Rev. Ha Na Park ~ Minister
Ha Na (she/her) is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada. Ha Na started her ministry journey with us at Immanuel in September, 2017. Ha Na likes to tell us that she really feels at home at Immanuel and is grateful that she receives as much as she gives to the community. Ha Na witnesses that since becoming a part of our community as a newcomer and pastor, she has experienced a very warm welcome, hospitality and inclusion, and deep spiritual growth.
Ha Na migrated from Korea in 2007, with her partner, Min-Goo Kang, and infant son, Peace. In her new city of Vancouver, Ha Na eagerly pursued her M.Div at Vancouver School of Theology. Inspired by the words of a Japanese poet, “Struggle to be the Sun Again”, Ha Na moved away from the Korean cultural imperative for women to ‘reflect another’s light’ and sought to illuminate her own life with study, hard work, and ministry in her own church. Ha Na’s first church was on Vancouver Island; her move to Winnipeg took her further into the heart of Canada in many different ways. (Including real Canadian winters!) Ha Na has committed herself to deepening her understanding of intercultural ministry, decreasing racism and questioning white privilege in church, and decolonizing herself, her work and her theology. This year, she organized a small group to plan a two-day event, Queer and Faithful: Finding a Place Where Race, Queerness and Faith all Belong, An Interfaith Project of Reimagining an Affirming Space, which is scheduled to take place on May 25-26, 2019. Ha Na lives with her partner and two sons in St. Vital.
Ha Na is featured in Queer and Faithful (Winnipeg Free Press, May 18, 2019)
Contact – phone: 204-669-0220, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aisha Tahir ~ Sunday School Director
Aisha Tahir, a lifelong learner herself comes to Immanuel United Church to grow in faith while serving a role of their Sunday School Director. She made the choice to baptize as an adult with her young children, coming from another faith she continues to pursue her studies at The Centre for Christian Studies and shares her testimony of a Muslim-Christian Canadian.
As a full spectrum Doula: Aisha utilizes her relationship based, informed consent care model to foster educational activities and nurtures Christ centred spiritual growth of the ‘Immanuel Church Changers’.
Sharon Vandenberg ~ Office Administrator
Sharon Vandenberg has been with Immanuel since 2001. She is the person that greets you on the phone, in person, through email and answers you questions/concerns. Sharon prepare our weekly bulletin/announcements, newsletters, annual reports, does record keeping and communicates with the various clusters, staff, regular renters of the building and volunteers.
She is also the person that does the bookings for the Church, such as funerals/memorial services, weddings and other events. Assisting with special events that take place at Immanuel during the year is a task she is always willing to help with when needed. You can find Sharon in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Jim Goldrup ~ Caretaker
Peter Fyne ~ Organist & Accompanist
Peter H. Fyne, ARCT, A.Mus., ARCCO, was appointed organist and accompanist of Immanuel United Church in September 2010. Previously he served for nearly 22 years as organist & pianist of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Winnipeg. Peter works as a freelance accompanist and teaches piano, organ and theory on a private basis. Peter joined the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) in 1989 and continues to serve as an active member of the Winnipeg Centre.
Eileen Metcalfe ~ Choir Director