Our Staff

The Reverend Trent D. Cleveland-Thompson was born in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and 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.

E-mail Reverend Trent Cleveland-Thompson at: fmminister@eastlink.ca

Jenny Trites, our Organist and Choir Director, is a composer, pianist, and music educator from. She studied theory and composition at Memorial University. Since discovering her passion for choral music as a child, she has been a member of many different school and community based choirs including the Memorial University Festival and Chamber Choirs, Choeur Maha, the Saint Lawrence Choir, and the Aeolian Singers.
Jenny is a frequent collaborator and performer with Xara Choral Theatre, and with the Villains Theatre. She currently teaches elementary music for the Halifax Regional School Board.

Dr. Diemo Landgraf, our Assistant Organist and Choir Director, is Professor of German and Hispanic Studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Originally from Germany, he studied music with his father, organist and conductor Armin Landgraf, and with Siegbert Panzer, Professor for piano at the University of Mannheim. Diemo has been living in Canada since 2010 and has been an active musician since his young years.

Sancia Knorr is our Sunday School Co-ordinator. She 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

Tamara Mugford – Office Administrator
Alison McDonald – Clerk of Session
Alan G. Hayman – Senior Trustee
Ruth MacKenzie – Chief Steward
Colleen Estabrooks – M&S Enthusiast
Linda MacDonald – Nominating Chair & Board Secretary
Kevin Robarts – Sexton

John Walter – Assistant Organist
Vurain Tabvuma РLiturgical Assistant 
Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson – Acting Board Chair
Angie Ngu – Treasurer
Ian MacDonald & Elliot Prouty – Conference Reps
Elliot Prouty – Head Usher
Ian MacDonald – Technical Support