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
Elizabeth has known since she was in elementary school that she wanted to work with children. A long-time member of St. Andrew’s, Elizabeth has worked with children of all ages the past six years in the children’s church program, which has confirmed this passion. After completing her undergraduate degree at UBC in 2016, Elizabeth took time off to travel. She plans to complete her teaching degree next September at UBC. Until then, she will continue to coordinate Children & Family Ministry at St. Andrew’s where children can learn, grow and play together in a nurturing and energetic space.
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.
Alex Scott, originally from Prince Albert, SK, is a singer, composer and private music instructor living in North Vancouver, BC. She recently graduated from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She also has a diploma in Contemporary Music and Technology with a major in Voice from Selkirk College (2009). Alex has had the pleasure of teaching alongside Kimberly Markarian at Harmonia Vocal studio, and with Music-On-the-Go since Fall 2015 where she teaches both piano and voice lessons. During the summers, she has had the pleasure and privilege of working as counsellor (2015, 2016) and music director (2017) for the Kay Meek Youth Conservatory program. She also was very happy to have the opportunity to be part of the church band and to perform each Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Church. This fall Alex will be focusing on teaching and developing her craft while finding time to compose and perform original music around Vancouver. She will also continue to sing at the almost monthly Taizé services at St. Andrew’s with Andrew Wilson.
Andrew has been studying music from a very young age, starting with the piano when he was 5 years old. He began singing and taking voice lessons when he was 12 and has since been singing in churches and choirs. Moving from the Okanagan in 2011 to study the drums, Andrew has been singing bass at St. Andrew’s United since 2012. After recently graduating from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz, Andrew hopes to continue to spread the joy of music as he finds the next chapter in his life.
Born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC, Derek eventually moved to North Vancouver to study jazz at Capilano University, where he soon met Andrew Wilson and Alex Scott. He graduated in April 2017, and will be continuing his studies at UBC in September in order to become a high school music teacher.
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!