Rev. Cordelia Karpenko – Minister
Rev. Cordelia was ordained by the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada on May 31st 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004 and her Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009.
After ordination she was settled to Grace United Church in Weyburn Saskatchewan, where she remained for three years. This was followed by a six month supply at St. Andrew’s United Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan before beginning her ministry at St. Paul’s in January of 2013.
She is passionate about worship and Christian education. Her ministry focuses on helping people to connect their faith to their daily life through pastoral care, teaching and preaching. In her spare time Cordelia is an avid history buff and crafter and enjoys volunteering her time at Pickering Museum Village.
Lois Craig – Director of Music
Lois directs all aspects of the music program at St. Paul’s United Church, leading choral presentations by the Senior and Junior Choirs, inviting in guest artists and preparing all music and the choir for participation in special services such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Memorial Hymn Sing, Remembrance Day/Legion Service and more.
Lois has an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She obtained a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, Montreal and then earned a Master of Music in Accompanying and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Lois teaches piano to children and adults and accompanies singers and instrumentalists. Lois is also an Accompanist for Young Singers, a program that offers young people, between the ages of 4 and 20, an opportunity to experience choral music through the love of singing.
Catharine Ottaway – Office Administrator
Catharine works with the Minister to provide support in the ongoing daily office needs of the church and also works with the church’s Property Committee to support timely liaison with outside vendors. As the Church Receptionist, Catharine deals with all inquiries from church members and community residents regarding church activities and coordinates and monitors the booking of church facilities for events including weddings, christenings, funerals and monthly baptisms.
A long-time resident of Ajax, Catharine held a number of administrative positions while raising her family, including as Volunteer Coordinator and Vice President with the Durham Region of Multiple Births Association (DRPOMBA). She and her husband Gord are now proud grandparents, enjoying this phase of supporting their church community.