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 over twenty years, where she resides with her husband Shawn Whynot and their three 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. Ann 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 Lunch Club, Walk and Talk, Meditation, Essentrics Exercise, volunteering with the ISANS Conversation Circle at Bethany or become a part of our Congregational Care Team. Ann, along with the youth, coordinates our annual Old Fashioned Christmas in support of Phoenix Youth, and the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Ann chairs the Local Outreach Committee and is the staff liason for the Community Connections Working Group, 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 a supportive husband, Tom, and 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
Dana Mills, Ministry Resource Support
Bethany United Church holds special connections for Dana who has been an active member of this community of faith. She brings to Bethany over 20 years of experience in health, social service, and educational settings. Dana finds this role filled with meaningful work. As Bethany moves forward, Dana will be taking on a more supportive role within our church with regards to ministry resources and communication. She takes pleasure in providing a warm and welcoming approach 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. Jeff, Kyla, Nathan, and fur-baby, Cleo are a part of her circle of care. 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, riding his bike, 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
Tina Gascon, Finance Officer
(902) 455-0521 ext. 225
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Molly Cormier, ministry resources Assistant
(902) 455-0521 ext. 221
Molly is a current student at Mount Saint Vincent University and will graduate with her Bachelor of Child and Youth Studies in the spring 2020. She is a new member to the Bethany staff team and provides seasonal work as a ministry resources assistant. Molly is familiar with the environment at Bethany as she has grown up going to Bethany United Church with her parents Lori and Tim. She is egger to help others and is excited to help support Bethany United Church in this position.