Vicki McPhee is our Minister. Vicki started in July 2011 and is a diaconal minister who is currently working towards a Masters degree in Theological Studies. Vicki works with other staff and volunteers to provide spiritual nourishment to all the congregants of Symons Valley United Church. On a personal basis, Vicki loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She has been to a number of countries, including Zambia, India and Peru, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt.
Dr. Stephen Harper is the other half of the “Dynamic Duo” of ministers we have at SVUC. Stephen is passionate about awakening and enlivening faith through worship, serving and learning. He works with and oversees various programs at the church including Pastoral Care, New Members, Outreach, Adult Education and Small Group Ministry as well as his involvement in Sunday Worship. After spending years at Hillhurst United Church, Stephen joined the team at Symons Valley in April, 2017. Stephen graduated with a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Golden Gate Seminary in San Francisco, California and has taught in the field of Practical Theology at various theological schools. In his free time, he enjoys exercise, motorcycles, spending time with family and friends, and getting out to enjoy the vibrant beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Karen Nell-Bennett is our Choral Director, leading our Worship Choir each Sunday. A proud Newfoundlander, Karen holds a double Masters degree in Music (Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance) from the University of Alberta. Since moving to Calgary she has been very active in the musical community, working with both community and church choirs for over ten years. In addition to her leadership at Symons Valley, Karen is the Director of TransCanada Pipelines choir, TransCanada in Harmony, Director of the Westside Singers, Music Director of the Confederation Park Senior’s Chorus and runs a successful piano and voice studio, KnB Music Ltd. When she isn’t leading folks in song, she enjoys reading and spending time with the feline trio that rule the roost at home.
Karen is also our Communications, Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator. Making sure that our website is up to date, posting upcoming events and exciting news on our Facebook page and keeping the community well-informed is all a part of her day-to-day responsibilities. If you are interested in being kept ‘in the loop’ on all the vibrant programming available at Symons Valley please contact her via email.
Donna Williams is our Instrumental Director , tickling the ivories of our grand piano each Sunday. Donna is a professional musician who works as an accompanist throughout the city. She collaborates with our Choral Director in the selection and preparation of music offered within the worship service. Donna is also available to provide accompaniment or vocal solos for wedding and funeral services.
Kathy Dion is our Facility Administrator, arranging bookings, rentals and use of the space within our church building. She works closely with the Property Management Committee to coordinate the use and rental of our building space. For any questions regarding rentals and facilities, Kathy can be reached by cell at (403) 404-1141 or by email.
Matthew Taylor-Kerr is our Youth Group leader. This social and welcoming group meets during our 10:30 a.m. worship service, and also plan 1 – 2 monthly social events as well. They have had attendance of approximately 10 – 15 youth in the past year. Come check out our Youth group!
Essie Gaqui-Elefante is our smiling Office Administrator that you will find in our church office. Essie provides administrative support to our ministry staff, as well as managing the office. Her office hours are 9:15 AM – 3 PM, Monday through Friday. For any questions on internal church administration, contact Essie.