship education and formation with denominational leadership and local churches. She has a deep commitment and enthusiasm for encouraging generosity and giving as a spiritual practice as individuals, within families and with the faith community. In her role, which is shared with the Anglican Church of Canada, she has developed the Called to Be the Church giving program.

Susan also has extensive consulting experience in the public sector, mainly healthcare and associations as well as involvement in the voluntary and not‐for‐profit sector, including executive roles with the ALS Society of Canada and Prostate Cancer Canada. She is known for her integrity, loyalty and reliable support of those she works with and for cooperating effectively with a diverse people while meeting established objectives. Susan has a Ryerson journalism degree and also studied theology at Trinity College, at the University of Toronto (she hopes to complete those studies in retirement!). Susan has chaired the Stewardship Committee of her church and knows the challenges of the role.

She and her husband Paul have two adult children, Caroline and Mark.


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Jamie Holtom grew up in Oshawa, Ontario where he lived with his parents and his twin brother Jason. Upon completion of high school he went off to the University of Waterloo to prepare to teach phys ed and science. Instead of teaching, he ended up at Emmanuel College where he spent the next four years working on his Masters of Divinity. Upon graduation, Jamie came directly to North Bramalea United where he has been a full-time minister since July 1998.

Jamie and his wife Katrina have 4 beautiful children – Lucas, Leah, Cameron and Caleb.  In 2001, Jamie and Katrina created the Lucas Holtom Carnival Day as a way to celebrate a life lost too soon and to give families a means to celebrate each other.  In 2012, with the help of congregation members at NBUC and other community members Jamie sought to open The Journey Neighbourhood Centre in the Ardglen/Orenda Neighbourhood of Brampton.  In 2015, Jamie was awarded with the Brampton Citizen of the Year award.  An award which Jamie truly believes is actually shared by many around him.

Jamie Holtom is the Lead Minister at North Bramalea United Church.  Jamie is passionate about the community that NBUC is serving, where the vision is “Imagine God building better lives, better families, a better Brampton and beyond!” He is the chaplain for the Brampton Fire Department, coach for a community basketball team and serves as a board member for Wellspring-Chinguacousy, a cancer support centre and The Journey Neighbour Centre. Author of 2 books including one co-written with fellow minister Debbie Johnson, Bullseye –Aiming to Follow Jesus.


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Debbie Johnson  has been a United Church minister for the last 16 years. She is currently part of the ministry team at North Bramalea United Church which desires to help everyday people grow and previously served at Cawthra Park United, Mississauga, Ontario, and as Minister for Faith Formation and Leadership Development at Hamilton Conference

Debbie Johnson joined North Bramalea in 2008 where her ministry focus is Congregational Life and Faith Formation for all ages. Before joining NBUC, Debbie ministered with Cawthra Park United Church and with the Hamilton Conference of the United Church in the area of Faith Formation and Leadership Development. She has served as Chair of Halton Presbytery and President of Hamilton Conference. These experiences have given her broad exposure to the larger church and a wealth of knowledge of the structures that support the United Church as a whole.  Debbie serves at all levels of leadership in the church, develops strong relationships easily, and is a strong advocate for all whom she serves. She has a particular passion for encouraging people in their walk with Christ, through teaching, worship, spiritual gifts and practices and attentive listening.


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Denise Moore is a member of Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto.  She enjoys assisting her minister with presiding during Sunday Services.  Along with this, she sits on the Resource Development Committee and is part of Metropolitan’s team of Ushers.

As a Mission and Service Enthusiast, Denise attended the United Church of Canada’s pilgrimage to Kenya.  Other outreach activities from the past include volunteering with serving on the Out of the Cold Lunch Program at Metropolitan.

In her spare time, Denise enjoys reading, travelling and teaching yoga.  She concludes each class with the words “cultivate gratitude”.


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Karen Seunarine is the Stewardship and Gifts Officer for Toronto Conference to provide theological leadership and service to congregations, community ministries and communities of faith throughout the Conference.

In her role, Karen will build upon the great stewardship work that already exists in many communities with in the Toronto Conference and travel throughout the Conference providing up to date solutions, consulting, resources and support to ministers and lay leaders in all aspects of Christian stewardship (congregational giving, outreach with in congregations, Mission & Service, special appeals, major and bequest giving).
Karen brings a wealth of experience expanding over sixteen years in revenue generation for not for profits such as Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, United Way of Peel Region and World Vision Canada to name a few. Karen has been a member of the United Church of Canada since 1992 and attends her home church of North Bramalea with her husband David and four children Emily, Ethan, Elijah and Evan.  


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Karen Seunarine
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