Wesley United Church

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Our Staff

Ministry Personnel

Bill Mercer

Rev. William Mercer joined the Wesley staff on September 1, 2005.  Bill was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and moved to Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1980 where he became a member of Central United Church. In 1982 he became a candidate for ministry (from Central United Church) and in 1983 began his undergraduate degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies. Following his graduation from MUN, he attended Emmanuel College in Toronto and completed his theological training in 1989 with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained by Newfoundland and Labrador Conference that same year at Gower Street United Church in St. John's. He and his wife, Debra, and two children, Nicholas and Jeremy, were settled on the Old Perlican Pastoral Charge. Following his settlement charge, Bill has since served on the Harbour Grace, Curling (Corner Brook) and Green's Harbour Pastoral Charges.

Being born and raised in Toronto, Bill is a die-hard Maple Leaf fan and he knows this year (no need to say which year as he says this every year) is the year they win the Stanley Cup!

Sexton

Paul LeDrew

Paul began working part-time at Wesley in 1981 and, in November 1983, he took over as full-time sexton and, with his family, moved into Wesley House.  Paul is a member of the Male Choir at Wesley and has been a volunteer with VOWR for many years.  He looks forward to Tuesday mornings when he gets to play some of his favorite music and produce the 50 Plus Radio Show. Paul has also been a volunteer driver with The Canadian Cancer Society for the past nine years and is actively involved in M.A.D.D.

Office Administrator

Sharon Stokes

Sharon has been Office Administrator at Wesley for over ten years and keeps things running smoothly in the midst of the often hectic schedule at the church. Hers is the pleasant voice you hear whenever you call the church and she is always pleased to offer whatever assistance she can.

Organist and Senior Choir Director

Chad Stride

Chad is an Honours Graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland's School of Music and Faculty of Education. In 1994, he was a member of the national Youth Choir of Canada under the direction of Diane Loomer. In 1995, Chad founded Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir. Since that time Cantus Vocum has performed in England, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.  The Choir has also released three CDs. Chad has served as accompanist for the Memorial University Chamber and Festival Choirs, and the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Chad was also the associate conductor and accompanist for the 1997-98 season with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir at which time they released the award winning CD “Reaching From The Rock.” Chad maintains a private piano studio and serves as an adjudicator and clinician. He has been the Organist and Choirmaster at Wesley United since 1995. To learn more about the Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, please click here.