Our Staff

 Beth Hayward, Minister


Rev. Beth began her ministry with Fort Massey in the fall of 2023. She is an experienced spiritual leader, passionate about supporting individuals and communities to connect with their core values, so that they can live their best lives. She holds an M.Div from the Atlantic School of Theology and is an active voice in the realm of Open and Relational (Process) Theology. Beth has a particular gift for articulating big ideas in practical ways. She’s known for her warm heart, unfaltering authenticity, and candid preaching.


In over 20 years of ministry, she has successfully nurtured thriving Christian communities which are grounded in awe, compassion, and fierce authenticity. She has served churches from Newfoundland to BC; most recently, she comes to us from Canadian Memorial United in Vancouver.


Beth has been called to Fort Massey to reinvigorate our ministry with our neighbours in the south end and beyond, to support us in becoming a community of Christian practice that is truly welcoming to all God’s children. You’ll see Beth in the neighbourhood causing good trouble, and on social media boldly speaking truth to power.


You can connect with Beth through her podcast Souls in Soles,  https://soulsinsoles.podbean.com/ and her personal website http://bethhayward.org

And of course, by email: minister [at] fortmasseychurch.com


Jenny TritesOrganist and Choir Director 

Jenny is a composer, pianist, and music educator from the Annapolis Valley. 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 directs the Halifax Giubilo Honour Choir, co-directs the Fairview Orffestra, and teaches elementary music for the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.


Sancia Knorr, Sunday School Co-ordinator


Sancia has worked with children for over 10 years through the YWCA Child Care Centre. She 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 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
Alison McDonald & Carol Dobson – Rotating Board Chair
Linda MacDonald – Nominating Chair & Board Secretary

Emily Kiley Lawlor – Sexton
John Walter – Assistant Organist
Lilli Knorr – Nursery
Angie Ngu – Treasurer
Ian MacDonald – Regional Rep
Saul Janson & Jude Janson – Technical Support
Cia Tweel – Yoga Instructor