Eric has been ordained since 2004 but began ministry in 2001. He started out full time ministry serving the isolated community of Harrington Harbour on the lower north shore of the gulf of the St. Lawrence where there are no roads in or out. It wasn’t planes, trains and automobiles there; it was boats, skidoos and helicopters. Following that, he served churches in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, most recently in Cowansville.
Eric is a second career minister. He got a degree in communication studies and worked in the pulp and paper industry in sales and marketing in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States for ten years before studying for ministry. In addition to ministry, Eric has his contractor’s license and owns a kitchen cabinet company in Quebec with his business partner.
Eric’s passions in ministry are preaching and pastoral care and community development. He has taken many additional courses in therapy and counselling to enhance his skills. His background in marketing, strategic planning and management are also advantages for the time the church finds itself in.
Eric is a native Quebecer, growing up in Beaconsfield. He is fluently bilingual and grew up in a multicultural household – his father is a Hungarian refugee who fled Hungary as a result of the Holocaust. His mother hails from Italy. Eric has two children – his son Alex is beginning his first year in CEGEP in Montreal and his daughter is in her second year of nutrition studies at McGill. Eric’s only brother is an engineer and restaurant owner in Toronto.
In his “downtime,” Eric enjoys cooking, staying fit and catching the occasional popular event. He is elated to be serving Carleton Memorial.
Kimberley Allen-McGillMusic Director
Since January 2012, Kimberley (Kim) Allen-McGill, has served as CMUC’s music director, where she plans and coordinates music programs, leads singers and musicians and plays organ and piano for worship services and congregational events.
Throughout her life, she has been a passionate, fun loving, musician, song leader, teacher, coordinator and director. Kim began work as a United Church organist and choir director in a rural congregation at age 12, and since then, has enjoyed singing and playing with a number of choirs, groups, teaching private lessons, and working as a ceremony musician.
To Kim, music is a team sport that creates a sense of wellbeing; and also an artistic expression that shows the inside of our soul and our humanity; expresses our spirituality; heals; and is a means to move people and mountains towards greater understanding and a sense of community. Kim considers music one of life’s greatest gifts, and she believes that it is a most precious gift, to have the opportunity to inspire others by giving them the time, education, and opportunity, to sing or play their own song.
As a musician with experience in a wide range of music styles and genres, Kim particularly enjoys contemporary Christian, boomer rock and roll tunes, gospel and jazz standards, and a good old hymn or two. In addition to her work at Carleton Memorial, Kim makes music with her praise band, the FROGs (Fully Rely on God), works as a corporate communications professional, and is the Mom and CEO in a busy household that includes husband Bob, students Reaghan and Murray, and Tigger the cat. Kim joyfully welcomes the opportunity to serve and sing together in the warm, talented, and supportive Carleton Memorial United Church family.