Knox Talks Blog Authors

Rick Balson
Those who know him are not certain that Rick Balson ever retired; he simply transferred his considerable skills to working full-time for things be truly believes in…Knox United Church, and the broader United Church through Ottawa Presbytery and now Montreal – Ottawa Conference where he is the President. He has been instrumental in keeping our congregation informed of the activities and  points of discussion taking place in the church at large. When Rick is not involved in a significant conference or committee meeting, he willingly gives of his time at Knox in a variety of ways: sitting on the M&P committee, helping out at rummage sales and of course helping with the Visioning team.  He is our discussion leader for  Community Kitchens, one of the most highly ranked topics in the visioning survey.

Ian Gibson
Ian Gibson is a steadfast individual who does everything in his power to encourage activities at Knox United that are relevant to the congregation. He has long been involved in Christian Education, having taught  Sunday School and organized adult study groups. As a driving force behind this year’s Visioning events, it is clear that he is devoted to helping the congregation move forward in creative ways. He has just completed a long term commitment on the Worship committee where he enthusiastically  introduced families and their babies at baptismal services. Most importantly, he can always be seen wielding a flipper at the annual church picnic and sharing fun with our church family! He will be encouraging the discussion about initiating interfaith interactions , another highly ranked topics in the visioning survey.

Reverend Andrew Jensen
Reverend Andrew Jensen has been at Knox United Church since August 2004.  In that time, we have come to know him as a caring spiritual guide, an excellent trumpeter, a fine tenor, and a VERY good friend of Kermit the Frog!  He devotes himself to our congregation, Executive Council, Worship Committee and his Presbytery committees (i.e. Executive, Affirming Ministries, and JGER: Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations) with great enthusiasm.  He has been a strong supporter of the Visioning that has taken place in 2013 and brings a well-rounded perspective to his role as a blogger for Knox Talks.  Andrew will undoubtedly help us to see how our projects can assist us in living our faith and making our goals relevant to the needs of both our congregation and community.  Andrew is a dog lover who enjoys long walks in the country; in fact, his appreciation of God’s world is evident in all that he does.  In this blog, Andrew will initiate discussions inspired by sermons that have been particularly well received by the congregation on Sunday or on topics requested by individuals that may be of interest to others. He is keenly interested in the congregation’s perspective.

Jane Thomson
Jane Thomson has served on many committees while attending Knox United. She reports that being Sunday Superintendent many years ago was one of her most gratifying experiences! During her work as an ESL teacher at Algonquin College, she devoted a great deal of time to enhanced learning with technology. Being involved in the blog is a perfect retirement project!  She counts her work experience in Tanzania in 2011 as one of those life-changing events that made her examine what is really important.  The 2013 Visioning ties in naturally with this new perspective. Jane looks forward to initiating the discussion about making changes to the way we worship. It is something she has longed to see develop at Knox United.  If you are looking for her at Knox, just find the group enjoying a hearty laugh!

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