Ministers and Staff
Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler. our new minister, grew up in London, graduated from King’s College with a Bachelor of Social Work, and was a candidate for ministry through Wesley-Knox United Church. She received her Master of Divinity and Master in Pastoral Studies degrees at Emmanuel College, Toronto, and was ordained in 1996. She has served Varna-Goshen Pastoral Charge in Huron County, Robinson Memorial United Church in London, and Thamesford and Thorndale-Zion pastoral charges, both east of London. She loves ministry. It allows her the opportunity to learn with children and youth, wrestle with scripture, lead engaging worship, and share in the sacred moments of peoples’ lives. She is excited as she begins her ministry at Wesley Knox and looks forward to being part of “a vibrant and caring community”. Tracy and her husband, Kevin, have three children: Hopelyn, Isaac and Jorryn who often present her with the deep theological questions! Tracy likes to laugh with her family, “Go for lunch with the girls,” and travel vicariously by watching The Amazing Race. Recently, she wrote some words of greeting. You can read them here.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ross, our minister of visitation, now also our Minister Emeritus, was born in Wainwright, Alberta. He studied at Queen’s University and Queen’s Theological School, Kingston, and was ordained in 1957. His first pastoral charge was in a mining community in Labrador. In 1960 he became minister of Bells Corners United near Ottawa, and in 1974 came to Wesley-Knox, serving as senior minister for ten years. He received his PhD in 1982 and his DD in 1984. In 1984 he became Executive Secretary of United Church London Conference. Upon retirement in 1992, he embarked on eight years of interim ministry. In 2000, he returned to Wesley-Knox to serve as Minister of Visitation. Doug and his wife, Helen, have three daughters: Jennifer, Mary-Janet and Elizabeth, and four grandchildren.
Karen Schuessler, our director of music, studied at Michigan State University and at the University of Michigan where she received a Master of Music in Organ Performance. Since moving to Canada in 1981, she has conducted Cantorion Cymraeg Canada, directed music for shows mounted by London Musical Theatre, directed Les Choristes at University of Western Ontario, and served as director of music at Centennial United Church. She is founder and conductor of the 38-voice community choir, the Karen Schuessler Singers, and since 1992, has been Director of Music at Wesley-Knox where she conducts the senior, junior and youth choirs and plays the organ. She teaches piano, organ and voice, examines for Conservatory Canada, and is much in demand as a music festival adjudicator and choral clinician.
Barbara McGill, our director of Sunday School, has 20 years of experience as an early childhood educator and music teacher. She holds a Music degree from Arizona State University, a post-graduate diploma in Montessori Education from the Toronto Montessori Institute, and certificates in Kodaly, Orff and Early Childhood Music. In addition to her work at Wesley-Knox, which includes directing the church’s Cherub and Primary Choir, she teaches piano and supports the after-school music programs at London’s Southdale Chaplaincy. Barbara, her husband Shawn Spicer, and children Abby and Owen, live in Old South London.
Mary Bee Haworth, assistant to Karen Schuesler and Barbara McGill, holds degrees in music education and music therapy, and has taught and practiced in many school, health–related, and community settings. Currently, she works for L’Arche London. Mary Bee, husband Tony, and children Miryam, Christian and Hannah, all Wesley–Knox choristers, also live in Old South London.
Heather Westbrook, our administrative assistant, has been part of Wesley-Knox since 1988. She and her husband Tom have three children and are the proud grandparents of their grandson, Nathan, and granddaughter, Sydney. Heather enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and crafts and, for many years, has been creating works of art in stained glass. She enjoys helping our congregation and is especially fond of assisting seniors in their many activities.
Sandra Alverez Rodriguez, our always cheerful and hard-working custodian, is a native of Colombia. She and her husband, Ruben, came to Canada in 2007. They have two children, Nicholas and Catherine.