Central’s Staff

Rev Linda Hunter

Reverend Linda Hunter has 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.

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.

Oksana Krasnozhen ~ Acting Music Director

Oksana Krasnozhen was born in 1981 in East of Russia, then travelled throw country. Some years Oksana lived in Moscow and Yerevan (Armenia). But most of her life she spent in Ukraine. She graduated Ukrainian National Academy of Music as Choir conductor. Oksana begins to conduct choirs in age 16 and the choir became her passion and inspiration. She worked in several European countries (Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Turkey) as a conductor, voice and piano teacher, Musical director, professional singer. Oksana conducted many famous choirs such as Ukrainian Boys Choir named by P. Revutsky, Children`s choir “Shchedryk” (Ukraine), Capella “Slavutich”, Professional orthodox choir “Znamenie”, Orthodox Church of All Saint Choir (Canada, Calgary). Although, she worked in Kyiv Technical College as Deputy Director for Education and Teacher of Religions; in Kyiv Slavonic University as Head of Educational Department, Concert Director, Choir Conductor, soloist; in Slavonic-Greek Collegiums College (Ukraine) as a teacher of Christian History; in British International School as a music teacher, choir director, music theory, music history, voice tuition and instrumental tuition on piano and violin; Oksana took part in Musical Production “Heroes and Villains” (Canada, Calgary) as Musical Director; she directed more than 100 Ukrainian musicals productions. Now Oksana teaches piano and voice in Music Studio “Music and Play” and she has taken the role of Music Director in Central United Church. Oksana is a strong believer and worshipping God is her Spirit Call.

Kathy Seible ~ On Medical Leave

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.

Peter Sheridan ~ Recovery Leader

Peter is a case manager with Calgary Drug Treatment court. He is also a Canadian Certified Addictions counselor. Peter is celebrating 27 years in recovery this year and has been associated with Central United Church and the Recovery ministry for the past 17 years. Peter has headed up the Prison ministry for about 12 years and has spent countless hours in CYOC and the CRC working with inmates, and making them feel welcome her at Central, on their release. Peter has been active in the Recovery Service for many years and took over the leadership of it in June of 2016 on Pastor Wayne’s retirement. Peter has sat on the Board of Elders, was instrumental in starting the Sunday 4:00 pm AA meeting and chaired it for 8 years. Peter has organised the Men’s retreat for the past 10 years and with help of others the Stampede pancake breakfast. Peter also does addictions counseling, grief counseling for our parishioners as well as Life coaching.

Peter’s goal with the service is to make The Life Recovery Service a safe place for everyone from all walks of life, all lifestyles, all faiths to come and learn about God’s unconditional love and acceptance for everyone. Come for the music – stay for the message. Hugs are an additional benefit.

Bill Moore ~ Recovery Leader

Bill Moore is a retired oil and gas auditor, was confirmed in this church in 1988 and is serving his third term as an Elder. Putting a long history of Bible study to use, in 2010-12 he was a volunteer chaplain at Calgary Young Offenders Centre as a part of Central’s Prison Ministry. During August 2017, he volunteered as Camp Chaplain at a Camp Koolaree, a United Church Family Camp on Kootenay Lake, BC. Bill has taken on an increased leadership role at The Recovery Church over the past five years and is available to provide spiritual leadership, mentoring and counselling to those attending. Each Sunday afternoon at 5:00, he offers a drop-in program entitled “Let’s Talk Recovery”, each week a topic related to the 12 Step program.