Rev. Kim Adeney was ordained to the Ministry of Clergy Support Memorial Church in February 2006, after many years of faithful service within her community, theological studies and active lay ministry. In her faith journey, Kim was also formally accepted as a Candidate for Ordination within the United Church of Canada which involved a rigorous year-long discernment process and series of candidacy interviews by expert panels. These rich spiritual experiences and more have offered a strong foundation to her passionate commitment to her ministry with Clergy Support Memorial Church and beyond.
- Master of Theological Studies, University of Toronto – Victoria University (Emmanuel College)
- Master Certificate – Non-Profit Management, York University – Schulich School of Business
- Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Toronto – Victoria University
Her Spiritual Journey
Kim believes we are all on a spiritual journey of discovery, and that God surrounds us with divine whisperings of revelation every moment and every experience of our lives. A deeply devout Christian, she was raised in a non-believing family but had a seeker’s heart from earliest memory. As a young adult she spent time with different faith communities and traditions to discern God’s calling and truth. After years as a seeker, she finally found that God spoke loudest to her heart in the United Church of Canada, while understanding that God is creatively and redemptively at work in the religious life of all humanity.
So strong was God’s calling that Kim eventually pursued, and was accepted, as a Candidate for Ordination in the United Church and into Master of Divinity theological studies, with plans to become an ordained minister. God, however, had other ministry plans. Suddenly divorced and a single parent of three, she was unable to fulfil fulltime study requirements and withdrew herself both as a candidate for ordination and from the MDiv program. From darkness comes light, and, after discerning a new path, she transferred to the Master of Theological Studies program which she completed part-time … and a rich, meaningful ministry she never could have imagined.
Lay Worship Leader – United Church of Canada
For over 20 years, Kim has enjoyed a rich pulpit ministry with several local congregations, designing, writing and leading full worship services, from sermons to children’s stories to prayers. Following the lectionary and inspired by research, study and reflection, Kim has a deep love of scripture and the truth of divine revelation in everyday experiences. Known as strong storyteller and writer, she has written over 300 sermons to inspire and inform the spiritual lives of many. From 2005 to 2015 she was the sole worship leader for Headford United Church and continues to offer pulpit supply to several local churches on a regular basis.
As a natural extension of her pulpit ministry, Kim has conducted many celebrations of life and funeral services for her community, from church sanctuaries to funeral homes to graveside. She holds this ministry with deepest respect, honouring the spiritual truth of the departed and working closely with families to honour their loved one with personal stories, warmth and compassion. In addition to frequent requests from her community, she is on-call for the spiritual needs of two local cemeteries.
In addition to honouring end of life, a happy aspect of ordination is the privilege and delight of celebrating new life through Baptism. Kim has conducted many Baptisms through the years, often being invited back into families as new children are born. In these circumstances, families want their child to be recognized as a baptised person, within the openness of a “church without walls”. This is an important ministry of Clergy Support Memorial Church.
For over ten years, when her own children were home and growing, Kim was actively involved in the youth ministry of her local United Church congregation. This included part-time employment as Sunday School Coordinator for over 200 children and their families, organizing Sunday school volunteers, curriculum and special events.
She also designed and led the Teen Ministry program as a volunteer, with participation by as many as 40 teens and a dozen youth volunteer helpers each year. This demanding and important ministry included the multi-week Teen Confirmation program, annual weekend-long spiritual retreats at a northern camp, youth social activities, the annual three-day “30 Hour Famine” in-church fundraising event and the design, rehearsal and offering of live faith-based performances for the community. A highlight of this ministry has been lifelong friendships with many of the young people who were part of it, including the privilege of performing many of their marriages.
Since 2006, Kim has offered an active wedding ministry to her community. With the experience of over 500 weddings to date, she terms this her “passion work,” working closely with each couple to create ceremonies that reflect their traditions, beliefs and love. On many occasions she has been told that she “feels like family” at the end of the experience and, on multiple occasions, has been invited back to marry other family members or friends.
An extension of her wedding ministry, Kim teaches the Wedding Ceremonies Styles and Traditions course at George Brown College continuing education. This seven week course covers everything from the history of marriage, marriage today, understanding different cultural and faith traditions, and ceremony design. Part of the wedding planner certificate program, Kim was asked by the program coordinator to design and deliver this course to help wedding planners best serve their clients.
Kim has served her community by volunteering with various community organizations, including the Boards of Red Cross York Region, Hospice Newmarket and AIDS Society of York Region, as well as various church-related committees.
Kim has been privileged to have paid employment that complements her ministry life. She retired in January 2021 after a long and rewarding career in public service, most recently managing the diversity, inclusion and accessibility program for The Regional Municipality of York. In her work she developed and managed programs and services that promote equitable access and respect for all people, from awareness campaigns to social policy changes to community development. This work was always implemented through a ministry lens of God’s love.
The Journey Continues
Kim is a life-long learner and seeker of the truth, through books, courses, people and experiences. With her active lay ministry and love of the people in her life, she continues to do God’s work in her community and beyond, always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow in faith. She has felt God’s call to ministry for most of her life and continues to respond with love, compassion, enthusiasm and passion. Her personal driver is to “live with love at the centre of all you do” and that is what she strives to do, every day.