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REV. STEVEN DAVIS was born and raised in Scarborough now, of course, a part of Toronto. He earned a BA in History from York University and a Master Of Divinity degree from Emmanuel College. In 2013, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. His thesis was entitled, "Preaching To Brokenness: Proclaiming Good News To Churches In Conflict." Rev. Davis was ordained by the Toronto Conference in May 1994 in Etobicoke, and after serving Pastoral Charges in Central Newfoundland, the Near North of Ontario and the Niagara Peninsula, he joins PVUC as the Lead Minister on July 1. His wife Lynn is the love of his life and a true inspiration to him. Lynn was born and raised in East York. In 2005, the couple adopted their daughter Hannah. She's now 11 years old and was born in China. Being Lynn's husband and Hannah's father are the two greatest blessings in his life! He is also the proud daddy to 2 budgies named Blueberry and Lemon.


KarenSmartRev. KAREN SMART was raised in Kingsville, Ontario.  She graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours B.A. in Scenic Design for the Theatre and a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College.  She has served in paid accountable ministry for over 20 years.  Most recently she has served as the ordained minister at the Greenwood Pastoral Charge and then as the Program Coordinator - Governance at General Council Office.  She is also the Secretary of Lakeridge Presbytery. 

Karen is married to Tom who works on the Management Team at Ontario Power Generation.  They are blessed with three adult children, John, Cameron and Laura.  They have two cats named Nebuchadnezzar (Neb) and Cheddar. 

They have lived in South Ajax for over thirty years.  Karen enjoys theatre, curling, swimming, gardening, reading, painting, and baking.  She enjoys being with people of all ages.


Pickering Village United Church seeking Music Director
Pickering Village United Church (PVUC) in Ajax, ON is seeking a music director to lead a well-rounded music program with traditional and contemporary styles. Music is an integral part of our congregation which has talented musicians and a vibrant 20-member choir. Our worship typically features traditional organ and choir music often supplemented by piano, guitar and other instruments. The successful candidate will provide musical leadership, choir direction and accompaniment during worship. PVUC has a Yamaha grand piano and a Johannus three-manual digital organ (Rembrandt 377 model) with 47 stops and a full pedal board (built c.2011). We seek an individual who is not only gifted musically but is personable and welcoming. This part-time contract position has negotiable compensation dependent on qualifications and experience. The position requires approximately 6-8 hours a week. More information is available at www.pvuc.ca. Please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15, 2017.




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RUTH FOX, Office Administrator, was born in Brantford, Ontario and grew up attending Wellington Memorial United Church. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and her career background was in the Human Resources field. Ruth chose to stay at home to raise her two children for 17 years before re-entering the work force as Church Secretary in November 2005. In this role, she enjoys dealing with many church volunteers, the general public and, of course, the PVUC Staff. Ruth joined Pickering Village United Church in 1990 and is currently a member of the UCW.




Rev. David O. Jones, B.A., LL.B., M.Div.  Voluntary Associate Minister

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