Our Team

Our Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Danielle A. James - Minister

Rev. Danielle (Rev. D, as she is affectionately known by the youth) joined the First United community in July 2008. She brought with her an african drum, inspiring leadership and  a passion for walking with people on their spiritual and faith journeys. Rev. Danielle has a warmth and wisdom that encourages people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to draw close to God.

Rev. Danielle has completed her doctoral studies in preaching through McCormick Seminary at the University of Chicago. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University.  Recently, Danielle has discovered the joys of making salsa and keeps busy with yoga, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  She welcomes you to explore community at First United and looks forward to journeying with you.

Rev. Danielle can be contacted through the church office or by email at rev.daniellejames@gmail.com.


Camille Ream - Handbell Choir Director and Music Coodinator

Camille Ream is a handbell ringer extraordinaire.  For several years she has led Resounding Joy, the handbell choir and dazzled the congregation with what bells can really do.  Camille has an expansive love for music, her family and her church.

Resounding Joy rehearses on Tuesday at 7pm. Speak to Camille for further details. Contact her through the church office.

If you have a musical talent or request, please contact Camille through the Church office or click here to email her. 

Marlee GatesMarlee Gates - Piano Accompanist

Marlee grew up in a musical family, promoting fiddle music throughout Alberta with the “Gates Family Band” playing for jamborees, festivals, and her favorite: dances! Along with learning the fiddle by ear, Marlee has her ARCT Diploma in Classical Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, and always aims to create a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Marlee currently teaches private piano lessons, is a Piano Accompanist at First United Church, and works as a Recreational Therapist Assistant at a Long Term Care Center. As an RTA, Marlee loves sharing her passion for Old Tyme Fiddle Music and has recently picked up the ukulele with a purpose of engaging in Old Tyme Sing-A-Longs with the residents. Seeing the joy brought to people of all ages through music inspires her to never stop playing and learning, and to keep sharing the music! 

Paul Filion - Caretaker

Paul Filion is a key part of hospitality at First United.  Paul ensures that the building is ready to receive guests for our various programmes, ministries and special events.

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Holly Durnford- Administrative Assistant

Holly started with the Church Office on Aug 5, 2014 and is very excited for this new learning experience!

The Church office hours are 9-3 Monday to Thursday, and 9-12 on Fridays. She can be contacted at 780-998-4060 or by email at fspc@shaw.ca.