Our Minister

Hi! My name is Cole Grambo and I just started at Selkirk United Church in July of 2017. I can already tell that S.U.C. is an amazing church with a wonderful church family - active, involved, welcoming, open - all the things that keep a church thriving and faithful. It already feels like a wonderful fit and a wonderful place to serve. I look forward to whatever God has in store for us!

I join S.U.C. after serving five years as minister of a new “church without walls” experiment in Winnipeg Presbytery called Spirit Path. Prior to Spirit Path, I had served two Pastoral Charges in my previous 20 years of ministry. I was settled in McCreary, Manitoba and served the Kelwood-McCreary-Alonsa Pastoral Charge from 1992-2000. I was then called to Killarney Pastoral Charge in southern Manitoba and served the churches in Killarney and Ninette for 12 years from 2000 to 2012.

Since this is supposed to be the Bio section, you probably want to know a few things about me. Okay, you asked for it!

I grew up in Brandon, and attended Brandon University for my B.A. majoring in Geography and minoring in History and Religion. I took my M. Div. (Master of Divinity – sounds like a superhero, doesn’t it?) at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. One of my four years studying theology was spent on an 11-month internship in Canora, Saskatchewan where I got my first taste of what ministry would be like.

I was the minister at Killarney United Church when that congregation built a brand new church building in 2007. It was a great experience for the whole congregation, and the results were a beautiful new sanctuary and a congregation working together to make it happen.

I love music and especially singing. I’ve sung in choirs and a quartet, and even in a few bands along the way. I love sports too. If you want to talk about the Minnesota Twins, I’ll be ready and willing! Other passions include theatre, travel, nature, reading (as you’ll see from the hundreds of books in my office!), and family time.

I believe in God but I still have lots of questions. If that sounds like you, we’re definitely going to get along! I know that God will lead us closer to the answers as we learn to ask the questions and walk the road together.

I believe that the church must change to remain accessible to all, relevant to people’s lives and faithful to God’s call. I also believe that, in the midst of great change in the church, there are some things we need to hold on to, and I look forward to exploring that with all of you here at Selkirk United.

I look forward to getting to know a few things about all of you too! So send an email, pick up the phone, or drop in for a visit at the church. I’d love to hear from you!

cole@selkirkunitedchurch.ca                  204-482-5914

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