Rev Elizabeth MacLeod (BA)

Ordination

Rev Liz has been with the Church since Jan 28, 2016 as an Appointed Designated Clergy. Since that time serving the Church at that level, our Board has decided that the quality of her ministry, her education and the quality of her life’s experience is deserving of her being moved to the rank of Ordained Minister. Carried unanimously. 

Academic Achievement

  • BA – Business, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Specialist Degree in Philosophy – Kings College, UWO, London Ontario
  • Masters Of Divinity, St. Peters Seminary, London Ontario

Still audit various courses at St. Peter’s Seminary annually

  • 2017 – Logic Philosophy
  • 2016 – Philosophy of Love
  • 2015 – Pastoral Care/Counselling

Employment

1998 – Present London District School Board – High School Chaplain (currently on leave)

Worship Services

  • Elizabeth’s high school chaplaincy consists of counselling, prayer services and retreats as well as ministering to 750 teenagers. Also, on call for elementary schools in area.
  • Baptism services/Naming Ceremonies
  • Funeral Services
  • Prayer Services
  • Elizabeth replaces the minister at her church for Sunday services and for weekday services when needed.
  • Helps with services at local elementary and high School.

Pastoral Care/Community Activities

  • Volunteer Chaplain to various nursing/retirement homes
  • Crisis/grief counselling
  • Perform funerals at local funeral homes
  • Board of Director with local Food Bank
  • Volunteer with Inn out of Cold – local homeless mission
  • Elder with Knox Presbyterian Church
  • Volunteer on Christian Education Committee
  • Volunteer on Christian Outreach Committee
  • Involved with Canadian Cancer Society – Chairperson of local Relay for Life
  • Founding member of Ovarian Cancer Support Group
  • Founding member of Run for Ovarian Cancer – London Ontario

Elizabeth is currently on leave from my Chaplain role but she has kept involved in ministry in as many ways as she can during this time. Her involvement with the Cancer Society has ranged from committees, to research grant panels, as well as chaplaincy on the cancer ward at her local hospital. She is frequently called upon by the local Clinic to be an ear for newly diagnosed women in her area.

Rev Elizabeth also enjoys knitting and is a member of a couple of groups that meet weekly.

Personal Improvement

Recent books have been: ‘Have a Little Faith’ by Mitch Albom (Tuesday with Morey); All of Eckhart Tolle’s books – Especially “The Power of Now”; ‘The Emperor of all Maladies” by Siddhartha Mukherjee; “At the Will of the Body” by Arthur W. Frank. Her favorite book of all time is “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry.

Rev Elizabeth is also beginning to read many First Nation authors in order to understand more of the history of our First Nation people and the story written by them. She has been involved with the Blanket Exercise and will be attending a memorial at a local Residential School in October.

Personal Spirituality

Although raised and educated in the Catholic faith, Rev Elizabeth now finds herself drawn to a more open multi-denominational spirituality. In addition, when dealing with individuals in ministry, she comes from a non-denominational point of view as she has learnt that people express their faith in numerous ways which doesn’t always conform to any particular religious bent.

“With my open mindedness I have found that I am surprised and amazed at how others see the world and its spiritual nature. I am even interested in those who have no belief although for myself I can not fathom living like that. It is most interesting to hear how one does so.”