About our Pastors

 

Join us each Sunday morning for worship at 10:00 A.M. with our rotating worship team of Rev. Charlie Hogg and Glenn MacPherson.

Following is a brief profile of our worship team:

Rev. Charlie Hogg
Charlie Hogg was born and raised in Hamilton.  He has deep rural roots as he spent most every summer since he was 10 with his Grandfather Hogg who was a Massey dealer in Shelburne or with his great aunts and uncles all of whom farmed from Primrose through to Alliston.  This is where Charlie developed an avid interest in plants and gardening.

Charlie taught for the elementary public school board in Hamilton for 35 years.  During this time Charlie taught in a number of different subject areas and also in the special education field and spent time teaching for the Section 19 (Criminal Justic Department).  In 1980 the Canadian Teacher’s Federation sent him to teach in Thailand and in ’81 he was sent to Fiji.

After retiring he re-activated his journey towards Ordained Ministry within the United Church of Canada.  Charlie earned his undergraduate degree by part time studies at night and during the summers.  He has also done his two Master’s Degrees in the same manner.  Most recently he has completed additional courses from both Queen’s University and Emmanuel College.  He has also completed the program in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Brantford General Hospital.

Most recently he has been: the student minister at East Plains United Church in Aldershot (covering sabbatical leave for their minister), the student assistant minister at St. Paul’s in Oakville, and for the past several years, the minister at Jerseyville United Church.

Charlie has many interest and is an avid collector of all sorts of things.  He is also a local history buff and an in demand speaker.  He is also looking forward to his time with the congregation at Palermo United and lwhat the future holds for this century old congregation.  Charlie is married to the love of his life the Rev. Heather Gilmour.

 Glenn MacPherson
Glenn was born and raised in Renfrew, Ontario.  He grew in faith with the St. Andrew’s United Church community.  Glenn and his wife Judith were married there by the late Rev. Howard Dickenson, who had a positive impact on them in their teenage years.  As a young family in Roxboro, Quebec, they led a church youth group called the “7-Ups.”

Their family grew as they moved from Canada to the United Kingdom to the United States and then back to Canada.  They have two adult children and two grandchildren, whose father, their late son Jeff, died accidently in 2014.  Through all this, their spiritual journey continued through church involvement.  Glenn finds his participation within the church and within the business community through a variety of groups most rewarding.

Glenn felt called to go back to school as a mature student at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.  After six years of study, he graduated in 2006 with a Diploma in Lay Ministry (DPLM).  Glenn is now a Christian Licensed Minister (LM), as authorized by the Global Christian Ministry Forum – Canada (GCMF).

Judith and Glenn have been members of Glen Abbey United Church since 1991, and it was there that Rev. Bill Brown and the Worship Committee invited Glenn to lead a service of worship for the first time.  It was not easy, but with support of Bill and others, this first service offered a clear glimpse of where God was calling Glenn. 

Since then, Glenn has lead many services of worship in a diversity of settings and contexts, including funerals and weddings.  Over the last ten years, ministers have both encouraged him to continue to explore his calling to worship leadership and ministry. 

Judith and glenn are now active members of the Palermo United Church family, which has provided many opportunities to both of them.  Glenn sees his life mission as working both with the faithful and the disaffected – the broken, the hopeless, the grieving.  Glenn welcomes all seekers!

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm and humility that I approach my opportunities at Palermo and in the greater community.  He and his wife get a great sense of acceptance and support from the entire Palermo congregation.  All of these experiences continue to help him proclaim the good news about God’s love and invitation.  Judith and Glenn are grateful for God’s incredible Grace and the interesting life experiences that have brought them to this point.  Thanks be to God.

 

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