We are an extravagantly welcoming, inclusive and active community of faith.
Everyone - and we mean EVERYONE - is welcome in this home
Bill has been an ordained minister of The United Church of Canada for over 40 years, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. (Bill likes to kid the congregation that his son has no intention of becoming a fourth generation minister!)
After studying at The University of Alberta and The University of Toronto, Bill served several pastorates in Alberta before coming to Cordova Bay United Church in 2006.
Bill believes that the United Church, his spiritual home since birth, with its emphasis on a spirituality of compassion and inclusion, can counter the message of hate and exclusion. Bill also has a renewed sense of hope with a new crop of children at Cordova Bay United, including his and Brenda’s (his wife of 43 years) granddaughters.
Bill has delayed retirement, not for employment or pension reasons, but solely because of the privilege of serving a vibrant, dedicated congregation that earnestly seeks to follow in the way of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Bill Cantelon
Phone (via the church office): 250 658-5911
Nancy has a strong a faith and heartfelt passion for her ministry and it shows in the warm, welcoming, sacred spaces she provides children and youth at Cordova Bay United. Nancy has experience as a leader in children and youth ministry in congregations and through the United Church camping ministry.
She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University (BA in Geography) and has a Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Raised in The United Church of Canada, Nancy grew up on a hobby farm outside Abbotsford riding horses and taking dance classes. She has two younger sisters, and while she doesn’t have children of her own, spend any time with her and you’re likely to hear about her wonderful nieces and nephew.
For fun away from her church life Nancy plays ultimate Frisbee (though she says with no great skill) and is trying her hand at weaving.
PS – she says she loves her job!
Phone (via the church office): 250 658-5911
Jane views her position in the church office as a ministry to welcome and serve the staff, congregation and wider community.
A member of the Cordova Bay United faith community since 1971, Jane has served in the office since January 2012. So there isn’t much about Cordova Bay United that she doesn’t know. Just tell her what you need and if she can’t help you, she’ll find someone who can.
Jane brings considerable education and experience to her ministry. She attended the University of Victoria (Bachelor in Education) and Université de Laval in Quebec (Programme Spéciale de Français Pour Non-Francophones). She has worked as a staff development manager and operations manager and that experience is valuable in her work at CBU.
Jane and her husband, Bill, like to grow their own vegetables and herbs. And Jane loves being physically active. She’s played field hockey every Saturday for the last 45 years, runs regularly and can often be seen cycling to work.
Jane comes from a strong United Church family and her children, Leslie and Jesse, are carrying on that legacy by being actively involved in the church.
Phone: 250 658-5911
Dr. Garry Froese's love of music was learned at his mother’s knee. He says he can’t remember a morning growing up when his mother wasn’t singing as he awoke. From those formative years, Garry went on to get more formal training in the form of a Doctor of Musical Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
Garry has had an extensive career teaching music at all levels, including instructing voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), and conducting the VCM Chorale, a college-level chorus. He has served as the Music Director for the Malaspina Choir in Nanaimo and as conductor of the University of Victoria Chamber Singers.
Garry is newly arrived at Cordova Bay United Church, taking on the duties of music director in September 2018. In addition, he conducts the Harmony Choir in Victoria, serves as the Chair of the Church Council at Centennial United Church, and is President of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club.
What does Garry do when he isn’t making music and volunteering with community organizations? He gardens. His motto is, “There is always room for another tree in the yard.” Garry lives in Central Saanich and would probably accept gifts of seedlings from any of his neighbours (as long as his wife isn’t nearby to say no!).
Dr. Garry Froese
Phone (via church office): 250 658-5911