The Reverend Trent D. Cleveland-Thompson

Born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Trent was raised in the Annapolis Valley where he graduated from high school in Annapolis Royal. He received his B.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, and his Master of Divinity degree from Acadia University, Wolfville.

Ordained a Baptist minister in 1986, Trent was received into the United Church of Canada in 1993 at Maritime Conference.

Trent served as the Assistant Minister at Lancaster United Baptist Church, 1984-88; Minister, Caledonia Pastoral Charge (United Churches in Caledonia, Pleasant River and Maitland Bridge), Queen's & Annapolis Counties, NS, 1988-90; and St. Andrews Pastoral Charge (Wesley United in St. Andrews and Bocabec United), Charlotte County, NB, 1990-93. In the fall of 1993 he was called to Fort Massey United Church, Halifax, NS.

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Tristan Cleveland-Thompson came back to his home church in 2017 to be Fort Massey's organist/music director. He studied organ under the late Allen Wayte (First Baptist Halifax), at the University of Alberta under Neil Cockburn and Dr. Belinda Chiang, and was organist/choir master at the Presbyterian Church of Saint David, Halifax, from 2000 to 2016. He studied piano at the Maritime Conservatory, and violin, viola, oboe, and choral with the Halifax City School Music Program. He also sang leads in several school musicals. While in Edmonton he performed with the internationally acclaimed Kokopelli Youth Choir and worked as the collaborative pianist for the Festival Singers of Sherwood Park. He has sung with the Halifax Boys Honour Choir, the Nova Scotia Youth Choir, the King's College Chapel Choir and the National Youth Choir of Canada. Presently he sings tenor with the Canadian Chamber Choir (the choir was nominated for a Juno in 2016), and the Halifax Camerata Singers (winners of the Healy Willan Grand Prize in the 2010 National Competition of Canadian Amateur Choirs, and 2017 ECMA nominees), and is artistic director of Halifax's newest choral ensemble, The 19.

Our Sextons, Carol & Richard Robinson, have been attending Fort Massey since 1993 and eventually transferred their membership from St. Andrew's United Church. Both south-enders, they have two sons and are proud grandparents of two boys and a girl. They are also devoted caregivers to their aging relatives living in the neighbourhood.

Over the years they have been very involved in the life of Fort Massey. Both Richard and Carol had become almost permanent fixtures around the building - Richard with the Property Committee and Carol with the UCW. We were pleased when they decided to apply for the position of Sextons in 2006.


Sunday School Co-ordinator
Sancia Knorr joined the church in September 2006. She has worked with children for over 10 years through the YWCA Child Care Centre. Sancia attended Oxford Street United Church and taught Sunday school there for 8 years. As well as being a Girl Guide Leader for 8 years. The curriculum we are using this year is called, One Room Sunday School. It offers a wide variety of activities to keep all ages busy and having fun!

Other Staff and Leaders

Kathy Cochrane - Office Administrator
Alison McDonald - Clerk of Session
Alasdair Sinclair - Clerk Emeritus
Alan G. Hayman - Senior Trustee
Ruth MacKenzie - Chief Steward
Colleen Estabrooks - M&S Enthusiast
Linda MacDonald - Nominating Chair
Martina Sommer - Facilities Manager
John Walter - Assistant Organist
Kevin Robarts - Flutist
Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson - Acting Board Chair
Nancy Riggs - Treasurer
Ian MacDonald & Elliot Prouty - Presbytery Reps
Elliot Prouty - Head Usher
Ian MacDonald - Technical Support
Fort Massey United Church
5303 Tobin Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 1S3
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Last updated February 7, 2017