Ordained Minister: Rev. Min-Goo Kang
Min-Goo is an energetic and open-minded person, who loves exploring new things, and learning from everyone he meets. He is passionate about the places where we live: the Earth, North America, the prairies, Winnipeg, and every corner of the city including Fort Garry, and about the living word of God, who is speaking to us through the Scriptures and the whole creation. As a landed immigrant to Canada from South Korea, he appreciates the positive and dynamic aspects of cultural diversity in Canada while being thankful for the Korean culture he was brought up with. As a newcomer to Winnipeg from BC, he loves the big sky the prairies has to offer, the wild and rich ecosystem of this land, and the friendly people, who arguably represent the very best of Canada. He is very excited about his new life in Winnipeg, and the new journey he embarked upon together with the congregation of Fort Garry United Church. Min-Goo is grateful for his wife, Ha Na Park, who has been called to minister with the United Church in Meadowood, and for their two boys, Peace and Jah-bi Kang. Min-Goo’s personal mission statement: “to create a thriving and sharing community of faith, by deeply and meaningfully connecting with God, one another and the world through Jesus Christ”
Family picture taken at Ha Na’s ordination. Ha Na, Jah-bi, Min-Goo and Peace
Music Director: Helen Bergen
Helen earned her degree in Piano Performance from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU), and her degree in Organ Performance from the University of Manitoba. Her musical passions all start with “E” – eclectic, energetic, electric, enthusiastic, exciting! She summarizes her preferences as “anything wonderful! Even strange and wonderful, but wonderful!” The Senior Choir, one of the musical responsibilities Helen carries, each year becomes a new community of friends. They welcome everyone, and know how to throw a good party! And she says: “You’re invited! Come with a love of singing!”
Office Administrator: Eltie Pearce
Eltie is an experienced professional with a strong background in volunteer management and community development. Having been raised on a farm in rural Manitoba, she knows the importance of how people drawing together can help one another to support healthy families and build a strong community. With a University degree in psychology and employment in the education field, community economic development, a family resource centre, and the non- profit sector, Eltie has much experience to draw from. Her previous position with Canadian Blood Services managing a very large pool of volunteers was a challenging and exciting posting. Eltie is an outgoing person who loves meeting and getting to know people, learning something from everyone. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning.
Custodian: Eldon Clowater
Eldon’s responsibilities include caring for and maintaining the property of the church to a high standard. He can be seen daily, weekly, monthly and on a seasonal basis carrying out these tasks. Eldon enjoys the work of looking after the caretaking needs of our church.