The Reverend Michael D Burns began his ministry at Burns, Mosa on November 1, 2017. Previously, Mike served at Mount Forest/Conn and prior to that was a missionary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for 3 years and served in Malawi, Africa where he served as associate minister to St James Presbyterian in Blantyre. In addition Mike worked in prison chaplaincy and helped run a weekly program for disabled children and their families.
Ministry is a second career and, after working for 16 years at the Toyota manufacturing plant in Cambridge, Mike graduated with his Master of Divinity from Knox College at the end of 2010. He has always believed in volunteering and the importance of working in the local community. Over the years Mike has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, student exchange programs, The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region and Bereaved Families of Ontario.
Lifelong learning is important–both formal and informal. Mike is currently enrolled part-time in the Master of Pastoral Studies program at Knox College and is specializing his studies in the area of trauma and PTSD. Upon completion, he will be eligible to register with the College of Psychotherapists.
Mike has been married to Debbie since 1997. Debbie currently works for VON as a Coordinator of Volunteers and Client Services.
Pastoral Care & Adult Ministry Volunteer Coordinator
Wilma has been a member of OPC since 2001, and a staff member since 2016. She quickly got involved in the community as a volunteer on the Board of Managers and in the Bethel Bible study, and then in other capacities: as an Ordained Elder and Session member, as a Pastoral Care Visitor, as Chair of the Fellowship and Service Committee, in small group studies and on social committees for larger events.
In 2010 Wilma felt called to go back to school full-time to study theology and she graduated from Huron University College at UWO in 2013 with a Master of Divinity. She continues to take courses as time allows.
After her graduation, Wilma enjoyed three years of leading worship services on a regular basis in neighboring Presbyterian churches. She continues to enjoy leading weekly worship services in retirement residences.
Wilma is the mother of three sons who are married and she has 7 grandchildren – she loves spending time with all of them! … and with friends, neighbours, other family, other people, and with the Lord. She finds joy in all of these relationships.
Her passion is to be engaged in the building and nurturing of relationships with the Lord and with people.
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John has been the Business Administrator of Oakridge Presbyterian Church since March 2019. He is in charge of many different tasks including bank deposits, rental bookings for events, maintaining the church calendar, cheque requisitions, and building maintenance, etc.
John has been married for 21 years and has two teenage boys. In his spare time, he likes to keep active. He enjoys playing squash, working around his home, and going for walks with his family.