Our Pastoral leadership team is a shared ministry with (from left to right) Rev. Judithe Adam-Murphy, Rev. Neil Bergman, and
Dr. Darlene Brewer. We focus on a team ministry, shared with the Elders of the church, to bring opportunities for worship leadership, pastoral visiting, and faith and congregational development through bible study & workshops on themes that matter to us, such as hospitality, spiritual care, and faith development. In the Spring and Fall we will be cultivating our understanding of outreach within our new community setting. Neil, Judithe and Darlene share pastoral care and leadership responsibilities, along with the Elders. Darlene also does some work on the social media aspects of our church life and outreach. Check us out on Facebook! We hope you will feel welcome to join us in prayer and worship times and also to come and see about who we are and who we are becoming in our new congregational home. Darlene, Judithe and Neil are available for conversation, prayer, visiting and anything else you might want to discuss or bring up with the Pastoral Leadership Team. We hope to hear from you.
Please feel free to be in touch through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (902) 466-5144
Or contact Darlene at email@example.com
Our Elders provide spiritual guidance in all matters relating to the congregation. The Ministers work with the Elders' team in ministry together, to guide the church community as we listen to the Spirit in how we are to be and act in the world. We have a yearly retreat to affirm one another's gifts and support the directions of ministry we vision for the future. With the whole congregation we plan events and times together for ecumenical, spiritual, social, and pastoral times together. We hope you will consider coming to be with us in community!
Judithe came to the ministry as a second vocation, having first worked in institutional and community health nursing in Ontario and Alberta respectively.
When she moved to Nova Scotia, her involvement in the Presbyterian Church of Saint David, lead her to become its Lay Minister and later, the Assistant Minister. She has also given support to Wyndholme Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a part –time Interim Minister and currently, as a Pastoral Leadership Team member.
Now retired from the Presbyterian Church in Canada, she maintains involvement in her denomination with Sunday pulpit supply. Other portions of her life include marriage, sibling ties, a nursing sisterhood and a healing journey of many years with a young indigenous woman.
Post Secondary School Education:
Knox College, Toronto, ON & Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax - M Div
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB & Dalhousie University, Halifax - BN
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS - PHN
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Kingston, ON - RN
Neil Bergman, B.A., M.Div, M.Th was ordained in 1976, jointly by the Canadian and Kentucky regions of the Disciples. Father and Uncle were also Disciple ministers, and grandfather Gus Bergman founded both the first Disciple church in Alberta and later helped with the first Disciple church in Edmonton. Served 2 congregations in Kentucky and 5 in Nova Scotia. Served as Vice President of the Church of Christ Development Company, Ltd. (Edmonton, Alberta) for ten years in the 1990s and early 2000.
Originally from Newfoundland,
Darlene brings a background in Outreach, Congregational ministries and Youth Ministries. Here at Wyndholme, Darlene is glad to be part of a dynamic ministry team.
Proud to have served in varied ministry communities including The Carlington Community Chaplaincy, Ottawa West End Chaplaincy, and Centre 507, Darlene has taught theology at the Atlantic School of Theology (Halifax) and Saint Paul University (Ottawa) and is in the process of becoming a candidate for ordination for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), She has a Ph.D in Theology (Historical & Systematic Theology) as well as a Bachelor of Arts (M.U.N.), Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Divinity (both A.S.T.).
Her hobbies include practicing yoga and writing poetry. She offers workshops for churches and other community organizations through Forest Streams Retreats & Workshops.