People

We are a down to earth, largely rural based community of faith. We are people who share our everyday life experiences, supporting each other through highs and lows, drawn together by our Christian faith.

In typical United Church fashion, we love to share food, fellowship and the helping hands of friendship.

We often discover we have more questions than answers facing life circumstances personally, in our local communities and across the world.

We are companions on journey, helping out each other through our worship, in our daily activities and our special ministries.

Collectively, we have many individual causes and interests that we support, actively involved in all manner of groups, organizations and missions.

On July 8, 2018, we voted to become an affirming church. 

We are all ministers, living our faith each day. Some folks in our church family, we will introduce here.

Our Ordained Minister, the Rev. Sharon Ballantyne, PhD

Sharon and her husband Cliff moved to the Dunsford area when Sharon accepted the call to serve at Dunsford United Church effective July 1, 2016.

Sharon was ordained in 2006 and served her settlement charge in Peterborough until coming to Dunsford. Prior to ordination and since ordination, Sharon was an elementary school teacher, feeling led to leave the classroom in June 2016 to focus on ministry at Dunsford.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, an Honours B.A. in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s of Divinity all from Queen’s University. She received a PhD in Theology specializing in the area of Pastoral Care and Counselling Psychology in 2012 from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. She completed the Spiritual Director program through the Jubilee Ontario. Cliff and Sharon have two daughters, Emily and Sarah.

“As your ordained minister, I am humbled and privileged that God has called us to prayerfully work together to faithfully serve God, in all the ways we are called to do and be. Walking with each other, we seek to uplift God’s gift of hope, peace, joy and love into all the places where we live, work and have our being.”

Our Administrative Assistant Christena-Lynn Erglis

Having served in this role for more than a decade, C.L. has extensive knowledge and expertise, faithfully directing our day to day, and having a heart for the people of Dunsford United Church. She is everybody’s “go to”, when we wonder who does what, when and how. Wednesday 9:00AM to 5:00PM are Christena-Lynn’s regular office hours. She efficiently accomplishes more in a day than many do in a week, for which we are so grateful.

Our Senior Choir Director and Musician Brenda Shield

Brenda Shield is our incredibly talented in house musician, leading us in song every Sunday and preparing the Senior Choir for their wonderful musical performances.

“Music is my life and passion. From the time I was old enough to sit on the piano stool, the precious gift of being able to sing and play anything by ear has been a lifelong joy!

Music has fed my soul through involvement in many genres of music, choirs, as well as barbershop harmony.  My vocal training has provided many opportunities for solos, duets, trios and quartets.  

I enjoyed a successful career in the teaching profession where I could share music with students through musicals, concerts, assemblies and classroom activities. Music is the art of joyful singing.”

Our Church Custodian Arvada Reynolds

Arvada; often assisted by her daughter, keeps our building in excellent order, modelling what it means to be a care-taker of our spaces and places.

Our “Church Dog,” Service Animal, Echo

Meet Echo, Sharon’s black lab Seeing Eye dog, graduating class August 2019. When Sharon began at Dunsford United, her Seeing Eye dog Wilson, a black lab was her faithful guide. He retired in 2019 and is at home as a pet. Echo and Wilson are great friends.