Roberta is pleased to be a part of the Manor Road United Church family. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, she took a year off before planning to apply to teacher’s college. It was at this point that she felt God’s call to ministry for her. Roberta abandoned her plans to be a kindergarten teacher and applied to Emmanuel College in 2014. After graduating with her Master of Divinity in 2017, within 72 hours she both got married and was told she would do her internship in Wawa, Ontario. After 8 wonderful and cold months up north, Roberta is thrilled to be back in the city she love and looks forward to walking with MRUC as it embraces the next chapter of its life, wherever it goes.
Tom is happy to be offering his musical style and leadership to Manor Road United Church. Tom enriches the congregation by directing weekly performances of Cornerstone, Manor Road United’s talented house band. He also directs the adult choir, the many vocal and instrumental soloists, and an occasional Bell Choir. Aside from his responsibilities at Manor Road, Tom is a conductor, educator, clarinetist, and pianist who is extraordinarily talented in working in many different musical styles. He is on staff at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto where he leads bands, choirs and has been Music Director for several school productions. Prior to returning to Toronto he was a member of the Victoria Symphony as Bass Clarinetist and worked with Pacific Opera Victoria.
With a background in teaching children’s music as well as voice for all ages, Allison brings her love of kids, music and teaching to the Children’s Ministry programs. Allison has been a committed member of the Manor Road congregation for several years, volunteering as Children’s Choir Director and Sunday musical soloist. As a mother of two young girls, Allison has much in common with the families of Manor Road United. She brings compassion, kindness, a sense of humour, and theatricality to her role, winning the hearts of children and parents alike.
Jenny joins us all the way from Hamburg, Germany where she has just graduated as an elementary English and Religious Studies teacher. In her home church she was a youth leader, played piano and taught hip-hop dance classes. The youth have warmed to her open and fun nature.
Fina Aldaba, Nursery Caregiver
Fina has been working in childcare in some form all her life. Her career has been taking care of young children for the past 10 years, since she moved to Toronto. Her kind and friendly disposition helps babies and toddlers warm up to her almost immediately. Fina has been a member of the Manor Road congregation for over 8 years.
Our new Office Admin, Alisha, started in June 2018 and now handles the day-to-day needs of the church and its participants. Beyond organizing church administration each week, our Office Admin provides information on baptisms, funerals, weddings and Children’s Ministry programs. They also provide information on obtaining use of Manor Road’s facilities for community or other events.
Manuel Ferreira, Custodian
Manuel is in charge of upkeep and cleanliness inside the building and on the grounds of Manor Road United Church. He has been looking after the building, its grounds and its people since 1997. His knowledge of the building, his readiness to lend a helping hand, and his warm smile makes him a priceless asset in the day-to-day business of the church’s operation.