As the Staff team of Robertson-Wesley, we are committed to offering our skills and insight in
response to the needs and opportunities of this exciting and dynamic congregation.
While each staff member has their own specific areas of responsibility, we do our best to work
in close coordination with each other and with the leadership of the congregation. Through our weekly staff meetings, and the support of the Ministry & Personnel Committee, we try to cultivate a strong team relationship with each other and with the congregation as a whole, each playing their part in the whole ministry of Robertson-Wesley.
Minister of Spiritual and Pastoral Care Development
Leigh accepted a call to Roberson-Wesley in 2017. She is happy to be living and doing ministry in her hometown of Edmonton after serving in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec City. Leigh is responsible for worship, preaching, faith formation, conducting weddings and funerals, pastoral care and seniors' ministry, governance and administration.
Leigh grew up in the United Church, spending summers at CGIT Camp Wohelo and United Church's Naramata Centre. After receiving her BA (Religious Studies and Anthropology) at University of Alberta, she completed her Masters of Divinity at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. She graduated and was ordained in 2005.
God's gifts of energy and love for church, spiritual traditions and theology has called her to serve ecumenical congregations and study to receive a Masters in Sacred Theology (from St. Andrew's in 2015, focusing on rural ministry and the theology of Providence). She was honoured to serve in different roles such as Chairperson of Presbytery (2008-2010) and President of Alberta Northwest Conference from 2013- 2015. Her love for the Gospel and stories (in any form: pages, voices, screens and stages) is fueled by coffee, quiet, conversation and classes at her gym.
Rev. Karen Bridges
Minister of Congregation and Community Development
Karen was born and raised in Edmonton and within The United Church of Canada. Following her B.A (Drama major, and Religious Studies minor) from the University of Alberta, Karen completed her Master of Theological Studies at St. Stephen's College in 1998 while working full time as the Children, Youth and Young Adult Minister at Riverbend United Church until 2009.
Karen attended the Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained by the Alberta Northwest Conference in May, 2011. During that time Karen served a Student Supply appointment at St. Stephen's United Church in Vancouver and completed her internship at Robertson-Wesley United Church.
Karen accepted a call to Robertson-Wesley United Church as the Minister of Congregation and Community Development beginning June 1, 2011. Her responsibilities here at R-W include: worship, preaching, conducting weddings and funerals, pastoral care ministry, family and children's ministry, youth and young adult ministry, outreach and social justice ministry, governance and administration.
Karen has a passion for storytelling, creative worship, visioning, leadership development and faith formation, and she has a weakness for lattes!
Director of Music
Tammy-Jo originally hails from Sherwood Park and is thrilled to be back in the Edmonton region as a full-time musician. She completed the Master in Music programme in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta and the Master in Music programme in Pipe Organ performance at McGill University in Montreal. Her teachers have included John Grew, Rejean Poirier, Marnie Giesbrecht, Jacobus Kloppers, Leonard Ratzlaff, and Debra Cairns.
She has an extensive church music background as a music director, organist, choir director, singer and handbell ringer in many denominations. As well as being the Music Director at Robertson-Wesley United Church, she is the Music Editor of the United Church of Canada's Gathering magazine. She has performed solo and chamber recitals and conducted throughout Canada, the U.S., England, Denmark and Korea.
She is called upon as an adjudicator and examiner, teaches privately, and is the harpsichordist for the Alberta Baroque Ensemble.
Tammy-Jo has two men in her life who both love all genres of music; husband Mike and son, Lucas.
Garth attended the Sauder School of Business at UBC, graduating in 1992. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1995.
He is originally from Qualicum Beach, BC.
Elyse’s passion for connecting with people and helping those in need has driven her career direction for more than ten years.
Elyse is thrilled to bring those years of customer relationship building and administrative experience to the team at Robertson-Wesley United Church.
Her creative spirit is matched only by her drive to champion inclusion in all forms including supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community and celebrating cultural diversity.
When she's not working, Elyse is either finding new ways of expressing her own creativity or exploring the creative expressions of others in her lifelong home city of Edmonton.
Carmen joined our staff as the Office Administrator in 2005. She was active in this role until 2011, when she had to go on extended medical leave from which she was never able to return.
Rev. Dr. Aubrey Edworthy
In 2010, Robertson-Wesley said good-bye to Rev. Dr. Aubrey Edworthy and his wife Winn, who moved then to Saskatchewan to be closer to family. Aubrey was minister here from 1966 to 1984 when he retired, and subsequently, he and Winn were active members of R-W, with Aubrey honoured as Minister Emeritus. Aubrey and Winn go with our love and blessings and will surely be missed.
Rev. Heather Koots
Heather joined the staff of Robertson-Wesley in September 2009 and served on a half-time basis till June 2010. At that time, she moved on to continue her training in hospital chaplaincy, specializing in care of children.
Rev. James Ravenscroft
Minister of Congregational Care
James served in ministry at Robertson-Wesley from 2005 to 2009 when he moved to St. Albert United Church. He was involved with many aspects of church life at Robertson-Wesley, primarily overseeing pastoral care initiatives, and faith formation programs like Kids’ Church, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and small groups. James also assisted with worship leadership and conducted memorial services and weddings.
Rev. Jim Allan
Minister of Worship
Minister of Spiritual Development
Jim retired 2016 Sep 1 after being at Robertson-Wesley for 10 years, 2006 to 2016.