Rev Deborah Redman (BA, MDiv)

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Rev Deborah is an Ordained Minister with twenty-three years of Ministerial service. She came to Clergy Support Memorial Church on May 8th, 2015 and continues to have a great career. Her contribution to our church is outstanding. Previously, she served as an Ordained Minister with the United Church of Canada for twenty years.

Academic Achievements

  • St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK
    Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • University of Victoria, Victoria, BC  Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Classical Studies

Ordained

BC Conference Meeting, Terrace BC 1989
United Church of Canada

Ministry History

  • Comfort Keepers Victoria April 2018 – Present
    Caregiver
  • Ceremonies by Deborah November 2015 – Present
    Officiant/Celebrant
  • First Memorial Funeral Services September 6, 2014 – December 12, 2014
    Family Services Advisor
  • Lead Minister 2000-2009
    St. Paul’s United Church, Sidney, BC
  • Lead Minister 1992-2000
    Belmont Ave United Church, Victoria, BC

Worship & Study Groups

Rev Deborah initiated and facilitated a group called Progressive Spirituality Circle Group of Victoria. They met monthly for 5 years on a Sunday afternoon or evening with an average of 12 or so each time. Deborah also did up their monthly newsletter.

Last year Progressive Spirituality Group partnered with the Centre for Religion and Society at University of Victoria to bring Rev Gretta Vosper to Victoria for a seminar/workshop.

Deborah is also involved with a BC Multifaith committee planning for workshop on “Responding to Loneliness in Seniors” Nov 3, 2018 in Victoria.

Read Rev Deborah’s article on the importance of ritual in our lives.

Funeral Ministry and Bereavement Care

In addition to her regular ministry, Deborah is also a Celebrant/Officiant of Celebrations of Life, Graveside services, Scattering of Ashes, and traditional Memorial services in the Victoria area. She is usually referred by previous clients and funeral directors who know her and her style fairly well.

Senior Care Ministry

Rev Deborah works for a home care company that provides care and companionship to seniors in the Victoria area. Every day, she provides pastoral care to seniors who have some form of dementia and are lonely. She does this in their homes and in care residences.

Deborah also provide pastoral care to grieving families as a Celebrant of Life Celebrations.

Hobbies & Interests

Music (playing piano), Choir singing, Gardening, Cooking, Reading, Current Events, Spirituality, Social Justice

Three words that best describe Deborah:

Compassionate, Loyal, Punctual.

Volunteer Work and Associations

  • Co-founder and facilitator of the Progressive, Spirituality Group of Victoria.
  • Secretary, Strata #74.
  • Member of Sidney Seniors Business Network.

Personal Growth and Study

Rev Deborah attends a few lectures at the Centre for Religion and Society at University of Victoria. The following are some books that have impacted and/or inspired Deborah:

  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  • The Art of Death by Edwidge Danticat
  • Essays on Ethics by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  • No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

I appreciate Clergy Support Memorial Church for enabling me to carry on my ministry. I still love to perform ritual and ceremony, which I believe acknowledges and gives voice to what is meaningful in people’s lives. Thank you!

Recent Thank Yous:

Lisa & Graeme’s Wedding:

“Rev. Deborah Redman is awesome and we are so glad she was our officiant. She helped us create a unique ceremony and she was super flexible about adding and changing things around to make it about us. She had great advice and wisdom to share about the ceremony. She is super friendly, warm, and kind. She did an excellent job on our wedding day and all of our guests could hear her perfectly (even without a microphone). She was calm, cool, and collected and it made us feel a lot better standing up there. I would highly recommend her to any couple.”

Shannon & Mark’s Wedding:

“Rev. Deborah Redman was amazing!! She listened to all our ideas, thoughts and feelings. She gave great feedback and suggestions. She gave us her time and was easy to set up times and dates to meet with. She got back to us very quickly. She was personable and adapted to all our needs. She was a big part of making our wedding day the great day it was. Thanks so much.”

Tais & Trent’s Wedding:

“Rev Deborah Redman was great and communicated well with me in regards to the ceremony plans. She was excellent during the wedding. She has a touching smile and friendly attitude. We liked her very much! God Bless her.”