Staff & Oversight Council


Minister: Rev. Paul DuVal

Office Administrator: Sherri Van Aert

Office Administrator Sherri Van Aert

Sherri is a fellow St. James’er. Although new to the Prairie Spirit Team, she has many years of experience in the United Church. As Office Administrator, she is available during the week to answer your questions and keep you in touch with what’s happening in our church community. If you are seeking a new church home, she would welcome a chat with you!

Her responsibilities are varied from being the first person you meet as you enter our building to answering phones and emails, data entry, publishing the Weekly Friday Update and PS newsletter and as they say
on job descriptions “other duties as assigned”. Sherri is very knowledgeable about office procedures and as she says she “knows what it takes to pull an office together”. She has indicated that “she is glad to be working with the good folks at PSUC”. She invites you to drop in at sometime and ask her about her
friendly furry friend with which she is pictured.

Custodian: Terry Barr

Music Director Renate Rossol

Renate has worked professionally as a church musician for over ten years, and has enjoyed leading musical worship at Prairie Spirit UC, and (formerly) Sturgeon Creek UC since 2015. She holds a Master of Music (Collaborative Piano) and Bachelor of Music (Performance and Music History) from the University of Manitoba, and an ARCT in Piano Performance. She also studied vocal accompaniment at the Vienna Conservatory (now The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna) from 2012-2013, and has performed as both a soloist and collaborative pianist in Austria, Canada, and the United States. During her degrees, Renate studied conducting and attended summer training programs to further enhance her love of working with singers. These programs include the Vancouver International Song Institute (Art Song Theatre and Contemporary Music Workshop with Jake Heggie, Vancouver, BC), Alpenkammermusik (Liesing, Austria), Opera NUOVA (Edmonton, AB), and the Franz-Schubert Institute (Baden, Austria). These experiences led her to her work as a music director and rehearsal pianist for musical theatre and opera productions, as well as her work as a church choir director. Renate is also in demand as a recital partner, collaborating with and coaching singers across Canada and abroad. In addition to her work with singers, she teaches a small studio of pianists, and is a sought-after adjudicator and masterclass clinician.

Oversight Council Executive

Chairperson Joycelyn Fournier-Gawryluk

Joycelyn is a longstanding member of the former Sturgeon Creek United Church having served in a variety of roles through the years.  She has been Chairperson since October 2018 when our three churches amalgamated.  She is very honoured to serve Prairie Spirit United Church as it evolves as a new faith community.  As a retired teacher and school principal, she enjoys the energy and sense of community created when we come together to work on projects and work in support others in St. James and the greater community.  

Past Chairperson: Open
Vice-Chairperson: Open
Secretary: Val Goodridge
Treasurer: Marilyn McCorrister
Regional Representative: Open
Trustee’s Representative: John McLeod
UCW Representative: Donna Little

Standing Teams Leaders

Congregational Life: Heather MacMillan
Christian Education: Open
Finance: Marilyn McCorrister
Ministry & Personnel: John McLeod
Pastoral Care: Open
Property: Dennis Bitton
Social Justice: Linda Uhrich
Stewardship & Sustainability: Open
Worship: Thomas Ormonde
Trustees: John McLeod