Our new Director of Child, Youth, and Family Ministries: Dan Leaver
Start Date September 1, 2020
Leadership Council and our Search Committee are pleased to announce the newest member of our ministry team at Wesley-Knox: Dan Leaver. Dan comes to us from Sarnia where he has served at Dunlop United Church as Youth and Young Families Minister for the past 7 years. He is a candidate for Diaconal Ministry in the program offered by the Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, and hopes to be commissioned in the next two to three years.
Many of our youth and younger adults will know Dan through the SWELL program which has held worship services at Wesley-Knox for many years. Dan’s leadership has extended beyond Dunlop to camps and events involving multiple churches in the Sarnia area. Dan’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Windsor and studies at Lambton College where he earned a Child and Youth Worker Diploma. He also holds a certificate in Youth and Theology as a result of attending a Forum on Youth Ministry at the Princeton Theological Seminary. Dan finds joy in leading Sunday School, youth groups, confirmations and adult book studies and describes himself as an “accompanying leader”, helping others discern and dis-cover answers to their questions. Off the job, Dan is likely to be found fishing, sailing, playing tennis, or hockey. As part of his engagement at Wesley-Knox Dan will be moving to London.
This appointment is a half time appointment, which is a response to the strong desire expressed by the congregation for expanded programming for children, youth ,and families. This is a new position at Wesley-Knox, which expands on the role of Director of Children and Youth which we have had for some years. As a Diaconal candidate, Dan follows the pattern at Wesley-Knox of producing strong candidates, such as Barb McGill and Karlene Kimber, and brings a rich experience and relevant skill set to Wesley-Knox.
We look forward to Dan joining us as of September 1. We know that it will be a joyful day when we can unite in our sanctuary with Dan and get to know him. Nonetheless we will create opportunities to “meet” Dan, and look forward to his involvement with Wesley-Knox. During the summer our lay leaders will be working with Dan to plan for the fall. In the meantime, the Faith Formation Committee is working to provide leadership for children, youth, and families during the summer.
This marks the completion of the work of the Search Committee and as a congregation we acknowledge the contributions of Cathie Banks, Jane Fenwick, Tony Ha-worth, Carl Hearn, Martin Horak, Trevor Johnson, John McFall and Maggie Walker who have worked diligently on the committee for the past five months.