We don’t have enough space to list all the wonderful people
who support the life of Nelson United and make up our congregation.
Here are a few whom we hope you will meet:
Our Church Administrator
Lois has always enjoyed being a part of Nelson United Church and has taught Sunday school, helped out in the office, participates in the UCW group, Caritas, and was one of the leaders for our Youth Group, as well as keeping the office organized!
As Administrator, Lois takes on the duties of Volunteer Management. In this role, Lois will “assist people to recognize their Spirit-given gifts and encourage volunteer participation” as well as managing the volunteers of our congregation, including assisting with recruitment, training, supervision and recognition. Lois looks forward to talking to you about how you might like to join a ministry team, complete a short-term project or take on a regular commitment to meet a need within our church!
The Reverend David Boyd
In the beginning, there was Gwen and there was Harold. Gwen and Harold spoke and there was Heather and there was David and there was Susan and there was Scott, and they saw that it was good. From Plumas (Manitoba) to Hazelton (BC) to Kenora (Ontario) to Nanaimo (BC), so the Boyds were fruitful and multiplied.
In the fullness of time, David did leave home (Nanaimo) and, blessed by Gwen and Harold, encounter his future. And so it came to pass that, in the course of learning, David met Janet and they began a new life together; and behold it was good. Upon studying and graduating first at UBC and then at Vancouver School of Theology, Janet spoke and David spoke and there was Megan and there was Hamish and there was Iain and there was Alanna. From Vancouver to Matheson (Ontario)—St. Andrew’s United Church—to Nelson—Nelson United Church—so a new generation of Boyds was fruitful and multiplied.
And it came to pass that David didst discover a passion for music, for hiking, for biking, for Cross-country skiing, for reading and for camping. And so it was and so it is and so it shall be. Amen.
Minister of Music
Robyn grew up in Nelson and has been studying piano and voice for almost thirty years. Her love of singing began in Allison Girvan’s church choir. An alumnus of many summer youth theatre programs, she continues to act and sing in many local productions and has been the musical director for a large number of shows: some of her favourites include Into the Woods, Songs for a New World, Rock of Ages and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Robyn studied music at McGill and Vancouver Community College and has had the privilege of being a soloist in a number of oratoria in Montreal and Vancouver. She is an experienced musician and educator and an adept vocalist and pianist. She has a wide knowledge of sacred, classical, and folk music and is very comfortable with collaborative work. She is familiar with the worship style and service of the United Church of Canada. Although Robyn does not play the organ she is extremely keen to learn and looks forward to providing music from our organ sometime in the future.
The organizations Robyn has worked for include: The Nelson Opera Society, Nelson History Theatre, Amy Ferguson Institute, The Capitol Theatre, The Dance Umbrella, Nelson Youth Theatre.
Robin has a Master’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Idaho, as well as 2100+ hours of leadership experience in camps for girls, and another 1000+ hours experience in co-ed environmental education camps.
She is also a Candidate for Ministry with The United Church of Canada and is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree with the Vancouver School of Theology.