About Us

Mission and Vision

Here at Parkdale United Church, we have a vision to be a Christian community recognized for our commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, social justice and environmental responsibility.  How are we going to accomplish our vision?  By living out our three core practices:

  • Building Connections — By building relationships with each other and our neighbours, we gain a better understanding of how to live and support each other and the greater world.  By being tolerant and accepting of each other’s differences, we can build a community that is diverse and inclusive!
  • Living Faith — When we take what we learn from our worship services, our book studies and what we learn from each other out into the world, we are living out our faith.  This spreads the good news of Christianity to all the world.
  • Acting for Justice — We are called to participate in charity, seek justice and be good steward of the earth.  When we do this, we make the world a better place for all to live.

 

We help each other to recognize that, at different times, we each need:

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  • rest to refresh and rekindle passion
  • stillness and reflection to discern our callings
  • lifelong learning for personal and spiritual growth
  • engagement with others to become stronger individually and collectively
  • challenges and opportunities for social action

We are a diverse Christian community who covenants with each other to:

  • listen to and for God
  • be authentic and align our actions with our God-given gifts and callings
  • trust that whatever steps we each take on this journey are the right ones for us
  • encourage people to participate through personal invitations, believing that saying “yes” and saying “no” are equally honourable
  • practise gratitude generously

Our community is a place of safety. We welcome everyone as full and valued participants in the life and work of our church, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and social and economic circumstances. We acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of God’s creation, respecting each other and all of life. We invite all members and adherents to participate in our ministry as they are called and are able. We extend to everyone the opportunity for baptism, marriage, communion, pastoral care, and participation in all other programs that are part of our congregational life.

Read more about our congregational ministry priorities and the work and worship of Parkdale United Church in our Annual Report for 2021.

 

Staff

The staff at Parkdale United Church includes the following people:

  • Rev. Kim Holmes-Younger – Minister
  • Antonina Cox – Director of Music
  • Colin Redekop – Office Administration
  • Letitia Berger - Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Emily Flood – Nursery Care Worker
  • Hector Renderos – Facilities Staff

 

Rev. Kim Holmes-Younger – Minister

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Kim Holmes-Younger graduated in May 2021 with her Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology. She has been working at a variety of  United churches over the past 10 years in various positions including Community Engagement, Youth Ministry, Communication, and various Ministry positions.  Kim was ordained into the United Church and formally called to a ministry of Sacrament, Word and Pastoral Care on May 8, 2022.

Kim has a passion for pastoral care, teaching, social justice  and preaching.  In her spare time she enjoys walking, watching soccer, cooking, travelling and reading. She has been married to her husband Neil for over 21 years and they have a daughter, Kaie, 16.

Kim is super excited to be called to ministry at Parkdale United Church and looks forward to working together with each of you.

 

 

Antonina Cox, Director of Music

Antonina CoxAntonina Cox is happy to return to Parkdale United Church as a music director after being away for eight years, working at MacDougall United, St. Matthew’s United and Red Deer Lake United churches. She previously served at Parkdale United as a music director from 1999 to 2013.

Antonina is known in the community as a gifted accompanist and devoted teacher to many piano and theory students. She received her early training at the Special Music School in Minsk (Belarus) and was awarded the Golden medal of Honors. She earned a Bachelor of Musicology at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), studying piano with internationally-renowned pianist Vladimir Shakin and many other musical disciplines, including composition and score-reading.

Upon returning to Minsk, she worked as an accompanist at the community centre and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre, and she also sang with an internationally acclaimed a capella group Camerata which toured in Alberta in 2010.

Since immigrating to Canada in 1992, Antonina has pursued her career in Canada as a collaborative accompanist and teacher. She studied organ performance at Mount Royal Organ Academy with Terrence Fullerton and Neil Cockburn, and in year 2001 received a Diploma of an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She was a recipient of two scholarships for high marks at the exams.

Antonina likes to perform and has worked as an accompanist for many choirs, such as Calgary Bach Choir, Calgary Women’s Chorus, Cantaré Children’s Choir, Revv 52, the Dutch Canadian Choir and other groups and soloists in the city. In her spare time, she enjoys to travel, garden and be with her family and dog Kingsley.

 

Colin Redekop, Office Administration

Colin was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thus far, his life’s journey has taken him to Kentucky for seminary, Florida for his first full-time church job, then back to his hometown. In 2007, he moved to Calgary to pursue a Master of Music degree at the University of Calgary. During this time, he was also the music director at Grace Presbyterian Church. He graduated in 2011.

His current musical endeavours include serving as an assistant organist of Christ Church Elbow Park, and singing in the Spiritus Chamber Choir. His hobbies include reading, working out at the gym, running, and obstacle course races.

Colin is not a stranger to the Parkdale community, having served as Interim Music Director in the fall of 2018.

Colin’s office hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm; Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Governance

Church Council

The Council of Parkdale United Church is responsible for governing and administering the work of the church. Council facilitates the growth, vision and mission of the congregation. Council is accountable to the congregation and derives its authority from the congregation. Members of Council include the Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons, the Past Chairperson, Secretary and representatives from Standing and Acting Committees that include:

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the legal body that holds the title to all the real and personal property of Parkdale United Church (Calgary). It does this in the name of the United Church of Canada, for the use and benefit of the Parkdale congregation. It is the liaison between the congregation and Calgary Presbytery in all property matters.

Parkdale United Church (Calgary) Foundation

The Foundation, formed by the Parkdale United Church congregation in 1995, is registered under the Societies Act of Alberta and is also registered as a charitable organization by Canada Revenue Agency.

Although the Foundation is a separate legal entity from Parkdale United Church, it is closely associated with the Church. The Foundation supports the work of the Church and members of the Foundation must also be members of the Church.

The Foundation raises capital through private and public donations and accumulates assets for the purpose of investment so that income from the investments can be used to fund:

  • Outreach in keeping with the mission of Parkdale United Church,
  • The partial or total cost of major maintenance or extensive renovations to the Church,
  • Short term educational courses for laity and clergy of Parkdale United Church,
  • The purchase of materials to be placed in the Church libraries,
  • Projects designed to carry out wishes of donors, if compatible with the above four items.

Requests for funding by the Foundation are considered by the Church Council which then makes recommendations to the Foundation.