The Clergy Support Memorial Church Board was in full agreement to certify the Rev. Brian Klooster to the Office of Appointed Designated Minister – Spiritual, Bereavement Ministry on February 25, 2021. Brian comes to us with decades of pastoral ministry experience in several capacities, including parish ministry, church administration and governance, and in recent years as a multidimensional hospital chaplain in the London and Hamilton areas providing psycho-spiritual care and support to hospice and hospital patients and their families.
- Graduate Certificate, Canadian Ministers Institute – July 2021
- Clinical Pastoral Education, Second Advanced,
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) – 2017
- Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) – 2016
- Conflict Mediation Certificate, University of Western Ontario – 2009
- Master of Divinity, University of Western Ontario – 1989
- Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario – 1986
Memberships and Awards
- Waterdown Rotary (membership pending resumption of activities due to COVID-19)
- Chaplain Knights of Columbus for 24 years – 1989-2013
- Town of Simcoe, Ontario recognition for Community work “Poverty Awareness Task Force” 2002.
As a true life-long learner, Rev. Brian looks for meaning and ways to help and nurture himself as well as others in their journey through life, especially when faced with life’s unexpected phenomena. Most recently, and as the COVID-19 pandemic flared, Brian undertook the “Complicated Grief and Trauma Skills for Health Care Workers” course, and the “Coping Strategies through COVID-19.” Recently he participated in two seminars: “Mental Health Wellbeing, Coping Strategies during Covid-19 for employees”, and “Ethics Seminar: Surviving the Surge.”
The mystery that we commonly call ‘The Divine’, ‘God’, etc., is at the core of Rev. Brian’s understanding of ministry, particularly focused on the his core value to live out the mission of Jesus Christ which is based on Luke 10:27, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself”. Brian uses a daily reflection called “Contemplation and Action”, which best describes his spiritual life as one of inclusivity and love. Brian’s daily prayer keeps him grounded and connected to God, which helps him experience God’s presence in the people he walks with every day.
“I have learned what it means to love and be loved. I’m blessed to be part of [my] family as I have always desired to belong. I thank God every day for this Gift in my life. Someone so dear to me was a woman of incredible faith, who taught me continually that God has no boundaries.”