Church Leaders

Rev Sandra

Our Staff:

Coordinating Minister, Sandra Nixon (Currently on Sabbatical Leave from Jan 16 to April 30, 2023)

   Reverend Sandra Nixon was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 2006. She has been with Trinity-Grace since 2010. Originally from Winnipeg, she has called the Lower Mainland home for the past 25 years, as she served congregations in both Vancouver and Richmond.
Sandra is passionate about social justice, spirituality, and the power of community to enrich lives and transform the world. She loves working with all ages, and believes church should be a place where everyone feels welcome, included and valued. She’s also passionate about yoga, gardening, coffee, and enjoying WestCoast life with her family: husband Bryn, children David and Samantha, and her cats, Ashie and Smudge.

Reverend Janice Guthrie

Honorary Associate in Ministry, Janice Guthrie

   Janice leads awesome bible studies that open up the bible and make you think! Come prepared to learn something new every time.

Shadia Qubtil

Community Engagement Animator, Shadia Qubtil

   Shadia focuses on outreach, community building, networking and social justice activities or our faith community. She worked in peace building and advocacy initiatives through local and international organizations in Israel and Palestine for 15 years. As a Palestine Christian, she worked to amplify the voices and perspectives of women and minorities. Her education includes; International Relations and English Language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Action at Trinity Dublin College, leading up to currently pursuing a degree in Interreligious and Indigenous Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology in Canada.

Contact: community@tgucvan. com

Heather Hill, Office Administrator

   Contact: office@tgucvan. com

Music Minister

Music Minister, Naoki Natsume

   Naoki has trained as a musician since the tender age of 8. On graduating from high school in Japan, he moved to the United States to pursue higher education in music. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona and Boise State University, and an Associate of Arts in Music degree from Western Wyoming Community College. He then relocated to Vancouver to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, Sara Davis Buechner. Vancouver is also where he met his wife, Melody.

Key Church Contacts

Coordinator of Gracie’s Thrift Shop – Sally M

   Sally has been helping the Thrift Shop grow and evolve since it started almost 12years ago. You’ll see Sally bustling around Gracie’s every opening Saturday – answering customers’ questions, consulting on a price, or putting out fresh coffee and treats. If you look closely, you’ll probably see Jack the dog close at her heels, looking out for more doggie playmates (Gracie’s is often a venue for doggie meet-ups).

Property – David M

   David can also be found tending the checkout at Gracie’s, or in the kitchen Tuesday mornings, preparing oatmeal and his famous homemade soup for Breakfast Club patrons. You might also see David puttering in the gardens, tending the vegetables he grows for the Community Breakfast soup.

Coordinator of Graceful Noise Coffeehouse – Mary A

   The reason the coffeehouse feels like a place “where everybody knows your name” is because Mary knows it, and will always make sure to check in with you! From setting-up on Fridays to hosting the coffeehouse, coordinating volunteers and musicians, and serving up lunch with a smile and gracious welcome, Mary is your go-to if you want to get involved. And be sure not to miss her homemade Mac n cheese!

Board Chair – David Q

David’s first love is helping with the Tuesday breakfast, but we also convinced him to Chair the Board.

Treasurer – Robyn B

If it has to do with money, Robyn’s the one you want to talk to!

Social Justice – Brenda H

   Brenda informally coordinates social justice initiatives for congregation, such as helping to develop our 2021 Social Justice Lenten Calendar.

Worship host – Doug J

   In addition to helping host our Zoom worship, Doug helps serve breakfast on Tuesdays and is a member of the Affirming Team. If you come to “Walk the Labyrinth”, you may also see Doug’s smiling face offering a warm welcome.

Church Ministers

Rev. S Nixon
2009 –

Rev S. Nixon

Rev. J Goddard-Sheppard
2004 – 2009

Rev j. Goddard-Sheppard

Rev. George Feenstra
2000 – 2004

Rev G. Feenstra

Rev. Fred Kingston
1993 – 2000

Rev F. Kingston

Rev. Audrey Lans
1987 – 1993

Rev A. Lans

Rev. Val J. Anderson
1981 – 1987

Rev V.J. Anderson

Rev. George H. Whitford
1973 – 1981

Rev G. Whitford

Rev. Dr. Hugh Irwin
1965 – 1973

Rev H. Irwin

Rev. J.Sid Clark
1961 – 1965

Rev J. S. Clark

Rev. Ian McEown
1957 – 1961

Rev I. McEown

Rev. Thomas David Barnett
1950 – 1957

Rev T.D. Barnett

Rev. T.W. Reed
1942 – 1950

Rev T.W. Reed

Rev. J.H.A. Warr
1940 – 1942

Rev J.H.A. Warr

Rev. G.H. Hamilton
1937 – 1940

Rev G.H. Hamilton

Rev. Reginald A. Redman
1931 – 1937

Rev R.A. Redman

Rev. H.E. Horton
1924 – 1931

Rev H.E. Horton

Rev. G.H. Hamilton
1920 – 1924

Rev G.H. Hamilton

Rev. H.S. Hastings
1917 – 1920

Rev. J. Westly. Miller
1915 – 1917

Rev. A.N. Miller
1911 – 1915

Rev . William Elliot
1909 – 1911

Rev W. Elliot

Rev. R.G. Fulton
1909 (Supply)

Rev. Ebenezer Robson
from spring – 1909

Rev E. Robson