ministers and staff

Rev. Cathy Kinsman

Rev. Cathy Kinsman is entering her third year of full-time minstry at St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church. Having accepted our call to Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care in late Spring of 2014, Cathy has been busy getting to know the congregation and community, as well as developing some new worship and pastoral care opportunities for all ages and stages within the church. Cathy works in team ministry with Karen Lumley, who attends to the ministry of Children/Youth, Outreach and Pastoral Care. Karen and Cathy are a dynamic team who model the vision of St. Andrew’s through their compassion, their justice seeking and their desire to share God’s grace as we all learn and grow through the Spirit.

Cathy began her career as an elementary school music specialist and general classroom teacher from 1987 to 1998.  She was appointed Staff Associate – Pastoral Care and Christian Education Ministry at Knox United Church from 1999 to 2001, here in Winnipeg. Cathy then served at Fort Garry United Church as the Minister for Children, Youth and Families from 2001 to 2009, as she completed her Masters of Divinity at Emmanuel College in Toronto.

Cathy’s internship and first Call took place at the Treherne/Rathwell Pastoral Charge from December 2009 to July 2011.  She most recently served at Oak Bank/Dugald United – a two point charge, as the full time minister for Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care, September 2011-August 2014. Cathy has a passion for worship of all kinds.  She enjoys writing liturgy, finding flow for the spirit to rest upon, and is ever gently pushing boundaries as she teams alongside musicians to create worship which speaks to both the established church member and those new to faith.

Cathy and her husband, Tom, reside in Winnipeg and have two grown children now finding their own ways in the world of fitness and theatre.

You can reach Rev. Cathy Kinsman at

Rev. Karen Lumley

An Ontarioian by birth, Saskatchewanian by choice and a Manitoban of the last several years, Karen comes from an ecumenical background having grown up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, worked in the Baptist Church and then transferred into the United Church. Karen has studied at The Canadian Bible College in Regina, Canadian Theological School in Regina, St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, and Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg.

Karen has worked with children and youth as Minister of Christian Education in a Team Ministry at Lakeview United Church, Regina, Saskatchewan. Karen had a long time pastoral relationship of 15 years at Lakeview United Church prior to accepting a call to come to Winnipeg to Northend Stella Community Ministry where she was the Community Minister (Diaconal Minister) and Director of the Ministry. She accepted a call to the Rainbow Ministry position (half time) and was the Community Minister at Northend (half time).

In June 2009, Karen accepted a call to ministry at St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church in Winnipeg. At St. Andrew’s she is in team ministry and works with the children, youth, outreach, pastoral care and always a bit of this, that and the other thing. Karen’s love for children and youth ministry, social justice and equality for all are reasons why she accepted the call to St. Andrews. Karen loves long walks with her partner Colette (married in 2005) and their four-legged friend (a shih tzu named Maddie). She also loves motorcycling and has traveled across Canada and the United States to the Mexican border on a motorcycle. Karen’s journey and path is always followed by much laughter which is contagious to others. She is not known for her quietness but is known as being one who loves to be with people.

You can reach Rev. Karen Lumley at

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