Miriam Flynn — Team Minister
Miriam is a second-career minister who has followed a strong sense of call into congregational ministry. She brings an enthusiasm for inclusive community, heartfelt faith and the journey of discovery within the church as we live into the “new thing” that God is doing through us here and now.
Miriam has a B.A. from Queen’s University (1979), an LL.B. from York University (1982) and an M.Div. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto (2016).
Miriam is mother to Rachel and Peter and part of a large and loving extended family. She lives in Guelph, with her husband Rick and their dog, Beau.
Marcie Gibson — Minister for Pastoral Care
Marcie comes to ministry with a passion for community care and social justice. She is a diaconal minister who works with congregations in transition and teaches with the Centre for Christian Studies. She brings a gentle listening ear, a deep creative spirituality, and a keen social analysis to her conversations. She is happy to be supporting the Harcourt community with pastoral care needs, during this time of discernment and search.
Marcie has a BSW from McGill (2000), a Diploma in Diaconal Ministry from CCS (2013), and an MA-SDMP from UoWinnipeg (2014).
She lives in Hamilton with her partner, two teenagers, and a hodgepodge of extended queer interfaith family. She gets out in the woods as much as possible.
Alison MacNeill — Director of Music Ministries
Alison is a graduate of the University of Guelph and of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Born in Guelph, she returned to live and work following her graduate work at the University of Western Ontario.She is the Director of Music Ministries here at Harcourt, a position she has held since 1988.
Alison also maintains a large teaching studio in Guelph and is a busy freelance accompanist and chamber musician. Through the years, she has been a pianist for the University of Guelph Choir, the Elora Festival Singers, Guelph Youth Singers and the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington.
She has been the accompanist for the Guelph Chamber Choir for many years and performs and tours with them frequently. Alison is featured on two of the choir’s CDs.
Pamela Girardi — MANNA Coordinator
Pamela is passionate about community-based ministry and NGO management. For 9 years, Pamela directed young adults in immersion programs in Ghana and El Salvador with the One World program. She is one of the founders of Camp Micah, an LGBTQ+ affirming ecumenical camp for youth interested in social justice. She works in community ministry with Pastors in Exile and here at Harcourt as our Manna Coordinator.
Pamela is a graduate of the University of Guelph and studied youth ministry at Renison College.
Pamela and her wife, Colleen, live in Guelph with their three children Zoelle, Sage, and Zeben. She loves spending time in her veggie garden, biking around and camping with her family.
Wendy Guilmette — Church Administrator
Wendy comes to us with a strong background in volunteer management, office administration and social work. She is graduate of both Waterloo University and Conestoga College.
She has lived in Guelph for 30 years raising her children with her spouse Mike. She feels that life has given her many blessings; they are her grandchildren who are the keepers of her heart.
Another one of her great joys is her Golden Retriever Prada. You can often find her out for a walk enjoying the day. She has lived and worked and volunteered in Guelph and through it all she has learned that people are her passion.
David Kucherepa — Custodian
David Kucherepa is Harcourt’s Custodian. David previously worked in the Parks and Recreation Department with the City of Guelph. He brings to his new role experience in cleaning, snow removal, grounds care and maintenance. David began working at Harcourt in early 2020 and is at the church Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
Casey Connor — Worship, Communications and Technical Support
Casey is a 2020 Psychology graduate from the University of Guelph. Her position at Harcourt marries her passions for collaboration, creativity, and helping others, while working remotely. She thinks it’s a pretty sweet job!
During her studies, Casey had various roles in Student Accessibility Services where she was twice awarded by the department for her commitment to improving accessibility on campus. She is excited to bring this experience to Harcourt to make technology more accessible and increase connectivity within (and beyond!) our community.
Casey lives in Guelph with her partner, James, and cat, Rose. In her free time, Casey enjoys camping and creating art.
Chair of Council - Lorraine Holding
Lorraine has been part of Harcourt for over 35 years. She is a founding member of the Handbell Choir which formed in 1991. After chairing the Official Board in 1996, she has continued to take leadership roles in various ad hoc committees and facilitation processes.
Most recently, she served on Ministry & Personnel Committee for six years and then transitioned into chairing the Sabbatical Coordinating Team for two years. She responded to her sense of call by accepting the role of Council Chair in fall 2015.
Outside of Harcourt, Lorraine has served as a Board/Executive member for the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, and the Guelph Wellington Chapter of Stroke Recovery Canada. She also spends time in the rural area of her family roots, Owen Sound.