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Our Ministers

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Rev. Dr. Ellen Redcliffe
Minister of Word and Sacrament

 

 

Ellen Redcliffe believes that God calls all people to live in community with one another. As Christians, we respond by trying to follow faithfully in the life of Jesus in our troubled and changing world. The Holy Spirit is our guide and strength as we work together as a community of faith in God’s world. And as such, Ellen feels that Worship should be enjoyable as well as challenging, renewing as well as instructive, poetic as well as informative involving good preaching, good music and the involvement of lay people in worship that is energetically spiritual.  Every congregation should be a place where all people are loved and cared for.

 

From the age of 15 years, Rev. Ellen has been involved as an active and committed lay person in several congregations, Presbyteries, Regions and Conferences of The United Church of Canada in Montreal, Saskatoon, and Toronto. She became a candidate for ordination in 1987. She has a vast experience in the church from Emergency Chaplaincy, a deep background in Pastoral Care in the community, Superintendent of Sunday Schools, and was in team ministry for 15 years at Eastminster United. She went on to serve at Newtonbrook UC, Parkwoods UC, Glen Ayr UC and Victoria Park UC among others. Additionally, Rev. Ellen served at the Presbytery level on several committees including Crisis Response, Discernment, Pastoral Relations and the Conference Interview Board to name a few.

 

All of this during and after raising a family of four and supporting her husband in his ministry for many years.

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Rev. Carmen Llanos

Minister of Community Development

Born in Madrid, Spain, Rev. Carmen Llanos moved to Canada with her partner Raquel in the year 2000.  As part of her faith journey, she was installed and served as a Deacon at Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Toronto in 2011 and subsequently ordained as clergy in that denomination.  Applying her creativity and commitment to faith and justice, Carmen is also the founder of ICM España (MCC Spain) and has many years of experience working with LGBTQ2S+ community organizations.

 

Carmen is a gifted speaker and community builder having been invited to share her expertise and insight in conferences and panels on LGBTQ+ spirituality around the world.  She is a recipient of the MCC Toronto Vision Alive Award and the Homoprotestante Award for her work in social justice with ICM España.  To all of this work Carmen brings a deep understanding of multiculturalism lived out in community and grounded in justice.

 

Carmen is a Creating a Life that Matters (CLM) Certified Trainer and a graduate from the Darlene Garner Instituto de Formación del Liderazgo.  She obtained her Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto where she is now currently studying her Master in Pastoral Studies.

Carmen is a chaplain at Rainbow Faith & Freedom, an organization founded by Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, and at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.  As a Minister in the United Church of Canada, Carmen offers community development ministry at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church through programming leadership and pastoral care supports.