MEET OUR STAFF
Minister: Frank Emanuel
Having first met Rev. Frank when he came as a visiting preacher in early 2023, the congregation has been happy to welcome him as our officially appointed Congregational Minister as of September 1, 2023.
Frank holds ordination in the Vineyard denomination and is currently a candidate for ordination in the United Church. Frank earned a doctorate in systematic and historical theology from St. Paul University where his research focused on the narrative foundations of theology and practice. Frank lectures in theology at St. Paul University, the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality, as well as a special summer lecture series for the Atlantic School of Theology.
As the Minister of Southminster United Church, Rev. Frank seeks to create an inclusive worshipping community in Old Ottawa South.
Director of Music: Sarah Westbrook
We are pleased to welcome Sarah Westbrook, B Mus, A.R.C.T. as Southminster's new Director of Music, effective August 28, 2023. Sarah is an accomplished career pianist and music teacher with 20 years experience in music performance, as a church musician, choir director and accompanist and school music teacher. She has worked as guest organist and pianist in churches in Toronto and Ottawa and has led and developed both adult and children's choirs. Sarah obtained her music degree from Carleton University (2007) and her A.R.C.T. Performer's Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music (2000).
Currently a resident of the Glebe, Sarah has an extensive network of contacts in the Ottawa music scene across many genres of music, including classical, jazz and rock. We look forward to Sarah’s leadership in the next chapter of Southminster’s ministry of music!
Office Administrator: Martha Hanna
Martha brings a wealth of experience to her position as Office Administrator. Her secretarial work experience includes the State of Oregon, Aldersgate College, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Fifth Avenue Free Methodist Church, Ottawa, and Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church, Stittsville.
Martha joined the staff of Southminster in the summer of 2002. Among other things, Martha is responsible for the production of the Sunday bulletins and weekly email newsletter. She maintains the church website, looks after the books and administers rentals.