I was born in Spiritwood, SK May 16, 1954. My childhood and teenage years were spent growing up on a family farm sixteen miles southwest of Spiritwood on the northern edge of the R.M. of Meeting Lake. My first experiences of church were at the Meeting Lake School with worship services that were led by the Anglican priest from Spiritwood. It was in that community that I was baptized. I attended the Rabbit Lake Central School grades one through twelve. Following graduation from High School I worked with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for fourteen months first in Lloydminster, SK and then in Kindersley, SK before starting studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
In my second year of University I was confirmed in Knox United Church in Saskatoon and the Knox congregation sponsored me, first as an Intended Candidate and then as a Candidate. I completed an Arts Degree with a major in Sociology and graduated in May 1976. I began theological studies at St. Andrew's College that September. The years at St. Andrew's were rich and full. I was part of the second class to complete an eight month (September to April) Internship as part of my preparation for ministry. I was ordained by Saskatchewan Conference June 10th, 1979 at Melfort, SK.
I was transferred to Alberta Conference for settlement and settled in Fort St. John, B. C. where I had done my internship and thereby became an exception, as students will not normally be settled in the pastoral charge where they have done their student placement clause. After five years with St. Luke's, Fort St. John I sought a change and joined the staff of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference where I served as the Conference Personnel Minister for three years. Heather Dootoff and I were married on July 04, 1987 and I accepted a call to Dauphin First United Church. Three years later we became parents to Kelsey. I remained with the Dauphin congregation for nine years. I then moved to join Heather in Brandon, MB where I provided a year of Interim Ministry at Carberry, MB commuting from Brandon and a year of Interim Ministry at Hamiota/Oakner where I was resident in Hamiota four days out of seven.
In July 1998 I accepted the call of Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon. A year or so later Heather and I became parents for a second time on October 14, 1999 as together with Kelsey we welcomed Adrien to our family. I arrived and began ministry with Heritage United Church on January 1, 2004 and thirteen and one half years later I concluded that call by retiring. For thirty-eight years I have enjoyed the privilege that it is to offer ministry; to share with others their most intimate moments of joy and sorrow and together with them to be held in and by the grace of Holy Mystery. For thirty-eight years it has been my privilege to proclaim the "Good News" of the wonder of God's great love for us and for all of Creation. How can I be anything other than thankful for this wonderful community we call church? I retire with a heart filled with gratitude. And now I begin a retired supply appointment with the "faith community" at Third Avenue United Church in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
BARBARA TRUEMNER - Barb was born to Donald & Lillian Truemner on December 21, 1948 at Flin Flon, Manitoba. When she was only 6 months old, her parents purchased a farm at Midnight Lake where she grew up and attended the Midnight Lake country school. She attended High School in Glaslyn. In this community, the neighbors worked together helping each other, and this is where she learned about the benefits that can be achieved when people work together. After High School, she worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Glaslyn. She was employed by the Royal Bank of Canada for more than 28 years. Later she worked for M & M Meat Shops and the Battlefords Union Hospital Canteen. Barb became the Office Coordinator for Third Avenue United Church in 2002. Barb continues to be a faithful supporter of the United Church. She is involved in numerous church activities such as: Hand Bells, Singing, and organizing fundraising events.
Barb also enjoys gardening and cooking.