Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, Senior Minister
First experiencing her personal call to ministry at the tender age of 17 (“I knew nothing about life, and even less about ministry,” she says, “but I was called”) Morar has always felt that pastoral ministry is her primary calling, and the congregations she has served have always agreed with her.
Not that there weren’t challenges, especially early on when women sometimes still experienced difficulty being accepted in ministry. On the whole, her experience has been positive. She says: “My experience has been that a Canadian church that actively seeks out a woman to call to ministry has certain exceptional characteristics that allow for creative ministries to emerge.”
That certainly seems to have been the case at Maple Grove, where Morar describes herself as “happily wallowing in ministry with these faithful people.” A chatty extrovert with a conversational preaching style, a multi-tasker who is a “multi-worrier” when it comes to caring about people’s problems, and a leader who treasures teaming with the lay people in her church, Morar says that at Maple Grove she has experienced “a deeper level of ministry than I thought possible.” Anyone who has personally received Morar’s deeply compassionate caring and wise counsel will testify to what an inspirational, healing and encouraging ministry it is.
Bobbi-Jo Walker, Office Administrator
I have the honour of filling the shoes of a wonderful woman, Margaret Holland, who, after 32 years of welcoming visitors, renters and colleagues, has retired. Now I have the opportunity to meet and greet many people who visit and telephone Maple Grove United Church.
My most rewarding and exciting accomplishment has been raising six children with my husband and partner, Darrel Eddy, who has also supported and inspired me to learn the skill of Glass Blowing. As Darrel told me after our youngest daughter was born in 1998, “You need to get a new hobby!” In 1999 I went to Sheridan Institute of Technology for Glass Blowing to learn a “new hobby” and four short years later graduated with honours.
How did I get to Maple Grove? Thanks to my dear friend, Anita Nippard, I have been attending MGUC since 2003 and on Father’s Day in 2004 Rev. Morar baptized our six children and me. We became members on that day and have had the most amazing religious, personal and family experiences.
I now have over 420 wonderful children and counting! I love my church, I love my position and I love the members. Waking up in the morning to come to Maple Grove Church is a blessing that I look forward to every morning wondering who I will meet, greet and enjoy the company with today.
Dan Hynek, Recently Retired Director of Music
Dan Hynek has been a beloved and devoted member of Maple Grove United for over 14 years. Serving in music ministry, Dan is once again MGUC’s Director of Music, a position to which he has always brought a lively attitude and passion.
Under his leadership, MGUC musicians and choir members have been pleased to join congregants in worship through a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to Gospel rock, and everything in between.
Eran Rozen, Organist
Eran Rozen is a pianist, organist, conductor, singer and hobbyist composer. He is thrilled to be entering his second year as the organist at Maple Grove United Church, where he engages congregants in worship through song under Dan Hynek’s ardent direction. Although Classically trained, Eran is known for his musical versatility, theatricality and passionate virtuosity, regardless of genre. As the director of the Koinonia Choir, his ultimate goal is to help young singers realize their fullest potential in song and praise through positive feedback and contagious enthusiasm.
In addition to his church duties, Eran teaches piano and voice lessons and performs regularly. He has one nephew, George, and a dog named Miku.