Committed to transformational ministry, Judith Hardcastle believes the Spirit of God is at work everywhere. She believes that amazing things can happen when people from diverse backgrounds and groups work together to make the world a better place.
Judith was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario where she attended Sunday school at Riverside United Church and slept through some seriously boring sermons in her teenage years. Somewhere along her journey of faith, she discovered that loving God and following Jesus is a joyous, life-long affair.
She has always been proud of The United Church of Canada’s commitment to justice.
Thomas Merton, the 20th century Trappist monk and writer, significantly influenced Judith’s faith formation. As Program Director of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada, Judith leads retreats, workshops and pilgrimage programs on Merton’s life and thought.
Judith served at St. Andrew’s United Church in Golden, BC, in the Canadian Rockies for nearly four years before returning to the Lower Mainland in 2012 to join the ministry team at St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver.
Children & Family Ministry
Children & Family Ministry Coordinator
Music and Sound
Margaret Hill, ARCT, ATCL
Organist & Pianist
Classically trained and accomplished musician Margaret Hill has been part of the music team at St. Andrew’s United Church since 1992. Margaret completed Orff and Kodaly training, and then taught pre-school music classes for eight years. She has worked with various choirs at Capilano University and continues to accompany The Festival Chorus, Capilano University Singers, the North Shore Chamber Choir, and Laudate Singers. Margaret teaches private piano lessons at St. Andrew’s United Church and welcomes new students.
Lars is founder and director of the professional-level chamber choir Laudate Singers. He is Director of Choral Studies in the Diploma of Music Program at Capilano University where he directs Capilano University Singers and Capilano University Festival Chorus. Lars is also the head instructor in the University’s Conducting Certificate Program.
The Chancel Choir includes many styles and musical traditions in its repertoire, providing energetic leadership at Sunday morning worship. If you think you would like to be part of the fun, speak with Lars Kaario, Choir Director. New members are always welcome!