New Lead Minister for Maple Grove U. C.

Announcement from –
Ross Gilmour
chair, Maple Grove United Church Council

I am very pleased on behalf of your Church Council to announce that Reverend Jessica McCrae has accepted a call as Lead Minister for Maple Grove, starting in early November 2021.

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Rev. McCrae has served in congregational ministry in the United Church for over 20 years, including 10 years as Minister at Humbercrest United in Toronto and 5 years at the St. Andrew’s and Westminster & Littlewood congregations in London, ON. Prior to her ordination in 2001, Rev. McCrae worked as on-call multi-faith chaplain for 5 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Through extensive discussion with Rev. McCrae, we discerned that her history and approach to ministry align closely with the core values of Maple Grove.  Rev. McCrae has progressive perspectives on theology, worship and music and is excited to be part of the evolution of the United Church of the future. Jessica has a strong history of leadership in outreach and social justice, both high priorities of ours. Reverend McCrae is a compassionate individual with an insightful and engaging personal style. A resident of Clarkson, Jessica is very familiar with our local community. 

Please join me in extending a warm Maple Grove welcome to Rev. Jessica McCrae as Lead Minister of Maple Grove.  We look forward to celebrating her call both in worship with a Covenanting Service and as permitted, a gathering of the congregation, in mid-November.