Our Minister and Staff
Minister: Rev. Debra Faulk
It is such a delight to have been called to serve the Unitarian Church of Calgary. It feels like a homecoming as this is the very congregation where my parents first recognized themselves as Unitarian and brought me along as a toddler.
As a life-long Canadian Unitarian, I have found this religious tradition to be a solid foundation in my life. I hold a B.A. from the University of Victoria (Psychology / Anthropology) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology.
After serving as the parish minister at the Don Heights Unitarian Congregation in Toronto for 4 years, I was called by the Unitarian Church of Calgary in August of 2010.
When not at the church, I can be found going to concerts (love our CPO!), tending plants inside and out, reading, hiking, and connecting with friends and family including my five grandchildren.
Music Director: Jane Perry
I have been a church musician in Canadian Unitarian congregations since 2000, serving the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (2000-2011) and Calgary Unitarians (since 2011). As Music Director at Calgary Unitarians, I conduct three choirs (UUphonia, Chor Vida, and the Coffee Choir), play the piano at Sunday-morning services, and work with our music volunteers to create concert events like An Afternoon of Chamber Music, our popular Silent Movie Nights. and UUphonia’s annual Cabaret.
I am a full-time professional musician in Calgary. My other work includes conducting One Voice Chorus (a mixed-voice ensemble for LGBTQ2 singers and allies) and the Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players.
I trained as a classical pianist, learned how to play jazz, and continue to enjoy a wide variety of music as a pianist, conductor, composer and audience member. My twin professional passions are music education and building community, elements that find a natural home in my work with choirs.
When not at the church, I can be found sipping strong coffee and wondering how to convince more people to embrace the magical experience of singing in a choir.
Director of Religious Exploration: Sheila MacMaster
I’ve lived in Alberta most of my life, and in Calgary for the past twenty years. I am a believer in life-long education, and am currently finishing my Multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree (with a double minor of architecture and drama) at the University of Calgary. This means I bring a broad liberal arts education and many exciting ideas to our Children and Youth Religious Education program.
I also have over nine years experience as an Administrator and I’m very pleased to bring those skills to the position of DRE. With a young child of my own, it’s very important to me what our children are learning and I feel very blessed to be a part of it.
When I’m not at church, I’m often busy going on adventures with my family and being creative.
Administrator: Martha Mantikoski
American by birth, Canadian by choice for twenty years now, I’ve lived in Seattle, Toronto and now Calgary. I’ve been interested in spirituality and religion since I was a kid. As an adult, most of my spiritual experience has been through yoga and meditation. I’ve done a lot of volunteering in my life; my Dalmatian Teemu and I worked with the Pet Access League Society for 11 years.
In 2000, I graduated with a BA in English from the University of Calgary and have been an administrative professional ever since. I love bringing order to chaos, whether that’s grammar, the church calendar or files. I also love working for the Unitarians who collectively strive to improve themselves, the community and the world.
When I’m not the cheerful voice answering the phone at the church, you’ll probably find me at the off-leash dog park with my dogs or down by the river with them, usually drinking a latte from Bumpy’s!