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.