Our Minister & Our Staff

Reverend Janet Walker
Minister

Janet accepted a call to be our Minister and joined Churchill Park United on September 10, 2007. Prior to joining us, she was in a team ministry at St. Andrew's River Heights where her focus had been on ministry with children, youth, young adults, young families, and pastoral care.

 

She has worked with Winnipeg Presbytery, supporting congregations and ministry personnel, and has also worked abroad for the Ecumenical Council of Churches, in Havana, Cuba, where she taught English. She was the Conference Minister for Stewardship and Communications at Toronto Conference in the eighties, graduated from Queen's University Theological College in with a Master of Divinity degree.

 

Janet's ability to recognize and encourage the talents and interests of the people in her congregation may be one of the greatest gifts she brings to our evolving urban village church.

Arlene Baschak
Music Director

Arlene has been calling Churchill Park United her home since September 2008 when she and her husband, Richard, moved into Winnipeg after having lived in a variety of places in Manitoba - Brandon, Ebb and Flow, Ste. Rose du Lac, Russell, The Pas. She participated in a year of musical exploration with the congregation and now provides music direction and accompaniment on contract.

 

She says she and Richard have always found the United Church to be a strong home base across many moves, an instant supportive family when you move into a new community. It's not just the people but also the theology that attracts them, a theology that always encourages people to grapple with the question of Jesus, "But who do you say that I am?" Also, it's how the music carries the message, the joy, the mystery, the profundity, the celebration.

 

Arlene lends her many talents --singing, choir directing, piano and organ playing--to sharing this experience of music-making with others at Churchill Park United. She invites everyone to join her in expressing through music the Gospel and their gratitude for the gift of life, it's beauty, its grandeur, its meaning...

Meagan Baschak
Office Administrator

Meagan  is our office administrator. She is a person of many passions, particularly the underdog, which also includes underdogs, who happen to be dogs. When she’s not at the office at CPUC she’s probably doing something with animals. She volunteers at the Winnipeg Humane Society, including making photographs that promote the organization. And there’s lots of animals in her home family including dog Oliver and his daughter Penny. And there’s also Sophie and Sprinkles the rabbits and Annabelle the cat. And then there’s the times when she fosters animals from the shelter that need transition housing.

 

Meagan was smitten by making images in her adolescence, and subsequently trained as a professional photographer in college and now runs a successful photography business. Her artistic eye is also drawn towards interior and fashion design. She absolutely loves great food, which is good, which her and her husband cook together.

 

Meagan also loves people who are passionate, and finds many of the people who are connected with CPUC to be just that. Besides CPUC folks are lovely and lovable. She loves the work, the challenges and the people it connects her with. She looks forward to growing in the relationships.

Wayne Arklie
Caretaker

Wayne was a member of the House and Property Committee of Riverview United Church for many years and stayed on the Property Committee of Churchill Park United Church once the amalgamation of Rosedale and Riverview United Churches  took place. 

Wayne paired up with John McNairnay for several years and contracted themselves to the church as caretaking contractors. John and Wayne could be described as "a couple of retired guys who kept the building going."

 

And now Wayne is solely responsible for the caretaking. The building and grounds are always in excellent condition, thanks to Wayne!

 

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