Rev. Sarah Grady
Rev. Sarah Horvath has been the Minister at St. Paul’s United Church in Paris, ON since October 2019. Sarah completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor in Music Therapy and Psychology, and her Master of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. She has served communities of faith in Toronto, Halifax, Sundridge, On, and Oxford County before coming to St. Paul’s.
Rev. Sarah is passionate about the mission work of God’s church - inside and outside the building. She enjoys offering creative and meaningful worship experiences and is deeply committed to outreach and social justice initiatives, truth and reconciliation, and radical hospitality. She believes her work in these areas have shaped the ministry she offers.
Sarah is also a musician who plays guitar, viola, ukulele, merlin, piano, and sings – gifts she often uses in her ministry. In 2016 she began pottery class as another creative outlet. She loves going on adventures with her husband, Paul, and her step-children, as well as spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Erika Reiman currently teaches at Brock University, and has previously taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto; she is also active as a freelance pianist and chamber musician. She is the author of Schumann’s Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul, published in 2004 by the University of Rochester Press. At present she is the pianist for Chorus Hamilton and both the University Chorus and Sora Singers at Brock University.
For five seasons, she served as head coach and administrator for
BrottOpera in Hamilton. She also maintains a home studio for pianists of all ages and vocal accompanying and coaching and is the music director at St. Paul’s United Church, in Paris, Ontario.
Choir practice takes place on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm. All are welcome!
Michael Shewburg is the Executive Director of Five Oaks Retreat Centre, in Paris, where he serves with a dynamic and dedicated team living and leaning into the centres mission as an Intercultural/Interfaith retreat centre. Prior to serving Five Oaks, Michael was: Program Coordinator, People in Partnership at The United Church General Council Office (2016-2017), as Minister of The GO Project, a ministry of Islington United Church in Toronto (2006 to 2016), Minister to Children and Youth at Islington United Church (2006 to 2012); served on the Training in Mission Program in South Africa and India for a year in 2003 and served as the Director of Camping and Youth Ministry in Kent Presbytery from 2000 to 2002, and 2004.
Michael lives in Paris with his partner Ryan and son Marshall. He can often be found in sporting venues cheering on Marshall, he loves to find time in nature to reconnect with Spirit, with community and self.