The Clergy Support Memorial Church Board was in full agreement to certify the Rev. Nancy House to the Office of Appointed Designated Minister – Life Celebrations and Pastoral Care on October 9, 2019. With a breadth of experience in the corporate and ecclesial work experience, Nancy brings a great deal of people skills to this office, along with her empathy and many years of church organization and leadership in her community.
- Graduate of Canadian Ministers Institute, December 2019
Awards and Memberships
- Lumby Days Society, Indoor Vendor Convener, 2005 to present
- North Okanagan Neurological Association, Board Member, 2003-2016.
- Camp McKenzie, Enderby, BC, Chair of the Board, 2015-2016
- United Church of Canada, Provincial President of National United Church Women, 1995-1998
- Lifetime Membership Award from the United Church Women as Provincial President
- Several certificates of recognition for service from several organizations where she served in their Executive Committees
Rev. Nancy is a very good listener, and that has been a focal point of her pastoral care in her community. She has received training in Effective Listening, and she puts her learned skills and life experience to the service of her church community, church children’s camps, and many other activities where she has effectively fulfilled chaplaincy duties very well.
She serves as a volunteer on the local Lumby and District Health Society, an organization that focuses on the physical and mental health and well being of their community. The drive at present is to secure a physician to serve in their area.
Nancy works part time at a Resource Centre, which offers counselling services and well as many free programs for seniors and the underprivileged.
We are all connected, not just as human being and children of God, but we are also connected to the land, nature, and everything else in creation. Rev. Nancy finds her completeness in her contemplation in simple ways, she hears music in the wind, in the creek, and in the sunset and sunrise. She is a person of fervent and continuous prayer, which is focused on everyone around her.
While not currently actively involved in formal study groups, Nancy has participated in several local conference style sessions with the United Church. She admits she’d much rather participate than lead them. She has led a few while in her leadership role as a member of the United Church Women.
Rev. Nancy is honoured and humbled by the opportunity to be fully present and listen to other people when they approach her. It is then when she always learns something new, not just about other people but also about herself. More recently, Nancy continues to learn and grow through the process of grieving, learning about loving and forgiving of self and others, culminating in the acceptance stage that allows us to move on and continue our lives of growth and service.
Stemming from her love of nature, Rev. Nancy is an avid gardener. Gardening is also a contemplative exercise by being able to observe the birth, nurture and growth of living things. Sewing and knitting are also a passion for Nancy from a very early age where the creative process happens rather naturally.