REVEREND LIZ BOWYER
With change being a constant, we shouldn’t be too surprised at some recent changes at Mt. Paul United!
As you may know, a couple of years back, we sold our building to Interior community Services. this decision freed us to focus more on our longstanding mission as a caring christian community here on the North Shore, rather than expending all of our time and energy maintaining our aging building.
In May 2019, we celebrated and said “thanks and fare thee well” to our beloved longstanding Pastor, Rev. LeAnn Blackert. Since then, our Management Team has determined a period of transitional ministry here at Mt. Paul to be the next right step in the process.
All these changes lead to the Rev. Liz Bowyer accepting our invitation to join us as our congregational leader during this time of transition.
Liz, who arrived in our midst 3/4 time in August, will continue to be our pastor as we enter into the hard work of letting go of what was, and start putting into place new goals for our future.
Once we are clear about our current ministry needs and ministry partners, we can then confidently put forward a call for a new permanent minister.
On this leg of the journey, we are very happy to welcome Liz, who is also going through many changes!A newcomer to Kamloops, a new temporary supply minister to our congregation, mother of 3 adult children, and new mother-in-law to two sons-in-law, and recently a new grandmother, she too is familiar with change as a constant.
Liz came to Mount Paul from another temporary appointment at Trinity United in Vernon. She owns a home in Naramata, and spends her “spare” time, either there or with her new grandson in the Vancouver area.
Nazli is our new musician, who started November 1, 2019. She is an international student at TRU, taking courses for international business. Nazli’s family live in Tehran, Iran, and she just arrived in Canada in August 2019. Nazli is a self taught musician, who started playing the piano at age 10. She is a piano instructor, since 2017, teaching students the basics of music, and helps to facilitate their learning.
We welcome Nazli’s enthusiasm and we are grateful she has joined our Sunday worship, to lead us in music.