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Karen Medland

Elaine Hodgins


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Karen Medland

Karen was born in Scotland, and although a part of every Scot’s heart will remain in Scotland, she decided to grace our Canadian shores. Karen attended the Vancouver School of Theology receiving her Master’s in Divinity in 2002 and was ordained in the United Church of Canada soon thereafter. Karen held ministerial posts in several United Churches and became President of the BC Conference of the United Church in 2014. After finishing her term as President she joined Carman United as our spiritual leader in September of 2015.
Karen enjoys cycling and the outdoors and actively serves the community through the United Church and community service groups. With her compassion and love for people she has a unique ability to communicate her passion with God’s word to our congregation. She is truly our spiritual leader as we move forward to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future as followers of Christ.

Lisa Scyner – Music Director

Lisa, who has been involved with the music at Carman United Church since 1996, has been a United Church musician/director since her teens. Thanks to the dedication of Carman Choir, our participation in the local music festivals has been very successful – winning the trophy for best choir & critical acclaim! Lisa arranges musically themed Sundays during the year – Such as January Jazz, Praise & Worship, Canadian Music and Folk songs. Spiritual Sunday, even an Elvis Sunday! She has her ACCM in vocal performance, diploma in voice & piano and teaches voice & piano at the Chilliwack Academy of Music. Lisa also enjoys performing at local fundraisers and community events. "Without music, life would Bb (a musical pun).

Elaine Hodgins

Elaine has been around for so long, that she is the only church secretary that most Carmanites have known. In three hours each weekday, she handles so many tasks from bulletin preparation to phone calls, to almost anything we wish to throw her way, that we wonder how she gets it all done. Everything is always timely, and error free. As well as being efficient, Elaine is also very friendly and can recall most names from years of Carman membership rolls.
Elaine says “I have had the privilege of serving the Carman congregation for over 37 years. It has been interesting to see couples married, their children baptized and then those children also marry.”

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