As a community of faith, we seek to be rooted in the garden of God's love, nurtured by Christian worship, study and fellowship, and blossoming into service by the transforming power of God's Spirit
Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro
Rev. Takouhi Demirdjian-Petro was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon in an Armenian Family. In 1986, the Canadian Government granted permission to Lebanese citizens to enter Canada to find refuge and call it home.
On May 28, 2011, Rev. Takouhi became the first Armenian female minister to be ordained in the United Church of Canada. On September 3, 2000 Rev. Takouhi married her husband, Gary Petro.
In 2005, Rev. Takouhi began her six-year educational journey. She obtained her B.A. (Majoring in Theology and Minoring in English Literature) at Concordia University, her B.Th. at McGill University, and, her M.Div. at the Montreal School of Theology, through the United Theological College. After graduation, Rev. Takouhi served at Ayer’s Cliff-Magog-Georgeville Pastoral Charge in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and then the Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge.
In October of 2020, Rev. Takouhi joined Grace United Church and also became president of our Regional Council, E.O.O.R.C. To learn more about Rev. Takouhi, you can visit her website: https://revtakouhi.ca
Other Church Staff
Rev. J. Harry Seeley, B.A.Minister Emeritus
Rev. Seeley joined the Ministry in 1953. Rev Seeley and his wife Marion have been married for over 60 years and have lived most of those years in the Elgin area. Rev. Seeley is a published author and is always willing to share his wisdom, sense of humour and wonderful stories with you.
Mr. Paul Harding, B. Music, B. Ed.Organist/Choirmaster
Paul has been Organist and Choirmaster at Grace United Church since 1968. His early training on piano was with Mrs. Pearl Mabee, and he later studied with H.W. Hawke and C. David Cameron. You can read more about Paul on our Choir page.
Laurie CadueChurch Secretary
Laurie joined Grace United in 2009 as Church Administrator. After raising her family, Laurie returned to school for Business Admin/Accounting. That is when fate steped in and brought Laurie to Grace United, she is always ready to step in and help no matter what the task.