Rev. Anita Spiller, B.A., M. Div.
Rev. Anita was Ordained in May of 2015 and began her first Pastoral charge with Jordan Station United Church on August 1st. August 2020 will mark her 5 year anniversary with our Church and her on-going list of accomplishments is outstanding!
Anita has a strong call towards Mission work and is always looking for ways to inspire people to 'be the Church' in the world and as well as within our Church walls. Her proudest accomplishment is in her leadership of the Mission Team that raised $20,000 to bring life saving water to a remote community in the Dominican Republic. Local Outreach is critical as well and as such Anita acts as the Chair of the Caribbean Workers Outreach Project (CWOP) which offers Worship, Pastoral Care and Benevolent Support to the migrant workers who come to Lincoln for 8 months each year. This local Ministry Program began at Jordan Station in 1992.
Anita also has a dedication to providing creative and inspiring Worship and has a gift for preaching. She loves children and is a life-long learner with a passion for education. Anita is dedicated to wider church work and lives this out as the Theological School Liaison for the Candidacy Board of the Southwestern Ontario Region of the United Church of Canada.
Anita is married to Pete Spiller and together they have four children: Andrew is a flight attendant with Delta Airlines and has a love of travel and adventure; Greg is a Credit Specialist and has a passion for music and duathlons (running & cycling); Katelyn is a full-time student at Ottawa University and has a love of food and serving others; Anna attends the University of Florida and dreams of becoming a dentist. Together we dedicate our lives to fulfilling God’s commandment to love and serve our neighbours.
“I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.”
(Matthew 25:36 The Message Translation)
Sonja Saweczko, Office Administrator
Sonja joined Jordan Station United Church in March 2016. Sonja has an extensive background in corporate Marketing and top-notch computer and communication skills. You will find Sonja in the Church Office 3 mornings a week (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday) and you can count on a cheery “Hello!” when you walk in the door!
Sonja recently found her passion in supporting the Mission Projects at Jordan Station United Church, specifically in the El Rosalito - Ocoa Water Project. Sonja traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Mission Team in October 2017 and November 2018 and made connections and friendships with many of the children in El Rosalito (thanks to the Spanish lessons!). Pictured here is Sonja and Marylady (whom Sonja hopes to visit again) - the first generation to have clean, running water available to them.
Sonja resides in St. Catharines with her husband, Jack, and their 2 sons who currently attend University. During her leisure time, Sonja enjoys kayaking with Jack and friends.
Chris Goertz, Bookkeeper
Chris joined Jordan Station United Church in July 2016 as the Bookkeeper, and works with the Finance Committee and Trustees to ensure that the Church's finances are always accurate and complete.
For over 20 years, Chris has lived in St. Catharines with her husband Rick. Together they volunteer at the Southridge Community Church Shelter twice a month by preparing breakfast for the residents.
Chris and Rick spend their vacation time travelling to sunny destinations. Their daughter, Chantal, was married in 2018 and is currently in her 3rd year at Brock University.
Joyce Brown, Organist, Pianist, Choir Director
Joyce was born and raised on a fruit farm on Green Lane in Beamsville. She was an elementary school teacher for 35 years up until her well deserved retirement in 1996.
Joyce started playing the organ at St. Alban’s Anglican Church at the age of 15 and as well at Vineland United Church some years later. She then became the Music Director at Trinity United Church – which lasted for 23½ years – retiring in 2010.
When Jordan Station United Church was looking for an organist in 2013, Joyce took the position assuming she’d just help out for a couple of months but . . . “the congregation here has been so welcoming and affirming, and I felt so fortunate to be helping to lead in Worship here.”
Currently Joyce also has a choir at Heritage Village, comprised of 24 people of all ages and talents. “We enjoy performing for the Heritage Village community and for local retirement residences.”
Joyce also loves the “Ukuladies” group which was founded by Rev. Anita in 2016. On occasion they perform at Jordan Station United Church and locally in the community.
Joyce and her husband Al celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in August 2020. They are blessed with 3 married children and 7 grandchildren!