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Rev. LeAnn Blackert
LeAnn was imported from the United States to serve in ministry with the congregation of Mount Paul United Church. LeAnn is passionate about worship and loves to bring her creative spirit to all aspects of the church. She graduated from Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained in the United Church of Christ (USA). She served San Leandro (California) Community Church before arriving at Mount Paul. She is excited to be part of a congregation that is in the process of re-imagining what God’s dream for the church and this community might be and how we might live into that dream. LeAnn loves rock climbing, snowshoeing (what else can you do in Kamloops in the winters?), geocaching, and traveling. She lives in Kamloops with her partner, Rev. Ivy Thomas, and their two kitties: Jade and Jule.
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Linda has been nurtured spiritually and musically since childhood. She began playing the piano for Sunday School at the age of 15 and added the organ in worship at age 16. In her longest stint away from the congregation, she earned her BA in music at the University of Victoria and a degree in education at the University of British Columbia. After earning her degrees she returned to Kamloops, and she has been serving our church as music and choir director. When she’s not busy making music at the church, Linda enjoys playing with her children and grandchildren, quilting, volunteering in the soup kitchen and visiting her family near and far.