Wayne Lewry, Pastor
On July 1st of 2016, Wayne began his 26th year of ministry as Associate Pastor at Central. His ministry of 54 years began with Youth for Christ in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He travelled extensively, sharing the message of the power of God’s love to transform broken hearts and lives. His ministry has involved Evangelism, Outreach and Church Extension. He has given leadership at Central in developing our Life Recovery Ministry, which involves Addiction Recovery, Grief Support and Prison Ministry. Every Sunday evening he leads an amazing Celebrate Life Recovery Gathering – where Central’s wonderful diversity is clearly evident.
“To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss…. frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Alcoholics Anonymous, pg 89
Wayne and his wife Marilyn have three adult sons: Greg, David and Nathan. One of Wayne’s greatest joys is being able to work with his son David in this recovery ministry.
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 – Director of Music
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.