The Rev. John Richard Forster B. A., M. Div., M. Th.
John was ordained in 1978 by Toronto Conference and has served United Church congregations in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. In early 2002, he came to Mountainside United. Experience based Christianity has been his focus. Sermons have evolved to shorter Applications for Today, usually two per Sunday service. Meditation is a strong emphasis at present.
Margaret de Castro holds a Master of Music degree in organ performance from McGill University. She teaches organ and theory for the McGill Conservatory of Music as well as musicianship or ear training for the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. Mrs. de Castro is the Director of Music at Mountainside United Church where she plays the church’s historic Beckerath organ. She is artistic director of the church’s community oriented ‘En Harmonie 4 Kids’ annual fundraising concert to benefit Sun Youth’s children’s programs. She also plans and directs the church’s ‘A Christmas Celebration of Music’ concert held each December at Mountainside. Mrs. De Castro has completed a Master of Education degree in inclusive education and pursues an interest in the teaching of music to students with special needs.
Ryan Fea - Intern Student Minister
Ryan is a ministry student at United Theological College in Montreal which is associated with McGill University. This is his final year in the Masters of Divinity program as he prepares for ordained ministry with the United Church of Canada. Ryan says that he is pleased to be with Mountainside for the entire school year and is looking forward to getting to know the community, worshipping and working together in the service of God.
He grew up in Saskatchewan but has lived in Nova Scotia, Toronto, Ottawa and Cambridge, England before settling in Montreal in late 2001. He has had a varied wealth of experiences in his journey towards ministry.
We look forward to being part of his year as he works and learns in our congregational family.
Felicitas Chan - Church Administrator
With fourteen years of experience at Mountainside United, Felicitas is now in a favored position to know all of the members of the congregation- an asset in her role of looking after the office and being the first voice that you will hear if you call the church.
She delights in opportunities to share in all creative endeavors and always sets up the announcements for activities with an artistic eye. If you should be in the vicinity of the church, take the opportunity to stop by her desk and say “Hello.” You will be made to feel welcome.
Vincent Tan - Caretaker
We welcomed Vincent to Mountainside just over a year ago when he and his family arrived from the Philippines. Immediately, we recognized a person who had the capacity not only to care for the building but someone who would care for the people.
A Sunday morning will find him assisting members with coats and winter gear, setting up tables for birthday lunches and all the while making sure the details of the building are being managed. He will help with any and all of the small tasks but cheerfully accepts the challenge of big ones as well.
Vincent makes “care taking” a ministry.