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 this September at UBC.
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.
Diane Lines is a professional pianist, vocalist and arranger. She was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2018. In addition to directing our choir she also conducts the high-spirited Pals Chorus and is the musical director of the award-winning Sound Eclectic. Diane was the pianist for Grammy winner Michael Bublé for two years. Other artists she has worked with include Shari Ulrich, Tom Pickett, Amanda Wood, Beverley Elliott, Jim Byrnes and Marcus Mosely. She was the pianist vocalist with the Dal Richards Orchestra for 13 years and continues to co-direct the orchestra with band mate Jamie Croil. Diane Lines received her musical education at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto, and at Cleo Laine and John Dankworth’s Wavendon Music Program in Buckingham England. She holds a master’s degree from Simon Fraser University.
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.