Rev. Ken Perkins (Bear River, Nova Scotia) Ken has served in the First Nations Communities of British Columbia before taking up his pastoral position with the Advent Christian Church in Bear River. He is a professor of Theology and heads up Ministerial Training once a year in Zimbabwe, Africa, where lay pastors are planting many churches after having received this training.
Wanda St. Louis (Whitefield, New Hampshire)
Wanda is a writer of poetry, drama, criticism, and journalism. She studied English at the University of King’s College and psychology and industrial relations at Athabasca University. She has served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and a flautist in a church orchestra. She is currently with her husband in Tunisia and has remained a servant of God there, and in Montreal and in Nova Scotia when she goes on her many travels.
Diane Cosby (Cornwallis, Nova Scotia)
Diane has been running her own business for the past ten years, but has now semi-retired, preferring to be with her new husband, Stephen, and working part-tme as an accountant with a local firm in Digby, Nova Scotia. She has over 30 years of bookkeeping experience and has served as treasurer for various charity organizations. She spent nine years as a Sunday School Superintendent in theBear River Advent Christian Church. The mother of two adult daughters, she has also spent some time as a foster parent. She enjoys singing, reading, and interior decorating. She is also a fabulous cook.
Pastor Marion Duncan
Marion is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a Doctor of Ministry in the Missional Church. Her Doctoral Project was “Equipping Church Leaders to Minister to Abused and Oppressed People.” She formulated and ran a 6 month course designed for the seminary to an interdenominational group of church leaders from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church, the Pentecostal Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, who all recommended that the course be included in the core seminary program and to pastors already in the field. Marion served as a chaplain in a Seventh-day Adventist Long Term Care Home and has training in Clinical Pastoral Education), and is a Certified Therapist, (M.Ed. (Counselling) with Private Practice Insurance. From January 2016 to August 2017 Marion served as pulpit supply on a voluntary basis in Ulukhaktok in the Northwest Territories for the Anglican Church of the Resurrection at weekends and evenings while also taking care of her grandchildren during the week day for her son, who is in the RCMP and her daughter-in-law, who taught at the school. This was by arrangement with the Anglican minister, the Rev. Canon Paul Williams, because he can only get to this fly-in community for two or three days every two or three months. Marion is also a referral Bible Worker for the “It is Written” Seventh-day Adventist TV program for any in the community request bible studies.
Marion greatly misses the church ministry since moving to Paulatuk, NT, Canada in August, 2017, but is now concentrating on writing and continuing to look after her grandchildren while her family are working in the community. Paulatuk is also a fly-in only Inuit community with one Roman Catholic Church.
Marion continues to be the Pastoral, educational and counselling resource for this website and serves on an interdenominational basis for all who apply for assistance by email or phone. Please feel free to comment on any of the postings. She has facilitated church services of healing and reconciliation for those who have been hurt by the church or have been hurt by someone in the church. Marion is particularly concerned about the lack of adequate and poorly understood child abuse prevention strategies in too many churches. She is also concerned by the situation in too many churches for appropriate understanding around the issue of safety and accountability when ministering in situations of abuse. She is very concerned by the way the Doctrine of Forgiveness is too often mistaught and applied in the organised church by those who are not understanding of the complex nature of abuse issues. She has been invited to speak in the interdenominational church sector and remains available as a speaker and church service facilitator. She is a counsellor with a diverse background, being a mother of five children, some of whom she “inherited”, and was a homemaker and partner on a dairy farm.
In addition, Marion:
Loves to paint and enjoys music jam sessions
Has taught school in London, England, and here in Ontario, Canada, and Nova Scotia
Has been a junior high school guidance counsellor
Has been a crisis counsellor in a shelter for battered women in Nova Scotia, and has been available for men in situations of domestic violence. Marion has also been available in church settings for men and women in their disclosure of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and other situations of traumatic grief and loss
Was a Padre with the Military Cadets for two years in Nova Scotia
Have been blessed and honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve as a student pastor in the African Nova Scotian community
Has studied Chaplaincy in a Hospital setting and has just over 3 and a half years experience being a chaplain in a Long Term Care setting in Saskatchewan. Is also the front-line worker of this non-profit agency.
Paul Taylor (Kentville, Nova Scotia). Paul has a heart for disadvantaged Youth and the Homeless in his local community and pastorally serves as a helper for the disadvantaged in the Vineyard Church in Kentville.