Central’s Staff

Rev Linda Hunter

Reverend Linda Hunter as been appointed as our Transitional Minister beginning January 1, 2018.

Linda hails from Saskatchewan, the land of waving wheat. She was born in Regina but has called Calgary her home now for over forty years. Her husband, Gord, is also a minister in the United Church and serves the rural community of Rockyford. Together, they have raised two great kids, Dawn and Brendan who have added to the family circle by marrying Andrew and Heather. Linda and Gord are very proud of their four grandsons: Jordan, Nelson, Aemon and Nicky.

The gospel has always engaged Linda and she is drawn to the hope and reconciliation that it offers. She also has a passion for social justice and the healing that is needed for the marginalized in our world.

Dr. Peter Ralph

Peter was born in Toronto, ON and raised in Stoney Creek, ON. He graduated from Nyack College, Nyack, New York in 1968 with a B.A. in philosophy and theology. He completed his seminary training at Canadian Theological Seminary in Regina, Saskatchewan, graduating in 1974 with the M.Div. degree. He was the pastor at various churches from 1974-88.

Since 1989, Peter has served on the faculty of Canadian Theological Seminary, now Ambrose Seminary as Professor of Pastoral Theology. He completed the D.Min. degree in 1992 at Canadian Theological Seminary and the ThM degree at Regent College in 2001. While on the faculty he also served for five years as preaching pastor in the West Side Alliance Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. He has completed mission trips to West Africa, Peru, Cambodia and Indonesia. He serves as the Coordinator of Chaplaincy Studies at Ambrose. He retired in 2013.

Peter has been married to Sharon Bethune, for 46 years and they have four adult children and fourteen beautiful grandchildren.

In addition to his role at the seminary, Peter enjoys dating Sharon, building his Mustang, writing and pizza. We are grateful to have Peter preach occasionally during the morning service

Lorraine Anderson ~ Congregational Care Coordinator & Spiritual Companion

Lorraine has been a member, volunteer, and on staff at Central United Church since 1980. She was so warmly welcomed that she knew this was the church for her. Lorraine has been married to husband Grant since 1980, is a mother of 4 children: Kyla, Shon, Joshua and Jenna, and a grandmother (aka Safta) to Audrey.

Lorraine became a Spiritual Companion in 2011. She loves people, coffee, taking very long walks, the beach, reading, learning new ways of connecting with self and others through various courses. Lorraine cares deeply for the environment, and is also quite active in participating in numerous causes to support research for cures, particularly cancer–related. She loves her small group (The Groovy Grace Girls) who have been together since 2001. Lorraine prefers others to cook. She feels very blessed to be on staff at Central.

Kathy Seibel – Music, Worship & Communications Director

Originally from Saskatchewan, Kathy has made Calgary her home since 1975. She has been active in Central’s Music Ministry since 1982 and has been leading the Creative Arts Ministry since 2005, a ministry that includes the musical and technical elements of worship. Since the spring of 2015 Kathy has also taken on the responsibility of all Central's social media.

In addition to her involvement at Central, Kathy has been a contract employee of the Youth Singers of Calgary since 1998. She serves as the Director of Second Chants – an adult, recreational choir, as well as the Associate Director of the Senior Hi Division.

Kathy is married to Rob Rosin and has two adult sons.

Colleen Robarts ~ Office Administrator

Colleen is originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and moved to Calgary in 2004. She came to Central in April of 2004 and started as a part time receptionist; by 2006 she moved into the Administrative Secretary position. Her title is currently Office Administrator.

Colleen looks after all the office administration, church rentals, promotional materials – including the Sunday bulletins.

Roberto Montagni ~ Treasurer / Bookkeeper

Roberto is originally from Montreal and has made his home in Calgary since 1981. He has been attending Central since 2005 and Treasurer since August 2011. His job is to allocate receipts properly, pay bills on time, and prepare financial statements.

He has been employed in non-profits since 2002 and thoroughly enjoys it. In his spare time Roberto spends time with his son, mainly attending his sporting events or professional sports. His hobbies are reading, genealogy and walking.

Alena Naumchyk ~Principal Organist / Accompanist

Each of our choirs are accompanied regularly by our principal organist / accompanist, Alena Naumchyk. Alena has studied primarily in Russia and has been employed as organist at St. Giles Presbyterian Church since her arrival in Calgary from Russia in 2006. She has extensive experience as an accompanist and solo pianist and currently is an accompanist at Mount Royal University.

Mary Lansdell - Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator

Mary Lansdell has been involved in Child, Teen and Youth development and programming for over 20 years. Combining her education in Social Work, her professional experience and leadership, Mary's work evolved into youth focused community development.

Now, with gratitude, Mary's heart is joyfully engaging the Children, Teenagers and Young Adults in spiritual and faithful life here at Central.