Rev. Charmain Bailey was born in Antigua and moved to Canada in 1995. She joined Trinity
United Church in 2006 after discovering that it was a congregation whose theology and values
were clear and identifiable. She launched herself into leadership in the community, serving on
the Worship Committee and assisting the minister in Pastoral Care ministry. Charmain began
her discernment for accountable ministry in 2013 and commenced her studies for Diaconal
Ministry a year later, graduating in 2022.
Charmain served in Windsor at Bedford and Central United Churches and also as a chaplain at
the UCC Windsor’s Downtown Mission, from 2015-2022. She is excited to have received a call
to return to London and serve in her home church of Trinity United Church Community Centre,
and Mount Zion.
Charmain is a trained jazz vocalist, and incorporates that passion of singing with her ministry of
presiding. The themes of her ministry are Social Justice, Pastoral Care and Community Building,
and Charmain is enthusiastic about bringing these to her ministry as a Diaconal Minister.
This Spring, Charmain became the first black person to be commissioned in the history of the
United Church of Canada, an honour she carries with pride and determination to champion
equality and equity for all people.
Charmain enjoys cooking, hiking, adventure travelling, and spending time with her daughter
Teala, who continues fills her with wonder, joy and pride day after day.
Nancy joined the Trinity family nine years ago, after several invitations from her sister Lori MacDougall and her friend Rodney Perkins suggested she check it out. Asked to write a story for a local magazine about a youth group that was doing good things in the community, Nancy had heard about the GreenTeam at Trinity so decided to write about them. That experience had her feeling welcome and she kept returning and accepted Lori and Rodney’s invitation to come to church.
A Social Services Worker (SSW), Nancy has volunteered as a member of the Communications Team and often writes for the Trinity Newsletter. She has also volunteered with Wonder Café, the monthly Hospitality Meal and is one of the key organizers of Argyle Art-in-the-Park. In September 2016, Nancy joined the staff at Trinity as Executive Assistant. Part of Nancy’s job is community outreach which is her passion. She is chair of the Special Events Team, a member of the Newsletter Team and Women’s Circle.
Outside of Trinity Nancy is a published freelance writer having written for several local and national magazines and newspapers and is a co-author of 6 books. She is very active within the Argyle community. Nancy is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and more recently a Canada 150 Award for her work in the community. She is married, has 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Dave was born and raised to a large family in rural southern Ontario. He has lived in Woodstock and Toronto where he attended Centennial College and obtained a Social Services Workers diploma then worked in various not-for-profits in Toronto for a few years. Currently, he makes London his home and divides his time working at the Old East Village Grocer and Trinity. Dave finds both positions in the not-for-profit sector very rewarding.
Coming across Trinity one evening while out for a walk, Dave found it just “felt” right, and started to attend the Sunday services and was soon volunteering at various events including the hospitality meal. When the opening came up for part-time help in the office he applied and was successful.
Dave has enjoyed meeting the members of the congregation and getting to know them better. It has also been a huge learning experience for him to learn what goes on at the back of the church getting the Sunday service together and keeping the doors open. Dave feels that we are blessed at Trinity to have more than a faith community. As he says, “we have a community of caring and love which we share freely with those we meet along our individual life journeys.”
Eric is a self-described church-going atheist, who came to Trinity after an unexpected spiritual experience and chance encounter with Rev Paul. Originally trained as a computer guy, Eric handles many of Trinity’s tech needs. Now as a graduate student, Eric is working on theories about spiritual community, counter-individualistic ontology, psychedelic drugs, and more.
At Trinity, you’ll see Eric singing, playing music, operating tech equipment, and springing about solving problems
Kid's space Helper
Taylor is a 2nd year student at Western University and has worked for Sunday camp for over a year now and loves it. She has worked at Trinity for the past 3 summers with the S.A.L.T. program run through Riverside United Church, and loves the values Trinity holds and feels very welcome and loved here.
Kid's space Leader
Madison is the Kids Space leader here at Trinity. She has a history of involvement with the United Church youth as the London Conference Youth Forum chair, leading S.A.L.T. Day camps, and currently as the GC43 Youth Forum Coordinator.
Helping youth explore their faith and experience a welcoming community is as much a passion as it is a value for Madison, who is also a Developmental Service Worker (DSW) and currently a student at The University of Western Ontario.
Sharon Bee is a singer-songwriter, a classically trained pianist, an award winning composer and a piano teacher. She also teaches music theory and music history. She has performed at many venues and festivals, composed the music & lyrics for three complete musicals (as well as incidental music for several plays), and has developed the music for a series of radio plays being produced out of Halifax,one of which is Old Wounds – the Firefly tribute.
She now joins Trinity as music director – leading the band, choir, and other aspects of our musical life.