Kimbourne Park United Church is thrilled to welcome Daniel Reed as our new Minister of Worship, Christian Development and Food Justice. He is working half-time at Kimbourne for July and August while he completes his contract with St. Mark’s United. Beginning September 1st, 2019, he becomes our full-time minister.
Michael Cottrell, who moved to half-time in January, continues working with us until his retirement at the end of January, 2020.
Daniel and Michael will be co-leading a congregational retreat in the fall, at which we will engage in long-range visioning, explore new ways of being church, and develop plans to grow the church. We will continue to develop our food justice program, including incorporation of the food justice theme into our Church School curriculum. As you can see from the following information about Daniel, his experiences in life and work make him ideally suited to minister with Kimbourne Park.
Daniel was raised at Rainbow Woods, a solar-powered farm in the wilder parts of the north end of the Kawartha Lakes. He cut firewood, hung laundry, and worried about cloudy days.
He did a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies at McGill University and then a Masters of Divinity at Emmanuel College. He was ordained in June of 2019.
He has served Willowdale-Emmanuel United Church, developing their community garden and Thornhill United Church, developing a neighbourhood-based small-group ministry. He served Fairlawn Avenue United Church, directing a Montessori-style children and youth program, and developing an evening service on the front lawn (Campfire Connections), a volunteering and discussion program for young adults (Six Degrees) and a food-justice education program for children (Kids in Action).
Most recently, Daniel served St. Mark’s United Church, where he focused on worship renewal, engagement with community partners, and capacity-building for solidarity with marginalized communities.
He is a currently a member of the Executive of Shining Waters Regional Council, and has been involved with national United Church work, particularly around youth ministry and Indigenous justice.
Daniel lives in the Annex with his wife (Miriam), their roommates (Mia, Wyatt and Ken), and their dog (Mason). He gardens and rock-climbs, tries to meditate every day, and camps when he can.