Meet Our Staff and Volunteers

Rev. Warner Bloomfield

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Warner joined the congregation of Grace United Church in September of 2016, moving, along with his partner Ellie, from Northwestern Ontario, where he served St. Andrew’s United Church in Sioux Lookout. Ordained in 2012, he is a graduate of St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Ellie and Warner are both voracious readers who also love live theatre. They have two daughters; Abigail, a student at Brock University and Elizabeth who attends McMaster University.

Warner has BAs in History and Dramatic Arts from McMaster and worked for his hometown newspaper for two decades before following his call to ministry.

For Warner faith is best expressed in and through community. Gathering together to worship and learn with those who will support you, challenge you and encourage you so that we all may realize the great potential God sees for all of creation.

Louise Farrar

Chair of the Board
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Louise comes from a long line of proud Maritimers and Newfoundlanders. She was born in Toronto and grew up on the south shore of Montreal, moving to St. Catharines in the early ’70s.
Louise is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Michener Institute.  She enjoyed a long and varied career in medical laboratory science and quality management.
A life-long member of the United Church of Canada Louise joined Grace United in 1990 when she and her family moved to the area.  Louise has volunteered in many of the roles found within the church including the choir, Ministry & Personnel Committee, Cave Springs Camp; Chair of Program,  Property Committee, and most recently the Worship Committee.  The role of Chair of the Official  Board is a new challenge that Louise looks forward to meeting with the help and support of the many wonderful people at Grace.

Jeannine VanderBeek

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“Grace United Church in Dunnville feels like coming home.” Back when her last name was Segui, Jeannine remembers attending Sunday School classes in the Annex, which used to sit where the parking lot is today. Before moving to part time office hours years ago as a Church Administrator in Grimsby, Jeannine was the Business Manager in a Long-Term Care home. With deep family and friends roots in Dunnville, it has been an easy transition commuting here from her home in Smithville, where she is a volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and FORT (The Foundation of Resources for Teens). You’ll always find her in your arena at Mudcat home games when they play the Grimsby Peach Kings.

The office hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am – 2pm.

You can reach the secretary by email or by phone: 905-774-4504.


Marnie Green

Chair of Pastoral Care
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Marnie Green is a lifetime member of the United Church of Canada, and has been a member of Grace United since the early 1980s. Both a parent and a grandparent, Marnie is also a retired nurse. If you have a pastoral-care need, please contact Marnie at 905-774-3093 or by email.

Gail Squires

Music Director
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Gail has been a musician all of her life as a performer, composer, and teacher. Retired from teaching school,  she continues with her music students. At the church as music director,  she directs the choir, plays the piano for part of the service, and arranges for soloists, choral groups, or bands, to provide meaningful ministries of music.

Silken Ricker

Church Organist

Silken is a talented young organist, who has been playing for our worship services, either in-person, or online, where she is playing a medley of familiar hymns each Sunday before the service. She also plays the piano, marimba, and guitar! And…she is part of the Praise Team at Smithville Christian High School, where she is in grade 12. We are blessed to have her with us.

Roger Waldren

Web Content
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Roger is a busy volunteer who does the sound board, assists with technical aspects of the running the church and manages the church’s website