The Rev. Graham K. Brownmiller, Lead Minister was called to serve the amalgamated community of Jubilee United Church upon its inception, January, 2017. (in his own words) Prior to this call, I served as the Minister at West Burnaby United Church, at Queens Avenue United Church, and in the North Thompson Pastoral Charge (Barriere and Clearwater).
I was Ordained by The United Church of Canada (on God’s behalf) in May 2009 after completing my M.Div. studies at the Vancouver School of Theology. I came to Jubilee with years of experience in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and wider church experience; I served the Executive of the General Council from 2012 – 2018 and valued every moment of connection with colleagues across the country. Between 1995 and 2018 I also served a variety of times on the BC Conference Executive (14 years in total) and worked at the Conference Office in a variety of roles.
I believe that everyone is welcome in the church, regardless of culture, race, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, level of belief, self-understanding of good and bad choices, economic status, or whatever else people seem to find that keep them from a personal relationship with the Source of all being – that which I call God.
Who I am as Minister:
- I am committed to serving in ministry as faithfully as possible.
- I love deep, authentic, mutual relationships.
- I respect my elders and continue to learn from them.
- Children, youth and adults have a place in every aspect of our church life. I expect children to be children, noise and all.
- I am passionate about my faith and respectful of those who believe differently.
- I try to honour the past while working to move the church into a new future.
- I try to keep the best interest of the church in mind when I make decisions.
- I love both community and one-on-one interaction.
- I am honoured to witness people’s stories and to the presence of God’s grace through authentic relationships.
- I encourage people to connect with me, with each other and with God in ways that are safe and comfortable for them.
- I am casual even in my dress except for when it is necessary to be more formal.
- I wear a clergy collar at times to remind me that I am called and appointed to the role in which I serve.
- I may not appear to be so but I am shy. Though I am boisterous, I carry wounds from my past as do many others.
- I am sometimes outspoken to the point of being stubborn. When challenged I can respond defensively. I strive to accept the challenge of replacing those moments of defensiveness with empathetic expressions of God’s grace.
- I am human. I sometimes fail. I sometimes get hurt. I sometimes say things that I shouldn’t. I am forgiving and seek forgiveness.
- I am a beloved child of God along with all others. I love the disparate, confused, messed up, broken and sometimes joyful, children of God who make up communities of faith.
- I would love to know more about you.
Colin Brown, Associate Minister began his two-year Supervised Ministry Experience with Jubilee United Church in June 2018. He, Lauren, and their three daughters have been welcomed into the faith community warmly.
Colin is a Regular Force Member of The Royal Canadian Navy, intending to return to the Navy as a United Church Chaplain upon completion of his time with Jubilee, and Ordination by the Church (deo volonte!). Colin’s learning will include: preaching and regular worship leadership, sacraments and event-based ceremonies, teaching children and adults, and establishing pastoral relationships.
During the fall of 2018 Colin’s foci were the unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (hospital chaplaincy) he was accepted into and a bible study focused on “The Bible as a Lens to our Lives.” He looks forward to continued conversation and exploration with members of the congregation. In his learning Colin is supported by Rev. Graham and a Learning Support Team consisting of Barb Tunnicliffe, Glo McArter, Nancy Baird and Bill Gilpin.