Mill Wood's United Church Team
Rev. Dr. Dale W. Johnson
Originally from northern Idaho, Dale grew up an American Baptist, graduated from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, served parishes in Iowa and Seattle before moving into hospital ministry. He is a clinical teaching supervisor and worked in a North Carolina psychiatric hospital before becoming part of the spiritual care team in Vancouver, BC. Dale worked at Vancouver General Hospital for 20 years before retiring in 2011. During that time he completed work on his Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He also served as president of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, now called the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Dale was officially admitted as an ordained minister into the United Church in 2010. Following retirement he has served numerous churches in the Vancouver Lower Mainland who were in transition. He retired again in November 2019 after journeying with a congregation as they went through the process of closing and disbanding. Dale is married to Edwin Mateo, and they have been together for over 27 years. They moved to Edmonton in December of 2020 to be closer to family and live in Mill Woods, not far from the church. They keep active with their dog Bailey who is just over a year old. Dale enjoys walking, camping, photography, reading, and music. Since joining MWUC, he has become partof the choir.
Bryan LeGrow is an Edmonton based speech-language pathologist, pianist, and vocalist. He has completed his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Science from the University of Alberta. Bryan works as an accompanist with many Edmonton choirs in addition to composing and arranging choral music. In addition to leading the Mill Woods United Church choir, he is the music director and vocalist for the a cappella groups 6 Minute Warning and High Street Sound, and also sings with the adult choir Oran.
Liliana has been working at Mill Woods United since February 2018. In addition to providing secretarial services to the minister and congregational committees, she produces the “What’s the Buzz” e-newsletter, maintains all our church records, and enjoys expressing her creativity with church publications. Liliana is welcoming and helpful to everyone that walks into our church, and she does it all with a smile. If she doesn't have the answer, she will find the answer!
Bruce started work at Mill Woods United in the summer of 2020. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a custodian and general maintenance provider and currently provides similar services to McClure, Grace, and Southminister-Steinhauer United Churches. Bruce had glowing references and everyone we talked to spoke to his positive attitude, pride in his work and his willingness to develop relationships with our staff, congregants and other building users!
Children's Program Coordinator
Mukta Nistandra a self-motivated professional who excels in teaching and facilitation is the Mentor for Children’s Program at the church. She has 10+ years’ experience in teaching people of various ages, with the ability to build strong relationships with students, guardians and stakeholders. She is a newcomer to Canada and has passion for teaching, learning and working with children. As a mother of two kids herself she had always loved spending time planning, organizing, and facilitating activities with her children to help them learn, be creative and explore their environment and community. Her friends and family describe her as an outgoing, friendly and enthusiastic person who has a dedication for working with children. She is highly adaptive, agile and open to intercultural learning.