REV. KEVIN C. LITTLE, MINISTER
Kevin Little was born, raised and educated in Halifax. In addition to pastoral visiting all over HRM (by bus!), Kevin loves to preach, facilitate book studies on challenging texts and welcome newcomers. Kevin is a passionate believer in public service and comes by it honestly: his late mother Lenora taught him the value of “serving a cause greater than self.” Kevin also loves to write and his work frequently appears in the Halifax Herald. On Sunday nights, you can find Kevin at Brunswick Street United Church at 6 p.m. leading a faith sharing time and at 7 p.m. for worship. Kevin enjoys life with his women-folk: wife Kim, daughter Lucy and dog Nova. In 2012, Kevin received the Lieutenant Governor’s Faith in Action Award that annually honours exceptional community outreach: https://www.youtube.com/embed/vnkeoVySWMw
Tel. (902) 455-0521 ext. 222
SHAWN WHYNOT, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Shawn was appointed Director of Music at Bethany United Church in 1996. He is originally from Halifax and holds degrees from St. Mary’s University (BA Sociology) Dalhousie University (BMusEd) and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ (MM Church Music). Shawn’s responsibilities at Bethany United include playing piano and organ for all services as well as conducting the various choirs including; Bethany’s Children’s Choir, Adult Choir, Adult Handbell Choir, and Men’s Choir. He is also the director of the Bethany Jazz Quartet which participates in monthly Jazz Vespers Worship Services held at Bethany. Two of Shawn’s favourite things to do are interacting with people and making music and he enjoys bringing these two entities together in a worship setting. Shawn is also on faculty at the Halifax Grammar School as a classroom music teacher and is active as a recitalist, conductor, and private instructor in organ studies. Shawn is married to Ann Bradley and they have three teenage children.
(902) 455-0521 ext. 223
Ann Bradley, Community Engagement Facilitator
Originally from Bridgewater, NS, Ann has called Halifax her home for the past twenty years where she resides with her husband Shawn Whynot and a house full of teenaged children! Bethany has been her church home during that time where she has been actively involved in many aspects of the church including music, outreach and as a full - time staff member in 2005-2010. Ann has Degrees in Music and Diplomas in Theology and Holistic Nutrition. She teaches music and enjoys sharing her love of music and the arts with others. Ann is passionate about building relationships and connecting with people of all ages, creating community within the church, as well as reaching out and actively supporting the greater community. Through her work in nutrition she sees a great need and desire for healthier living in our society. This, too, is an important aspect of Ann’s ministry as she believes good nutrition, physical activity and connecting with God through nature are essential to a healthy body, mind and spirit. Ann invites you to attend a Bethany program that may be of interest to you such as our two Youth Groups, JOY (Just Older Youth) Lunch Club or the Walk and Talk. She welcomes you to drop by her office anytime for a conversation about food, health and spirituality! Ann is also chair of our Local Outreach Committee and Co-chairs the Revelation Committee, a visioning team which aspires to connect and serve the greater community of Halifax.
(902) 455-0521 ext. 227
Louisa Duck, Children and Family Care Ministry
Since 2010, Lousia has led Bethany’s Sunday School and other children’s and family programs, including Nursery, Vacation Bible School and Tot Time. She has been integral in guiding children as they grow in their faith and their relationship with God. She coordinates and instructs Sunday School programs, leads children’s time during the worship service and helps them to actively participate in outreach and charity. She also organizes Living Nativity and Old Fashioned Christmas (click here to read more about these events). Louisa and her family moved to Nova Scotia in 2002 after living in Boston for a couple of years where prior to that, she taught at a junior high school in Toronto. She has two children, Thomas and Maggie, and can often be found taking them to hockey, baseball and choir. On an ongoing basis she has been completing courses part time at the Atlantic School of Theology.
(902) 455-0521 ext. 224
LYN McMillan, Finance/Administration Officer
Lyn McMillan joined the ministerial team in January 2017. She brings to Bethany over 40 years of financial and management experience.
The career path that lead her to Bethany began in the banking world, where she held various roles (Loans Officer, Collection Manager, Financial Counselling, and Mortgage Officer). She ended her time in this industry as Assistant Manager with a local Credit Union. Her focus then changed to the private business sector, when she headed to Mount St. Vincent to obtain her full credits in Financial Accounting, whereby she took on the challenge of creating a business in marketing, working with other companies around the world. She is proud to say she built a multi-million company with the help of her excellent staff members as an Administration and Operations Manager.
Lyn comes to us after spending the last 14 years working for the Congregation of Notre Dame (a Religious Order of Sisters), as an Administrative Accounting Officer. She called this job her “retirement job”, but alas, Lyn is happy to be working with everyone here at Bethany in the roll of Finance /Office Manager.
Lyn is married to longtime member of Bethany, Gord McMillan. Her extended family is daughter Lori, a step-son, Lance and their families that include 3 busy teenaged grandchildren. She is a dedicated member of Bethany’s Senior Choir and Strum Group. Lyn serves as a volunteer of the Executive Board and finds much joy in participating in various aspects of the life of the church.
(902) 455-0521 ext. 221
Dana Mills, Office Reception/Resource
A member of Bethany United Church since birth, Dana has a deep connection with this community of faith. She comes to Bethany with 20 years of experience in health, social service, and educational settings. She finds this role filled with meaningful work.
As Bethany moves forward, Dana will be taking on a more supportive role within our church office with regards to ministry resources and communication. She takes pleasure in providing a warm and welcoming approach in her work to ensure a smooth running of our church. She is genuinely interested in working with people across the lifespan, and loves the diversity life experiences have to offer.
When not in the office, she is surrounded at home by her family, Jeff, Kyla, Nathan, and fur-baby, Cleo. When not busy with these folks, she is busy in her community circles as a dedicated volunteer, serving in various capacities. Dana is a life long learner and hopes to contribute purposefully as Bethany evolves.
(902) 455-0521 ext. 221
Jim Sweet, Caretaker
Jim has served as Bethany’s Caretaker since 1997. He helps to keep things neat and clean and is there to assist at those important occasions like funerals and weddings. "Jimmy" offers unique and valued insight into the world around him, in every conversation there is a gem of wisdom that remains. In his spare time Jim enjoys reading, walking and building model cars, boats and planes. Did you know Jim and Kevin Little, Lead Minister, played (street and ice) hockey together for many, many years? Jim was the speedy one!
(902) 455-0521 ext. 221