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 life with her family: husband Bryn, children David and Samantha, and her cats, Ashie and Smudge.
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.
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.
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).
Handyman Extraordinaire, 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!
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!
Brenda informally coordinates social justice initiatives for congregation, such as helping to develop our 2021 Social Justice Lenten Calendar.
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.