Interim Minister: Rev. Harry Disher
Harry Disher, our Interim Minister for the next couple of years was born and raised in and around Hamilton, Ontario. He was ordained by Hamilton Conference in 1977 and has served congregations in Nova Scotia (near the St. Mary’s River south of Antigonish), Eastern Ontario (Lyn, outside of Brockville and in Belleville) and Southwestern Ontario (London and Grand Bend). He remains active in ministry in retirement having trained as an Interim Minister and has served in that role for congregations in Exeter, London, and Ancaster, Ontario. He is also a trained Educational Supervisor for candidates preparing for ministry and a Spiritual Director. He is recently remarried to Diamond Fotiadis (who will be present at Maple Grove United on occasion), and has a daughter (from his first marriage), Jessica, living in Cambridge, Ontario. He enjoys golf, weekly exercise at any local gym, playing cards, visiting with friends, travel, and cryptic crosswords. He has recently (2016) produced a self-published novel “Clouds Over Okotoks” set in Alberta and revolving around the life of a young, up-and-coming rodeo star.
Christian Education Leader: Andy King
Andy King, our long-term Christian Education Leader facilitates our Sunday School classes, (Wonder Worship, LIGHT Connection, and Confirmation), the monthly Messy Church suppers, and Adult Education classes on the meanings of the Church Liturgical Seasons. He also conducts occasional church services and is a marvellous poet.
Director of Music: Deborah Henry
She not only has a great grin, and clearly loves to conduct singers, she also loves learning and teaching.
Music Director Maple Grove United Church, Oakville
Private Studio-Piano, Organ, History, Theory (all levels)
R.C.M. Examiner-Theory, History
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.
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.
Retired – Rev. Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, Former 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.
Retired – Dan Hynek, Former 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.