The staff of Port Nelson United Church bring a variety of skills and talents that are a blessing to our church and our community.
Rev. Dr. Michael Brooks
Rev. Michael Brooks joined Port Nelson as Lead Minister in 2009. He guides the staff team and oversees the various ministries of the church. Michael leads worship, baptisms and weddings. He also provides staff support to the Worship Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, Trustees and Church Board. Michael loves the variety of work that is ministry, especially marking life stages with people. He also keeps busy on the curling rink in the winter and sailing his boat in the summer.
Rev. Martha Reynolds
Supply Minister of Pastoral Care
Rev. Martha Reynolds returned to Port Nelson in early 2022 as Supply Minister of Pastoral Care. She served in full-time ministry in several Ontario communities prior to retirement. Martha’s involvement in the wider church has included serving on the Hamilton Conference Pastoral Care Team and on the Hamilton Presbytery Social Justice and Outreach Committee. She is currently a member of the United Network for Justice & Peace in Palestine & Israel (UNJPPI).
Martha enjoys participating in the music ministry at Port Nelson by singing in the choir and playing in the handbell group.
Rev. Karen Eade
Volunteer Associate Minister – Children’s Ministry
Rev. Karen Eade joined Port Nelson in 2021. Karen is excited to be a part the Port Nelson ministry team and introduce Godly Play into our children’s programming.
Rev. Candace Harvey
Volunteer Associate Minister
Rev. Candy Harvey began attending Port Nelson in 2011 after she retired from ministry at Lucknow United Church. She loves filling in at worship or covering emergency pastoral care when needed, and fulfilling her role as Chair of the Spiritual Growth Ministry. In her spare time she loves, reading, playing with grandchildren, curling, playing bridge, and leading labyrinth walks.
Acting Church Administrator
Karen Ball joined Port Nelson in late 2021. Karen is currently Acting Church Administrator. She is the first point of contact for all administrative matters, including facility use.
Dr. Stillman Matheson
Director of Music
Dr. Stillman Matheson has been the Director of Music at Port Nelson since 2014. In this role he plays the organ, conducts the choir and three handbell ensembles, and oversees all other aspects of the music ministry. In addition to his musical work, Stillman is a Certified Enneagram Teacher (The Enneagram Institute) and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Enneagram with groups and individuals.
Developer of Youth Ministry
Jay Poitras joined Port Nelson as Developer of Youth Ministry in 2012. Jay leads Pinnacle Young Leaders, for youth from grades 6 to 12. Pinnacle focuses on discussing current events from a faith perspective, leadership development and shared friendship. Jay has worked with children and teens since he was a teenager himself. When not having fun with the youth of Port Nelson, Jay has as much fun with staff, children and their families as principal of a local elementary school.
Hannah Carvell joined Port Nelson in September of 2021 as the Nursery Coordinator. Hannah has experience volunteering at kids camps, vacation bible schools and Sunday school for the past six years. She is currently enrolled in early childhood education at Mohawk College and works at her aunt and uncle’s restaurant.
Riley Denver joined Port Nelson as the Communications Coordinator in 2018. He crafts content for the weekly e-newsletter, manages the church’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, produces graphic design marketing products, and liaises with media. Outside of Port Nelson, Riley keeps busy with his young family, as well as running his own communications business.
Roy was born and raised in Burlington and is passionate about communications, technology, writing and community development, as well as church ministry work. He has had a lifelong interest in computers and audio-video production. He holds a degree in Communication Studies and English from McMaster University and has several years of experience working with the Anglican Church and other non-profit organizations. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, tinkering with electronics and cycling local trails.
Brian joined Port Nelson as Custodian in spring 2021. He ensures the property and buildings meet the needs of the various groups and ministries, and provides staff support to the Property Management Committee. Brian brings 25 years’ experience as a custodian with the Halton District School Board. Being semi-retired, he enjoys spending time with his grandkids, golfing, gardening and working in his stained glass studio with his wife.
Paul joined Port Nelson in early 2020. Paul maintains congregational financial records, including weekly contributions and deposits, as well as recording disbursement. Paul provides monthly financial statements to the treasurer, keeping all records updated in a timely manner and assists in year-end work for the annual financial audit. Paul lives in Toronto with his wife, Stella, and two adult children. He has over 30 years of accounting work experience within various churches and church related charitable organizations.