Rev. Dale Burkart is our Supply Minister for July 1 – November 20, 2022 (see below for the announcement)
Dale was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and grew up in manses in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Graduate studies in political science took him to Ottawa and he ended up working on Parliament Hill for nine years. While seeking a change in career paths a phone call from a United Church minister led to a fulltime lay ministry position at a downtown Ottawa church. After five years in that position Dale enrolled at Queen’s Theological College in Kingston, Ontario leading to his ordination in the United Church of Canada. Dale has served in pastoral charges in Ottawa, Montreal, Sarnia, Etobicoke, Mississauga and Brampton.
Isolation practice – Dale spent 3 months as Station Handyman at the Environment Canada weather station on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island 440 nautical miles from the North Pole. 2500 miles from London, England, 2750 miles from Toronto. The entire time was spent in 24 hours of daylight.
Dale had the opportunity to meet Princess Diana one on one while visiting a friend in London, England who heads up Refuge, a group of shelters for women.
Dale and his wife Robbi walked the entire 800 kilometre El Camino pilgrimage trail starting in France and running across northern Spain.
Dale spent 5 weeks in Israel, Palestine and Jordan which profoundly impacted his understanding of the Christian scriptures.
Dale’s pandemic placebo: daily walking a large standard poodle.
Dale loves to engage in conversation and self-identifies as a “lover of Jesus.”
Announcing our Supply Minister for July 1 – November 20, 2022
At the meeting of the Regional Council’s Human Resources Commission on April 20, 2022 our request to appoint the Rev. Dale Burkart as our Supply Minister (July 1 – November 20,2022) was passed.
Dale has shared this mini bio with us and we look forward to welcoming him and Robbi to Grace United Church, Burlington in July.
“Dale was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and grew up in manses in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Graduate studies took him to Ottawa and while there he worked on Parliament Hill for nine years. A phone call from a United Church minister led to a full time position at a downtown Ottawa church for five years following which he enrolled at Queen’s Theological College leading to ordination. Dale served in pastoral charges in Ottawa, Montreal, Sarnia and Etobicoke. Since retiring Dale has filled in as short term supply. In September 2021 Dale and his wife Robbi along with their standard poodle Hermi did a 31 day over 13,000 kilometre trip to the Yukon in their camper van.”
Announcing our New Minister starting November 23rd, 2022:
At the March 23, 2022 meeting of Horseshoe Falls Regional Council’s meeting of the Human Resources Commission, our request for approval of the Call to the Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott was approved. Richard’s message to the congregation is available on our YouTube Channel. Richard’s term as Moderator ends on August 7, 2022 after which he will take time for a sabbatical. He will begin his ministry with us on November 23, 2022 in time for the Advent and Christmas seasons.