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Council Welcomes Jill Strapp and Katja Brittain

Two new faces were added to Council’s staff team as the CCDL said farewell to Janet Marshall in October. Janet has accepted a position at the Anglican Diocese of Toronto after four years working as the CCDL Director. While she will be missed we are glad to let you know that the direction and standards she set will be continued in the months ahead. Jill Strapp joins Council as Coordinating Consultant for the CCDL. Jill will be the primary contact person for congregations and ministries looking for help with planning, ministry development & fresh direction, as well as providing staff support to the new Innovative Ministry Training Program. Katja Brittain has been working as a freelance CCDL consultant and now joins the staff as Associate Director for Property & Mission.  

Nov. 2018

10th Annual Heart & Vision Concert Focuses on Reconciliation

On October 15 Council hosted the 10th Heart & Vision Awards Concert, a celebration of our Church’s commitment to social justice. 350 people were present to honour Senator Murray Sinclair, Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone, and Dr. Eileen Antone for their contributions to the restoration of right relations between First Nations Peoples and Settler Canadians. Jackie Richardson performed haunting selections from Gord Downie’s Secret Path and the Young Creek Performers dazzled with their powerful drumming and dancing. Drew Hayden Taylor, author, theatre director, and stand-up comedian hosted. Check back soon for a video recap of the event.

Nov. 2018

Partnering with Camping Ministries at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon

Teams from Council and our United Church camp partners ran and walked in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon’s Charity Challenge on October 21st. Funds raised by the participants will support property maintenance and new construction at our Church’s youth ministries at Camp Big Canoe, Sparrow Lake Camp, Camp Scugog, Camp Simpresca, and Ryde Lake Camp. The cumulative fundraising from the marathon over the past 9 years has reached more than $170,000 and pledges to this year’s participants are still coming in. Contact Ali Hayes – – for more details on next year’s marathon and to learn how you can get involved in supporting United Church camping.

Nov. 2018

Council welcomes new staff member, Ken Clarke

Council is pleased to announce that Ken Clarke joined its staff as Director of Property Services and Capital Loans on June 4th. Ken will be working closely in his first month with Tim Beard, who will be retiring at the end of June.

With an extensive 35 year + career in the Financial Services sector, Ken is an experienced Corporate Banker and Commercial Real Estate Lender. He is extremely well versed in the diversified Commercial/Residential Construction industry. With CMLS Financial Inc., Ken has been involved in the CMHC National Housing Corporation’s initiative with the Rental Construction Financing (RCFi) program out of Ottawa that has gone national in providing Affordable Rental Housing Construction financing to various Builder/Developer and Not-for-Profit/Charitable Groups.

Ken has served two terms as Treasurer on Council’s Board of Directors and has been a member of its Finance and Investment Committee for 7 years. With a wealth of industry knowledge in Commercial financing, Ken looks forward to bringing his financial generalist experience to TUCC as Director of Property Services and Capital Loans.

Ken is married and currently resides in Bradford where he has attended Bradford United Church as an active member since 1994 and currently holds the position of Council Chairperson. Ken has three grown daughters, two grown step-children and eight grandchildren within his extended family. Ken enjoys his time away from the office either at a family cottage in Haliburton where he treasures the outdoors, or lacing up the goal skates and tending the nets on a pick up hockey game. 

June 2018

The Vincent Alfano Fund is Accepting Applications

Established to commemorate Vincent Alfano's visionary leadership within the United Church, the Fund provides opportunities for new church leaders to gain practical experience by contributing financial support to student ministers undertaking internships with congregations in Toronto Conference.

During their program, interns will focus on connecting with the culturally and ethnically diverse communities surrounding their congregations. By creating opportunities to intentionally study and practice the mission dimension of ministry, the fund will support both church and leadership development. The focus on community engagement outside congregational membership, will enliven and renew our church with the ideas, spiritual strength and commitment to serve the emerging constituencies of our ever changing society.

Congregations, mission units or individuals can now apply for internship or other project funding that meets the Fund’s focus on learning opportunities for future church leaders.  Up to $10,000 per annum will be available, plus an amount for training programs. Click here for application guidelines and forms.

April 2018


The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.